Study Abroad in Poland

Michigan State University College of Law
Institute for Comparative Law & Jurisprudence

Due to travel restrictions and other concerns relating to the COVID19 crisis, the Summer 2020 Poland Study Abroad Program has been CANCELED. We will return for Summer 2021.

Summer 2020 (May 24-June 19) Fact Sheet

The Institute for Comparative Law & Jurisprudence is a fantastic opportunity for American law students interested in international and comparative law to spend up to four weeks studying with Polish and other European law students from the University of Białystok Law Faculty in Białystok, Poland. Beyond the substantive law that you will study, this program is one of the few in the world that combines students from American institutions with their counterparts from the host country. The resulting educational experience provides a unique perspective as you work alongside students from different legal cultures.

The Program

The program consists of five classes (one credit each):

  • Constitutional Law of the European Union (with a specific emphasis on comparative US-EU Constitutional Law)
  • Comparative Human Rights in Eastern and Central Europe
  • International Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Comparative Free Expression
  • Rule of Law Jurisprudence

Participants may take five classes during the four-week program or may complete four classes in three weeks.

Program Dates, Application, and Estimated Costs

The application deadline for the 2020 Program is April 1, 2020, and admission is on a rolling basis that is provisional pending your grades for the Spring 2020 semester. Participants must have completed 29 credits of study and be students in good standing at an ABA accredited law school. Participants will receive course credits through Michigan State University College of Law. The 2020 Program runs from Sunday, May 24 – Friday, June 19, 2020.

We also make great efforts to keep this program affordable. Estimated program costs are:

  • Tuition: $795/credit hour ($3180 (4 credits) / $3975 (5 credits))
  • Housing: Approximately $250 total per person for double occupancy rooms.*
  • Activity fee: $400
  • Application fee: $50
  • Krakow trip (optional): Approximately $350.
  • Living expenses: Past participants have estimated that the cost of living in Białystok is roughly equal to what they would spend in East Lansing, MI for the same time period, depending on exchange rates.
  • Airfare / Travel: Depends upon your departure airport.
    • Roundtrip Detroit/Warsaw airfare is typically $1100-$1500, depending on airline (Delta is at the high end).
    • Flying out of Windsor, Ontario is typically significantly cheaper, running $850-$1100 for the round trip, depending on the airline.

Charges for tuition, housing, activity fee, and travel/lodging for the optional Krakow trip will appear on your summer student bill. Participants are responsible for airfare and board.


If you have any questions, please contact Prof. Barnhizer at or swing by Office 426.

*We negotiate a block of student housing each year in February or March. The actual cost of housing, historically, has been less than $250 per person, but depends upon factors outside of our control including exchange rates and dormitory policies. Until we can negotiate a block rate with the dormitory, this cost is only an estimate. Participants may also make alternative arrangements for housing but must consult with the Program Director before doing so.

This estimate includes approximately $85 for a round-trip train ticket from Bialystok to Krakow and three nights lodging at approximately $50-$60/night. The actual price depends upon factors outside of our control, including exchange rates, room availability, and our ability to negotiate discounted prices with the hostel. Because we cannot do this until there is a final count on the number of participants, this cost is only an estimate.

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