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Destinations: Krakow, Poland

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Since 1975 UW-Stevens Point has provided extraordinary study/travel programs in East and Central Europe for those who seek an enriched and enhanced education beyond the bounds of the classroom or campus. The Jagiellonian University, founded in 1364, the oldest University in Poland and the second oldest north of the Alps, will be your host. Offered is the unique opportunity not only to study Polish language, culture and society in Krakow but also to experience over a thousand years of history, magnificent architecture and art. A great virtue of the semester is the city of Krakow itself – a magical city that is often referred to as the cultural capital of Poland and, perhaps, Eastern Europe. The Center is located in the very heart of the historic city, at the foot of Wavell Hill on which sits the royal Renaissance castle, a symbol of the Golden Age of Polish culture. The class rooms are only a few hundred meters away from the Old Town Square, the largest medieval square in Europe, which bustles with life at all hours of the day.
Education on the program is an interesting combination of the traditions of the oldest Polish university, the knowledge and experience of the Center’s staff members, and their passion and enthusiasm for creating modern, interesting and effective teaching methods.
This is a two tracked program with offers students either the chance to enroll at the
Center for European Studies
and take courses in English emphasizing the European Union, past, present and future and to choose classes in Polish, French, German or Russian languages. The second track is a Polish language intensive program where students work toward fluency in Polish from a beginning level through an advanced level.
For those taking the Intensive Polish track, the
Center for Polish Language and Culture in the World
offers a rich academic program with courses led by specialists qualified in teaching Polish as a foreign language. Learning a language is most always the most important goal of our participants; however, through the additional course work, students also have an opportunity to learn about Poland – its history, society, culture and literature. In the extra-curricular program there are events such as theater workshops, in which foreigners prepare theatrical performances. Most of the students at the Center are also international students, but there is always a group of Polish students there too, learning how to teach Polish as a foreign language. The presence of Polish students gives our students additional opportunities for direct contact with Polish people, allowing them to gain a deeper and current understanding of Polish language and culture. Events and, often, field trips also help the two groups of students to integrate.
Class sizes are small, providing individual attention and taught by Polish instructors. Participants are required to maintain a 15 credit course load minimum.  For the European Studies track students will choose from a class list including:
·      Modern European State Formation
·      Introduction to the European Union (EU)
·      The cultural Construction of the European Identity
·      Jewish Religion and Culture from the Middle Ages to 1939
·      EU Enlargement in the Context of Economic and Political Transition
·      Western European Political History and Transatlantic Relations 
     since 1945
·      The Jews in Central Europe:  The Holocaust and its Aftermath since 
·      Polish, German, French and Russian Language courses round-out
     the  list.
Students taking the Intensive Language track will receive Polish Language credits commensurate with their current levels – beginning to advanced.
All course credits transfer back to UW-Stevens Point!
Priority Deadline: April 1 of the prior year - though late applications are often accepted. Please check with the International Programs Office for availability.

Go to the Applications page to find out how to get an application.




Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors and special students from all academic disciplines with maturity, motivation, and preparation. Knowledge of Polish is not required. Attendance at orientation meetings is strongly recommended.


Click here for latest price estimates based on a group of 15 students.

Cost Includes:

  • 15 week total academic program --  residence in Krakow.
  • Room and Board throughout the semester.
  • UWSP tuition for Wisconsin Residents; Minnesota students qualify for reciprocity, surcharge for other out-of-staters is $1000.
  • UW-System mandatory health insurance.
    The language exclusive program is less expensive by approximately $3500-4000.  Students of Polish heritage may also be eligible for a further discount for the program.

    International airfare is not included although International Programs will help you find a flight and assist in the purchase of affordable airfare if you'd like.
Plan your budget to cover passport and personal expenses.

Scholarship Opportunity for undergraduates: Click here.



Please read our Refund Policy for details on withdrawal dates!

Special Offers

A second semester option based in Szeged, Hungary will also be available. See UWSP International Programs Staff for details and click here for latest price estimates.