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  • Locations: Warsaw, Poland
  • Program Terms: Summer
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2019 04/15/2019 04/16/2019 06/01/2019 07/31/2019
Program Description:

Travel Dates: Summer 2019
Limited to upper-level Chemistry students already conducting research with Professor Widera

Spend eight weeks this summer at Warsaw University conducting research under the supervision of Dr. Justyna Widera, Associate Professor in the Department of Chemistry.  For over three years, Dr. Widera has facilitated undergraduate research opportunities for Adelphi students at her alma mater in Poland.  For the duration of the program, students are based in Warsaw and immersed in Polish academia and culture.  Students are expected to work in the lab daily from 9am-6pm, but have the weekends to travel and explore Europe. This program is open to upper-level chemistry students already conducting research with Professor Widera.

In addition to participating in research, students learn about Polish history and culture. They will visit the museums /birthplaces of famous scientists, including Copernicus (Torun) and Marie Curie-Sklodowska (Warsaw), as well as the Holocaust museum and Royal Castle in the Old Town of Warsaw.  Students will also have the opportunity to attend a piano concert of Chopin’s music in the Royal Lazienki Park.

For the duration of the program, students stay at the Polish Academy of Science Hotel for Scientists. Meals can be purchased at the Department of Chemistry or Department of Biology cafeterias.

This program is only open to upper-level chemistry students already conducting research with Professor Widera.  For more information, email Professor Widera at  

The Center for International Education will register students for Under Graduate Research in Chemistry II (0106-499-001) for one Adelphi University credit. The course is divided into two parts: short theoretical introduction and practical laboratory experiments. The theoretical part includes description of the basics of electrochemical methods such as cyclic voltammetry and chronoamperometry, description of properties of semiconductor electrodes and determination of usefulness of electrodeposited materials as photosensors, photocatalysts or photovoltaic platforms. Experimental part includes: a) the application of electrochemical methods for electrodeposition of thin films of metal oxides (TiO2, WO3, SnO2), conducting polymers (polyaniline, poly(o-metoxyaniline), poly(1,8-diaminocarbazole), poly(5-Indole carboxylic) acid), semiconductors CdX (X = S, or Se or Te) and their hybrid composites, b) application of these hybrid electrodes as photovoltaic, photocatalytic of photosensing platforms, c) investigation of CdX/polymer in dark and under illumination, d) investigation of 4-chlorophenol and 4-nitrophenol degradation on hybrid electrodes in dark and under illumination, e) investigation of catechol oxidation on hybrid electrodes (in dark and under illumination).

Students will also receive a transcript from Warsaw University with 18 ECTS credits, which equate to nine U.S. credits and transfers to the student's Adelphi University transcript as pass/fail. Students receive 4 credits for 0106-498-001 and 5 credits for 0106-499-001. These credits account for the number of hours students spend in the Warsaw University laboratory.

Faculty Director
Justyna Widera, Associate Professor in the Department of Chemistry,

Program Fee
The estimated cost of the 8 week program is $4,070 and includes:

  • $1080 for one Adelphi University credit (assessed to the student account)

  • $150 Adelphi Study Abroad fee of $150 (assessed to the student account)

  • $550 Housing (paid by student directly to Polish Academy of Sciences Hotel in Poland)

  • $1,000 International flight (students are responsible for booking their own international flights)

  • $88.34 International Health Insurance, $44.17/month. (International health insurance is mandatory for all Adelphi study abroad students. Visit the Center for International Education for more information.)

  • $1200 for all meals (weekly budget estimated at $150)

  • Personal expenses, including passport, luggage fees, spending money.

Many of the expenses for this program are covered by the NSF IRES grant. (Only U.S. students are eligible for grant funding). 

Application Procedures & Deadlines
Students should speak directly to Professor Widera about participating in this program.  Once approved by Professor Widera, students must apply online by clicking "Apply Now" above and completing the profile information and the signature documents.
Refund and Cancellation Policy
The program deposit is non-refundable unless the program is cancelled. An attempt to recover funds from our tour providers will be made, but no refund is guaranteed.
Financial Aid

  • All students participating in Adelphi faculty-led programs may be eligible to have their financial aid package re-evaluated based on the additional program fees listed above.  Keep in mind that most re-evaluations result only in an increase in loan eligibility and funds may not be available until after the start date of the program.  Students who anticipate using loans must be registered for a minimum of 6 credits. Students are responsible for meeting all payment deadlines above, regardless of their financial aid status.  If you would like to discuss your financial aid package, you should visit the Student Financial Services office in the lower level of Levermore Hall.

Health and Safety   

  • Find updated Travel Advisories & Alerts posted by the Department of State here.
  • For updated health information pertaining to your study abroad destination, visit the CDC.

For more information about this program, please contact Dr. Justyna Widera, Associate Professor in the Department of Chemistry, Adelphi University,