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  • Locations: Krakow, Poland
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
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Fact Sheet:
Program Description:
About the Program Accommodations
Eligibility Dates and Costs
Academics Visa Information

About Jagiellonian University, Centre for European Studies (CES)

main square, Krakow

Jagiellonian University is located in the heart of Kraków, in the southern part of Poland, only hours away from Prague and Vienna. In addition to a vibrant student life, Kraków and the surrounding area offers many historical, cultural and natural attractions such as castles, historical monuments and places of worship, theaters, mountain resorts, museums, etc. Along with many other sites in Poland, Kraków is registered on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Established in 1364, Jagiellonian University is the oldest institution of higher education in Poland and one of the oldest in Europe. Jagiellonian has 15 faculties and a student population of approximately 40,000 students. Jagiellonian University is not only a research and teaching institution, but also a cultural center. Famous figures such as Copernicus and Pope John Paul II have graduated from Jagiellonian.

The Centre for European Studies (CES) is just one part of Jagiellonian University and offers an intimately sized undergraduate study abroad program as well as a larger M.A. program.

For more information on Kraków, click here.

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  • Students must be in good academic and disciplinary standing with the university to study abroad. When reviewing applications for approval, disciplinary records will be taken into consideration and students must be cleared by the Dean’s office to study abroad.  Students on conduct probation will not be able to study abroad if they are on conduct probation that does not expire prior to the start date of the semester abroad program.
  • Recommended cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • Although no prior Polish is required for admission, UR students are required to take a Polish language course while abroad on the CES program.
  • Robins School of Business students may transfer back credit from only one (1) business course taken while enrolled on the Jagiellonian CES program to count towards their business degree.  Specific course approval must be given by Dr. Tom Cosse.  RSB students may transfer courses back from non-business subjects to count towards any non-business majors/minors and general education requirements (pending departmental approval) and towards the total units needed for graduation.
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At Jagiellonian, Richmond students study at the Centre for European Studies (CES). With the exception of language courses, all courses are taught in English.  

view from study space at CESGeneral Information
The CES program is designed for students interested in European history, politics, religion, economics and culture.  CES offers an undergraduate and also a graduate level track.  The undergraduate track is usually quite small, with around 10 students participating.  The graduate track is larger, with about 70 students.  A beginners' Polish course is offered each semester and UR students are required to take it.  Other language courses are also offered. Students will normally participate in 2-3 trips each semester, the cost of which are reimbursed by the University of Richmond. Although the program consists mainly of American and international students, the occasional Polish student may join a course as well.

Course Selection

The CES program is quite small, and therefore, the number of courses offered is limited. Undergraduate courses are available in the following subject areas: History, International Studies/European Studies, Jewish Studies, Political Science, Economics, and various languages.  Students with the right prerequisites may also enroll in Master's level courses as well.

UR students also have the opportunity to directly enroll in courses at Jagiellonian University with Polish students if they wish.  Contact CES for more information about this option.

Course Load

Course credit at CES is calculated on the ECTS system (European Credit Transfer System).  The minimum number of credits you should register for at CES is 24 ECTS.  
To determine the unit value of an individual ECTS course, the following formula will be used by the UR Registrar's office: # of ECTS divided by 7 and rounded up to the nearest tenth of a unit.

Below is a table with the conversion into units as it will appear on the UR transcript.

ECTS Credits

Richmond Units

4 .6
5 .8
6 .9
7 1
8 1.2
10 1.5

Grading Scale

Grades are converted to the U.S. as follows

Polish Grades UR Equivalents
5 A
4 B
3 C
*2 F

* Grades of "2" and below will NOT earn transfer credit back to UR.

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Jagiellonian Dorm RoomStudent accommodation is available in three dormitories: Piast, Zaczek and Nawojka. Some students choose to rent furnished flats, mainly in central Krakow, but for semester-only students, this is not the recommended option.  Applications are considered on a first-come, first-served basis. Students living in the dormitories will generally have a double room with bathrooms or showers and shared kitchen. Students can request to be placed with Polish students.

Dates and Costs

Click here for Jagiellonian Center for European Studies Dates and Costs.

Students studying at Jagiellonian University may be eligible to apply for the NSEP Boren Scholarship.  Click here to learn more!  Interested students should contact Michele Cox in the Office of International Education.  Deadlines are VERY EARLY, so do not delay!

Visa Information

Jagiellonian Kwiatkowski F16U.S. citizens are required to apply for a student visa prior to departure if the period of study will exceed 90 days. Do this early! For more information, please visit the Polish Embassy's website.  NOTE that a student must appear in person at the Polish Embassy to have biometric fingerprints taken.  Visa applications cannot merely be mailed in as in past years.

Please note that you may only receive your visa through your assigned consulate. You will need to contact your assigned consulate for the visa requirements, as requirements may differ from consulate to consulate. Consular assignments are based on the applicant's permanent address.

Note: US citizens studying at Jagiellonian for the fall-only may not need to get a visa, as the program is often just under 90 days in duration.  However, this means that you also cannot arrive early or stay late to travel in Europe.  See Michele Cox for further details.

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For more information see Michele Cox in the Office of International Education

Updated April 2016

This document represents the most accurate information available at the time of publication. Statements contained herein are not contractual obligations, and verbal or other representations that are inconsistent with or not contained within the document are not binding. The University of Richmond reserves the right to change without specific notice programs and the conditions under which they are offered.