Do I have to know Polish?
Absolutely not. All courses are taught in English. Moreover, in general, English is an extremely common second language for Poles, and most of the people you'll meet in shops, the dorms, and outside events will speak English. For other situations, the Program assistants will be available to assist you in speaking with non-English-speaking Poles.
My summer plans are still uncertain - Can I change my mind later?
Students commonly encounter life issues between application and the start of the Program. If you find you have to withdraw before April 1, please let us know as soon as possible so that someone else can have your spot. The $50 application fee is non-refundable (this pays for administrative costs of the Program in East Lansing). Additionally, in the Spring, we will have to make contractual commitments for certain optional events such as housing, the trip to Krakow, and other activities. While we will try to modify our contractual commitments if you have to withdraw after they have been made so that we can remove those charges from your student bill, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so.
Can I bring a spouse, family member, friend?
YES. We will bill you separately for their housing (unless you choose to arrange for separate housing) and additional expenses, but a number of past participants have had family or friends join them on the trip. The most common scenario involves arriving in Poland a week before the program starts, touring for a week, and having your guest join us in Białystok and Krakow during the first week. Please just let us know, and we can talk with you about logistics and any additional expenses. The only issue we have encountered in the past concerns the optional trip to the Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp Memorial and Museum. We have to arrange for a private coach and tour guide, and space is limited. If having an additional guest join us for that excursion would push us into renting a larger coach/bus or exceed the permitted tour size, we may ask you to make alternative arrangements.
What are the minimum requirements for participation in the Program?
Participants must have completed their first year of studies and be in good standing at their institutions. Importantly, even if a participant has been provisionally accepted into the Program, that acceptance will be withdrawn if the participant does not remain in good standing.
I am a 1L in the ELAP program. Can i participate? And how is my tuition calculated?
Yes! ELAP students may participate as long as they will have completed two semesters by May. Your first three credits in the program count toward your block tuition for your 1L year. Additional credits (you may take up to five credits in the program) will be charged at the normal rate -- either $775 for non-MSU students or $550 for MSU students.
I have submitted an application. When will I hear whether I have been admitted to the program?
Admission is on a rolling basis, and I review applications on a weekly or biweekly basis as they come in. You will receive an acknowledgment of payment, followed by a provisional admission. As long as you remain in good standing, your provisional admission will become final at the start of the program (but see the good standing caveats described under "What are the minimum requirements for participation in the program?" entry in this FAQ).