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Jagiellonian University, Department of International Polish Studies
Krakow, Poland (Outgoing Program)
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Dept Offering Program: Study Abroad OIP Program Type: Study Abroad (semester)
Language of Instruction: English, Polish Language Prerequisite: NO
Program Features: Academic Study Degree Level: 3 - Sophomore, 4 - Junior, 5 - Senior
Time Away: Academic Year, Fall Semester, Spring Semester Housing options: Dormitory
Program Group: Study Abroad OIP Program Adviser: Jordan Zilla
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Jagiellonian University in Krakow: Department of International Polish Studies

We are not accepting applications to this program for the fall 2020 term. Please contact Jordan Zilla for information and guidance about alternate options.

The Department of International Polish Studies offers students the chance to spend one semester or an entire academic year as a full-time student of the Department of IPS and the Jagiellonian University and take courses in the areas of Jewish studies, literature, history, and more. Students have the opportunity to experience and live in the time-honored city of Kraków while studying at the most prestigious university in Poland.

The University

Jagiellonian University was founded in 1364 by Casimir III the Great, and it is the oldest university in Poland. It is known as an international university, as even from its earliest days, there were students from many places around Europe, such as Germany, Czech Republic, Switzerland, England, and more. Today, it is comprised of 16 faculties, and around 4,000 academics conduct research and teach over 40,000 students.

The Setting

Krakow is the second largest city in Poland and located in the southern part of the country. It dates back to the 7th century and was once the country's capital. Old Town, the historic center of Krakow, was recently declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 



Students are required to enroll in a total of 30 ECTS per semester, which is typically the equivalent of five courses. This is the course-load required in order to transfer back four Princeton credits. Courses are offered in the areas of Literature, Culture, Jewish Studies, History, and Language; students are not obliged to learn Polish, but are encouraged to include language in their curriculum. More information about academics can be found on the program website.


For Princeton approval, participants must have at least a 3.0/ B average for the fall and spring semesters prior to the semester of study abroad.

Grading & Credits:

For information regarding credits, grading, and other academic policies, read the Academic Policies on the Study Abroad website.

Academic Calendar

Fall Semester: late October to late December 
Spring Semester: late February to late June

Please refer to the program website for updated calendars


Students will be housed at the Department of International Polish Studies in the Piast student hall of residence. Suites are available that have two separate double-occupancy rooms that share a bathroom with full amenities. The rooms typically consist of two single beds (linen and pillow are supplied), two small desks, two chairs, two large cupboards that also contain two sets of multi-level shelving to put clothing away, and two sets of shelves above either the beds or desks for books and other items.

On each floor there are two kitchens and one laundry room. The kitchens are equipped with electric element heaters and two sinks. Cooking utensils are not provided for (neither are refrigerators). However, the hall also has a cafeteria with cheap meals, plus a shop, bank, post office, internet cafe, barber, and rent-a-bike service.

Money Matters

Students who receive financial aid at Princeton continue to receive Princeton financial aid for the approved costs of study abroad programs during the academic year. For detailed information about financial aid, program fees, and billing for study abroad, please visit the Money Matters section of the Study Abroad website.

Passport and Visa

Students are responsible for ensuring that their passports are valid for their entire stay. For further information on renewing or obtaining a U.S. passport, please consult the U.S. State Department passport website.

The Polish government requires that foreign students obtain a student visa to cover their entire stay in Poland. The Department of International Polish Studies provides detailed visa information for study abroad students.

Application Process

Students interested in applying to this program must complete two separate processes:
  1. Apply directly to the program by their deadline. Visit the program website directly for application instructions and deadlines. Please note that program application deadlines are often earlier than Princeton approval deadlines.
  2. Complete the Princeton approval process. You may download the course approval form and instructions from your GPS application. Click “apply now” on this brochure to access these items. Check GPS for Princeton’s approval deadlines.


Start planning your study abroad experience!

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Spring Semester 2021 10/16/2020 10/20/2020 TBA TBA
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