Poland: A Survey of Polish Culture

Spring/Summer: May 8 - May 23, 2018

Experience Poland first-hand while learning about its past, present and future. Learn about a lesser-known country that is undergoing fast economic, political and cultural transformations, while holding on to its cultural identity and traditional European life styles. Learn about the challenges and opportunities for Polish-American cultural and economic exchange and discover the beauty of Poland!

Join us for a two-week-long educational trip to Poland.Spend eight exciting days in Krakow exploring the city and its surroundings, two days in the mountain resort town of Zakopane, and two days in Poland's capital Warsaw. Visit Wawel Castle, the old towns of Krakow and Warsaw, Auschwitz- Birkenau camps, the world-famous Wieliczka Salt Mines (all on the list of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites), Chopin's birthplace in Zelazowa Wola and the most holy of Polish shrines, Czestochowa (shrine of the Black Madonna).

Learn first-hand about Polish history, art, music, business, government and way of life, as well as witness recent American and Western European influences on Polish culture. While in Poland, you will taste real Polish cuisine, have fun at a Polish students' carnival called "Juvenalia", explore the museums and clubs of Krakow and Warsaw, hike in the beautiful Tatry Mountains and soak afterwards in the warm mineral waters in neighboring Slovakia. During a stopover on the way to Poland you will also visit Frankfurt in Germany.

The faculty of the highly renowned Jagiellonian University will conduct lectures and sightseeing tours during the trip.


Program Cost: $1,625 excludes tuition and airfare

Costs Included: housing, class trips, most in-country transportation, some group dinners, international health insurance, and administrative fees.

Additional Costs:
Airfare, tuition, additional meals, personal expenses, and passport processing fees.

The Office of Study Abroad and Global Programs reserves the right to cancel this program, revise its offerings, or to make any adjustments to the preliminary cost estimates due to conditions beyond its control.

In addition to program cost, students will pay current published fees to WSU for 1-3 credit hours at the appropriate level through the normal tuition payment process. Students with questions regarding the tuition and fee assessment rate may contact Registration and Scheduling at (313) 577-3541 or view: http://www.classschedule.wayne.edu/

Payment Information: 
A deposit of $625 is due within 14 days of acceptance 

The remaining balance is due in three equal payments on the following dates:

February 9, 2018 $500
March 10, 2018 $500


Passport and Visa:
In order to travel to Poland, you will need a passport which is valid for 3 months after your return date. Please click here for more general information on passports and visas.


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Zakopane, Krakow & Warsaw, Poland

Course work

Academic Focus: German and Slavic Studies

POL 2710 is an introductory cultural survey from beginnings of the Polish state to present. Polish society and cultural developments will be analyzed in comparative contexts. The Program fullfills the University Foreign Culture Requirement (taken as POL 2710). 


POL 2710 (FC) (CD) Survey of Polish Culture 3 credits
POL 3990 Directed Study 1-3 credits

Alina Klin

Prerequisites and Eligibility:
Undergraduate and graduate Wayne State University students are eligible to participate as well students from other universities and colleges interested in receiving college level credits.

Selection of applicants is done on a rolling basis; students are evaluated and considered for admission throughout the academic year. You will be notified of your acceptance status by the Study Abroad Programs Office. If you wish to participate, you will be required to sign and return the Decision Form and Waiver and Release Statement to accept the terms of the program and secure your place.

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Fill out an application here.

What happens next?
After you submit your application, transcript, and $50 application fee, we will forward it to the program director (usually the professor leading the program) who makes the final admissions decision. Each program has a slightly different set of criteria. If anything else is required, someone will contact you. After we receive the decision, we will send you a letter informing you of the outcome. If you are admitted, you will have 2 weeks to accept your place and pay your non-refundable deposit.

All correspondence and acceptance will be made by our office via email. Be sure to list an email address that you regularly check on your application. It is your responsibiltiy to make sure you are receiving pertinent documents. If you are worried that your email account is rejecting our email, please contact our office immediately.

For more information, please contact:

The Office of Study Abroad and Global Programs
(313) 577-3207

Alina Klin
(313) 577- 6245