API at Jagiellonian University in Krakow

Interdisciplinary Program in Humanities and Social Sciences; Polish Language and Culture Summer

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Interdisciplinary Program in Humanities and Social Sciences: Students who choose to study abroad in Krakow with API complete courses offered in English by the Jagiellonian University of Krakow’s Interdisciplinary Program in Humanities and Social Sciences (IPHSS). 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. Students select the majority of their classes from the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences and may ask for special permission to complete a course in another department of the university that offers courses in English. The IPHSS courses are generally attended by American and other international students. Most courses taught in the IPHSS are equivalent to three semester credits. Course credits are indicated in parentheses after the course title. Not all classes taught outside of the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences are equivalent to three semester credits. Fall Early Start, Spring Early Start, and Academic Year Early Start Programs include a two-week intensive Polish language course, during which students will be able to begin learning the language of their host culture. Students will earn up to 3 credits for this session. API students will indicate course choices on the application and then complete course registration upon arrival in Poland. When seeking approval for courses at their home university prior to departure, students should select courses only from the IPHSS course listings. The list of classes with Polish students that are taught in English is not released until after API students have arrived in Poland. As final course selection may vary from pre-approved courses, it is important for all students to take their advisor’s contact information with them to Krakow to ensure that the courses that they take in Krakow can successfully transfer back to their home university. INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES AT LOCAL MUSEUM There are limited internship opportunities in Krakow through the Galician Jewish Museum. If you are interested in working as a docent or with the museum’s marketing and communications department, please let your API Program Manager know as soon as possible. Internships are unpaid and do not award credit. NTENSIVE TRACK Students complete a 5-credit Polish language course (for approximately 4-6 hours per day), along with 1-2 elective courses, each meeting 1.5 hours per day. Students in the Intensive Track program may not take the Polish Art course due to scheduling conflicts. NON-INTENSIVE TRACK Students complete a 3-credit Polish language course (for approximately 2 hours per day), and two elective courses, (each meeting 1.5 hours per day). Polish Language and Culture Summer: HIGHLIGHTS 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. 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 friendly and welcoming people of Poland await students in Krakow!


  • Interdisciplinary
  • Humanities
  • Social Sciences
  • Polish Language


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