• Poland
    • Krakow
Academic Year, Fall, Spring, Summer
Subject Areas
Business Cultural Studies Economics History Human Rights International Business Political Science Russian and Eastern European Studies
Need-based funding, Merit-based funding, General grants/scholarships
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Program Details

Program Type
Degree Level
Associates Bachelors
Apartment Dormitory


What's Included
Accommodation Activities Classes
What's Included (Extra)

• Tuition and fees • USAC prearranged housing placement service • Visa guidance • Scholarship advising and assistance • Student health insurance • Group flight airport pick-up • Mandatory on-site orientation • 24-hour local emergency staff support • Program-organized field trips

Jan 29, 2024
Dec 10, 2019
10 travelers are looking at this program

About Program

Kraków is known as the leading center of academic, cultural, economic, and artistic life in Poland, with its greatest highlights being the outstanding architectural monuments visible on almost every street.

The program focuses on the history and modern economy of Poland with courses in Jewish studies, Central European studies, economics, politics, and Polish language.
The program is based at the University of Economics in Kraków, Poland. Kraków is very much a student city with over 30 universities and thousands of international students from all over the world studying there.

In addition to classes, many course-related field trips are organized throughout the term to enhance your learning, such as museums, castles, and business visits. There will also be extracurricular activities organized that you may participate in on-campus or in the community, as well as internship opportunities.

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Diversity & Inclusion

LGBTQIA+ Support

There are LGBTQIA+ friends, colleagues, and allies throughout the world. However, cultural understanding of gender identity and sexuality does vary from country to country. USAC has compiled a lot of resources to help you through that learning process.

Accessibility Support

USAC is dedicated to working closely with students with disabilities to ensure the best study abroad experience possible. You may request reasonable accommodations after your initial application is complete. We routinely receive requests for scheduling, material, and environmental accommodations for the classroom setting, which may include assistive technology, scribes and readers, printed material, and interpretation.



Environmentally-conscious students choose USAC because many of our programs are held in some of the most sustainable countries in the world. There are options to take coursework in sustainability and the environment, as well as field trips and studies where students can leave a lasting impact on their host country.

Program Highlights

  • Kraków, similar in atmosphere, architecture, and cost of living, rivals Prague (only five hours away) for prettiest and friendliest medieval city in Europe.
  • Kraków is known as the leading center of academic, cultural, economic, and artistic life in Poland, with its greatest highlights being the outstanding architectural monuments visible on almost every street.
  • Learn about historical and modern day Poland with courses in religious and European studies that will be complemented by field trips and tours outside of the classroom to places such as the Auschwitz concentration camp and Oskar Schindler's Factory.
  • Walk the streets of Kazimierz, the former Jewish quarter that accommodated more Jewish residents than any other city in Europe, where old synagogues stand side-by-side with bars, clubs, restaurants, and cafes on the now-lively streets.
  • You’ll find a wide array of things to do in Poland, from cycling, hiking, sailing, and canoeing for the outdoor enthusiast to the 14 unique UNESCO World Heritage sites in addition to many churches, castles, museums, theatres, and galleries for those who w


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USAC Scholarships and Financial Aid

USAC awards over $2 million in scholarships and discounts each year to assist students with their study abroad expenses.

$500 - $5,000

Program Reviews

4.25 Rating
based on 4 reviews
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  • 4 rating 0%
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  • 2 rating 25%
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  • Academics 3.5
  • Support 3.25
  • Fun 4.25
  • Housing 3.5
  • Safety 4.5
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Yes, I recommend this program

Polish Beer is great

Living in Krakow is safe with lots of things to do and great food. Cost of living is relatively low which allows for increased traveling if you are on a budget. Business professors specifically are fantastic and fun to learn from. There are many different places in the city to explore and you will always find different things to find and new types of food to try. Polish food is great as is their beer and vodka. The dorm provided wasn't perfect but it did provide for many opportunities to talk with students from many different countries. Some individuals had issues with the program administrators but I did not have any direct issues. If you are concerned about saving money but still want to study abroad Krakow is the perfect place. At around half the price of many comparable programs you can't beat the value.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Don't be nervous because studying abroad anywhere will be a great experience.
70 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

Studying Abroad in Krakow, Poland

Studying in Kraków, Poland was an amazing experience. I was able to study Poland's deep history with some of the best professors Cracow University of Economics has to offer. Small class sizes with other USAC students was a great learning environment and allowed me to do well in my classes. Cracow University of Economics was a great school, with a beautiful campus, and welcoming students. Field trips to Auschwitz, Kaimierz, and Schindler's factory allowed me to have hands on learning that not many people get to experience. The on-site Resident directors offered a lot of support and made the adjustment to a different country a lot easier. Spending the weekends in Kraków consisted of: live music, cultural festivals, and lots of eating! Kraków is the most beautiful city that Europe has to offer and I cannot wait to go back!

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
My advice to future travelers on this program is to take it all in and really try to understand the rich history of Poland.
73 people found this review helpful.
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No, I don't recommend this program

Choose Another Program

Do yourself a favor and do NOT spend your money on this program. I wish I could go back and tell myself that before I made the mistake of selecting this program. The organization and academics of this program are a literal disaster and something you should steer clear of. USAC should be embarrassed at the level of quality this program has.
Krakow is an amazing place, but USAC made it impossible to enjoy because of how little they did to ensure the program's success. Classes and professors weren't clear on expectations and the syllabi that USAC makes the professors create are not followed. There are barely any resources to do papers and research because there are no resources in English. The on-site staff had little to no involvement after the first week. The USAC website lies about what is included in program fees, as we did not ever go to Zakopane or the Tatra Mountains. The Vienna and Budapest trip was the biggest waste of $400, as the USAC website also lied about what we would be doing on that trip (you only go to art museums and USAC only pays for hotels, nothing else).
We were not immersed in local culture because, as USAC so graciously leaves out, we only took classes with the people in the USAC program (12 people for my semester). They did not introduce us to any local students or mentors when we got there, and we found ourselves feeling very lost and left out in the cold. The staff was hard to reach and did not seem to care about our experience until all of us complained to higher-ups in the organization.
I 100% regret my decision of choosing a USAC study abroad program and would not recommend them to anyone.

What would you improve about this program?
USAC should not have allowed students to sign up for this program until they had thoroughly worked out all of the kinks. The professors clearly only thought of us as another paycheck and were rude and unprofessional to us. There was an immense amount of false advertising on the USAC website about the program and what all was included. Academic expectations were unclear and unrealistic, as we were required to write 10 page papers for every class while having barely any resources available to us in English.
This program needs a complete overhaul in order to be worth anyone's time and money. Course curriculum needs to be vetted, professors need to be checked for professionalism and not be people who will talk down to students and insult their intelligence, the website needs to be truthful about what is included, polish student mentors should be assigned to help with the transition and make the experience better, and the expectations need to be clearly and accurately defined for everyone involved.
72 people found this review helpful.
Response from USAC

Thank you for sharing your experience in Poland. We are aware of the challenges that occurred during your study abroad term and have worked with our on-site staff to make changes to the courses, professors, and program based on your feedback and other feedback from the group. We always appreciate student feedback. If you'd like to discuss anything further, you can reach us at studyabroad@usac.edu

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Yes, I recommend this program

An Underrated Corner of Europe

In my opinion, Poland is one of the most underrated countries in Europe. Granted, I have Polish heritage, so I might be biased, but anyone who's visited knows how special this place is.

As a young woman, I truly felt safe in the city, though of course normal precautions should be taken.

The Cracow University of Economics is a great place to build your resume and learn more about international business. Honestly, I didn't have a great understanding of the European Union, but the combination of learning about and living in the EU gave deeper meaning to the international conversations that have been going on.

If you're into outdoor adventures, there are some great hikes and parks around the city - you could also hop on a short train ride and be in the Tatra Mountains. If you're more into quiet museums, art, and coffee shops, Krakow can oblige you, too. Krakow indisputably is the heart of Polish history and heritage, and you can see it in every corner of the city. There is no limit to your exploration; I spent four months there during this program, and I know I barely scratched the surface of the deep beauty ingrained in everything you see.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
- Take your time getting to know the area.
- Quality over quantity.
- Don't be afraid to have a life-changing experience, even though it just seems like a study abroad cliche (I was amazed at how many study abroad cliches were true!).
- Build genuine connections with the people around you (and that doesn't mean trying to be everyone's best friend). Just be yourself and accept people where they are, too.
- Keep in touch with people -- it'll lessen your culture shock/make you feel less alone. That goes for your journey abroad & your journey home.
66 people found this review helpful.

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