Is this program right for you?
This program is designed for students with an interest in Central and Eastern Europe and contemporary life in Poland. AU students study alongside other U.S. study abroad students in small classes taught by Polish professors from Jagiellonian University.
The Centre for European Studies Programme welcomes undergraduate students for a semester or a year of interdisciplinary study of European affairs at Jageillonian University, the oldest university in Poland and one of the oldest in Europe. It is a great way to experience first-hand a fascinating culture, to learn from regional experts about European politics, economics and societies.
AU undergraduate students directly enroll in CES for either a semester or for a full year and earn AU credit. AU students take classes in English alongside other international students. The aim of courses is to introduce students to how the European Union and its institutions work, as well as to teach them about Poland's role in the EU and the Central Eastern European region. Students typically enroll in three to four lecture courses and one language course per semester. Polish language is required for all students. Instruction in Russian and German language is available for students whose Polish is already on an advanced level. Information and syllabi for the set courses at the Centre for European Studies can be found on their Web site. View the Course Equivalency Database to find out which courses on this program have already been equated to AU courses. Students will need to request equivalency for courses offered at CES that have not been previously reviewed.
Like many of the Jagiellonian University's departments, the Centre for European Studies is housed in more than one building in different locations around Krakow. The administrative offices, reading room and some of the classrooms for the Study Abroad program are located in a turn-of-the-century building on ul. Garbarska, overlooking the walled orchard of the Carmelite monastery. The building also contains a computer lab with desktop computers as well as access to the Internet for laptops using wireless or ethernet connections, a student lounge and small on site library. Many students eat lunch downstairs in the "Pigoniówka" restaurant. The Study Abroad program also uses classroom space on the main square of Krakow, in an early-16th century townhouse.
The Royal City of Krakow, capital of Poland till the 17th century, is now a city of culture and learning, with 13 institutions of higher education, numerous theatres, cinemas, museums, galleries, music centres and cabarets. Krakow, in the south of Poland only 90 minutes from the Tatra Mountains and Slovak border, and around 2 hours from Auschwitz by train. Jagiellonian University is well placed to explore not only the whole of Poland, but also mainland Europe. Krakow is a unique city. On the one hand, it is old and conservative. On the other hand, avant garde ideas are born here, for example the "Young Poland" style of the turn of the 20th century. Similarly, daring new ideas are developed at the University. Krakow also hosts "Juwenalia," a student festival, each May in advance of exams.
Housing and Meals
All students will coordinate their housing directly with the Centre for European Studies at Jagiellonian University. Housing accommodations for students on the CES program is guaranteed in the Nawojka student residence hall. The dormitory is close to the CES building on Garbarska. Students will confirm their housing with the CES office prior to arrival. The cost of University housing is about 345 zloty per month (approx. $100) and requires a 200 zloty deposit. The housing fee may be paid by the month to the dormitory or it may be paid as a lump sum to the Centre for European Studies office. In some instances students may choose to rent furnished apartments, mainly in central Krakow but this housing process can be more cumbersome for the student. Students are responsible for all meals.
The staff at CES also coordinate several optional excursions for students, including short day/weekend trips around Poland and two week-long study trips per year to countries such as the Baltic States, Romania, Serbia and Croatia. Study trips are optional and more information about them and there cost can be found on CES Web site.
Visa Information and Temporary Residence Card
Possession of a valid visa or temporary residence card is solely the responsibility of the student. The staff at the Centre for European Studies will be happy to advise and assist our students with acquiring all of the necessary papers to remain legally in Poland, but responsibility for obtaining and maintaining legal status remains with the student. Students are responsible for contacting the Polish Embassy or Consulate to find out which additional documents are needed to obtain a student visa.
All non-EU citizens who intend to study in Poland for more than 90 days must now have a valid passport and student visa before they arrive in Poland. The visa itself should be free of charge although the local Polish consulate may charge handling fees. EU citizens who intend to study in Poland for more than 90 days must have a valid passport and will need to request a Temporary Residence Card once they have arrived in Krakow.