Intensive Polish Language & Culture (Krakow): At a Glance

University: Jagiellonian University
Fields of Study: Polish Language, Cultural Studies, Film, History
Dates: February 14, 2018 to June 28, 2018 - Spring
September 28, 2017 to February 15, 2018 - Fall
September 28, 2017 to June 29, 2018 - Academic Year
July 03, 2018 to July 27, 2018 - Summer
July 03, 2018 to July 31, 2018 - Summer
July 03, 2018 to August 14, 2018 - Summer 3
Credit: 15-18 - Spring
15-18 - Fall
30-36 - Academic Year
5-9 - Summer
8-12 - Summer
8-12 - Summer 3
Deadlines: November 30, 2017 - Spring
June 26, 2017 - Fall
June 26, 2017 - Academic Year
April 27, 2018 - Summer
April 27, 2018 - Summer
April 30, 2018 - Summer 3
Price: $8,500 - Spring
$8,500 - Fall
$16,450 - Academic Year
$3,000 - Summer
$3,500 - Summer
$4,000 - Summer 3
Housing: Residence Hall
Minimum Age: 18

Program Highlights:

Spend a summer, semester, or academic year studying the Polish language and culture at the oldest university in Poland! The program is designed for students that want to significantly improve their proficiency in Polish while living in the charming city of Krakow. This program is filled with many excursions and trips.

The University:

Study Abroad Poland invites students to study for a semester or academic year at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow. Founded in 1364, the Jagiellonian University is the oldest university in Poland and the second oldest in Central Europe. It is ranked one of the best universities in the country, and its alumni include such famous figures as Nicolas Copernicus, King John III Sobieski, Pope John Paul II, Norman Davies, and many more. The university has a long tradition of academic excellence and has about 47,000 students.

The City:

The university is located in the heart of Krakow. Undoubtedly Krakow is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. For centuries Polish kings and queens resided there before the capital was moved to Warsaw. Today the city prides itself on being the center of Polish culture. With over 6,000 historical buildings and monuments, Krakow is also a great place to learn about the country’s history. Since this was one of the few cities that was not destroyed during WW II, the Old Town still retains its medieval layout and some of the buildings date back to the 10th and 11th centuries. Due to its beauty and historical significance UNESCO named Krakow to its original list of World Heritage Sites in 1978. Krakow will enchant you with its charming Old Town, historic royal castle and cathedral on Wawel Hill, majestic churches and numerous museums, cafes and shops.

Courses & Descriptions:

This program is designed for students who are interested in learning the Polish language or improving their command of it while learning about various aspects of Polish culture, history and society.

Students take one intensive course which focuses on grammar, vocabulary, listening, reading, speaking, phonetics, and writing. All levels are offered. Students will take a placement test at the beginning of the program and will be placed in an appropriate level.

In addition to the main language course, students have the option of taking elective courses which discuss aspects of Polish culture, such as history, literature, society, film, folklore, etc.

During the semester, students can earn between 15 and 18 semester credits.

For the summer, we offer 3, 4, and 6-week programs. Depending on the length students can earn between 5 and 12 credits.


Sample Course Listing

JAG Intensive Polish Language (All Levels) - Credits: 3-8

JAG Introduction to History of Poland - Credits: 3

JAG Masterpieces of Polish Literature - Credits: 3

JAG Poland under Communism - Credits: 3

JAG Contemporary Poland and Her Society - Credits: 2

JAG Polish Art: Past and Present - Credits: 2

JAG The Jews in Poland - Credits: 2

JAG Polish Grammar - Credits: 2

Transfer Credit:

Jagiellonian University is a university fully accredited by the Polish Ministry of Education. Most colleges and universities allow you to transfer credit from courses taken abroad. Before applying it’s important to speak with the study abroad advisor at your home institution to obtain pre-approval for your courses and determine how many credits you’ll receive. Every educational institution has different policies about transferring credit, so we encourage you to follow your institution’s regulations. Usually the number of credits that you receive depends on the number of teaching hours. Following the American system, we suggest awarding 1 semester credit for every 15 hours of class time or 1 quarter credit for every 10 hours of class time.

After completing the program, we’ll send your registrar or study abroad advisor an official transcript with the course titles, course hours, and grades. Your university will need this transcript to transfer credit.

Financial Aid:

It is possible to transfer your financial aid to pay for some or all of the program costs. The first step is to check with your home institution’s financial aid advisor before applying. Since every home institution has different rules, only your advisor can tell you what kind of aid can transfer. Study Abroad Poland is happy to provide you with a certificate of enrollment or any other documents that your university might require.

Scholarships are available on our scholarships page.

Application Deadline(s):

November 30, 2017 - Spring

June 26, 2017 - Fall

June 26, 2017 - Academic Year

April 27, 2018 - Summer

April 27, 2018 - Summer

April 30, 2018 - Summer 3

Late applications will be considered on an individual basis.

Applying for our programs is simple! Fill out the on-line application form and wait for more information from us.

Why Study Here

Meet a Diverse Student Body

At Jagiellonian University there are lots of Polish students as well as a large group of exchange students, so you are bound to have a truly international experience!

Enjoy the Cultural Capital

Krakow is the cultural capital of Poland. The city boasts the best theaters, festivals, and museums. Every year there are over 50 cultural events held there. Jagiellonian University’s main campus is located in the heart of the Old Town so you will be in the center of all the action.

Live, Eat, Breathe History

A little bit of history can be uncovered on every one of Krakow’s cobblestone streets – it was one of the few cities that was not destroyed during WWII. Therefore, the Old Town still maintains the same buildings and architecture from medieval times. It is listed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List and there are 6,000 historical sites registered there!

Get a Bang for Your Buck

Krakow is an affordable destination – your dollar still goes a long way!

Be in the Center of It All

Located in the heart of Europe, Krakow is the perfect home base for your travels to other European cities such as Prague, Paris, Rome, Budapest, Berlin, etc.


  • $8,500 - Spring
  • $8,500 - Fall
  • $16,450 - Academic Year
  • $3,000 - Summer
  • $3,500 - Summer
  • $4,000 - Summer 3

What's Included

Tuition and Fees

The program includes full tuition and fees at Jagiellonian University.

Official Transcript

Two months after completing the program, we’ll send your home university an official transcript from Jagiellonian University. This allows you to transfer credit back to your university (with prior approval from your advisor). The transcript contains the course title, grade, and credit hours for each course.


During the program you’ll live in a double room in a residence hall in Krakow. This is a great way to meet Polish students and get involved in student activities.

Program Director

Throughout the program, you’ll receive on-site support from the Program Director. The director will meet you at the airport, lead the orientation session, organize activities, and be available 24 hours a day.

Airport Transfers

In order to make your arrival go smoothly, your Program Director will meet you at Warsaw International Airport. He/she will take you in a taxi to your residence hall and help you move in. At the end of the program, the Director will also take you to the airport before departure.

In-country Orientation

You’ll take part in a 2-day orientation session at the beginning of the program. The Program Director will provide you with helpful advice and tips for living in Krakow, review the schedule of activities for the program, distribute cell phones, and teach a survival Polish class.

Transportation Pass

To help you travel smoothly around Krakow, we’ll provide you with a transportation pass that can be used on all buses and trams.

Activities and Excursions

Activities and excursions will be planned throughout the program. These are designed to help you get to know the Polish culture better. Some sample activities include a tour of Krakow, museum trips, art galleries, films, concerts, and many more. Summer and semester students will visit the Wieliczka Salt Mines, Zakopane, and the former concentration camp Auschwitz.

Health Insurance

You’ll be provided with a short-term accident and sickness medical plan that is especially designed for students studying abroad.

International Student Identity Card

All students are issued a complimentary International Student Identity Card (ISIC), which gives you great student discounts on airfare, rail passes, accommodation, sightseeing, food, shopping and more. Over 40,000 discounts are available around the world!

Meals (Summer Students)

Summer students will have 3 meals a day in the cafeteria in the residence hall.

What You'll Need

Meals (Semester Students)

Meals are not included, but you will have a kitchen available in your residence hall so that you can cook your own meals. Food is very affordable in Krakow. Many students also like to eat out. There are small cafes and quaint restaurants close to the university for you to enjoy.

Spending Money

Krakow is an affordable European city to live in. You will need to bring spending money for food, personal items, additional travel, and entertainment.

Round-trip Airfare to Poland

Student travel agencies provide great deals on airfare to Poland. The average round-trip ticket costs around $800.


Generally textbooks are much cheaper in Poland and professors use a lot of readers and photo copies rather than expensive books. You should plan on bringing $100 per term for books.

Pre-paid Phone Cards for Your Cell

At the beginning of the program you will be provided with a Polish cell phone and an initial amount of minutes (ca. $30). During the program you will need to purchase your own phone cards to refill your minutes. Your Program Director will show you where to buy these.