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  • Locations: Gdansk, Poland
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2019 05/01/2019
Rolling Admission 08/03/2019 08/24/2019

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.

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Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
UCIE Program Coordinator: Megan Trickler Program: Ambassador
Program Type: Study Abroad Program Faculty Advisor: Kraszpulski, Michal, Dr.
Registration Term: Fall Academic Areas of Study: Biology, Psychology
Language of Instruction: English Credit Hours: 5.0
Program Description:


  Program Description:

WSU Student in Poland

This unique program is a component of the Biology/Psychology Animal Behavior course. It will allow students to observe and work with animals in two remote field stations and access to biologist's work in a zoo, while forming international friendships by working closely with Polish students and their faculty. Together, Polish and American students will conduct behavioral observations under supervision of English-speaking Polish faculty. They will share not only the research activities, but also cooking, cleaning and other duties at the field stations, learning the idea of international cooperation in practice. All of this will enormously widen the experiential part of the program and encourage the creativity, innovation and critical thinking of the students.
When not in the field stations, students will reside in the historic city of Gdansk, where they will
encounter cultural experiences such as a tour of the medieval Malbork Castle, considered the largest gothic castle in the world! They can explore and shop in the Old Town of Gdansk, rest at a beach on the Baltic Sea, and visit several important/famous historical sites.
Both during their work and free time, students will be exposed to a foreign country with foreign
language and have interactions with Polish colleagues and coworkers. This will significantly enrich their life experience and help to prepare them for a successful career in the global village environment.

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Academic Course Information:

Students will register for this 5 credit hour course in Fall Semester 2019, and travel to Poland before the class time begins.
The class will be listed as BIO/PSY 4941:
Animal Behavior with an Abroad Field Study.
 Priority will be given to students will have already completed one of the following:
                BIO 1060 or BIO 1150,
as well as one of the following:
                BIO 2310 or PSY 3020
to be appropriately prepared for the program.
The Animal Behavior capstone is a mixture of traditional lectures, flipped classes called debates, students' presentations of scientific articles and their own studies.  The critical part of the required course work is the final scientific report based on the experiential learning through behavioral
observations performed independently by students. The best way to do this is to use the field stations organized specifically for these particular observations – the main reason for the field study in Poland. 

WSU Students with Giraffes
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About the Faculty Program Advisor:

Michal KraszpulskiMichal Kraszpulski, Ph.D., has a joint appointment in the Department of NCBP and Psychology. He is a native of Poland, and lived in Gdansk for most of his life. He was awarded M.S. in Animal Ecology and Ph.D. in Neuroscience. While living in Poland, he participated in several field camps and led some of them. He has broad international experience, having an opportunity to live and work in several countries – outside of Poland and USA, he has also worked in Finland, Sweden and the former Czechoslovakia. This will be the third Ambassador program for Dr. Kraszpulski.  He is excited to share Polish nature, history and present, with WSU students, as well as introducing them to their Polish counterparts and vice versa.

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Meals and Accommodations:

Students will rotate in small groups between 3 locations. They will spend 12 nights in a hotel in the historical city of Gdansk.   For the field station assignment, students will be residing in tents or co-ed lodging in a cabin (4 nights each station) where they will work side by side with Polish students to track and monitor birds and other wildlife.  At these stations, students will work together as a group to cook their own meals in a portable kitchen environment. There will be an English speaking Polish faculty member guide at field locations at all times. Lodging and some meals will be provided by the program.
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 All program participants should have a 2.5 overall GPA or higher. Participants must complete an interview with the professor. Priority will be given to students will have already completed one of the following: BIO 1060 or BIO 1150, as well as one of the following: BIO 2310 or PSY 3020 to be appropriately prepared for the program.

WSU Students in Poland

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Before You Leave:

Students will meet 2-3 times before departure to prepare for travel.  Additionally, students will be required by the University Center for International Education to complete a mandatory pre-departure orientation information a few weeks before departure.
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Getting There:
WSU Student in Poland

Students will be responsible for purchasing their own tickets to and from Gdansk, Poland and are highly encouraged to be on the same flight to arrive as the same time as the faculty program advisor. Student are free to arrive early or stay later but should be aware they are not part the program during those times and are not covered by WSU insurances.

Students may purchase tickets however they choose however the UCIE recommends the following travel agencies that work exclusively with university students.  They may be able to provide payment plan options: STA Travel and Student Universe.

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Program Costs:

The total cost of the program is $2150.  It will include program lodging, transportation within Poland, entrance fees, some meals, and health and accident insurance.  

Not included: airfare to Poland, tuition, some meals, passport application costs and personals expenses.

To officially secure you a spot, a $100 application and a program deposit of $500 is due with the application .
Payment 1 will be due on April 1st
Payment 2 will be due on June 1st.

All payments are non-refundable.
The UCIE reserves the right to adjust the program cost up to 10%.
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Affording the Program:
Polish Hotel

WSU financial aid is applicable to this program.  To learn more about your specific financial aid options you should contact to make an appointment with the financial aid advisor.

Some academic departments offer scholarships for study abroad, there are some scholarships available nationally as well.  Please ask your study abroad coordinator for more information.

Many students reach out to family, friends, and community and religious organizations for support.  Some choose to create an online funding site, others send out letters requesting support.
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Passports and Visas:

A valid passport is required for all international travel. Its best to apply for a passport now as processing times may vary. The UCIE is an official US Passport Center and we can help you with your photo and passport processing needs.  See here for more information.

A visa is NOT required by US citizens to enter Poland.   A visa is permission given to you by your host country to allow you to enter the country for a specific amount of time.  In order to obtain country-specific visa instructions and resources, refer to your host country’s embassy web page. One way to access this information is via the US Department of State’s webpage.

The UCIE is happy to guide you to possible resources about visas for study abroad. Although, applying for the necessary visa for travel is the responsibility of the individual traveler. Entry requirements change frequently and we advise you to pay close information to consular updates. It is your responsibility to knowing and addressing the requirements for your host study abroad destination.
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Health and Safety:

WSU is committed to student and faculty safety while abroad. The following are a few resources for travel abroad.

WSU faculty, students and staff are responsible for their own health and safety abroad. Please consider reviewing the following sites for further information:
US Department of State
US Centers for Disease Control Prevention (CDC)
International SOS ( for medical and security advice. WSU membership #: 11BSGC000054

Before travel WSU students, faculty and staff can utilize International SOS in several ways including:
  • Read about travel health information with medical advice, food and water safety, and cultural tips
  • Explore travel security with personal safety tips and travel risk ratings for locations abroad
  • Get advice on how to travel with your medication
  • Sign up to receive email alerts for medical and security information, customizable to various locations abroad

WSU faculty, students and staff traveling abroad should register their travel abroad through the US Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP)   in case of an emergency abroad.

If you are participating in a WSU Ambassador Program, you are automatically covered with  UHP International Insurance  through University Health Plans.  
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Contacts and More Information:

University Center for International Education (UCIE)

Program Coordinator:

Megan Trickler
Education Abroad Coordinator

Faculty Program Advisor:

Michal Kraszpulski, Ph.D. 
Department of Psychology 
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This program is currently not accepting applications.