Jagiellonian University


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Spend a semester or academic year in Poland through MAUI-Utrecht.
Location: Krakow, Poland
Language of Instruction: EnglishPolish
Program Type: Semester or Academic Year
Open to non-KU Students: No
Fulfills KU Core 4.2: No
Fulfills KU Core 5: No

MAUI-Utrecht is a total immersion program. In most cases, MAUI-Utrehct participants register as a regular student at the host institution, take the same courses and have the same assignments, and participate in the same activities as the local students at that institution. This means that a student applying for a MAUI-Utrecht site must be more proactive and prepared to handle being in a location where they may be the only KU student in the program. 

For more information on the MAUI-Utrecht site in Poland, please click here: Jagiellonian University

  • Take classes in English at this Polish university
  • Attend orientation the first week of the semester and feel more at home while abroad
  • Jagiellonian University is the oldest university in Poland and the second-oldest university in all of central Europe

Krakow, Poland is one of the oldest cities in the country, but it is also the second-largest as well. Dating all the way back to the 7th century, Krakow is located by the Vistula River which is in the Lesser Poland area. As Poland's second most important city, Krakow is known to be a center for academic, economic, cultural, and artistic life in Poland. The city houses around 760,000 people with close to 8 million living in the surrounding region. 

Krakow is home to the Jurassic Rock Upland and the  Tatra Mountains. There are five natural reserves in Krakow, and each of these is heavily protected due to their environmental value to the country. The Vistula River Valley is rich with ecological life! Krakow has a relatively mild climate with cold winters and cool summers. 

The city itself has some of the most beautiful architecture in all of Europe with its historic styles dating back hundreds of years. Krakow was built from the city center outward, so the oldest artifacts can be seen closer to the center while newer monuments appear around its outskirts. The city of Krakow is rich with history due to occupation periods and wars. It is a city that you will never forget. 

According to the QS World University Rankings, Jagiellonian University is the best university in Poland, and it is ranked among the top 500 universities in the world! Founded in 1364, Jagiellonian University now houses over 50,000 students with over 1,000 being degree-seeking students from abroad. There are also over 1,000 international students who attend the university for either a semester or an academic year. Among the students, there are over 70 different scientific associations aimed at promoting organizing lecture sessions, offering excursions, and hosting international conferences. Jagiellonian University is a top-tier academic institution that offers an array of educational and social opportunities both inside and outside of the classroom. 

Only certain academic disciplines are open to undergraduate/graduate students that go through MAUI-Utrecht. For both undergraduate and graduate students, the following areas of study are available:

  • Polish Studies
  • International Relations
  • Area Studies
  • History
  • Sociology
  • Geography
  • Humanities

These courses can either be taught in English or Polish.

English Course Descriptions
Polish Course Descriptions
General Study Abroad Information

Students have the option to stay in a student dormitory in either double or triple rooms. Students can also use private accommodations for housing.

More information can be found at: Housing Website

SAGE is dedicated to creating international engagement opportunities that meet the needs of all our students and providing resources to support you through the process of studying abroad. Study abroad is achievable for students of all identities including our BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ students, students with disabilities, and students with religious/non-religious viewpoints. Before selecting a program, consider how your identities may impact your experience abroad in unique ways and talk with your Program Coordinator about any program-specific concerns. Students with documented disabilities should discuss any accommodation needs with their Program Coordinator early in the planning process.

Check our Identity Abroad page and resources listed below for information specific to you and other students who may be on your program.

For more information about costs and deadlines, please contact Jenna Hunter-Skidmore at jmhunter@ku.edu or visit the Study Abroad Info Center in 105 Lippincott for Walk-In Advising.

You can also visit the MAUI-Utrecht website for Jagiellonian University.