SPEA in Poland

Spend spring break in Poland while earning course credit

Poland provides one of the most unique learning environments in the world with its mix of history, natural beauty and cultural diversity. Although the country suffered more than most countries during WWII, with over 90% of Warsaw completely destroyed, today it is one of the emerging leaders in the European Union.

Learn more about the SPEA in Poland program

March 10 - 17, 2018

V482 – Urban Problems and Solutions in Poland (1 cr.)

Program Director: Frank Nierzwicki

This course will consist of a broad overview of the problems facing urban areas today. By the end of the course you will be able to identify past, current and possible future urban problems facing the United States and also consider these issues in Poland, a member of the European Union. You will consider the analytic process in developing possible solutions for these urban areas, grow in your understanding of complex laws and regulations, and will be able to evaluate and write professional recommendations for urban areas that are facing problems.

V161/S161 (Honors) – You must be enrolled in Frank Nierzwicki’s spring V161/S161 course (or have previously taken S161 or V161) to be eligible for participation in the SPEA in Poland program. For information about which concentrations this V161/S161 class will count for, contact your academic advisor.

V482 - SPEA in Poland is a one-credit course offered over spring break. To see which undergraduate majors / concentrations this course will count for please contact your academic advisor.

    • Tour Modern Downtown Warsaw
    • “Old Town” Warsaw tour - the oldest part of the capitol city with surrounding streets featuring medieval architecture such as the city walls, the Barbican and St. John's Cathedral
    • Walking tour of Krakow Old Town Square
    • Walking tour of Wawel Hill which includes historic Wawel Castle and Wawel Cathedral
    • Excursion to the Wieliczka Salt Mine, on the World Heritage List (UNESCO)
    • Day long trip to Auschwitz. The tour will includes English speaking guides and you will have about four hours of touring between two holocaust sites at Auschwitz.
    • Schlinder’s Factory museum- Krakow’s fabled Oskar Schindler's Factory of Enameled Vessels ‘Emalia’ has been turned into a modern museum devoted to the wartime experiences in Krakow under the five-year Nazi occupation during the World War II.

This program is open to all undergraduate students at IU Bloomington, but preference will be given to students enrolled in the spring section of S161/V161. Applicants should have a GPA of 2.75, but students not meeting the standards will be considered on a case-by-case basis and are encouraged to apply. Students who have previously taken V161 or S161 with Professor Nierzwicki may also apply, as well as students who have a background in Polish Studies.

You will stay in clean, safe, centrally located and modernly equipped hotels in Warsaw and Krakow for the duration of the trip. The hotels have internet connection and each room will have its own bathroom and clean sheets and towels provided by the hotel staff. Both hotels are situated within easy distance to restaurants, shops and cafes.

2018 SPEA in Poland Program Fee: $850

This includes:

    • Lodging
    • Medical insurance
    • Site visits, guest speakers, and entrances for museums
    • Train ticket from Warsaw to Krakow
    • Some Meals

* Program fee is subject to change due to unforeseeable circumstances

IU Tuition

Please Note: If you are enrolled as a full-time student during the spring semester and enroll in V482 as part of your block credits, there is no additional tuition cost to participate in SPEA in Poland.

Additional Costs

You will need to pay for your flight to and from Poland, food that is not included in the program, and other incidentals.


The SPEA Abroad Spring Break Scholarship is available to help SPEA students from IUB study abroad. Please visit our scholarship page for eligibility requirements and application deadlines.

Other scholarships are available on a competitive basis.

2018 Course Syllabus