UNCW in Poland is located in one of the oldest cities in Poland, Krakow. Students can take courses in a variety of subjects that will go toward their UNCW degree, all while exploring Polish history, culture and food in one of the emerging cities of Europe. Founded in 1364, Jagiellonian University of Krakow is one of the oldest surviving universities in the world. The university is home to several medieval manuscripts, including works by Copernicus, as well as an extensive collection of underground political literature from Poland's period of Communist rule.
The Surrounding Area
UNCW in Poland is located in Krakow, one of the oldest cities in Poland. Krakow is situated on the Vistula River, and has been one of the leading centers of Polish academic, cultural and artistic life. This former capital of Poland has always been famous for its beauty, charm and culture. With a student population of 200,000, the city has a youthful and energetic vibe. Young and old people alike stroll through the main market square throughout the day and evening. Krakow is unique in its beauty; unlike most Polish cities, Krakow’s structures survived WWII virtually undamaged. UNESCO has since included the city on it’s list of World Heritage Sites. St. Mary’s Church, with its dark blue ceiling lined with stars, and the Wawel Castle are two of the city’s most significant historical treasures. This lively and beautiful city is easily navigable either on foot or using the tram system.
The UNCW in Poland program includes cultural activities and excursions to places such as Budapest, Beskidy Mountains, Auschwitz, Prague, Wieliczka Salt Mine, and Zakopane. With so much history and so many major European cities close, students will never run out of things to explore. The program also provides opportunities for students to explore the beauty of Eastern Europe through strolls through town, visits to museums, cable car rides through the mountains and horse sleigh rides in the Polish countryside
- Degree-seeking student
- At least sophomore standing at time of participation
- Good judicial standing
- 2.75+ GPA at time of application
Students select the majority of their classes from the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, and International Relations and Polish Studies, and may ask for special permission to complete a course in another department of the university that offers courses in English.The program focuses on the most significant issues of modern philosophy, anthropology, history, literary theories, art history and psychology. The main emphasis is placed on the modern and interdisciplinary character of 20th century cultural phenomena.
Students in Krakow will live in student apartments, which are located within the historical center of the city, generally 25-30 minutes walking distance or 15-20 minutes by tram to Jagiellonian University. Each apartment will typically have 2-3 single or double bedrooms, a shared bathroom, and a living area. Each unit is furnished, includes its own kitchen, and has a washing machine.
Academic Year Dates
Fall Semester Dates
Spring Semester Dates
Early February- Late June
Estimated Program Fee Fall 2019: $11,280
Estimated Program Fee Academic Year 2019-20: $21,980
Estimated Program Fee Spring 2019: $11,680
- Airport pick-up
- On-site Assistance
- On-site Orientation
- Transit Pass
- Language & Culture Tools
- Social & Cultural Activities
- Welcome and Farewell Group Meals
- Volunteer Opportunities
(not included in program fee)
- International Airfare
- Most meals
- Passport and Visa
Financial Aid and Scholarships
Federal and state financial aid may be applied towards this program. Even if you are normally ineligible for financial aid, you should submit a financial aid application (FAFSA). You may find that you are eligible for additional funding.
UNCW students may also apply for a UNCW Education Abroad Grant and additional study abroad scholarships. Grant applications and additional information are available at www.uncw.edu/international/abroad/aid.html.
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