- 18 years of age or above
- Good academic and disciplinary standing at Penn State
- 2.75 cumulative GPA or better at the time of application
- Sophomore standing or above at the start of the program
The CIEE Warsaw, Central European Studies 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 CIEE courses are taught in English, with content specific to Poland. All students take a two-week Polish survival course during orientation.
Academic Year: early September - mid May
Fall: early September - mid December
Spring: early February - mid May
Refer to CIEE's website for the specific dates, if available.
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. 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.
Established in 1906, SGH Warsaw School of Economics (known as Szkola Glówna Handlowa in Polish) 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.
Education Abroad in Countries with a Penn State Restricted Travel Designation
In order to comply with Penn State’s International Travel Policy, students interested in studying abroad in countries that Penn State has designated as “restricted” for travel, a petition for a waiver must be submitted. Once a petition is complete, and if the student is approved for study on the program in question, the student may be asked to meet with the Director of Education Abroad and the petition will be reviewed by the Penn State International Restricted Travel Committee (IRTC). The necessary petition will be included in the online application process for this program. To see if your program is taking place in a restricted travel country, please visit the Global Programs website.