Founded in 1364, Jagiellonian University is the second oldest European institution of higher learning, and the highest ranked university in Poland. Today the university accommodates almost 46,000 students and 4,000 faculty members in an international climate. A range of English language courses is available in selected departments.
Founded in 1992, the Centre for European Studies
offers a special program designed for international undergraduates taught in English. The interdisciplinary program covers the history, sociology, political science, and culture of Central and Eastern Europe in a wider continental perspective.
Each lecture course requires 40 hours of classroom time and a written exam or term paper. BC students take at least four lecture courses and at least one language each semester. Instruction in elementary Russian, German, French, and Spanish is available for students whose Polish is already at an advanced level.
Centre for European Studies
31-131 Krakow, PL
Academics & Support
Please consult the acceptance materials that CES sends you for the dates of the orientation. Plan to stay until the last exam date; you must remain for all of your exams.
Upon arrival, you will participate in a comprehensive orientation program aimed at introducing you to the university system, its students and facilities. During the orientation you will be advised about course selection.
- Fall Term: Starts in late September and ends in late December.
- Spring Term: Starts in mid-February and ends in late June.
In Krakow, you will have a choice of living in a student dormitory or in a flat. You will find information about the various housing options in the CES acceptance materials; plan to apply for housing promptly once you receive your acceptance. Please note that you are responsible for paying your own housing fees; housing costs are not included. Don’t forget to send your contact information abroad to OIP once you’re settled.
You will dine on a pay-as-you-go basis. There are no meal plans as there are at U.S. universities.
Study trips are organized in and around Krakow and elsewhere in Poland. The Centre for European Studies also organizes trips to cities in other Central and Eastern European countries.
Plan to fly into Munich or Frankfurt, and then on a connecting flight to Krakow.
Hodorowicz Knab, Sophie. Polish Traditions, Customs, and Folklore
. New York, NY: Hippocrene Books, Inc., 1996.
Davies, Norman. Heart of Europe: The Past in Poland’s Present
. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, 2001.
Anything written by Isaac Bashevis Singer or Henryk Sienkiewicz