Poland: Business and International Relations Semester with CUE
Cracow is one of Poland’s most beautiful and historically significant cities, packed with rich architecture, hearty cuisine, and bustling nightlife. Cracow University of Economics is located in the city center and is just a short walk from the Main Market Square. With a high quality public transportation system, students can expect to get around the city using buses and trams. High levels of cultural immersion and the affordable cost of living, make Cracow a great opportunity for students looking to study abroad.
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.
The English Track Program offers courses in Polish language and culture, business, economics, political science, international relations, finance, marketing, and more.
CUE Website for Incoming Students
GVSU's partner universities are largely independent programs; prospective participants should carefully consider if this form of study abroad suits their needs before registering. These partnerships allow students to experience a more independent international study abroad, but also require students to have a high level of flexibility and the ability to navigate much of the program independently. Those who prefer additional support may wish to consider other study abroad options such as external study abroad providers and our faculty-led options.
Program Dates and Application Deadline
Estimated Program Dates: September 2023 - January 2024
Application Deadline: February 1, 2023 (Closed)
Academic Year 2023 (Fall 2023-Winter 2024)
Estimated Program Dates: September 2023 - June 2024
Application Deadline: February 1, 2023 (Closed)
Estimated Program Dates: February 2024 - June 2024
Application Deadline: September 1, 2023
Fall semester students are required to stay through February. Early departures are not accommodated.
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List of Fall semester CUE courses taught in English
List of Winter semester CUE courses taught in English
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.
Cost and Scholarships
NOTE: "Other Expenses" listed above are general cost estimates. Due to COVID-19, costs may increase for basic goods and housing. These estimates are provided as a guide to help students in their planning, but they are subject to change.
Questions? Contact [email protected] or 616-331-3898
CUE STIPEND: A stipend of about $334 per month (1300 Zlotys) is provided by Cracow University of Economics for you to pay for food, housing and some misc. living expenses. Amount is subject to change and is limited to 2 semester students per year.
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
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
All travel restrictions to the Republic of Poland have been lifted
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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/
Fall semester (with December break) is 21 weeks in duration.
Winter/CUE's Summer semester is 18 weeks in duration.
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.
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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