Program Details: Cracow University of Economics (STAIR)
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STAIR is a cooperative academic program that began in 2008 between Cracow University of Economics (CUE) in Cracow, Poland and Grand Valley State University. The primary goal of this program is to facilitate student and faculty exchanges between the partner universities in the area of Transatlantic International Relations. Selected GVSU candidates will earn a bachelor-level diploma in International Relations from Cracow University of Economics at the end of the program. In 1974, Cracow University of Economics became one of GVSU's first exchange partners. Since that time, students from both institutions have enjoyed incredibly enriching exchanges.
This exchange program requires students to have a high level of independence and self-reliance to navigate and manage the various administrative necessities. This program is ideal for students who are seeking a full immersion into a highly regarded Polish university.
Cracow University of Economics Homepage
Double Diploma website (reference materials for all STAIR participants)
Formerly the capital of the Polish Kingdom, Cracow is located in southern Poland on the banks of the Wisla River, less than three hours by train from Warsaw and only one hour from the Tatra Mountains. The city is the educational and cultural center of Poland, with an abundance of museums, theaters, concerts, and festivals. Being one of the few major European cities that escaped total devastation during World War II, many of Cracow’s original medieval structures still stand. Cracow has also been designated as a UNESCO world historical site.
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A PIC Partnership Grant is available ($2,000 each) unlimited number of grants available per year for this program.
Any student studying abroad for a semester is automatically considered for the Study Abroad Semester Grand, click here for the grant guidelines.
The cost of any study abroad program depends to a large extent on the participant's personal spending habits and lifestyle.
US citizens will be required to apply for a long-term national visa to study in Poland for the academic year. For additional application instructions, review the information available on the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Chicago's website.
Students can also view our student visa guide for further information and instructions. Please note that the appropriate consulate or embassy must be consulted for the most up-to-date visa information.
Housing and Meals
Students studying at Cracow University of Economics generally live in apartments near the CUE campus. Students are required to find their own accommodations in Cracow. Past participants have always found affordable accommodation within a couple of days after arrival. CUE can pair you up with an accommodation tutor who will assist you in finding housing during your first few days. Most housing units will offer access to a washing machine, but not a dryer. Students can use air racks for drying clothes.
Academic Program & Courses
**NOTE** For equivalencies for the STAIR dual degree program, students MUST work with Polly Diven in order to guarantee that you have fulfilled the degree requirements for both degrees.
Academic Year: September—July
Directions for searching for course syllabi: Look/Search for Syllabus documents and will be under the links for Syllabuses - CF - full time bachelor and Syllabuses - CF - part time bachelor. **Note not all descriptions are accessible, some will have to be requested.
List of CUE courses that have been pre-approved by GVSU faculty
If the course you wish to take at CUE appears on the "Existing Course Equivalencies" list, you do not need to secure course approval for that course. The courses listed have already been approved by the relevant GVSU academic department.
STAIR Application Process
Step 1 - Students must apply and be accepted into the GVSU OASIS application system.
Step 2 - The Padnos International Center will provide all applicants with application instructions after the OASIS priority deadline.
Step 3 - Students must complete all required application materials for CUE.
Step 4 - Students receive admission into the program and are provided with additional pre-arrival instructions.
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 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 including offering assistance on applying for discount cards.
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.