Kraków, Poland, is an incredible and amazing destination to study abroad. A large number of international students coming from Lithuania, Hungary, Germany, The Czech Republic, Switzerland, UK, Netherlands, France and Italy come to study here. The local universities are among the most prestigious in Poland and have successful collaborations with leading Polish scientific institutions and academic centres from all over the world. Many of these universities have been honoured with distinctions and awards in various science fields.
Kraków is the second largest and one of the oldest cities in Poland, placed on the Vistula River in the Lesser Poland region. Kraków is an important centre of Polish academic, cultural, economic and artistic life.
Kraków has a flourishing and prosperous economy, having as major industries: tourism, education, technology, finance, manufacturing (steel, pharmaceuticals and tobacco).
Multinational companies with local offices include: Google, IBM, Royal Dutch Shell, Motorola, Delphi, MAN SE, General Electric, Aon Hewitt, Hitachi, Philip Morris, Capgemini.
Local Polish companies with offices in Kraków include: ComArch, AGH, Software Mind, Sointeractive, Ganymede, Alior Bank.
International students will find a plethora of internship opportunities available in local companies, in any field they can imagine.
Kraków was declared one of Europe's most beautiful cities, with a beautiful and mix of architectural styles from Gothic and Renaissance to Baroque that form the city’s large historical heritage. You will have plenty of nice places to see and discover in Kraków and take note the fact that most museums in Krakow offer one day of free entrance a week; so check details on the museum you wish to visit and find out when it’s free.
Some of the major landmarks in Kraków are:
Explore the historic centre, bisected by the Royal Road, the coronation route traversed by the Kings of Poland. Wander through parks like the Planty Park, Botanical Garden, or Park Krakowski.
Enjoy a classical concert or simply visit Opera Krakowska, an attraction in itself.
Don’t miss taking a cruise down the Vistula River and trying out local specialities like oscypek – cheese from Tatra Mountains, or 'kroketka’.
Kraków hosts many annual artistic events: the Cracow Screen Festival (popular music), the Festival of Polish Music (classical music), the Kraków Film Festival and more. Kraków is full of cozy cafés, but you can also choose from numerous bars and clubs.
Outside Kraków, you can visit Auschwitz-Birkenau a former German Nazi camp, around half an hour away from Krakow.
The international atmosphere in Kraków is nurtured by the large number of international students and also, by the foreign born population, mostly Ukrainian, German, Russian, Slovaks and Armenian residents.
In terms of international business, since Kraków is one of Poland's most important economic hubs, the city is the second in Poland (after Warsaw) most often visited by foreigners and entrepreneurs.
Kraków has four seasons, with a significant temperature differences between them. The average temperatures in summer range from 18 to 20 °C (64 to 67 °F), sometimes exceeding 25 °C (77 °F), and in winter temperatures range from -2 to 0 °C (28 to 31 °F) during the day.
Here is a list of accommodation options and prices:
1. University dormitory – prices start from 80 EUR/month.
2. Share a flat – between 240 and 450 EUR/month for one room.
3. Hostel – rates start from 7 EUR/night.
In Kraków, living costs are not high, you can manage with a total amount of 500 – 550 EUR/month for all expenditures (including accommodation, food bills, social activities and public transportation).
The bills from supermarkets would cost you around 80 EUR/month. A monthly student bus pass is around 30 EUR and keep in mind to uses the ISIC card whenever you can, as it will help you get discounts in places like restaurants, museum, libraries or stores.
The Jagiellonian University is the oldest university in Poland and one of the oldest in Europe (est. 1364).Today, it consists of 15 faculties, including 3 medical faculties, which make up the Medical College. The University provides education to almost 50 000 students. Aware of the incredible value of the internationalization of the academic comunity, the Jagiellonian University aims to meet the expectations of candidats from abroad and widens its offer of programmes in foreign languages every year. For the past few years, the JU has consistently occupied top positions in various rankings of the best universities in Poland.
Cracow University of Economics has ranked among Poland's best schools of economics for a number of years, and its popularity is confirmed by an increasing number of candidates who wish to be accepted students. The University's mission is to provide sound and universal education, combining professional knowledge with methodological and theoretical expertise.
Cracow University of Technology (CUT) has been educating students for 65 years in seven faculties. Total number of alumni that graduated from Cracow University of Technology exceeds 62,500. In May 2008 our university was rated by the magazine Newsweek Poland as the best university in Poland according to employers who eagerly hire our alumni due to their high qualifications.
AGH University of Science and Technology is one of the best and most renowned modern Polish universities. For many years it has been ranked in the top of the list of institutions of higher education. AGH UST is a leading Polish university in modern technologies, and belongs to a group of prestigious international educational centres.