Business/Management/Finance, Culture, Economics, History, International Business, International Relations, Literature, Polish Language, Political Science, Politics, Religious Studies, Social Sciences, Sociology
The CIEE program in Warsaw gives students the chance to study in a less expensive destination in Europe, with easy access to popular travel destinations. On this program students take English-language courses in business, economics and political science, and take part in field trips and cultural activities including visits to Gdansk and the Solidarity Museum, Krakow, Auschwitz and the Holocaust Museum, and Lublin to see perserved artifacts of Polish Jews. Students will experience first-hand the political, cultural, and economic transformation of a former communist country.
The capital city of Warsaw was built on hard work and self-reliance. Decimated during World War II, the grand city was painstakingly restored and brought back to life. There’s always something to do in Poland’s largest city – a major international tourist destination, with its richly detailed palaces, gardens, parks, and much more. A relatively young city by Polish standards, Warsaw was founded in the 14th century and became the nation’s capital in 1596. Warsaw is a bustling city at the center of Poland’s economic and cultural life, and a thriving Central European capital. Enjoy the many theaters, museums, cafés, and discos while studying abroad in the most rapidly growing city in Central Europe.
You will receive credit for all academic courses taken at this institution, and all of your grades from abroad will count toward your Penn State cumulative GPA. You may not take any courses overseas on a Pass/Fail basis. Students may not take sport or physical activity courses (e.g. sailing, bowling, yoga, etc.) abroad. These courses will not be credited at Penn State.
This program offers a wide variety of courses in Polish language, business, culture, economics, history, literature, political science, politics, religion, and social science. You will take 16 credits on this program, including an introductory Polish language course plus four other courses (taught in English). Courses typically meet twice a week. Further information about the range of courses on this program can be found at the CIEE website.
To see what kind of credit students in past semesters have received for courses taken on this program, visit the CIEE Warsaw Course Equivalency List. Keep in mind you will need to complete the course equivalency process once you have been accepted to your program and after you have completed your registration abroad. To obtain specific instructions on this process visit our Course Equivalencies page.
Successful applicants will satisfy the pre-requisites established by the program.
Housing and Meals
Your housing will be arranged by CIEE. You will live in a double room with a CIEE student in a Warsaw School of Economics Dormitory. Polish and international students also live in this dormitory. The dormitory is very close to the campus as well as city bus and tramway stops. You will be responsible for providing your own meals. Meals can be prepared in the dormitory or eaten at any of the student student cafeterias or restaurants or cafes in Warsaw.
For more information on program costs, please be sure to review the fall budget sheet and spring budget sheet. These budget sheets include information on costs that are billable to the bursar bill, as well as estimated additional costs. Costs vary by program, so it is important to review this information carefully.
Please note that tuition rates may vary depending on major and class standing.
Take advantage of the CIEE's Cultural Reimbursement Program. The Program may be used to explore Warsaw and other areas of Poland independently as a means of encouraging you to take maximum advantage of your time in Poland. You may be reimbursed for some of your tickets to theater shows, Polish films, opera, ballet, and other special local events.
Financial Aid & Scholarships
Penn State students studying through Education Abroad can use most components of their existing financial aid packages toward the cost of study abroad. This may include federal and state grants, VA educational benefits, federal student loans, and University scholarships and grants. Notable exceptions include work-study awards and some athletic scholarships.
The University Office of Global Programs also administers a number of grants and scholarships. Eligibility is based on academic excellence and/or financial need. There is also funding available for study abroad programs in diverse locations and for students from diverse backgrounds. In most cases, applicants should have a current year FAFSA on file with the Office of Student Aid. Funding opportunities may also be available through Penn State academic departments. For detailed information on financial aid and scholarship opportunities and application procedures, please visit theFunding Study Abroadsection of the Global Penn State website.
For More Information
For more information about programs and education abroad at Penn State, we encourage you to meet with or contact our Peer Advisers. These study abroad returnees can explain program options, give an overview of the education abroad process, as well as provide information about his/her program. If you are not at University Park, contact your Campus Global Representative.
To learn more about the specifics of each program, schedule an appointment with the education abroad adviser for this program.
For the inside scoop on life in a foreign country, be sure to check out the Student Spotlights of Penn State students currently studying abroad.
How to Apply
If you would like to participate on this study abroad program, you will need to apply to Penn State Education Abroad by clicking the "Apply Now" button on this page.
You must complete the following materials in your application:
Education Abroad Questionnaire
One academic recommendation
Visit the How to Apply section of our website for more information.
Studying Abroad with a Disability
Many students with disabilities successfully study abroad each year. Please note that other cultures may have different attitudes and available accommodations regarding disabilities. While we cannot guarantee the accessibility of all program sites and locations, specific accommodations may be arranged in consultation with our office, the Student Disability Resources office, and our partners abroad. To prepare for success, students are strongly encouraged to research the country and program location to consider if and how they will manage their disabilities abroad in advance of selecting a program. Students with disabilities and other diverse backgrounds can begin their research on our Diversity Awareness Abroad page.
NOTE: Start date marks arrival in host country. End date marks departure from program housing.
** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.