Jagiellonian University (API)
Fall: September - December
Spring: February - June
Spend a semester studying and living in Krakow, Poland! You can study either the fall or spring semester at Jagiellonian University, taking Polish language courses and courses in English in your major, minor, elective, or general education requirements at Lewis.
This former capital of Poland has always been famous for its beauty, charm, and culture. With a student population of 150,000, 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. This lively and beautiful city is easily navigable either on foot or using the tram system.
The Krakow program is coordinated by API, an organization started by four women in 1997 that offers a variety of unique programs and locations. This unique program allows students to study at one of the most prestigious universities in Poland, studying Polish language and taking courses in English from its Interdisciplinary Program in Humanities and Social Sciences. The curriculum of the IPHSS program is designed to encourage an exchange of ideas and experience. 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. You will also have the chance to explore this fascinating city and beyond by living in arranged apartments near the city center and being taken on program sponsored excursions.
No previous knowledge of Polish is required to participate in the program. You are required to take between 12 and 18 credits during the semester. As a requirement, you will take 3-4 credit course in the Polish language at your level. For the remaining credits, you can choose from a variety of courses offered in English from the university.
Required Courses (3-4 credits):
Polish Language (Beginning - Advanced)
Elective Courses (9-15 credits):
- Art History
- Polish Literature
- Political Science
- Religious Studies
You 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. Meals are not included in the program charge.
For the current program charge amount, please check the Budget Sheets located at the top of the page or contact the Study Abroad Office. The program charge includes Lewis tuition, housing in an apartment, on-site orientation, program-sponsored excursions, medical insurance, and a mandatory $300 Lewis Study Abroad fee.
The program charge does not include airfare, passport and visa fees, meals, supplies, and personal expenses.
Program charges are based on costs of the prior year, as well as projections for the current and coming years. Inflation and fluctuating exchange rates make it difficult to state a fixed cost. Lewis University, therefore, reserves the right to adjust program fees and the right to cancel or alter programs and courses.
No previous knowledge of Polish is required to participate in the program. To be eligible, you must be a Lewis student with at least a 3.0 GPA who has Sophomore, Junior, or first semester Senior standing or will have that standing when you participate.
Please click on the Application link in the left column to learn more about the application process, how to obtain an application, and what other materials are required. If you are ready to apply, then click on the Apply Now button.