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Undergraduate Global Immersion in Poland

Warsaw, Poland: Warsaw School of Economics (SGH)

Program Type

This is a semester exchange program, where students take classes (in English or Polish) directly at a partner university and substitute that semester for a semester at the University of Minnesota. The partner university will send one of their students to the Carlson School of Management to take classes in their place.

Exchanges often require students to demonstrate a high degree of independence, adaptability, and flexibility because support and service may be different from a US university. Examples of differences that exchange students should be prepared to encounter include varying housing options, the amount and timing of program details, grading based less on assignments and more on final exams, and an academic calendar that may differ significantly from the University of Minnesota.

Location and Host School

A democratic country with a stable, robust economy, Poland is an ideal location for study abroad. The Warsaw School of Economics (SGH) is located on the northern edge of the Mokotów district of Warsaw, known for its parks and green spaces, as well as many foreign embassies, major businesses, and the National Library of Poland. The district is one of the better preserved areas of Warsaw, having survived both the Warsaw Uprising and the events of WWII relatively intact.

  • Warsaw is the capital of Poland with 3 million residents
  • Poland joined the EU in 2004
  • Youthful demographic - Warsaw has 300,000 university students and 1 in 5 residents are under the age of 18

Learn more about the city and surrounding area by visiting the Warsaw Tourism Site.

Founded in 1906 and staying open through World War II, the Warsaw School of Economics (SGH) is Poland’s oldest and most prestigious university of economics. SGH has 16,000 students and 900 faculty members and departments include Economics, European Studies, Finance, Accounting, Management, International Business, and Public Economy and Administration. The SGH campus is located in central Warsaw and near bus and tram stops, as well as a metro station.

Academic Calendar

Fall semester: late September to early February

Spring semester: February to late June

When selecting a semester exchange program, students should take note of academic calendars that differ significantly from the University of Minnesota. Consider potential conflicts such as holidays, family events, graduation ceremonies, and summer jobs/internships early in the selection process.

Work with Education Abroad Advisers and the Carlson Business Career Center for support addressing challenges.

Language and Academics

Students are enrolled in 15 S/N Carlson School International Business (IBUS 5100) credits for a semester at SGH and take 4 or 5 full courses (30 ECTS) at SGH to earn 15 Carlson School credits.

International exchange students are offered subjects at the undergraduate level from SGH existing majors including: Economics, European Studies, Finance & Accounting, Management, International Business, Public Economy and Administration. Since all courses offered are also open to regular SGH students, they generate positive exchange of ideas and provoke constructive multicultural teamwork.

For more information, see the International Exchange Student Fact Sheet.

While the majority of courses are in Polish, SGH offers full-time BA and MA programs in English so course options are available. All exchange students may attend beginning Polish language classes and also have access to language tutorials in German, French, Russian, Italian and Spanish.


On-campus, double occupancy accommodations are available for International Exchange students in Sabinki dormitory. The application is online, and can be completed upon acceptance the program by CGI and registration to SGH as an exchange student. Assignments are made on a first-come-first-served basis. For more information on housing, visit SGH’s International Exchange Student Housing site.

Budget Estimate 2013- 2014

These estimates will vary based on student preference and exchange rates. All details subject to change based on economic and international factors. Most financial aid may be applied to study abroad programs.

2013-2014 Tuition $6,530
Program Fee (includes program administration and intl health insurance*) $2,500
Transportation (to and from program site) $1,000
Documentation** (passport, visa, immunizations) $250
Books and Materials $100
Room and/or Board $2,000
Essential Daily Living Expenses $600
Miscellaneous $500
Total $13,480

*Students should also maintain their U.S.-based health insurance plan while abroad.

**Subject to change. Please verify current documentation costs with the Consulate.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Most financial aid may be applied to study abroad. In addition, University of Minnesota students are eligible for education abroad scholarships. See Scholarships and Finances for additional information, and Costs and Billing for budget planning and cost comparison tools.

Scholarships are available through the Global Programs and Strategy Alliance.


To be eligible for this education abroad program, you must be:

  • A University of Minnesota student who has successfully completed the I-Core curriculum or equivalent coursework
  • In good academic standing with a minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Additional criteria may apply and meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee acceptance

The University of Minnesota is committed to the policy that all persons shall have equal access to its programs, facilities and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, or sexual orientation.

Application and Selection

Application materials include the online application form, a resume, and essay. Submit a completed application by the February 28th priority deadline prior to the academic year in which you wish to participate. Programs that do not fill following the priority deadline will be reviewed on a rolling admissions basis.

Admission to all programs is based on review of your application by the study abroad selection committee, and selection notifications are sent out within one month of the priority deadline or receipt of application during rolling admission. Once selected, students are given the opportunity to confirm acceptance, at which point they are subject to Education Abroad policies

All details subject to change based on economic and international factors.

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