Warsaw, Poland

Central European Studies

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Information for term Central European Studies

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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Dates: Sep 1 – Dec 21, 2018 (16 weeks)
  • Credit: 15-18 semester hours / 22.5-27 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.75 Overall GPA

Application Deadline

May 1, 2019
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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Credit: 15-18 semester hours / 22.5-27 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.75 Overall GPA

Application Deadline

The application deadline has passed.

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Dates: Feb 2 – May 17, 2019 (15 weeks)
  • Credit: 15-18 semester hours / 22.5-27 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.75 Overall GPA

Application Deadline

The application deadline has passed.

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Dates: Sep 1, 2018 – May 17, 2019 (37 weeks)
  • Credit: 15-18 semester hours / 22.5-27 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.75 Overall GPA

Overview

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The quintessential city of grit, Warsaw is a unique and inspiring place to immerse yourself in European studies. The capital of Poland is one of Europe’s most dynamic cities filled with cultural, political, and economic institutions. There’s no shortage of opportunities to discover Warsaw’s multi-layered history; kick your Polish language study into high gear; and join the lively Polish student lifestyle. 

  • Get a firsthand look

    at Poland’s successful transformation from a state-controlled system to a democratic, market-based system.

  • Learn about

    the European Union and the European economy while living in the heart of it.

  • Travel north

    the Tri-City region of Gdansk, Gdynia, and Sopot for a close look at the history of immigration and the Solidarity movement.

  • colleges and universities

    78
  • students

    250K
  • parks make up nearly one-quarter of the city

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Location & Culture

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The capital city of Warsaw was built on hard work and self-reliance. Decimated during World War II, the grand city was painstakingly restored to today’s busy metropolis, complete with both skyscrapers and richly detailed palaces, gardens, parks, and beaches. The thriving capital is filled with theaters, museums, and cafés, and noted for its buzzing nightlife. No wonder it’s the fastest growing city in Central Europe.

Excursions & Activities

  • Explore life beyond the city on day-long study tours to smaller Polish towns such as Gniezno or Lublin, and an overnight trip to the royal city of Kraków. Delve into 1,000-year-old Wieliczka salt mines, or learn about World War II tragedies in the Auschwitz State Museum. The possibilities change every semester.  
  • Punch your ticket for opera and ballet performances, classical music concerts, and a variety of other cultural events.
  • Connect with students from Warsaw School of Economics through our robust buddy system – for an introduction to thriving student social life.
  • Meet international students through the Erasmus Student Network.

PROJECTS

  • Volunteering. The CIEE staff can help you find a volunteer role that will give you experience as you connect with Polish people, and give back.
  • Internships. Talk to CIEE staff about exploring internships that provide hands-on professional experience at a state institution or nongovernmental organization.
  • Cultural reimbursement. Grab a friend and go see a Polish film, ballet, theater, or opera performance – CIEE will reimburse you for the cost of tickets.

 

Daily Life

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  • HOUSING

    Residence halls. Students live in SGH Warsaw School of Economics dorm with Polish and other international students. They share double rooms, as well as bath and kitchen facilities. The dormitory is a short walk from campus, with public bus, tramway, and subway all close by. Students can stay in the dorm until the end of SGH academic semesters (late January for fall students; late June for spring students).

  • MEALS

    Meals are not included. Students can prepare meals in the dorm, or eat at various student cafeterias, or restaurants and cafés in Warsaw.

  • Getting Around

    Students walk or use easy-to-access public transportation.

Warsaw, Poland

Where You'll Study

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    WARSAW SCHOOL OF ECONOMICS

    WARSAW

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    CIEE STUDY CENTER

    WARSAW

What People are Saying

  • This program incorporates a more educational learning environment centered on the city you are living in rather than just in the classroom. This community based program encourages students to fully explore ones study broad location both culturally and educational. This is achieved through the use of study tours, cultural experiences, and social outings run by the CIEE program of your choice.

    Anna, Fordham University, Spring 17

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What you need to know

The program details

Established in 1989, this program offers students Polish language instruction and a series of specially designed courses in Central European politics, literature, history, and sociology. Students also have the option to enroll in Warsaw School of Economics for courses on economics and EU-related issues, taught in English or Polish. Specialized CIEE courses include Polish History and Literature, Social Issues in Contemporary Poland, and Jews in Poland and the Holocaust. 

All students take a two-week Polish survival course during orientation.

SGH Warsaw School of Economics (known as Szkoła Główna Handlowa in Polish). Established in 1906, SGH is the oldest and largest economics university in Poland, with 16,000 students. Located near the city center, it offers programs in economics, management, statistics, computer science, demography, and public-sector economics. The SGH academic staff plays an active role in the private sector and state administration, as well as in numerous domestic and international organizations.

Courses are taught by SGH faculty, former ambassadors of Poland as well as faculty from other Polish institutions including the University of Warsaw and the Polish Academy of Sciences.

Established in 1989, this program offers students Polish language instruction and a series of specially designed courses in such fields as Central European politics, literature, history, and sociology, as well as the option to enroll in Warsaw School of Economics, where courses focus on economics and EU-related issues and are taught in English or Polish. Specialized CIEE courses include Polish History and Literature, Social Issues in Contemporary Poland, and Jews in Poland and the Holocaust. 

All students take a two-week Polish survival course during orientation.

Warsaw School of Economics (Szkoła Główna Handlowa, or SGH). Established in 1906, SGH is the oldest and largest economics university in Poland, with 16,000 students. Located near the city center, it offers programs in economics, management, statistics, computer science, demography, and public-sector economics. The SGH academic staff plays an active role in the private sector and state administration, as well as in numerous domestic and international organizations.

Courses are taught by SGH faculty, former ambassadors of Poland as well as faculty from other Polish institutions including the University of Warsaw and the Polish Academy of Sciences.

Academics

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Academics

  • CLASS FORMAT

    All CIEE courses are taught in English, with content specific to Poland. Most professors teach by lecture, but many welcome discussions. CIEE courses meet twice a week for 90 minutes. Students register at SGH as full-time students.

  • GRADING

    In most courses students are assessed based on a mid-term and final exam or paper, along with attendance and class participation. A research paper or a class presentation may also be required.

  • ACADEMIC CULTURE

    The CIEE program calendar follows the U.S. higher education system. The academic calendar for SGH Warsaw School of Economics includes a fall semester from late September to late January, and a spring semester from mid-February to early June. CIEE students who directly enroll in SGH courses take early exams prior to the winter holiday break (fall semester) or summer break (spring semester).

Eligibility

  • OVERALL GPA

    Students need to have a GPA of at least 2.75.

Curriculum

Program Credit

  • Total credit, semester: 15-18 semester/22.5-27 quarter hours
  • Contact hours: 45; credit – 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours per course, unless otherwise noted
  • SGH Warsaw School of Economics courses: 1-4 semester credits

 

Students can take a combination of CIEE courses and Warsaw School of Economics (SGH) courses, in English or Polish, depending upon language ability. 

Note: This course listing is for informational purposes only and does not constitute a contract between CIEE and any applicant, student, institution, or other party. The courses, as described, may be subject to change as a result of ongoing curricular revisions, assignment of lecturers and teaching staff, and program development. Courses may be canceled due to insufficient enrollment.

Spring 2019 Courses

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CIEE LANGUAGE COURSES

  • POLE 1001 WRSW: Beginning Polish
  • POLE 2001 WRSW: Intermediate Polish
  • POLE 3001 WRSW: Advanced Polish

CIEE AREA STUDIES COURSES

  • HIST 3001 WRSW: Jews in Poland and the Holocaust
  • HIST 3002 WRSW : History of Central Europe, 1871 to Present
  • LITT 3001 WRSW: The Search for Self - Identity in Post War Polish Literature
  • POLI 3001 WRSW: Dynamics of Breakthrough in Central Europe
  • SOCI 3001 WRSW: Polish Society and Politics
  • SOCI 3002 WRSW: Social Issues in Contemporary Poland

SGH WARSAW SCHOOL OF ECONOMICS COURSES

Below is a list of SGH courses most popular with CIEE students over the course of past semesters. A complete list of subjects will be available to students upon acceptance. The complete and updated list of SGH courses for each semester will be available on the SGH website.

  • Terrorism and Organized Crime
  • Poland in the EU
  • European Economics
  • International Marketing
  • EU Neighborhood Policy and The Eastern Partnership
  • International Cultural Relations
  • European Integration
  • Theory of State
  • The European Union Budget
  • International Organizations
  • Management in International Business
  • International Private Law
  • Foreign Policy of Poland
  • International Finance
  • Ethics in Business
  • Introduction to Game Theory
  • Transition Economics
  • Business in Central and Eastern Europe
  • Project Management
  • International Relations
  • Quality Management
  • Sociology
  • International Financial Markets
  • Marketing Research

FALL 2018 COURSES

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CIEE LANGUAGE COURSES

CIEE AREA STUDIES COURSES

SGH WARSAW SCHOOL OF ECONOMICS COURSES

Below is a list of SGH courses most popular with CIEE students over the course of past semesters. A complete list of subjects will be available to students upon acceptance. The complete and updated list of SGH courses for each semester will be available on the SGH website.

Terrorism and Organized Crime
Poland in the EU
European Economics
International Marketing
EU Neighborhood Policy and The Eastern Partnership
International Cultural Relations
European Integration
Theory of State
The European Union Budget
International Organizations
Management in International Business
International Private Law
Foreign Policy of Poland
International Finance
Ethics in Business
Introduction to Game Theory
Transition Economics
Business in Central and Eastern Europe
Project Management
International Relations
Quality Management
Sociology
International Financial Markets
Marketing Research

Scholarships

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Scholarships & Grants

Last year, we awarded more than 1,000 scholarships per term for a total of $5 million, helping more students get on planes and live their dreams in faraway places than any other organization.

Students who apply to this program are eligible for the following scholarships and grants:

  • Ping Scholarships for Academic Excellence
  • Global Access Initiative (GAIN) Grants
  • CIEE Gilman Go Global Grant

To be considered, submit the CIEE Scholarships & Grants application within your CIEE program application. Learn more at the Scholarships & Grants section of our website.

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Dates, Deadlines & Fees

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Dates, Deadlines & Fees

You get more for every dollar when you study abroad with CIEE, because our high-quality programs include everything from excursions to insurance. There are no hidden charges, and no disappointing surprises when you arrive.

YOUR FEE INCLUDES:

  • Tuition
  • Housing
  • [Meals]
  • Advising before you depart to set goals and answer questions
  • Optional on-site airport meet-and-greet
  • One-week orientation – an introduction to Polish culture, your academic program, and the city, plus practical information about living in your host city
  • Full-time program leadership and support in your host city
  • Field trips and cultural activities
  • Overnight excursions
  • Insurance and other travel benefits, with CIEE iNext
  • 24/7 emergency on-site support

To help you budget, keep in mind that students are responsible for the cost of international airfare, local transportation, books and supplies, visas, and personal expenses. In addition, ask your college or university study abroad advisor if your school charges additional fees for study abroad.

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Fees & Housing

Fall 2018 16 weeks Sep 1, 2018 Dec 21, 2018
$15,850
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Program Fees

CIEE offers the most student support of any provider in its program fee, including an airport greeting, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and CIEE iNext travel insurance with benefits.

Participation Confirmation = $300 *

Educational Costs = $13,243 **

Housing = $2,140

Insurance = $167

Total Fees = $15,850

Estimated Costs

Students are responsible and manage costs related to travel, meals, books, and personal expenses. Below are estimates for consideration.

Meals not included in program fee = $1,600

International Airfare = $1,100

Local Transportation = $250

Books & Supplies = $100

Potential travel to consulate for visa = $500

Personal expenses = $1,750

Total Estimated Costs = $5,300

Financial Aid

CIEE offers the most grants and scholarships of any study abroad organization, including $5 million/year in travel grants, merit-based scholarships, MSI grants, Gilman matching grants, and Pell matching grants.

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This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $500 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

Spring 2019 15 weeks Feb 2, 2019 May 17, 2019
$16,450
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Program Fees

CIEE offers the most student support of any provider in its program fee, including an airport greeting, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and CIEE iNext travel insurance with benefits.

Participation Confirmation = $300 *

Educational Costs = $13,843 **

Housing = $2,140

Insurance = $167

Total Fees = $16,450

Estimated Costs

Students are responsible and manage costs related to travel, meals, books, and personal expenses. Below are estimates for consideration.

Meals not included in program fee = $1,600

International Airfare = $1,100

Local Transportation = $250

Books & Supplies = $100

Potential travel to consulate for visa = $500

Personal expenses = $1,750

Total Estimated Costs = $5,300

Financial Aid

CIEE offers the most grants and scholarships of any study abroad organization, including $5 million/year in travel grants, merit-based scholarships, MSI grants, Gilman matching grants, and Pell matching grants.

See Scholarships

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $500 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

Academic year 2018-2019 37 weeks Sep 1, 2018 May 17, 2019
$30,685
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Program Fees

CIEE offers the most student support of any provider in its program fee, including an airport greeting, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and CIEE iNext travel insurance with benefits.

Participation Confirmation = $300 *

Educational Costs = $25,938 **

Housing = $4,280

Insurance = $167

Total Fees = $30,685

Estimated Costs

Students are responsible and manage costs related to travel, meals, books, and personal expenses. Below are estimates for consideration.

Meals not included in program fee = $3,200

International Airfare = $1,100

Local Transportation = $500

Books & Supplies = $200

Potential travel to consulate for visa = $500

Personal expenses = $3,500

Expenses during break = $1,500 ††

Total Estimated Costs = $10,500

Financial Aid

CIEE offers the most grants and scholarships of any study abroad organization, including $5 million/year in travel grants, merit-based scholarships, MSI grants, Gilman matching grants, and Pell matching grants.

See Scholarships

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $500 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

†† academic year students who wish to stay onsite are responsible for arranging their housing and meals during the semester break

Fall 2019 37 weeks May 1, 2019 TBD* TBD*

*Dates for this program are provided as tentative dates. Please consult with your study abroad advisor to confirm dates before purchasing your flights.

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