Warsaw, Poland

Central European Studies

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Information for term Central European Studies

Application deadline, and cost information.

Application Deadline

May 1, 2020

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Deadline: May 1, 2020
  • Dates: Sep 12 – Dec 19, 2020 (14 weeks)
  • Credit: 15-18 semester hours / 22.5-27 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.75 Overall GPA


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The capital of Poland is one of Europe’s most dynamic cities, filled with cultural, political, and economic institutions. It’s the perfect place to explore the history, politics, literature, and culture of Central Europe and learn to speak Polish. Students select from courses taught in either English or Polish at our partner school, SGH Warsaw School of Economics as well as CIEE Warsaw, which is conveniently located on the campus of SGH. All courses are complemented with CIEE co-curricular activities and excursions beyond the city to enhance classroom learning and provide intercultural understanding.

  • 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

  • students

  • parks make up nearly one-quarter of the city


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.


  • Volunteering. The CIEE staff can help you find a volunteer role to gain experience, 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.
  • Day and overnight study excursions associated with your CIEE courses.


Daily Life

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    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 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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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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Program Details

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What you need to know

The program details

This program offers students Polish language instruction and a series of specially designed courses in Central European studies.

SGH Warsaw School of Economics (known as Szkola Glówna Handlowa) was established in 1906 and is the oldest and largest economics university in Poland. Located near the city center, it offers courses 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.

CIEE Warsaw is located on the SGH campus. 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.


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    All CIEE courses are taught in English, with content specific to Poland, Central Europe, and the European Union. Most professors lecture, and many welcome class discussions. CIEE courses meet twice a week for 90 minutes. Students register at SGH as full-time students.


    In most courses, students’ assessment is 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.


    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).



    Students must have a GPA of at least 2.75.


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Course Information

Program Credit
Total credit: 15-18 U.S. semester/22.5-27 quarter credits

Course Credit

  • CIEE courses: 3 U.S. semester/4.5 quarter credits; 45 contact hours
  •  Warsaw School of Economics (SGH) courses: typically, 1-4 U.S. semester/1.5-6 quarter credits; 15-60 contact hours
  • CIEE Polish Language courses: 4 U.S. semester/6 quarter credits; 60 contact hours.

Language of Instruction

Students’ course load can be any combination of the following:

  • CIEE Elective Language courses
  • CIEE Elective Core courses
  • Courses offered through SGH Warsaw School of Economics (SGH)

Fall 2020 CIEE Courses

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Communication, Journalism, and Media

Semester Credit

History, Philosophy, Religion

Semester Credit

Languages and Cultural Studies

Semester Credit

Literature, Linguistics, and Writing

Semester Credit

Social Sciences

Semester Credit

Host Institution Courses

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Below is a list of SGH courses most popular with CIEE students in previous semesters and not all courses listed are offered every semester. A complete list of available courses 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

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.


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Scholarships & Grants

CIEE offers more than $8 million in scholarships and grants annually to help students like you make your study abroad dream a reality.

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

  • Wollitzer Merit Scholarships in Area or Comparative Studies
  • Ping Scholarships for Academic Excellence
  • Global Access Initiative (GAIN) Grants
  • CIEE Gilman Go Global Grant
  • MSI 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 & Fees

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Dates & 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.


  • Tuition
  • Housing
  • 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
  • Cultural and/or Co-curricular Activities
  • Excursions and/or Study Tours
  • 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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Start Date

End Date

Fees & Housing

Fall 2020 14 weeks May 1, 2020 Sep 12, 2020 Dec 19, 2020
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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 = $14,343 **

Housing = $2,140

Insurance = $167

Total Fees = $16,950

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

Visa Fees = $160

Potential travel to consulate for visa = $500

Personal expenses = $1,750

Total Estimated Costs = $5,460

Financial Aid

CIEE offers the most grants and scholarships of any study abroad organization, including $8 million/year in travel grants, merit-based scholarships, institutional and MSI grants, and Gilman Go Global 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

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