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  • Locations: Krakow, Poland
  • Program Terms: Summer
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  • Restrictions: Rochester applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Language of instruction: English, Polish Minimum GPA: 2.5
Housing: Residence halls Area of study: History, International Relations, Jewish Studies, Polish Culture, Polish Language
Program College: Arts, Sciences & Engineering
Program Description:

Summer Program in Krakow (Jagiellonian University)
July 6 - August 2, 2020


The Jagiellonian University, founded in 1364, is the oldest university in Poland. Located in ancient Kraków, one of the most beautiful European cities, the Jagiellonian University offers foreigners a unique opportunity not only to study Polish language, culture and society, but also to experience over 600 years of its history, magnificent architecture, and art.

The Summer Program in Kraków, offered by the Skalny Center, is organized in conjunction with the Jagiellonian University School of Polish Language and Culture, within the Faculty of Polish Studies. The program carries a total of 8 UR credits. Courses taken in Kraków count towards the Polish Language Cluster and the Certificate of Concentration in Polish and Central European Studies.

Students take part in all activities offered by the School, like visits to Kraków's finest museums, concert halls, and theaters, as well as regional field trips. The warm student community atmosphere of the School Program offers all participants a truly memorable and enlightening experience.


Classes, Credits, Clusters, and Certificates

The 4-week program is offered through the Jagiellonian University School of Polish Language and Culture.
Students meet every weekday. Students take one Polish Language course (beginning to advanced level), and either History of Poland or Lessons in Polish Literature. Additionally, students have to take a special seminar Poland in the European Union. The program carries a total of 6 credits. Courses count towards the Polish Language Cluster and the Certificate of Concentration in Polish and Central European Studies.

Course Description

POL 157 Polish in Poland, 8:30 am – 1:30 pm

A multi-level course designed to introduce students to the Polish language or to improve the knowledge of Polish they already possess. Classes held in the city space, in museums and galleries, in places loved by inhabitants of Kraków as well as tourists.
HIS 137A History of Poland, 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Jan Lencznarowicz, Ph.D. (The Institute of American Studies, Jagiellonian University and Visiting Professor, UR Department of History, 2004 and 2013)

A survey of Polish history from the Piast dynasty through the period of Jagiellonian rule, the time of the elected kings, 123 years of partitioned Poland, the 1920's and 1930's, World War II, the creation and functioning of the People's Republic, the collapse of the communist system.

POL 224 Lessons in Polish Literature 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Ewa Nowakowska, M. A. (Faculty of Polish Studies, Jagiellonian University)

A presentation of some of the most interesting problems in the thousand-year history of Polish culture. Literary masterpieces of the past and present, including poetry of the two Nobel Prize winners - Czeslaw Milosz (1980) and Wislawa Szymborska (1996), Polish Romanticism;
culture in a political context; the phenomenon of exiled   culture, literature and totalitarianism, and other "great questions" of Polish culture will be discussed.
AH 290/POL 201A Polish Art: Past and Present, 1:30 pm- 4:00 pm

Dr. Beata Kwiatkowska-Kopka, Head of the Department of Architectural Details at the Wawel Royal Castle State Collection of Art. 
The development of Polish art since the 10th c. Special emphasis will be placed on the importance of Poland within Europe, including Polish church art, folk art, poster and architecture. In-depth art history lectures will be conducted both at the University and in museums. The course will be accompanied by a program of field trips.
SEMINAR Poland in the European Union
Radoslaw Rybkowski, Ph.D. (The Institute of American Studies, Jagiellonian University) and Visiting Professor, UR Department of Political Science, 2005 and 2008

The week-long seminar provides an introduction to Poland's most recent history, from the collapse of the
Communist regime until the present. Political and social changes in Poland after the rise of an independent, democratic state in 1989 will be placed in a broader context of regional development and Poland’s European Union membership.


Students live in suites in a dormitory (two double rooms with one bathroom), fully equipped with towels and bedding. At the dormitory there is a café, cafeteria and post office, as well as a newspaper and souvenir stand. The number of single rooms is limited, and cost extra; the additional cost is covered by the student. Accommodation in such rooms is possible upon prior reservation, made on an application form (on a first-come, first-served basis). There is no guarantee that a single room is available. Meals are served two times a day in the students’ cafeteria. Special dietary arrangements are possible for vegetarians.


The program fee of $4930 includes University of Rochester tuition (6 credits), housing, meals, orientation, most cultural activities, and course-related study trips. The fee does not cover airfare from the United States to Kraków, elective travel unrelated to the program, health insurance or personal expenses. The Skalny Center for Polish and Central European Studies has generous scholarships available towards the cost of the program. 

Scholarships for UR Faculty Education Abroad Programs
UR Scholarships
University of Rochester students may be eligible to receive a scholarship for this Program. Read the Scholarships document in your Learning Content for details.
 The Skalny Center offers generous scholarships for the program.  

Other scholarships
There are many scholarships and funding sources, both need and merit-based, for education abroad, and we encourage you to apply.  Visit our Scholarships page for more information.
Do not wait until the last minute to research what you may be eligible for, as scholarships are competitive, and will not be awarded for poorly-written applications. Scholarships for short-term and summer programs, and for international students, are limited, so it’s especially important to begin looking for scholarships sooner, rather than later.  
Applications may require a copy of your official transcript, essays or personal statement, letters of recommendation, and financial aid information.
Note that RIG funding may be applicable to education abroad.​


The application deadline for the program is March 6, 2020

Early application is strongly encouraged. Students will be admitted on a first-come, first-served basis, and space in the program is limited.
The Skalny Center offers generous scholarships for the program.  

Please contact Bozenna at

Skalny Center for Polish and Central European Studies, (585) 275-9898


Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.