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API in Krakow, Poland: Interdisciplinary Program

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API students in Krakow complete courses offered in English by the Jagiellonian University of Krakow’s Interdisciplinary Program in Humanities and Social Sciences (IPHSS). The curriculum of the IPHSS program is designed to encourage an exchange of ideas and experience. The program focuses on the most significant issues of modern philosophy, anthropology, history, literary theories, art history and psychology. The main emphasis is placed on the modern and interdisciplinary character of 20th century cultural phenomena.

Students select the majority of their classes from the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences and may ask for special permission to complete a course in another department of the university that offers courses in English. The IPHSS courses are generally attended by American and other international students. Most courses taught in the IPHSS are equivalent to three semester credits. Course credits are indicated in parentheses after the course title. Not all classes taught outside of the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences are equivalent to three semester credits.

API students will indicate course choices on the application and then complete course registration upon arrival in Poland. When seeking approval for courses at their home university prior to departure, students should select courses only from the IPHSS course listings. The list of classes with Polish students that are taught in English is not released until after API students have arrived in Poland. As final course selection may vary from pre-approved courses, it is important for all students to take their advisor’s contact information with them to Krakow to ensure that the courses that they take in Krakow can successfully transfer back to their home university.

The academic calendar in Poland is different from that of most U.S. universities. The fall semester at Jagiellonian starts later than the average fall semester in the United States, and as such, the fall semester does not end until February. Classes are held throughout the month of January, and the first half of February is reserved for final exams. API, however, has made special arrangements on behalf of its fall students to complete coursework and exams in December, so as to not interfere with the American academic calendar in the spring. Students whose home university calendars are not in conflict with Jagiellonian’s regular exam schedule may decide to participate in the fall extended program and can remain in Krakow for the formal exam period. There is an increased total program cost for the extended fall program due to the added expenses incurred as a result of the longer duration (housing, transportation, insurance, etc.).

There are limited internship opportunities in Krakow through the Galician Jewish Museum. If you are interested in working as a docent or with the museum’s marketing and communications department, please let your API Program Manager know as soon as possible. Internships are unpaid and do not award credit. Pre-Departure Services: Advising, @api Online Resources, Orientation Materials and Support, Peer Mentors, Social Networking, Scholarships On-Site Services: Airport Reception, Resident Directors, Housing (including meals and laundry with host families), Tuition, Tutoring, Language and Culture Tools, Medical and Life Insurance, Excursions (overnight and international), Social and Cultural Activities, Welcome and Farewell Group Meals, Volunteer Opportunities Re-Entry Services: Re-Entry Materials and Support, Post-Program Evaluation, Transcript, Alumni Network and Development Opportunities

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