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What kind of exchange experience do you want?
I want to spend a all program lengths  studying in Poland, or maybe all regions. And I'm looking for something with a traditional exchange  and I definitely want to show off my need for  any language skills. Can I go whenever?
  • All around the world.

    all regions
    Africa & Middle East
    Asia & Pacific
    Eastern Europe
    Latin America
    Scandinavian Countries
    Western Europe
    North America
  • Pick a place, any place.

    Say what?

    Any language requirements?

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  • What I'm into.

    a traditional exchange
    a gap year option
    college & university programs
    language classes
    a connection to the Arts
    sports & outdoors
    a volunteer program
  • How long I want to go.

    All program lengths

    When can I leave?

    May to September
    December to March
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Scholarships Available

385 - Holcomb & Farnell Foreign Stud...
368 - YFU Community Grant
384 - YFU Financial Aid Fund

Age Requirement

Fall 2019 Programs: September 1, 2001 - August 31, 2004. Students who do not meet this age requirement will be considered for admission on a case-by-case basis. Students must be under 18 years of age on arrival and cannot have already graduated from high school.


Polish. Previous language study is not required, but students must have motivation to learn Polish. An intensive language course during the Arrival orientation is included in the program tuition.

Host Family Placement

Students may be placed in host families throughout the entire country, including both big cities and small towns.


The academic year in Poland begins in September and ends at the end of June.


Optional trips to Cracow and Poland's northern Tricity area, including the cities of Gdansk, Gdynia, and Sopot.


Most Polish people enjoy attending musical events, going to the movies, and participating in outdoor adventures like rafting, hiking, and boating.

Copernicus, Chopin, and Pope John Paul II were happy to call Poland home, and now you can too! You will find your stay in Poland adventurous, educational, and full of opportunities to make life-long friends and understand Polish culture.
Learn more about Poland.

Academic Year and Semester Programs

During your stay in Poland, you will live with a Polish host family and attend a local high school. Part of your experience will be:


School: Your Polish education will take place in a secondary technical or secondary grammar school, with 10 to 12 courses during the school year. School begins in September and has longer breaks at Christmas and New Years, winter holiday (January or February), and at Easter.  Most students will take 7 or 8 classes a day, about 45 minutes each. Polish secondary students usually follow a previously elected profile of coursework throughout their 3 years of education. This means that they decide "majors" similar to those in American colleges. After students determine their profile, they are assigned a class, which is made up of students who share similar interests. School subjects may include Polish, modern foreign languages, geography, history, cultural studies, mathematics, physics, astronomy, chemistry, biology, information technology, physical education, entrepreneurship, safety education, religion, or philosophy. 


Orientations: All students will participate in a one-day local pre-departure orientation in May or June. All students applying for a year or semester program must be available for a mandatory 3-day National Pre-Departure Orientation, which usually takes place in mid-July. Upon arrival in Poland, you'll attend a 3 day Arrival Orientation in Poznan, which includes an intensive Polish language course.  You will also participate in a mid-year orientation between semesters in January and a re-entry orientation towards the end of your program. All orientation costs are included in program tuition.


Extracurriculars: Because of its beautiful and diverse landscape, Poland is host to endless outdoor activities such as hiking and mountain biking. Sports are very popular in Poland, namely skiing, soccer, volleyball, and many water sports!


Cultural Excursions: During your stay in Poland, YFU Poland will offer at least two optional trips, available to students at an additional cost of about $220.  The first is an organized tour of Cracow in the fall, including visits to some of the city's most important sites, such as the Old Town, Jewish District, Schindler's Factory and the nearby Auschwitz Concentration Camp.  The second trip is offered in the spring to Poland's northern Tricity area, including the cities of Gdansk, Gdynia, and Sopot. Each trip includes accommodations, meals, public transport, and entry tickets to the sites.  



Tuition Includes

-Placement with a host family
-Enrollment in a local Polish high school
-Airport transfers
-Domestic and international travel
-All pre-departure and post arrival orientations
-Pre-program support by trained YFU staff
-Support from a YFU Poland Area Representative while on program
-Comprehensive Insurance


Additional Information

Visa Information: Students must apply for a visa at the Embassy of Poland. Information concerning Visas will be provided upon enrollment. To learn more about the process, please refer to the Polish Embassy website. 


Additional Costs: Program tuition does not include personal spending money. 


Programs Code Departure Return Full Tuition
Fall Year


mid August

late June

Fall Semester


mid August

late January