Polish Studies Initiative


The Polish Studies Initiative (PSI) was established in 2012 under the umbrella of the Center for Slavic and East European Studies with sponsorship from partners across The Ohio State University (OSU).  The mission of PSI is to advance the interdisciplinary study of Poland, support student and faculty research and study abroad, and to organize events focused on Poland. Since its inception, the PSI has already made an impact at The Ohio State University and abroad.

The Polish Studies Initiative annually hosts two to three major events on campus such as guest lectures, film showings and other cultural events, and small symposia related to Poland. Additionally, PSI has brought numerous speakers, panels, and events with Polish themes to the annual Midwest Slavic Conference at Ohio State. Students studying Polish language or culture have the opportunity to apply for grants and scholarships through the initiative to further their education on the region. The Polish Study initiative supports many distinguished Ohio State faculty members who have research projects related to Poland. The initiative also reaches out to students of Polish heritage or students who are interested in Polish culture on campus through the Polish Club of OSU. Furthermore, PSI will cooperate with local diaspora groups, the Polish American Club, and the local chapter of the Kosciuszko Foundation to build a strong connection throughout the greater Columbus Polish community.


For more information on upcoming PSI events, please visit the CSEES Events Calendar.


The faculty, staff, and students affiliated with the Polish Studies Initiative (PSI) would like to thank our partners for their contributions. With their generous support, PSI is able to host exciting events, support students in their study of Polish language and culture, and assist faculty in their research.

College of Social Work
The College of Social Work, through excellence in teaching, research, and service, prepares leaders who enhance individual and community well-being, celebrate difference, and promote social and economic justice for vulnerable populations.

CONSIRT - Polish Academy of Sciences
Cross-National Studies: Interdisciplinary Research and Training Program

Department of Slavic and East European Languages and Cultures
Dedicated to researching and teaching the languages, literatures, and cultures of Central, Eastern, and Southeastern Europe.

Department of Political Science
Representing a wide variety of theoretical and methodological approaches to the study of politics.

Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies (WGSS) is an interdisciplinary field of research and teaching that places gender and its intersection with sexuality at the center of inquiry.

Office of International Affairs
As part of Ohio State’s international strategy, the Office of International Affairs is responsible for cultivating and nurturing the growth of global perspectives at Ohio State.

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Study Abroad Programs

The Ohio State University Sponsored Programs

Global May Hungary

Domestic Language Program

Arizona State - Critical Languages Institute

University of Pittsburgh - Summer Language Institute (Intenstive Language Program with international component available)

International Programs

CIEE Central European Studies - Study abroad in Warsaw

School of Russian and Asian Studies - Security and Society

Jagiellonian University - School of Polish Language and Culture

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For more information about the Polish Studies Initiative, please email csees@osu.edu.