Poland: Cracow University of Economics (Semester/Year)

The Cracow University of Economics (CUE) was established in 1925, shortly after Poland had regained its independence after World War I. Since then, Cracow University of Economics has become a well-respected institution of higher education. GVSU and CUE (formerly known as the Academy of Economics) have mutually benefited from international cooperation through an exchange that started in 1975. This program is best suited for highly independent, and flexible students who are seeking a full immersion experience in a Polish University. Currently, students are required to find their own accommodations, and will be required to navigate many administrative necessities with some limited on-site support. While there are basic support services available through this program, participants should not expect to receive the same level and types of support they are accustomed to at GVSU.

The English Track Program offers courses in Polish language and culture , business, economics, political science, international relations, finance, marketing, and more.

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2.5 GPA Required
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Program Dates and Application Deadline

Fall 2020

Estimated Program Dates: September 2020 - February 2021
Application Deadline: February 1, 2020 (Closed)

Academic Year 2020 (Fall 2020 - Winter 2021)

Estimated Program Dates: September 2020 - June 2021
Application Deadline: February 1, 2020 (Closed)

Winter 2021

Estimated Program Dates: February 2021 - June 2021
Application Deadline: September 10, 2020

Fall 2021

Estimated Program Dates: September 2021 - February 2022
Application Deadline: February 1, 2021

Academic Year 2021 (Fall 2021-Winter 2022)

Estimated Program Dates: September 2021 - June 2022
Application Deadline: February 1, 2021

Fall semester students are required to stay through February. Early departures are not accommodated.



Directions for navigating the CUE course information: Look/Search for Syllabus documents and click to download. **Note not all descriptions are accessible, some will have to be requested.

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Pre-Approved Courses Note: This course list indicates courses that have been previously approved. It is not a list of available courses on this program.

Course Approval Process Students registering for courses that have not been pre-approved will need to follow the course approval instructions. 

Students interested in satisfying general education courses abroad can find more information on our General Education page.

Note: CUE uses the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). In general, 2 ECTS credits is equivalent to 1 US credit. Students must take the equivalent of 26-30 ECTS credits each semester.


Students studying at Cracow University of Economics are responsible for securing their own housing for the semester or year. Students usually live in apartments near the CUE campus or within a 20 minute walk.

Past students have found affordable accommodation within a day or two of arrival to Cracow. Students can also secure housing prior to their arrival in Cracow by searching online for available housing units. CUE Accommodate Tutors are available for students who would like assistance with this process. Students should keep in mind that most housing units in Cracow offer washing machines, but dryers are less common. Instead, drying racks are used to air dry clothes.

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Cost and Scholarships


Tuition & Registration (paid to GVSU): $8,086  

  • Tuition, 12-15 credits ($6,750)
  • IS 380 registration fee ($336)
  • Program Fee ($1,000)

Other expenses (estimate) $7,493 - $9,235 

  • Airfare & transport from airport( $1,500)
  • Housing ($2,450 - $3,850)
  • Meals ($1,375 - $1,625)
  • Health Insurance ($208-$300)
  • Passport/Visa ($410)
  • Books & Supplies ($150)
  • Personal Expenses ($1,400)

GVSU students will receive a stipend from CUE of approx. $250/month and a GVSU grant of at least $500. 

Total Estimated Cost (with grant and stipend) =  $14,044 - $15,786 (per semester) 

Cost Breakdown


International Exchange Grant ($1,000): Students are automatically considered when they apply to the program. Decisions will be made following the deadline for application.  Questions? Contact studyabroad@gvsu.edu or 616-331-3898

CUE STIPEND: A stipend of about $250 per month is provided by Cracow University of Economics for you to pay for food, housing and some misc. living expenses. Amount is subject to change. 

Seidman College of Business Study Abroad Scholarship: SCB offers a study abroad scholarship for SCB majors who wish to participate in a qualified study abroad or international internship program.  Awards are based on program costs and financial need.  Apply online using GVSU MyScholarships: https://gvsu.academicworks.com/opportunities/3103

Padnos Scholarship (Up to $15,000): The Barbara H. Padnos International Scholars program provides scholarships for year long study abroad programs (Students must study abroad for 2 semesters or more). The average scholarship ranges from $5,000-$15,000. APPLY NOW

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Students must be degree-seeking, have attended at least one semester at GVSU, and have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 at the time of application

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When studying abroad, it is important to learn about the culture of your host country.

For information on music, food, language, news & more, view Cultural Information

Campus Info / Campus Life

Campus life in Cracow is very much part of the life of the city. Most students will live walking distance, or a short bus ride from both the city center and CUE campus. CUE is about a 15 minute walk to the city center where students have access to lots of wonderful restaurants, shops and activities. Cracow is a very vibrant, student-friendly city that embraces the arts, and is also one of the country’s most important economic and historical areas. Students are strongly encouraged to connect with the Erasmus Student Network (ESN) as soon as they arrive in Cracow. The ESN offers a lot of support to new students, and can assist you in securing a discount card.

Recommended website for travel within Europe: https://www.goeuro.com/

Restaurants and Cafes

Fall semester (with December break) is 21 weeks in duration.

Winter/CUE's Summer semester is 18 weeks in duration.

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Visa Requirements

US citizens will be required to apply for a long-term national visa to study in Poland for a semester or a year. For additional application instructions, review the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Chicago website.

Students can also view our student visa guide for further instructions and information. Please note that the appropriate consulate or embassy must be consulted for the most up-to-date visa information.

Arrival Information

Students will fly into Krakow. The airport is about 20 minutes from the city center. If you are interested, you can request a student mentor to help you the first week or so while you get settled in. CUE students are often willing to meet international students at the airport upon their arrival. Information will be available from the International Programmes Office. Participants can expect to make their own flight arrangements to CUE. Past students have suggested including LOT airlines in the search for the best flight deals. LOT airlines typically fly in and out of Chicago, but may offer competitive rates.

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Contact Information

Padnos International Center
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