Study Abroad

There are two separate Polish study abroad programs, one during the semester and one during the summer.

Semester Abroad

This program takes place at Jagiellonian University, which was founded in 1364, making it one of the oldest universities in Europe. Located in ancient Krakow, Poland, Jagiellonian University offers foreigners a unique opportunity not only to study Polish language, culture, and society, but also to experience over 600 years of its history, magnificent architecture, and art.

Jagiellonian is Europe's leading school of astronomy, mathematics, and geography. The university has always attracted many students from other countries, and among its most distinguished local students are Copernicus and Pope John Paul II.

Courses for international students are taught in English and include Polish language, history, Judaic studies, literature, political science, sociology, and science.

This program is open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors, all of whom are eligible to apply for the center’s scholarship to help cover program and travel costs.

Summer Abroad

The 2019 Summer Study Abroad in Krakow program will run from July 6–August 2, 2020. Students will arrive on July 5 (check-in after 4 p.m.) and depart on August 2.

An informational meeting will be held on Friday, February 7 at 2 p.m. in 101 Harkness Hall.

Program Overview

The summer program in Krakow is a four-week program taught by the Jagiellonian University professors and Skalny Center faculty members. It is organized in conjunction with the Jagiellonian University Summer School of Polish Language and Culture.

University of Rochester students take part in all activities offered by the school, like visits to the city's finest museums, concert halls, and theaters, as well as regional field trips. The warm student community atmosphere of the program offers all participants a truly memorable and enlightening experience.


Students take one Polish language course (beginning to advanced level), and either "History of Poland," "Polish Art: Past and Present," or "Lessons in Polish Literature." The program carries a total of six credits. Courses count toward the Polish language cluster and the certificate in Polish and Central European Studies.

Study Trips

The program begins with a sightseeing tour of Krakow's Old Town and the Wawel Royal Castle. On weekends, students and faculty travel to various places of interest in and around Krakow. There are trips to or tours of:

Accommodations and Meals

Students live in suites in a dormitory (two double rooms with one bathroom), fully equipped with towels and bedding. At the dormitory there is a café, cafeteria, and post office, as well as a newspaper and souvenir stand.

There are also a limited number of single rooms available for an additional cost, which is covered by the student. Rooms are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Interested students must apply prior to attending the program and there is no guarantee that a single room will be available.

Meals are served two times a day in the students' cafeteria. Special dietary arrangements are possible for vegetarians.

Program Cost and Financial Aid

The program fee of $4,930 includes:

  • University of Rochester tuition (six credits)
  • Housing
  • Meals
  • Orientation
  • Most cultural activities
  • Course-related study trips

The fee does not cover airfare from the United States to Krakow, elective travel unrelated to the program, health insurance, or personal expenses. The Skalny Center for Polish and Central European Studies offers generous scholarships toward the cost of the program.


The application deadline for the program is March 6, 2020, but early application is strongly encouraged. Students will be admitted on a first-come, first-served basis, and space in the program is limited.

Students can either download the application (PDF) or pick one up from the Skalny Center for Polish and Central European Studies in 101 Harkness Hall.


Call (585) 275-9898 or email for more information.