The Warsaw University of Technology (WUT)
is a top technical school in Poland and one of the oldest (established in 1826), most prestigious, and largest (30,000+ students) technical schools in Europe. This exchange program is designed for Penn State's Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering Majors. Penn State students spending a semester at WUT will be taking classes taught in English by top faculty from the Department of Electronics and Information Technology.
The main campus of The Warsaw University of Technology is situated in the city center, close to the shopping area, historic monuments, large parks and the US embassy. It is easily accessible from all Warsaw districts by bus or tram. With it's excellence in engineering education, long tradition, cultural heritage, and location (almost the equal distance of about 340 miles from Warsaw to Berlin, Germany, to Prague, Czech Republic, to Vienna, Austria, and to Budapest, Hungary) Warsaw University of Technology provides the perfect environment for Penn State engineering students to broaden their educational experience and gain international exposure needed to be competitive on the increasingly global job market.
Penn State has developed a reciprocal exchange program with this university. According to the exchange agreement, the number of Penn State undergraduates who attend WUT through Education Abroad equals the number of undergraduates from WUT who attend Penn State. Costs may vary by program, but reciprocal exchange programs generally provide Penn State students with affordable opportunities to enroll directly in universities abroad. The program is structured in such a way that Penn State students will study at WUT in the Spring semester and WUT students will study at Penn State in the Fall semester.
* Junior Standing with Penn State
* Minimum 3.0 GPA
* All prerequisite engineering courses (i.e., first 2 ½ years of the program)
Education Abroad Credits
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 of a Pass/Fail basis. Students will register for 15 credits/30 ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) per semester.
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. Students may not fulfill GHA (General Health and Activity) general education requirements abroad. To obtain specific instructions on this process visit our Course Equivalencies page.
Housing and Meals
You will live in dormitories on the WUT campus. The Host Institution International Office/On-Site Coordinator will work with students to arrange housing.
For more information on program costs, please be sure to review the Budget Sheets listed above. 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 above may vary depending on major and class standing.
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, scholarship opportunities, and application procedures, please see Funding Study Abroad.
For More Information
Penn State College of Engineering has resources to help students gain international experience. The college's international office is located in 205 Hammond Building, and international engineering envoys are available during fall and spring semesters to help answer your questions. In addition, there is a study abroad advisor in each department in the college who can help to answer academic questions that you may have. Please see http://www.engr.psu.edu/global/ for information about our office, programs for College of Engineering students, and the College of Engineering International Travel Grant. In addition, it is strongly recommended that all College of Engineering students take ENGR 111: Introduction to Cross-Cultural Communication for Engineers, a 1 credit online course, before their semester abroad.
For more information about this program and education abroad at Penn State, we encourage you to meet with 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. Students at University Park can also contact their International Coordinator within their college. If you're not at University Park, students at Commonealth Campuses can contact their Campus Global Representative.
To learn more about the specifics of this program, schedule an appointment with Whitney Strickler, the education abroad adviser for this program.
For the inside scoop on life in a foreign country, be sure to check out the GeoBlogs 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 at the top of this page. You must complete the following materials in your application:
- Education Abroad Questionnaire
- 1 academic recommendation
- Signature Documents
Visit the How to Apply section of our website for more information.
Please note that you will also be instructed to complete an application with the host provider as a part of your Penn State application either at time of application or upon acceptance. Applications open approximately one year before the program term begins.