Program Details: Cracow University of Economics
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The Cracow University of Economics (CUE) was established in 1925, shortly after Poland had regained its independence after World War I. Since then, Cracow University of Economics has become a well-respected institution of higher education. GVSU and CUE (formerly known as the Academy of Economics) have mutually benefited from international cooperation through an exchange that started in 1975. This program is best suited for highly independent students who are seeking a full immersion experience in a Polish University. Currently, students are required to find their own accommodations, and will be required to navigate many administrative necessities with some limited on-site support.
The English Track Program offers courses in Polish language and culture , business, economics, political science, international relations, finance, marketing, and more.
Formerly the capital of the Polish Kingdom, Cracow is located in southern Poland on the banks of the Wisla River, less than three hours by train from Warsaw and only one hour from the Tatra Mountains. The city is the educational and cultural center of Poland, with an abundance of museums, theaters, concerts, and festivals. Being one of the few major European cities that escaped total devastation during World War II, many of Cracow’s original medieval structures still stand. Cracow has also been designated as a UNESCO world historical site.
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A PIC Partnership Grant is available ($500 each) 2 available per year for this program.
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US citizens will be required to apply for a long-term national visa to study in Poland for a semester or a year. For additional application instructions, review the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Chicago website.
Students can also view our student visa guide for further instructions and information. Please note that the appropriate consulate or embassy must be consulted for the most up-to-date visa information.
Housing and Meals
Students studying at Cracow University of Economics are responsible for securing their own housing for the semester or year. Students usually live in apartments near the CUE campus or within a 20 minute walk.
Past students have found affordable accommodation within a day or two of arrival to Cracow. Students can also secure housing prior to their arrival in Cracow by searching online for available housing units. CUE Accommodate Tutors are available for students who would like assistance with this process. Students should keep in mind that most housing units in Cracow offer washing machines, but dryers are less common. Instead, drying racks are used to air dry clothes.
Academic Year: September—June (10 months)
Fall: September — February (Students are required to stay through February. Early departures are not accommodated). 21 weeks due to December break
Winter: February — June (18 weeks)
Courses available at CUE: (subject to change from year to year)
Students must take the equivalent of 26-30 ECTS credits each semester.
A full list of CUE courses and many syllabus can be found on the CUE website.
Directions for navigating the CUE course information: Look/Search for Syllabus documents and will be under the links for Syllabuses - CF - full time bachelor and Syllabuses - CF - part time bachelor. **Note not all descriptions are accessible, some will have to be requested.
How will the courses I take at Cracow University transfer back to my GVSU transcript?
If the course you wish to take at CUE appears on the "Existing Course Equivalencies" list, you do not need to secure course approval for that course. The courses on this list have already been approved by the relevant GVSU academic department.
Note: This is not a complete list of course options offered at this partner institution.
University of Cracow Application Process
Step 1 - Students must apply and be accepted into the GVSU OASIS application system.
Step 2 - The Padnos International Center will provide all applicants with application instructions after the OASIS priority deadline.
Step 3 - Students must complete all required application materials for Cracow University of Economics.
Step 4 - Students receive admission into the program and are provided with additional pre-arrival instructions.
CUE Erasmus + Marketing/Outreach and Application Review Process
Campus life in Cracow is very much part of the life of the city. Most students will live walking distance, or a short bus ride from both the city center and CUE campus. CUE is about a 15 minute walk to the city center where students have access to lots of wonderful restaurants, shops and activities. Cracow is a very vibrant, student-friendly city that embraces the arts, and is also one of the country’s most important economic and historical areas. Students are strongly encouraged to connect with the Erasmus Student Network (ESN) as soon as they arrive in Cracow. The ESN offers a lot of support to new students, and can assist you in securing a discount card.
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Students will fly into Krakow. The airport is about 20 minutes from the city center. If you are interested, you can request a student mentor to help you the first week or so while you get settled in. CUE students are often willing to meet international students at the airport upon their arrival. Information will be available from the International Programmes Office. Participants can expect to make their own flight arrangements to CUE. Past students have suggested including LOT airlines in the search for the best flight deals. LOT airlines typically fly in and out of Chicago, but may offer competitive rates.
History of Cracow University of Economics