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.
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 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.
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.
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.
November 30, 2016 - Spring
June 26, 2017 - Fall
June 26, 2017 - Academic Year
April 27, 2017 - Summer
April 28, 2017 - Summer
April 29, 2017 - 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.