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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

Many well-known historical figures such as Copernicus, Chopin, and Pope John Paul II called 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 as well as understand historic and modern-day Poland.

While the Polish people speak a Slavic language, the most widely spoken foreign language is English, which helps in eliminating the language barrier for many. Their unique culture is a mix of Eastern and Western traditions. One of Poland's traditions, their ornamental paper cut-outs, is prominently known around the world for its artistic innovation. These cutouts are often used for decorating homes during religious holidays such as Easter and Christmas. The majority of the population is Christian and you will notice the Catholic Church has a major presence in the country.

Education plays a huge role in the Polish society. History shows that Polish scholars had access to European literature as early as the 12th century, making it one of the most educated European countries. Currently, Poland has nearly 300 research institutes with approximately 10,000 researchers. Other statistics show that Poland has over 100 tertiary education institutions and around 91,000 scientists.

When you enter a Polish home, your host family may welcome you with an old Polish expression that accurately explains Polish hospitality: "A guest in the home, God in the home." 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 on a soccer team, as it is Poland’s number one sport. You will also have the chance to enjoy some notable foods of the Polish cuisine such as rye bread, borscht (beet soup), pierogis (dumplings), bigos (a dish of sauerkraut, cabbage, and pork), or other Polish specialties.

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

Pastimes

Most Polish people enjoy attending musical events, going to the movies, and participating in outdoor adventures like rafting, hiking, and boating.

Online Resources

To learn more about Poland, we recommend:

+ Scholarships Available

385 - Holcomb & Farnell Foreign Study Fund
368 - YFU Community Grant
384 - YFU Financial Aid Fund

Learn more about scholarships.

+ Programs & Tuition

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

+ 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 personal spending money.

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 or semester program must be available for a mandatory 3-day National Pre-Departure Orientation, which usually takes place in mid-July. This orientation takes place at a YFU guest house and includes workshops on Polish culture and adaptation to Polish reality, and how to make the most out of their experience. Here you will learn about Polish school and major holidays, and also have an intensive language course. All students will participate in a one-day local pre-departure orientation in May or June. The year and semester programs begin with a three-day arrival orientation. Students will live in youth hostels and will be coordinated by YFU Orientation staff in the duration of the intensive language course, and will be provided with free self-study books and CD resources for learning the Polish language. At the end of this course, you will move to your permanent host family who will host you for the rest of your stay while you attend school. You will also participate in 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!

Cultural Excursions

You and your fellow YFU students, will take trips to places such as Poznań, Warsaw, Krakow, Auschwitz, and other well-known sites. You may also visit Gdansk on the coast of the Baltic Sea. These trips are combined with your mid-year and re-entry orientations (both three days) and are included in the program tuition. Inbound students from the Czech Republic, Slovakia, and the Baltic Sea States are also invited to join us on some of these trips, meaning you'll get the chance to meet students studying abroad throughout the entire region! In addition, you will most likely have the chance to participate in class excursions at your school for a nominal fee.

PROGRAM CODE DEPARTURE RETURN FULL TUITION
Fall Year 0197 mid August early July $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

September 1, 2001-September 1, 2004. Students who do not meet this age requirement will be considered for admission on a case-by-case basis. Students must be under 18 years of age on arrival.

Language

Polish. Previous language study is not required, but students must have motivation to learn Polish.

Host Family Placement

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

+ Semester 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 or semester program must be available for a mandatory 3-day National Pre-Departure Orientation, which usually takes place in mid-July. This orientation takes place at a YFU guest house and includes workshops on Polish culture and adaptation to Polish reality, and how to make the most out of their experience. Here you will learn about Polish school and major holidays, and also have an intensive language course. All students will participate in a one-day local pre-departure orientation in May or June. The year and semester programs begin with a three-day arrival orientation. Students will live in youth hostels and will be coordinated by YFU Orientation staff in the duration of the intensive language course, and will be provided with free self-study books and CD resources for learning the Polish language. At the end of this course, you will move to your permanent host family who will host you for the rest of your stay while you attend school. You will also participate in 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!

Cultural Excursions

You and your fellow YFU students, will take trips to places such as Poznań, Warsaw, Krakow, Auschwitz, and other well-known sites. You may also visit Gdansk on the coast of the Baltic Sea. These trips are combined with your mid-year and re-entry orientations (both three days) and are included in the program tuition. Inbound students from the Czech Republic, Slovakia, and the Baltic Sea States are also invited to join us on some of these trips, meaning you'll get the chance to meet students studying abroad throughout the entire region! In addition, you will most likely have the chance to participate in class excursions at your school for a nominal fee.

PROGRAM CODE DEPARTURE RETURN FULL TUITION
Fall Semester 1359 mid August late January $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

September 1, 2001-September 1, 2004. Students who do not meet this age requirement will be considered for admission on a case-by-case basis. Students must be under 18 years of age on arrival.

Language

Polish. Previous language study is not required, but students must have motivation to learn Polish.

Host Family Placement

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