Summer Study Abroad

Applications for Summer Study Abroad in Kraków are now accepted.

Information meeting:

Friday, February 6, 2015, 2:00 PM, 101 Harkness Hall

The University of Rochester offers a summer program at Jagiellonian University in Kraków, Poland that runs from July 4 to July 31, 2015. Detailed information about the program will be published in January 2015.

The summer Program in Kraków is a 4-week program taught by the Jagiellonian University professors and Skalny Center faculty members and is organized in conjunction with the Jagiellonian University Summer School of Polish Language and Culture.


The Jagiellonian University, founded in 1364, is the oldest university in Poland. Located in ancient Kraków, one of the most beautiful European cities, the 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.

The Summer Program in Kraków, offered by the Skalny Center, is organized in conjunction with the Jagiellonian University School of Polish Language and Culture, within the Faculty of Polish Studies. The School has welcomed thousands of students, teachers and professors from all over the world. During inauguration ceremonies, scholars such as Nobel Prize Winner for Literature Czesław Miłosz, Professor Norman Davies, Professor Leszek Balcerowicz, outstanding film directors Andrzej Wajda and Krzysztof Zanussi, renowned poet Adam Zagajewski, and world-famous journalist Ryszard Kapuściński deliver introductory lectures.


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

In 2000 the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Poland awarded the School with a prestigious honorary diploma for outstanding achievements in promoting Polish culture abroad.

In 2002 and 2005 the European Commission granted the School the European Label Award for innovative initiatives in language teaching.

Tentative schedule. Final schedule will be posted in January.

POL 157 Polish in Poland (2 hours each day, taught in the morning)

A multi-level course designed to introduce students to the Polish language or to improve the knowledge of Polish they already possess.

HIS 116A History of Poland July 6- 23, 15:00 – 16:30

Jan Lencznarowicz, Ph.D. (The Institute of American Studies, Jagiellonian University and Visiting Professor, UR Department of History, 2004 and 2013)
A survey of Polish history from the Piast dynasty through the period of Jagiellonian rule, the time of the elected kings, 123 years of partitioned Poland, the 1920's and 1930's, World War II, the creation and functioning of the People's Republic, the collapse of the communist system.

POL 224 Lessons in Polish Literature July 6- 23 17:00 – 18:30

Ewa Nowakowska, M. A. (Faculty of Polish Studies, Jagiellonian University)
A presentation of some of the most interesting problems in the thousand-year history of Polish culture. Literary masterpieces of the past and present, including poetry of the two Nobel Prize winners - Czesław Miłosz (1980) and Wisława Szymborska (1996), Polish Romanticism; culture in a political context; the phenomenon of exiled culture, literature and totalitarianism, and other "great questions" of Polish culture will be discussed.

AH 290/POL 201A Polish Art: Past and Present July 6- 24, 11:00 - 13:30

The development of Polish art since the 10th c. Special emphasis will be placed on the importance of Poland within Europe, including the formative effects of geopolitics on the development of Polish artistic movements, Polish church art, folk art, poster and architecture. In-depth art history lectures will be conducted both at the University and in museums. The course will be accompanied by a program of field trips.

The Jews in Poland July 15- 23, 3:00 – 4:30

Annamaria Orla-Bukowska, Ph. D. (The Institute of Sociology, Jagiellonian University and Visiting Professor, UR Department of Political Science, 2009)
A survey of history of Jewish communities in Poland and the Holocaust. Post-Holocaust history of the Jews and Jewish culture in Poland will also be covered with the emphasis on Jewish-non-Jewish relations and anti-Semitism, as well as recent revival of the Jewish life in Poland.
This course can be taken for no additional cost and no UR credits.

Communism and Democracy in Eastern Europe July 6- 14, 3:00 – 4:30

Jarosław Rokicki, Ph.D. (Department of International and Political Studies, Jagiellonian University)
The course focuses on historical, political, economic and social dimensions of the major processes that have taken place in Poland and other European countries since the 1980s. The discussion will touch upon the communist system and its collapse, the economy in transition, and social changes in post-communist countries. The focal point of the discussion is Poland. Other countries, most notably Russia and the Czech Republic, will be used for comparative purposes.
This course can be taken for no additional cost and no UR credits.

Polish in Real Life Situations July 6- 23, time TBA
Practical exercises which enable participants to hone their Polish language skills in real-life situations.
This course can be taken for no additional cost and no UR credits.

SEMINAR Poland in New Europe

Radosław Rybkowski, Ph.D. (The Institute of American Studies, Jagiellonian University) and Visiting Professor, UR Department of Political Science, 2005 and 2008
The week-long seminar provides an introduction to Poland's most recent history, from the collapse of the Communist regime until the present. Political and social changes in Poland after the rise of an independent, democratic state in 1989 will be placed in a broader context of regional development.

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. The number of single rooms is limited, and cost extra; the additional cost is covered by the student. Accommodation in such rooms is possible upon prior reservation, made on an application form (on a first-come, first-served basis). There is no guarantee that a single room is available. Meals are served three times a day in the students’ cafeteria. Special dietary arrangements are possible for vegetarians.

The program fee of $TBA includes University of Rochester tuition (6 credits), housing, meals, orientation, most cultural activities, and course-related study trips. The fee does not cover airfare from the United States to Kraków, elective travel unrelated to the program, health insurance or personal expenses. The Skalny Center for Polish and Central European Studies has generous scholarships available towards the cost of the program.

The application deadline for the program is March 6, 2015 but early application is strongly encouraged. Students will be admitted on a first-come, first-served basis, and space in the program is limited.

Applications can be obtained online or from the Skalny Center for Polish and Central European Studies, (585) 275-9898.