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Research Central & Eastern Europe in Comparative Perspective - Summer School in Social Sciences in Warsaw

Program Highlights


June 15 - July 17, 2015


OSU Sponsored





Host University

Polish Academy of Sciences

Academic Credit

International Studies
Political Science

Application Deadline

April 15, 2015
Term: 1154


2.7 cumulative GPA;
Sociology 3487 for undergraduate students;
Sociology 3649 or Political Science 3685 for graduate students or permission of instructor

Program Costs

Ohio State Tuition + 3,499 (See "Program Costs" Section for details)

Contact Information

Caitlin King (.1571)

Resident Directors

Kazimierz M. Slomczynski


The Ohio State Summer School in Social Sciences is an intellectually stimulating training and research program offered in Poland, at the Polish Academy of Sciences. Students engage in four weeks of classroom instruction and research in Warsaw, and have individual consultations with the Resident Director upon their return to Ohio State during the month of August. The program contains two tracks, one for undergraduates and one for graduate students, to provide students at different academic levels the opportunity to engage firsthand in studying post-communist European countries in comparative perspective.

Field trips and cultural activities complement classroom work. Trips of particular interest include a two-day visit to the city of Lodz and a three-day visit to Krakow. In addition to participation in lectures and discussions in the classroom and on historical walking tours of Warsaw, Lodz and Krakow, students have the opportunity to visit major international organizations that assess social, political cultural change in the region, such as the European Union Info Point and the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights, important historical spaces, such as the Warsaw Ghetto and Auschwitz, and Krakow's Main Market Square, which has held important cultural events for hundreds of years, and 21st Century interactive museums such as the Museum of the 1944 Warsaw Uprising and the Oscar Schindler Factory Museum (made famous in the Academy Award winning film, Schindler's List). Taken together, they provide a unique and holistic educational Study Abroad experience.


Warsaw, Poland's capital city is one of the most thriving academic centers in the region with a vibrant cosmopolitan life. Poland is an excellent site for studying social and political change in Central and Eastern Europe due to its leading role during the post-communist transformation and its current position as the largest new member of the European Union.

Courses and Credits

Undergraduate students will earn 12 semester credit hours for: Sociology 3549: Statistics in Sociology (3 credit hours), (b) its application to substantive problems pertaining to social and political change in Central and Eastern Europe, subsumed by the Sociology 4998: Undergraduate Research in Sociology (6 credit hours), and (c) Sociology 5503 Social Change in Central and Eastern Europe (3 credit hours). In departments different than Sociology the Study Abroad course will be considered as equivalent of other equivalent courses if pre-approved by appropriate department.

For graduate students, the Study Abroad course covers (a) training in comparative methods in the social sciences (7850 Sociological Research Methods, 3 credit hours), and (b) its application to research in substantive problems pertaining to social and political change in Central and Eastern Europe, subsumed by the 6999 Research for Thesis, or 8999 Research For Dissertation, 7-12 credit hours, depending on classroom contact hours in consultation sessions. In departments different than Sociology the Study Abroad course will be considered as equivalent of other equivalent courses if pre-approved by appropriate department.


Ohio State students stay at Hotel Hera, which offers clean, safe double occupancy rooms with private bathroom and refrigerator, on-site cooking and laundry facilities, wireless internet, 24 hour reception, and a free breakfast every day. Hera is minutes away from public transportation and is conveniently near restaurants and food markets. Hotel Hera, owned and operated by the University of Warsaw, is located just outside of historic Lazienki Park: on the green grounds of Warsaw's largest park is an 18th Century castle, two 17th Century palaces, a Roman-inspired amphitheatre, and free summer piano concerts underneath the statue of Frederic Chopin.

Program Costs

You are responsible for paying The Ohio State University tuition plus a $3,449 program fee. The program fee includes accommodation in Warsaw and all visiting sites, instruction and materials, local transportation, program-related field trips, and supplemental health insurance. It also includes a number of meals (all breakfasts, seven lunches, and four dinners). Students are responsible for arranging and paying for their international round-trip airfare, pre-departure expenses, the remaining meals and other personal expenses.

This program fee has been generously subsidized by The College of Arts and Sciences.

If students withdraw or become ineligible any time eleven days after the acceptance notification, they will be held responsible for a cancellation fee. Please refer to OIA's Cancellation Policy.

Application Information

Applicants must submit the Office of International Affairs Study Abroad Application online via Buckeyelink. Please note that upon application, a $150 application fee will be assessed to your Statement of Account. The application fee will be refunded only if you are not accepted or submit a written request to withdraw your application prior to the application deadline.


Students should begin researching funding opportunities before they have been accepted into a study abroad program. Grants and Scholarships deadlines may occur before the study abroad program application deadline.

Special Petition Process

In the event that a U.S. Department of State travel warning is issued for this country, study abroad will be possible only by special petition.* If a travel warning exists at the time of acceptance, the petition must be included as part of the program acceptance materials. If a travel warning is issued after acceptance to the program, participants will be asked by their Office of International Affairs study abroad coordinator to submit a petition at that time. All petitions are reviewed by the International Travel Policy Committee and subject to approval by the Provost.


In order to be eligible to apply for this program, students must (insert program-specific eligibility) and meet OIA's General Eligibility Requirements and Conditions for Participation. All students will also be required to participate in on-campus pre-departure orientations organized by the Office of International Affairs.

Passports are required for every Ohio State study abroad program. For many study abroad destinations, passport information is required to apply for an entry visa (as early as 6 months prior to departure). For information about applying for a passport, go to travel.state.gov.

Ohio State Funding Opportunities: oia.osu.edu
U.S. Department of State: travel.state.gov (travel warnings/country specific information)
Centers for Disease Control: cdc.gov/travel (geographic health recommendations)
2008-2012 Warsaw Summer School: warsawsummerschool.wordpress.com
Summer School in Social Sciences in Warsaw: go.osu.edu/SocialSciencesWarsaw

Contact Us
Information about Getting Started sessions and study abroad coordinator advising hours can be viewed at http://oia.osu.edu/study-abroad.html. Questions about study abroad programs can be directed to abroadadvisor@osu.edu. The Office of International Affairs is located in Oxley Hall, 1712 Neil Avenue.

*Ohio State reserves the right to change without notice any statement in this handout, concerning but not limited to rules, policies, tuition, fees, curricula, and courses. The Office of International Affairs reserves the right to cancel any program for which a State Department travel warning is in effect. It is the policy of Ohio State not to discriminate against any individual on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age or handicap in matters of admission, employment, housing, or services in the educational programs which it administers in accordance with civil rights legislation.