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SGH Warsaw School of Economics

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About the university

The Warsaw School of Economics (SGH) was founded on 13 October 1906 and is considered to be the best school of economics in Poland. It is involved in numerous European cooperations such as CEMS, Erasmus, EUA and Partnership in International Management (PIM). The university has approx. 23,000 students who benefit from the mostly low numbers of students in a course (max. 30-40).

The city

Warsaw is Poland’s capital and largest city. The city is the ninth most populous in the European Union. It lies on the Vistula and has over 1.7 million inhabitants.

Information regarding the dual program:

Application and Requirements

Students apply for the double program at the Department of International Affairs. For more detailed information on the application procedure and the application deadlines, please refer to the application form.

As part of your application, you will be invited to an interview at which staff from both Viadrina and the SGH will be present.


  • Only for master’s students in International Business Administration at Viadrina.
  • Please note the information included under the point language skills.
Language skills
English: CEFR B2 (corresponds to Unicert II) or CAE (C), TOEFL iBT 78, IELTS 6.0, LCCI Level 3 (pass), TOEIC – 750 or confirmation from the language center that you have the required language skills.

Polish: language skills are appreciated but not a requirement.

Semester times
Winter semester: end of September – mid February
Summer semester: mid February – end of June

You can find the exact semester times on the SGH homepage.

We recommend that you start at the SGH in the winter semester. You will stay there for one year.
If you start at the SGH in the summer semester and your stay stretches into the 5th semester, you have to pay fees per ECTS in the 5th semester (the amount varies, approx. PLN 150 per 1 ECTS).

Choice of course / Type of teaching
Choice of course: during your stay at the SGH you can choose between the following fields of study, depending on the focus of your studies at Viadrina:

You have to complete courses at the SGH with a total of at least 60-63.5 ECTS points. Following consultation, these can be recognized by Viadrina. As most courses at the SGH have 3-4.5 ECTS credits, you should combine two courses at the SGH for them to be credited at Viadrina. The courses to be taken vary depending on the field of study chosen at the SGH (see field of study).

Type of teaching: is similar to Viadrina. There is usually a low number of students in a course, max. 30-40. There is a correspondingly reduced workload for courses with a lower number of ECTS.

Recognition of certificates and examinations

In order to receive a degree from Viadrina it necessary to complete the modules in your course of study. To this purpose, you can, in consultation with us, have courses recognized which you completed as part of the dual program abroad.
In order to obtain a degree from the the SGH you have to complete the required courses there, depending on the field of study you have chosen. The certificates/qualifications you receive from Viadrina are also recognized by the SGH.

Master Thesis and Defence
You write a master’s dissertation which applies to your degree from both SGH and Viadrina. You can decide to have your first reviewer at SGH or Viadrina. Your second reviewer will then be from the respective other university. Your master’s dissertation will be assessed both by the SGH and Viadrina and recognized by the SGH with 20 ECTS and by the EUV with 24 ECTS. The grade of the master’s dissertation results from the average of the grades awarded by the first reviewer and the second reviewer. The master’s dissertation is to be written in English. 

The master’s dissertation is then defended in an oral examination. The defense takes place at the university of the first reviewer and is usually conducted in English. When you defend your master’s dissertation at the SGH, you also have to answer general subject-related questions during the oral examination. In preparation, you receive a list of approx. 90 questions. If the defense takes place at Viadrina, there are no general questions. Both reviewers are present at the defense, or the first reviewer arranges for the questions of the second reviewer to be read by a member of the teaching staff.

Useful Information: insurance, accommodation, travel etc.
Semester off: please note that it is not possible for you to take a semester off during your second semester in Poland as the master’s thesis is written during this period. You can apply for a semester off for the first semester abroad. However, in this case, you cannot receive acceptance for foreign certificates or examinations.

Health insurance: if you have compulsory German health insurance and possess a European Health Insurance Card you are entitled to basic coverage in other European countries. However, if you stay abroad for a longer period it is recommended that you take out additional insurance.

Accommodation: there are two halls or residence near the campus. The SGH arranges the rental. There are double rooms available for PLN 400 per month. Private accommodation currently costs approx. PLN 800-1600 per month.

The journey: the best way to travel to the SGH is the Warsaw Express (journey time approx. 5.5 hours). If you book in advance, the ticket costs approx. EUR 30 and you can take as much luggage as you want.

Living expenses: approx. 600-800 EUR per month

Visa: not necessary for EU citizens with a valid passport or identity card. If you are not a EU citizen you should refer to the visa regulations on the website of the Polish Embassy.

Student reports
You can find the most up-to-date student reports under the keyword "Poland" on our website.