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Study Abroad

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.
 
Courses of Polish language and culture are organized for foreign students by the Jagiellonian University. Our Center hosts offer 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 courses that are offered, 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.
 
Another great virtue of the program 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 Wawel Hill on which sits the royal Renaissance castle, a symbol of the Golden Age of Polish culture. The Center is 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 at the Center 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.
 
Class sizes are small, providing individual attention and taught in by Polish instructors. Participants are required to maintain a 15 credit course load minimum.  Required courses include introductory, intermediate or advanced Polish Language, Holocaust Studies, Culture and Civilization of Poland.  Electives:  Art History, History of Poland, and East European Politics.  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.

 

 

Eligibility

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.


 Costs

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.

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.

 
 

Withdrawal

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.