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Poland

You will find your stay in Poland adventurous, educational, and full of opportunities to make life-long friends and understand Polish culture. 

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Study in Poland

Copernicus, Chopin, and Pope John Paul II were happy to call Poland home, and now you can too! You will find your stay in Poland adventurous, educational, and full of opportunities to make life-long friends and understand Polish culture. 

+ More About Poland

Dobry dzień! (Good day!) Although most people you meet will speak Polish, the most widely spoken foreign language is English, which helps many exchange students in eliminating the language barrier. Poland is famous for its inclusive culture filled with Eastern and Western traditions. As one of the first European countries with organized education, Education plays a huge role in the Polish society.

As a member of a Polish family, you will have an opportunity to participate in a wide range of activities including celebrating holidays, attending cultural events, and spending time outdoors. If you enjoy sports, you may have the chance to participate in a soccer team, as it is Poland’s number one sport. You will also have the chance to enjoy some notable foods in Polish cuisine such as rye bread, borscht (beet soup), pierogis (dumplings), and bigos (a dish of sauerkraut, cabbage, and pork).

You will surely be welcomed, well-fed and challenged intellectually if you choose to spend your exchange in Poland.

+ Scholarships Available

YFU USA is proud to send over 200 American students on cultural exchange with a full or partial scholarship each year. Financial assistance may be in the form of a merit-based scholarship, needs-based financial aid, or Legacy Grant for students who are previously involved in the YFU Community. Scholarships may vary in deadline, requirements, and eligibility. To learn more, please visit our Scholarships Page to find details on the following scholarships eligible for Poland:

Holcomb & Farnell Foreign Study Fund
YFU Legacy Grant
YFU Financial Aid Fund

+ Programs & Tuition

Fall Year: $14,995
Fall Semester: $13,995
Spring Semester: $13,995

Applications for tuition based programs must be submitted by October 1 for winter/spring departure programs and March 15 for summer and fall. Applications submitted after this date will be considered on a case by case basis depending upon availability.

+ Additional Information

Visa Information

Information concerning Visas will be provided upon enrollment. To learn more about the process, you can refer to the Polish Embassy.

Additional Costs

Program tuition does not include visa fees, school related expenses such as textbooks, school activities, and transportation costs. Personal spending money is not included in tuition.

Application Deadlines

The application deadline for all winter and spring departure programs (January-March) is October 1. The deadline to apply for scholarships is December 1. The deadline for all summer or fall departure programs (June-September) is March 15. Programs can fill up before the deadline, so we encourage early submission!

Choose Your Program

+ Academic Year Program

During your stay in Poland, you will live with a Polish host family and attend a local high school. Part of your experience will be:

School

Your Polish education will take place in a secondary technical or secondary grammar school, with 10 to 12 courses during the school year. Polish secondary students usually follow a previously elected profile of coursework throughout their 3 years of education. This means that they decide "majors" similar to those in American colleges. After students determine their profile, they are assigned a class, which is made up of students who share similar interests.

Orientations

All students applying for a year program must be available for a mandatory 3-day National Pre-Departure Orientation, which usually takes place in mid-July. All students will participate in a one-day local pre-departure orientation in May or June.

Students will have a 3-day arrival orientation in Poland. During the orientation students will have an intensive language course, and will be provided with free self-study books and CD resources. There will also be a mid-year orientation between semesters and a re-entry orientation towards the end of your program. All orientation costs are included in program tuition.

Extracurriculars

Because of its beautiful and diverse landscape, Poland is host to endless outdoor activities such as hiking and mountain biking. Sports are very popular in Poland, namely skiing, soccer, and many watersports!

Optional Excursions

Year program students will also usually have the option of participating in a number of educational trips and excursions during their stay, at an additional cost.

Trip to Cracow: During this 3-day trip students will have the opportunity to visit Poland's second largest city! While visiting this historic Polish city, students will visit some of the most important cultural sites such as Old Town, the Jewish District, Schindler's Factory, and the Auschwitz Concentration Camp.

Trip to Tri-Cities: This weekend trip has typically taken place in the spring. Students will travel with their host siblings to discover the beautiful Polish seaside and explore the sceanic coast of the Baltic Sea. While visiting the Northern Tri-City there will be sightseeing in the towns of Sopot, Gdynia, and Gdansk.

PROGRAM DEPARTURE RETURN FULL TUITION
Fall Year Late August Late June $14,995

Tuition Includes

  • Placement with a host family
  • Enrollment in a local Polish high school
  • Airport transfers
  • Domestic and international travel
  • All pre-departure and post arrival orientations
  • Pre-program support by trained YFU staff
  • Support from a YFU Poland Area Representative while on program
  • Comprehensive insurance

Age Requirement

  • 2020 Fall Departures: Students born September 1, 2002 - August 31, 2005.
  • Students who do not meet this age requirement will be considered for admission on a case-by-case basis. Students who graduate before the start of their program will not be considered for admission.

Language

Polish. Previous language study is not required, but students must have motivation to learn Polish. Students will attend an intensive Polish language course and be provided with self-study resources.

Host Family Placement

Students may be placed in host families throughout the entire country. Students are rarely placed in large urban centers.

+ Semester Programs

During your stay in Poland, you will live with a Polish host family and attend a local high school. Part of your experience will be:

School

Your Polish education will take place in a secondary technical or secondary grammar school, with 10 to 12 courses during the school year. Polish secondary students usually follow a previously elected profile of coursework throughout their 3 years of education. This means that they decide "majors" similar to those in American colleges. After students determine their profile, they are assigned a class, which is made up of students who share similar interests.

Orientations

All students applying for a semester program must be available for a mandatory 3-day National Pre-Departure Orientation, which usually takes place in mid-July or early December (Spring departures). All students applying for the Fall semester will participate in a one-day local pre-departure orientation in May or June.

Students will have a 3-day arrival orientation in Poland. During the orientation students will have an intensive language course, and will be provided with free self-study books and CD resources. There will also be a re-entry orientation towards the end of your program. All orientation costs are included in program tuition.

Extracurriculars

Because of its beautiful and diverse landscape, Poland is host to endless outdoor activities such as hiking and mountain biking. Sports are very popular in Poland, namely skiing, soccer, and many watersports!

Optional Excursions

Semester program students will also usually have the option of participating in a number of educational trips and excursions during their stay, at an additional cost.

Trip to Cracow: During this 3-day trip students will have the opportunity to visit Poland's second largest city! While visiting this historic Polish city, students will visit some of the most important cultural sites such as Old Town, the Jewish District, Schindler's Factory, and the Auschwitz Concentration Camp.

Trip to Tri-Cities: This weekend trip has typically taken place in the spring and is offered to students on the Spring semester program. Students will travel with their host siblings to discover the beautiful Polish seaside and explore the sceanic coast of the Baltic Sea. While visiting the Northern Tri-City there will be sightseeing in the towns of Sopot, Gdynia, and Gdansk.

PROGRAM DEPARTURE RETURN FULL TUITION
Fall Semester Late August Mid January $13,995
Spring Semester Late January Late June $13,995

Tuition Includes

  • Placement with a host family
  • Enrollment in a local Polish high school
  • Airport transfers
  • Domestic and international travel
  • All pre-departure and post arrival orientations
  • Pre-program support by trained YFU staff
  • Support from a YFU Poland Area Representative while on program
  • Comprehensive insurance

Age Requirement

  • 2020 Fall Departures: Students born September 1, 2002 - August 31, 2005.
  • 2020 Spring Departures: Students born February 1, 2002 - January 31, 2005.
  • Students who do not meet this age requirement will be considered for admission on a case-by-case basis. Students who graduate before the start of their program will not be considered for admission.

Language

Polish. Previous language study is not required, but students must have motivation to learn Polish. Students will attend an intensive Polish language course and be provided with self-study resources.

Host Family Placement

Students may be placed in host families throughout the entire country. Students are rarely placed in large urban centers.