Social Sciences (Semester), Intensive Polish (Summer): At a Glance

University: University of Wroclaw
Fields of Study: Political Science, Gender Studies, Sociology, Anthropology, Jewish Studies, Theater, History, International Relations, Law, Psychology, Polish Language, Culture
Dates: February 10, 2016 to June 30, 2016 - Spring
September 29, 2015 to December 22, 2015 - Fall
September 29, 2016 to February 16, 2017 - Fall 2
July 07, 2016 to August 04, 2016 - Summer
Credit: 15-18 - Spring
15-18 - Fall
15-18 - Fall 2
6-7 - Summer
Deadlines: November 30, 2015 - Spring
June 29, 2015 - Fall
June 29, 2016 - Fall 2
May 07, 2016 - Summer
Price: $9,500 - Spring
$9,000 - Fall
$9,500 - Fall 2
$3,300 - Summer
Housing: Residence Hall
Minimum Age: 18

Program Highlights:

The University of Wroclaw offers exciting programs throughout the year!

For the semester/academic year, you can take a variety of social science courses and transfer them to your major. These courses are perfect for students majoring in political science, history, international relations, psychology, sociology, etc. If you are interested in studying the Polish language, language classes are also available.

For the summer, the university offers a course in Intensive Polish language & culture.

The University:

The University of Wroclaw is one of the best and largest universities in the Silesia region. It has a rich history of more than three centuries. Since the beginning of the 20th century, the university has produced 9 Nobel Prize winners, such as Theodor Mommsen, Philipp Lenard, Eduard Buchner, Paul Ehrlich, Fritz Haber, Friedrich Bergius, Erwin Schrödinger, Otto Stern, and Max Born. Today there are more than 40,000 students studying at ten departments. The university takes pride in providing the highest level of education and offers a wide variety of courses in English for exchange students, so it is a perfect place to study abroad.

The City:

Wroclaw is located in Lower Silesia, and it is the fourth largest city in Poland. Most visitors remember it as a city of quaint bridges and canals (there are 12 islands and 112 bridges!). It also called the cultural center of the region due to its museums, tourist sites, theaters, galleries, music festivals, and numerous cultural events. There are wonderful restaurants and green parks, making it an attractive study abroad location. Moreover, within the city there are 13 institutions of higher education, so there are plenty of college students to meet!

Courses & Descriptions:

SEMESTER

Generally you will take 4 to 5 courses . Polish language courses are available. Most courses are worth 45 hours (3 semester credits). All elective courses are taught in English. You can earn between 15 and 18 credits per semester.

SUMMER

The intensive Polish language course is taught on different levels by experienced and competent teachers. If you are a beginner, it will allow you to quickly learn the basics of the language, necessary in some important communication situations (conversations at the post office, the train station, at the doctor’s, shopping, asking for directions, etc.). More advanced students will have a chance to develop their speaking, reading, writing and grammar skills. The course consists of 110 teaching hours. This includes 80 hours of language instructions and 30 hours of additional language activities, such as practice with phonetics and intonation, vocabulary, word formation and finally exercises in writing and speaking.

In the afternoon students can attend lectures devoted to various aspects of the Polish culture, with a special emphasis on the local culture of Wroclaw. Students can also practice their Polish skills during the numerous extra-curricular activities organized in the evenings.


Sample Course Listing

UWRC Transatlantic Relations: Europe and the United States as the World’s Two Greatest Powers - Credits: 3

UWRC An Anthropological Analysis of the Transitional Process in Europe - Credits: 3

UWRC Central Europe and Poland since 1918 - Credits: 3

UWRC Communism and Democracy in Poland - Credits: 3

UWRC Contemporary Polish Society in Transition - Credits: 3

UWRC European Law - Credits: 3

UWRC Gender and Society - Credits: 3

UWRC German-Polish Relations after World War II - Credits: 3

UWRC Governing Europe? Evolution of European Integration - Credits: 3

UWRC History of Silesian Art and Culture - Credits: 3

UWRC Nationalism and Ethnicity in Eastern European History - Credits: 3

UWRC Individuals in Different Cultural Circles - Credits: 3

UWRC International Criminal Law - Credits: 3

UWRC International Protection of Human Rights - Credits: 3

UWRC International Public Law - Credits: 3

UWRC International Relations Theory - Credits: 3

UWRC Israeli – Palestinian Conflict - Credits: 3

UWRC Nationalism and Ethnicity in Eastern European History - Credits: 3

UWRC Opposition and Social Resistance in Poland (1944-1989) - Credits: 3

UWRC Polish Foreign Policy - Credits: 3

UWRC Polish Theater in Context - Credits: 3

UWRC Polish-Jewish Relations in the 20th Century - Credits: 3

UWRC Political Philosophy: An Introduction - Credits: 3

UWRC Populism and Media Democracy - Credits: 3

UWRC The Policy of the United States of America Towards the Middle East - Credits: 3

UWRC The Influence of Migration Processes in Contemporary Europe - Credits: 3

UWRC Twentieth-Century Political Ideologies - Credits: 3

Transfer Credit:

Wroclaw University is fully accredited by the Polish Ministry of Education. Most colleges and universities allow you to transfer credit from courses taken abroad. Before applying it’s important to speak with the study abroad advisor at your home institution to obtain pre-approval for your courses and determine how many credits you’ll receive. Every educational institution has different policies about transferring credit, so we encourage you to follow your institution’s regulations. Usually the number of credits that you receive depends on the number of teaching hours. Following the American system, we suggest awarding 1 semester credit for every 15 hours of class time or 1 quarter credit for every 10 hours of class time.

After completing the program, we’ll send your registrar or study abroad advisor an official transcript with the course titles, course hours, and grades. Your university will need this transcript to transfer credit.

Financial Aid:

It is possible to transfer your financial aid to pay for some or all of the program costs. The first step is to check with your home institution’s financial aid advisor before applying. Since every home institution has different rules, only your advisor can tell you what kind of aid can transfer. Study Abroad Poland is happy to provide you with a certificate of enrollment or any other documents that your university might require.

Scholarships are available on our scholarships page.

Application Deadline(s):

November 30, 2015 - Spring

June 29, 2015 - Fall

June 29, 2016 - Fall 2

May 07, 2016 - Summer

Late applications will be considered on an individual basis.

Applying for our programs is simple! Fill out the on-line application form and wait for more information from us.

Why Study Here

Meet a Diverse Student Body

At Wroclaw Univeristy there are lots of Polish students as well as a large group of exchange students, so you are bound to have a truly international experience!

Enjoy the Cosmopolitan City

Wroclaw is a cosmopolitan city – overflowing with cultural and social events. It is a perfect setting for a college campus. Wroclaw University is located in the heart of the Old Town.

Live, Eat, Breathe History

A little bit of history can be uncovered on every one of Wroclaw’s streets – the Old Town and the numerous monuments and museums will teach you about Poland’s rich history.

Get a Bang for Your Buck

Wroclaw is an affordable destination – your dollar still goes a long way!

Prices

  • $9,500 - Spring
  • $9,000 - Fall
  • $9,500 - Fall 2
  • $3,300 - Summer

What's Included

Tuition and Fees

The program includes full tuition and fees at the University of Wroclaw.

Official Transcript

Two months after completing the program, we’ll send your home university an official transcript from the University of Wroclaw. This allows you to transfer credit back to your university (with prior approval from your advisor). The transcript contains the course title, grade, and credit hours for each course.

Housing

During the program you’ll live in a double room in a residence hall in Wroclaw. This is a great way to meet other students and get involved in student activities.

Meals (Summer Students)

Summer students will be provided with 2 meals a day (breakfast and lunch) in the student cafeteria.

Airport Transfers

In order to make your arrival go smoothly, your Program Director will meet you at Wroclaw International Airport. He/she will take you in a taxi to your apartment and help you move in. At the end of the program, the Director will also take you to the airport before departure.

In-country Orientation

You’ll take part in a 2-day orientation session at the beginning of the program. The Program Director will provide you with helpful advice and tips for living in Wroclaw, review the schedule of activities for the program, distribute cell phones, and teach a survival Polish class.

Use of a Pre-Paid Cell Phone

During the orientation session you’ll be provided with a cell phone and a number of initial minutes. You’ll be responsible for recharging your phone with minutes. A cell phone is a great way to keep in touch with your friends and family back home. Also, text messaging is a popular and economical way to communicate with your friends in Poland.

Transportation Pass

To help you travel smoothly around Wroclaw, we’ll provide you with a transportation pass that can be used on all buses and trams.

Activities & Excursions

Activities and excursions will be planned throughout the program. These are designed to help you get to know the Polish culture better. Some sample activities include a tour of Wroclaw, museum trips, art galleries, films, concerts, and many more. For semester students, there will also be weekend trips to Krakow (including the Wieliczka Salt Mines and Auschwitz) and Warsaw. For the summer students there will be weekend trips to cities close to Wroclaw.

Health Insurance

You’ll be provided with a short-term accident and sickness medical plan that is especially designed for students studying abroad.

Program Director

Throughout the program, you’ll receive on-site support from the Program Director. The director will meet you at the airport, lead the orientation session, organize activities, and be available 24 hours a day.

International Student Identity Card

All students are issued a complimentary International Student Identity Card (ISIC), which gives you great student discounts on airfare, rail passes, accommodation, sightseeing, food, shopping and more. Over 40,000 discounts are available around the world!

What You'll Need

Meals (Semester Students)

For semester students, meals are not included, but you will have a kitchen available in your residence hall so that you can cook your own meals. Food is very affordable in Wroclaw. Many students also like to eat out. There are small cafes and quaint restaurants close to the university for you to enjoy.

Spending Money

Wroclaw is an affordable European city to live in. You will need to bring spending money for food, personal items, additional travel, and entertainment.

Round-trip Airfare to Poland

Student travel agencies provide great deals on airfare to Poland. The average round-trip ticket costs around $800.

Textbooks

Generally textbooks are much cheaper in Poland and professors use a lot of readers and photo copies rather than expensive books. You should plan on bringing $100 per term for books.

Pre-paid Phone Cards for Your Cell

At the beginning of the program you will be provided with a Polish cell phone and an initial amount of minutes (ca. $30). During the program you will need to purchase your own phone cards to refill your minutes. Your Program Director will show you where to buy these.