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Overseas Study Program

Jagiellonian University

Overseas Study Program at Jagiellonian University

Academic year at Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland


  • Jagiellonian University is one of the major universities in Krakow. It has 15 faculties on 3 campuses, and currently accommodates nearly 52,000 students, including 2,500 international students from around the world. Jagiellonian University is located in Krakow, Poland.
  • CES provides mandatory introductory language instruction. Students who have more advanced knowledge of Polish can take more advanced classes; students who are proficient in Polish can study German, Russian, or French instead.
  • The undergraduate curriculum at CES is oriented toward the History and Culture of Central Europe, and Central Europe’s place in contemporary Europe. Students generally take three courses in a semester in addition to introductory Polish; this amounts to 13 credits. Courses are taught by CES faculty in English.


  • At least one course in Central or Eastern European studies, a GPA of 3.0 or higher, and second-semester sophomore (or later) standing at the time of application.


  • The Center guarantees housing for visiting students in the Żaczek or Nawojka dormitories near the campus.
  • Rooms are shared, for two students; study abroad students are typically paired with a Polish student. The rooms are small, but of good quality; bathrooms (which are en suite) have recently been remodeled, and the furnishings are relatively new.


  • Tuition: 4,000 euros per semester (currently that is approximately $5,400).  Other costs include $640 to IU.
  • Rent: approximately $100-120 per month for student dormitories, $300-600 a month for a private apartment
  • Air fare: $800-$1100
  • Food: There is no meal plan, but inexpensive options, including student cafeterias, abound. The typical cost of a day’s worth of meals of decent quality would be about $5-$10.
  • Insurance: $130 per semester (provided through the Office of Overseas Study)
  • Other cost of living info from the Centre for European Studies


The Polish Studies Center recommends the semester- or year-long program at the Centre for European Studies (CES), Jagiellonian University, Kraków. Courses are in English; IU students are required to sign up for the appropriate level of Polish language as well. Application to the program is through CES, which requires a letter of support from the student's home university. To do this, the PSC requires:

Application deadlines are December 1 for the Spring 2014 semester, April 15 for the Fall 2014 semester. The Polish Studies Center recommends that you schedule a meeting with the PSC Director to discuss your plans. The Director can also help with the selection of classes.

Applicants should note that CES requires additional materials, listed on the CES application, so please be sure to collect the necessary documents well ahead of time. Visit the CES website for more detailed information, and for examples of courses offered.

Please submit application packets by email or in person to:

Polish Studies Center Administrative Assistant
Indiana University Bloomington
Polish Studies Center
1217 E. Atwater
Bloomington, IN 47401
Fax: 812-855-1507

Students receiving financial aid from the University in the form of scholarships, not loans, must register for the Overseas Study course, OVST-Y498. For assistance, please contact the Office of Overseas Study (link below).