"One's destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things." -Henry Miller

Program Highlights

This former capital of Poland has always been famous for its beauty, charm, and culture. With a student population of 150,000, the city has a youthful and energetic vibe. Young and old people alike stroll through the main market square throughout the day and evening. This lively and beautiful city is easily navigable either on foot or using the tram system.

This unique program allows students to study at one of the most prestigious universities in Poland, studying Polish language and taking courses in English from its Interdisciplinary Program in Humanities and Social Sciences.  The curriculum of the IPHSS program is designed to encourage an exchange of ideas and experience. The program focuses on the most significant issues of modern philosophy, anthropology, history, literary theories, art history and psychology. The main emphasis is placed on the modern and interdisciplinary character of 20th century cultural phenomena.  You will also have the chance to explore this fascinating city and beyond by living in arranged apartments near the city center and being taken on program sponsored excursions.

During the program, students have the opportunity to broaden their classroom education through several organized excursions, which are included in the price of the program. Overnight lodging, breakfast, entrance fees and transportation to and from the excursion locations are included. Although excursions are subject to change depending on availability, weather and other factors, students are provided with an itinerary for their program excursions prior to departure.

Application Requirements

To be eligible, students must have at least a 3.0 GPA and Sophomore, Junior, or first semester Senior standing or will have that standing during participation.

Application Details

Students must complete the SMC Application, and the Lasallian Consortium application. 


Tuition & Fees $20,615
Room (Board not included)
Travel (Estimated)
Student Visa
Books (Estimated)
Personal Expenses (Estimated)
Study Abroad Deposit $600
Security/Housing Deposit
Housing Application Fee

Host University

Lewis University

Courses Offered

No previous knowledge of Polish is required to participate in the program. You are required to take between 12 and 18 credits during the semester.  As a requirement, you will take 3-4 credit course in the Polish language at your level.  For the remaining credits, you can choose from a variety of courses offered in English from the university.

Required Courses (3-4 credits):

Polish Language (Beginning - Advanced)

Elective Courses (9-15 credits):

Subjects include:

  • Art History
  • Film
  • History
  • Philosophy
  • Polish Literature
  • Political Science
  • Religious Studies
  • Sociology


You will live in student apartments, which are located within the historical center of the city, generally 25-30 minutes walking distance or 15-20 minutes by tram to Jagiellonian University. Each apartment will typically have 2-3 single or double bedrooms, a shared bathroom, and a living area. Each unit is furnished, includes its own kitchen, and has a washing machine.  Meals are not included in the program charge.

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Saint Mary's College of California
1928 Saint Mary's Road
Moraga, CA 94575
(925) 631-4000
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