What Students Say about the Summer School

Here is a sample of what OSU undergraduate students have said about the Warsaw Summer School:

“This was the most rewarding aspect from attending OSU in my opinion. I learned a lot about a culture, met new people, and formed bonds with other sociology students!” – 2008

“I think it’s an awesome program because it’s so unique in comparison to other study abroad opportunities. If people are interested in learning how to apply what they learn in class to actual research then this is the program to do it.” – 2010

“I am especially proud of my research project and am excited to bring my work back to OSU.” – 2013

“I found it to be intellectually stimulating and all professors were very willing to help. The city is perfect for real life application of concepts and was a safe environment where I didn’t have to waste time worrying about my surroundings.” – 2014

“To me, the Summer School was my first opportunity to experience a different culture first hand. Poland is often overlooked as a travel destination, but its history and people are one of a kind. I learned so much about it whether it was from one of our several museum trips or from just interacting with the people. Thanks to the Summer School, Poland will always be a part of me. As I prepare for graduate school, I feel more confident in my abilities to research and think in a comparative perspective due to my experience in the Summer School.”” – 2017

“Including the Summer School on my resume has helped me so far in the process of obtaining a post-graduate opportunity. After I explain my experience in the Summer School employers and programs have been really impressed when I tell them I have traveled to another country to do Independent Research.” – 2017

“The summer school was an amazing experience and something I will always remember. I had wanted to do independent research from the beginning of my college career and this was the perfect way to do it. The three courses of the summer school complemented each other in the perfect way to make all the material applicable and useful for future learning, research and life experiences.” – 2017

“The Summer School meant much more than college credits; it meant an opportunity to spend 5 weeks out of my comfort zone in an amazing country that is often overlooked. It meant sharing experiences that I will never forget with some of the best instructors and fellow students I’ve ever met. The summer school gave me a sense of perspective that only a trip to a country with such a rich history and proud people like Poland can give.” – 2017

A former student was recently accepted into a top ranked sociology graduate program, and wrote:

“The department was very excited to hear that I have worked with a survey such as POLPAN, especially the demographers I want to work with! I am very thankful for the summer program for opening so many doors for me and really being the first incredible introduction I had to quantitative research.”

Another student was also recently admitted to a top ranked sociology program and wrote:

“I just wanted to say a quick hello and offer thanks for the statistics/Stata training that you both taught in Poland last summer. Now that I’m starting grad school … it’s very evident that the Warsaw study abroad stats classes taught much more than the average undergrad stats course, and I’m the only person in my cohort with training in Stata which has definitely made the first few weeks here much easier than otherwise. I just feel very prepared, and I feel like I primarily have the Poland trip to thank, so thank you!!”

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