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Program Type: Faculty-led
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Economics of Poland | Faculty-led Program

The Economics of Poland faculty-led program is designed to allow students to learn, through studying theories and through practical experiences, the concepts relative to international aspects of economics. This will include, but not be limited to the study of international business relations, cultural differences in doing business and communication between people from different cultures, the Polish culture in particular, and differences in economic systems (planned economy and market economy). History and migration aspects will also be discussed.

The major topics and themes of this faculty-led program include:
-   Identify planned economy as an economic system
-   Identify market economy as an economic system
-   How Poland is adopting to market economy
-   Learn about WWII and history of Mass Migration
-   Learn about the relationship between American and Polish businesses
-   Identify culture differences in doing business in the US and Poland
-   Learn about start-up economy in Poland

Students can expect to walk up to 5 miles per day while sightseeing or touring factories. Students will be advised to hydrate, avoid caffeine and alcohol, apply sunscreen, and bring a rain jacket, and umbrella.

PLEASE NOTE: Participation in this program requires a valid passport through at least November 24, 2022. If you do not have a valid passport or your passport is set to expire before this date, please apply for a passport as soon as possible if you hope to participate in this program. 

May 9-23, 2022

Poland: Krakow, Zakopane, Wroclaw, Warsaw, Gdansk, and Bytow

  • BUSA 377 (3 credits)
  • Optional Independent Study for 3 credits (ECON 480). Students may have the option to take an independent study course associated with this faculty-led program for 3 credits during summer 2022. This would bring students to 6 credits in the summer 2022 term. This could allow students to qualify for federal or state summer financial aid. If interested in exploring this option, please contact Dr. Plecka directly (
  • College of Business majors
  • History, Political Science, GSWL, Sociology, and Philosophy students
  • Open to all students
Admission to the College of Business or instructor's permission

  • Range from $5,000 - $5,800 depending on enrollment min/max.
  • The program cost includes: WSU tuition/fees for the 3-credit course as part of this program, roundtrip airfare, transportation throughout the duration of the program, most meals, all lodging, admission & event fees for group educational experiences, international health insurance for the duration of the time in Poland, and the Study Abroad Administrative Fee. 
  • The $500 deposit required as part of the program application is applied toward the final program cost. 
  • PLEASE NOTE: If you are granted permission to enroll in an independent study course associated with this program, your total cost may be higher than the range above to take into consideration the cost of tuition and fees for the additional 3 credits for the independent study. 
Dr. Malgorzata Plecka (

Kathy Jicinsky, Assistant Director of Study Abroad for Faculty-led Programs

  • February 1, 2022 at 4pm: Application deadline. Students will be accepted on a rolling basis. Students will be interviewed prior to acceptance for the program. Complete applications and a $500 confirmation deposit are due to be considered for this program. Any application that remains incomplete will be withdrawn after this deadline.
  • February 8, 2022: If you are accepted for the program and withdraw after this date you are financially responsible for the full cost of the program regardless of participation.
    • NOTE: This deadline is 90 days prior to the start of the program. As detailed in the Eligibility and Cancellation Policies document students must review and electronically sign as part of the application for this program, students may individually and independently purchase Cancel for Any Reason (CFAR) insurance when planning for this study abroad program. Study Abroad will not advise on CFAR policies, nor endorse a particular company/policy. The WSU Study Abroad Cancellation Policies will be enforced uniformly regardless of a student’s purchase of CFAR insurance.   
  • April 18, 2022: Full payment for the program is due by this date. If you can show you have summer financial aid/private loans to cover your outstanding balance for the program, you will be allowed to participate even with a balance as of April 18, 2022.

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2022 02/01/2022 ** Rolling Admission 05/09/2022 05/23/2022

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.