Krakow

Poland
Host Institution(s)
Contact Information
Chris Swanson
Director of International Study Abroad
One University Parkway Romeoville, IL 60446
phone: 815-836-5993
fax: 815-838-4614
email: studyabroad@lewisu.edu
Lasallian Study Abroad
Lasallian Study Abroad
Lasallian Study Abroad
Lasallian Study Abroad
Lasallian Study Abroad
Lasallian Study Abroad
Lasallian Study Abroad

Term

Fall semester
Spring semester
Term(s): 
Fall semester
Spring semester

Program/University Overview:
Spend a semester studying and living in Krakow, Poland! You can study either the fall or spring semester at Jagiellonian University, taking Polish language courses and courses in English in your major, minor, elective, or general education requirements at Lewis.

This former capital of Poland has always been famous for its beauty, charm, and culture. With a student population of 150,000, the city has a youthful and energetic vibe. Young and old people alike stroll through the main market square throughout the day and evening. Krakow is unique in its beauty; unlike most Polish cities, Krakow’s structures survived WWII virtually undamaged. UNESCO has since included the city on it’s list of World Heritage Sites. This lively and beautiful city is easily navigable either on foot or using the tram system.

The Krakow program is coordinated by API, an organization started by four women in 1997 that offers a variety of unique programs and locations.  This unique program allows students to study at one of the most prestigious universities in Poland, studying Polish language and taking courses in English from its Interdisciplinary Program in Humanities and Social Sciences.  The curriculum of the IPHSS program is designed to encourage an exchange of ideas and experience. The program focuses on the most significant issues of modern philosophy, anthropology, history, literary theories, art history and psychology. The main emphasis is placed on the modern and interdisciplinary character of 20th century cultural phenomena.  You will also have the chance to explore this fascinating city and beyond by living in arranged apartments near the city center and being taken on program sponsored excursions.

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Unique Aspects of Program:
During the program, students have the opportunity to broaden their classroom education through several organized excursions, which are included in the price of the program. Overnight lodging, breakfast, entrance fees and transportation to and from the excursion locations are included. Although excursions are subject to change depending on availability, weather and other factors, students are provided with an itinerary for their program excursions prior to departure.

Country and/or City Information:
This former capital of Poland has always been famous for its beauty, charm, and culture. With a student population of 150,000, the city has a youthful and energetic vibe. Young and old people alike stroll through the main market square throughout the day and evening. Krakow is unique in its beauty; unlike most Polish cities, Krakow’s structures survived WWII virtually undamaged. UNESCO has since included the city on it’s list of World Heritage Sites. This lively and beautiful city is easily navigable either on foot or using the tram system.

Admission Requirements:
To be eligible, you must be a student with at least a 3.0 GPA who has Sophomore, Junior, or first semester Senior standing or will have that standing when you participate.

Courses Offered:
No previous knowledge of Polish is required to participate in the program. You are required to take between 12 and 18 credits during the semester.  As a requirement, you will take 3-4 credit course in the Polish language at your level.  For the remaining credits, you can choose from a variety of courses offered in English from the university.

Required Courses (3-4 credits):

Polish Language (Beginning - Advanced)

Elective Courses (9-15 credits):

Subjects include:
  • Art History
  • Film
  • History
  • Philosophy
  • Polish Literature
  • Political Science
  • Religious Studies
  • Sociology
Housing:
You will live in student apartments, which are located within the historical center of the city, generally 25-30 minutes walking distance or 15-20 minutes by tram to Jagiellonian University. Each apartment will typically have 2-3 single or double bedrooms, a shared bathroom, and a living area. Each unit is furnished, includes its own kitchen, and has a washing machine.  Meals are not included in the program charge.

Cost:
If you are a student at one of the US Lasallian universities or colleges, you will remain enrolled at your school and pay tuition and program fees there.  Tuition is based on your campus tuition rates and may include an additional surcharge depending on the program.  Contact the person on your campus responsible for study abroad.

Academic Calendar:
Fall: September - December
Spring: February - June

Application Deadline:
Fall:  February 28
Spring:  September 30

Application Details:
Must complete Lasallian Consortium application. There are no additional applications for this program.