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.
Sophomore, Junior, or Senior standing by program start date
Good academic standing
Minimum 2.75 GPA
Open to University of Michigan-Ann Arbor students only
Students take specially designed courses administered by the Council for International Educational Exchange (CIEE) in Warsaw, Poland at CIEE's Study Center at the Warsaw School of Economics, the oldest and largest economics university in Poland.
Coursework includes: Polish language and four area studies classes. These will be offered in such fields as East and Central European politics, literature, history, and economics. Business courses in English are also available at the Warsaw School of Economics for students at an advanced level of business studies. Please visit the CIEE website for more information on the academic program, course options and syllabi.
Instruction for area studies courses is in English; Polish language course required.
16 Michigan in-residence credits.
LSA Students: All grades earned abroad will factor into the cumulative GPA.
Non-LSA Students should check with their home school or college to determine whether the grades will be calculated into their cumulative GPA, and what type of credit they will receive for the program (in-residence credit or transfer credit).
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.
Students paying for their university experience via a Michigan Educational Trust (MET) plan may use this plan towards a CGIS study abroad program.
Program costs vary greatly among all CGIS programs and the CGIS staff recommends that you carefully review the most recent budget sheet for any program you may be interested in to see what fees/costs are involved. Please note that the itemized budget sheets are per term estimates accurate at the time of publication and are subject to change. Please check back regularly to see the most recent term costs available. If you have any questions about the costs involved for a program or how to read the budget sheet or interpret the notes, please contact the appropriate CGIS Intercultural Programs Advisor for more details and information.
The Center for Global and Intercultural Study encourages all students to share this information with people in your life who help you make decisions (such as parents, guardians, family members, etc.).
Passport and Visa
Prior to departure, it is each student's responsibility to research and obtain entry/exit requirements. The consulate or embassy of your country of destination determines the visa requirements and application process for each type of visa. You can locate consular information and read about entry/exit requirements on the U.S. Department of State website.
When determining your exit/entry requirements, be sure to check each country in your travel itinerary, even if you will only be visiting for a short period. Requirements, visa types, and application fees can vary greatly based on your citizenship and individual travel plans. Please note that most consulates will require a passport to be submitted as part of the visa application. The amount of time required can also vary greatly. We recommend beginning your research early and being aware that independent travel plans may be affected by the process.
For more information on travel documents and pre-departure preparation, visit Students Abroad, a website created by the Department of State just for students, or contact your CGIS Intercultural Programs Advisor.
Detailed application instructions for your program will be provided when you begin an application.
Throughout the remainder of the semester and when you return, you will be required to submit additional documents and attend CGIS program events.
Refer to this link for more information. Students live together in double rooms in a Warsaw School of Economics dormitory, with shared bath and kitchen facilities. Polish and other international students live in the dormitory as well. The dormitory is a short walk from campus, with public bus, tramway, and subway all close by.
CGIS provides resources and information on its website to help students understand policies, procedures, and how to navigate the experience from start to finish. Refer to the Students for information related to the topics listed below, and more:
Note:The decision date listed is not necessarily reflective of when you will hear back about admission. After acceptance, students will have one week to commit to a program. Upon commitment, your participation will be considered financially and legally binding. Deadlines will not be extended for students waiting on decisions for multiple applications.