Study Abroad in Poland

Study abroad group in front of old buildings in Poland

At Case Western Reserve University’s Mandel School, students experience transformative global education through short-term study abroad. Students broaden their perspectives on the world and gain new insight on how different countries and cultures approach social welfare issues, policies and practices. Through our international courses, students visit social work agencies, nonprofit organizations, hospitals, prisons, mental health facilities, foreign universities and organizations that serve the needs of children and families. Students see and experience the world in a way a tourist never would.


Invisible Groups in a New Poland

(SASS 375C/575C) | 3 credits

Spring Break

March 12–18, 2023

Pre-/Post-Trip Saturday Seminars

Jan. 28, 2023
Feb. 25, 2023 
April 1, 2023

In a post-Communist world, how does Poland address the issues affecting its most vulnerable citizens? What is modern Polish society’s response to social welfare, and where does the funding come from? Discover how Poland’s recent political and economic transformations impact its public and private social welfare system working to tackle poverty, homelessness, aging and mental health disorders.

In cooperation with the Institute of Sociology at the University of Poznan, engage with university students, government officials, practicing social workers and some of Poland’s most prominent scholars. In addition to guided tours of nonprofit organizations, students can enhance their resumes by participating in an international symposium at the end of the course.

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