Jagiellonian University (JU) is the oldest University in Poland (one of the oldest in Central Europe). Established in 1364. It is a public university. It is considered the most prestigious university in Poland. It is also one of the biggest (approx 40,000 students).
Partner Program Type – Academic Programs International (API)
This program is facilitated by UCSC in collaboration with API. Therefore, program information indicated on the API website may differ from the program details indicated here.
API is an organization that UCSC has partnered with to provide students with this opportunity. API stands for Academic Programs International which is an organization that was founded in 1997 to connect U.S. college students to the world. API has staff in the United States and abroad to support students through every step of their journey.
Minimum GPA – 2.85
Eligibility – Good academic and disciplinary standing, Min Age: 18, Open to All Majors, Sophomore, Junior, or Senior Standing by the time of departure
Fall Semester: late September – late December
Spring Semester: late Feb – mid-June
- Students must miss both winter and spring quarters at UCSC to participate in this session
City & University
Formerly the capital of Poland, Kraków is a Polish city of immense cultural, political, social, historical, and academic significance, renowned for its stunning architecture and scenery. There is an active student population, vibrant social scene, and growing cafe culture. Close to the Tatra Mountains (great for hiking and skiing!) and the famous Wieliczka Salt Mines, you can enjoy both city life and the countryside in Poland!
Students in Kraków will live in student apartments, which are located within the historical center of the city, generally 25-30 minutes walking distance or 15-20 minutes by tram to Jagiellonian University. Each apartment will typically have 2-3 single or double bedrooms and a shared bathroom. Each unit is furnished, includes its own kitchen, and has a washing machine.
Included excursions for this program are:
- Oswiecim (Auschwitz)
- Tatra Mountains
- Wieliczka Salt Mine
Note: excursions vary by term.
If you would like more detailed information about the excursions, please reach out to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
API teams will support your study abroad journey from application through re-entry. API staff will help guide you through the final phases of the application process after you have been nominated by UCSC, then upon arrival in-country, you will meet the API onsite team who will provide assistance during your time in-country. API staff is readily available and able to assist you with any academic, social, cultural, health, and safety questions or issues that you may face during your time abroad.
Students with Disabilities
If you need support services abroad, notify your UCSC Disability Resource Center (DRC) Coordinator.
Please contact API directly if you have any concerns about disability accommodations abroad at email@example.com.
Identities Abroad and Away
UC Santa Cruz Global Learning is committed to inclusion and equity in our various program options as well as striving to make everyone’s experiences abroad enriching, positive, and safe.
Learn more on our Identities Abroad and Away webpage.
Host University Courses
As a Jagiellonian University exchange student, enroll full-time in courses alongside other local and international students.
- Program begins with a two-week intensive Polish language course. Students may continue taking a Polish language course throughout the semester.
- Students select the majority of classes from the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences (IPHSS) and may ask for permission to complete a course in other departments of the university that offers courses in English.
- Students must enroll in a minimum of two classes from IPHSS program offerings before becoming eligible to select any courses from other departments/programs.
- View commonly available courses available at the host university.
- For syllabi/course description, click on the “View” button at the bottom of each course title.
- If “VIEW SYLLABUS” is not available, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and request the course syllabus.
- Term availability is noted under “Sessions.”
- NOTE: Do not change search parameters, as it will offer locations/terms/programs not approved by UCSC.
- If you have any questions or need to request syllabi please contact API advising team at email@example.com.
It may be possible to satisfy major, minor, GE, and/or electives on this program.
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Course Load Requirements
You are required to enroll in a full-time course load while abroad as defined by your host institution:
- A typical course load is equivalent to 18-27 quarter credits
As a UCSC student, you must also continue to meet UCSC Satisfactory Academic Progress, which requires students to enroll in a minimum of 12 UCSC quarter credits per quarter. At Krakow, you are required to ensure you meet this requirement by enrolling in the equivalent of at least 12 UCSC quarter credits in fall semester and at least 24 UCSC quarter credits in spring semester after conversion (see below).
If you are not enrolled in the minimum number of quarter credits required, then you will fall out of Satisfactory Academic Progress. This could lead to financial aid and academic repercussions.
If you are unable to enroll in the minimum number of quarter credits through courses at your host university, you may be able to fill in the gap by enrolling in one remote course through UCSC or UC online.
Krakow uses ECTS credits. These will be converted to UCSC quarter credits when added to your UC transcript.
- 5 ECTS credits = 4 quarter credits at UCSC
- 10 ECTS credits = 8 quarter credits at UCSC
- 15 ECTS credits = 12 quarter credits at UCSC
- 20 ECTS credits = 15 quarter credits at UCSC
Some courses abroad may have enrollment limitations and/or restrictions, such as prerequisites. Review course information provided by API, and work with assigned API program manager, to understand any course limitations and/or restrictions prior to official course enrollment abroad.
If you are unsure about your eligibility to enroll, please contact UCSC Global Learning at firstname.lastname@example.org before applying to this program.
Please note that the academic system, such as assignments, exams, course structure, grading system, etc., at your host institution may be different from what you are used to at UCSC. We highly recommend researching the academic system at your host university in advance to best prepare for your experience abroad.
We recommend comparing the host university academic calendar to the UCSC academic calendar to see how the academic calendars, holidays, and breaks differ.