The Catholic University of America


How do I apply?
Applications will be available again in Spring 2013. Check back for more information!

What are the eligibility requirements?
An applicant must be in good standing and anticipate having completed one year of full- or part-time law school by June 15, 2012, to be eligible to apply. Prior to the start of the program, a letter must be received from the Registrar or Academic Dean's office stating that the student is in good standing and eligible to participate. U.S. law students from non-ABA accredited law schools are also eligible to apply if their home law school has been granted the power to confer the J.D. degree by the appropriate governmental authority in the unapproved law school’s jurisdiction, or graduates of the non-ABA approved law school are permitted to sit for the bar examination in the jurisdiction in which the school is located.

Do I need a visa to participate in the program?
Americans do not need a visa to study for up to 90 days in Poland.  A current, valid passport is required, and you must send us a copy of your passport.  If you do not already have a passport, apply for one at your earliest convenience. Be sure to allow sufficient processing time. If you do have a passport, check the expiration date and renew if necessary. Your passport expiration date should be six months beyond the date on which you intend to return home. If your passport is not an American passport, different rules may apply. The Law School is able to assist non-American passport holders in obtaining the necessary paperwork to apply for a visa. There is no cost for the visa to study in Poland. For additional information, please visit the State Department, or contact us at

I am a Polish student who participated in the program. How do I receive my grades?
Polish students will receive a certificate with the courses and grades received for each. These are usually mailed out in late September.

What is the duration of the program?
The program is six weeks long, from June 17 to July 28, 2012. Students should plan to arrive on Saturday, June 17 and leave after 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 28, 2012. Final exams may be administered in the morning, depending on class conflicts, and the program closing ceremony will be held in the afternoon of July 28.

We also offer a 3-week option for a total of 4 credits. Students would enroll in both Law of the EU and International Economic Regulation if only participating in the first 3-week session, or International Business Transactions and the other elective in participating in only the second 3-week session beginning July 10th and ending July 28th.

Who participates in the program?
American law students, Polish law students, European LL.M. students all study together. In the past students have participated from the following schools: American U, Ave Maria, Boston College, Chicago-Kent, Cleveland Marshall, Detroit Mercy, Cooley, Georgetown, George Washington, Illinois, Harvard, Loyola, Montana, New York, Notre Dame, Pepperdine, St. John's, Suffolk, Syracuse, William Mitchell and more. Polish students have come from the Universities of Torun, Lodz, Warsaw, Lublin, Szczecin, Wroclaw & Poznan. The program will enroll up to 32 students.

How much does it cost to participate in the program?
The cost of the program is estimated to be between $6,120--$10,165, depending on individual spending needs and airfare costs, and how many credits you take. Tuition is $700 per credit, and all students pay a $450 program fee. The new student fee (for non-CUA students) is an additional $45. For more information, see cost estimate breakdowns on the costs page.

Back to top

How do I make arrangements for my overseas flight and what will it cost?
There are several good travel agencies that specialize in student and educational travel, including Council Travel, International Student Exchange, and STA Travel. Although many of these agencies primarily serve those who are 25 years old or younger, they do have discounts for students of all ages. The cost of travel will depend largely on which cities you fly out of and into (e.g., JFK to Warsaw may be less expensive than DC to Krakow). Sign up for fare alert, or check Kayak or other fare aggregators frequently. Plan to spend anywhere from $1,000-$1,800. The sooner you make your travel arrangements, the better deal you may get. Also, remember that the peak travel season begins in mid-June so seats are filling up very quickly.

Polish airport codes:

  • Warsaw International - WAW
  • John Paul II International Airport Kraków-Balice - KRK

Airline and Student travel links:

How do I get to Cracow?
Depending on your plans for traveling outside Poland, it may be less expensive to fly into Warsaw and take a train to Cracow. The Warsaw train station is an easy cab ride (although it can cost up to US $25). NB: only hail a cab from the taxi stands. DO NOT GO WITH A PERSON SOLICITING RIDES IN THE TRAIN STATION. The train trip from Warsaw to Cracow is very inexpensive and takes approximately 3 hours.

Train info can be found online at

Note InterCity trains are more expensive than Express trains and Americans are not eligible to buy students tickets. Student tickets with a 37% discount are only for Polish students with a valid Polish student ID. You will need to buy a regular ticket. DO NOT TAKE INDIRECT TRAINS. KASY is where you buy your ticket. You might want to have a note ready as they might not speak English at KASY (BILET DO KRAKOWA NA GODZINE: ..... (put the time here)

Balice Airport (KRK) in Cracow is now served by several major airlines, and Warsaw (WAW) is also served by most major international airlines.You can generally purchase a plane ticket to Cracow from Warsaw for approximately $70. 

* Please note that the prices for all field trips and program ceremonies are included in the program fee. Participation is encouraged, but not required. Refunds will not be given for lack of participation.

 Back to top

When and where are classes scheduled? How important is class attendance?
Classes meet 5 days a week, beginning at 9 a.m.  See schedule for individual class times.  All classes are held in the newly restored Larisch Palace of the Jagiellonian University, a short walk from the dormitory.  Class attendance is mandatory and students are bound to the CUA Honor Code while in Cracow. 

When will textbooks arrive?
The program office will ship all books to Cracow and will be distributed to students the first day of class. You will be billed for retail cost of your books and for shipping.

How accessible are the library and computer facilities?
The library, located one block away, is open during weekday hours. Students find that the internet cafes are very accessible, as many are open 24 hours, user friendly and most internet café employees speak English and are happy to help you if necessary. There is a nominal fee for internet usage, typically 4 zloty per hour and an internet café reimbursement program has been implemented with the submission of a receipt to the Polish Coordinator. You may bring your own personal laptop, but it is NOT REQUIRED, but most students recommend you bring it. If you decide to bring your laptop, please have it insured. We use Wireless access so it may be possible for you obtain internet access this way. Also, the Polish Coordinator will maintain an office within the Zaczek that will have a few computers for word processing ONLY.

Are any meals provided and when are they served?
Students are responsible for their own meals. Kasia, our Polish coordinator, will provide students with info on markets, groceries as well as cafes and restaurants for your lunches and dinners.

How are roommates assigned?
Roommates are assigned on a random basis unless you have a specific request. The Zaczek is co-ed by suite on the hotel side and the hallway is coed in the dormitory. This means that students sharing a room will be of the same sex, but your neighbors may be of the opposite sex. Contact the Program Coordinator if you have special needs, if you would like to room with a specific person, etc.

What are the physical facilities like in Cracow, in terms of air conditioning, elevators, getting around the city?
There is NO AIR CONDITIONING in the Zaczek or in the classroom at the Jagiellonian University. However, every room has a large window and the evenings are relatively cool and comfortable. Fans may be purchased inexpensively while abroad if need be. Most buildings are old, so they do not HAVE ELEVATORS. Be aware that you may have to climb at least 3 flights of stairs to get to and from your rooms. The old center of Cracow is relatively small and is enclosed by a park and path. One can walk around the entire old city in approximately 45 minutes. The Zaczek is less than a 10-minute walk to the main market square and a five-minute walk from the Larisch Palace of the Jagiellonian University where classes are held. Cracow is truly a walking city.

Students can easily get around town via trams, buses, and cabs, all of which are fairly inexpensive. There are 2 Target/KMart- like stores a short taxi ride from the Zaczek. You can purchase all sorts of goods (such as school supplies) cheaply at these stores once you arrive in Cracow. Most students typically arrange for a group of them to go to the store together.

What kind of financial aid is available?
Visit your financial aid office for information on student loans. Most schools have loans available to help students finance summer study. For CUA Law students, you may download the Cracow Summer Financial Aid packet, and also fill out and return the aid request form by April 15, 2012.

How much spending money should I take?
Naturally this depends on your individual spending habits and foreign exchange rates, but students generally find about $600-$1,400 adequate to cover personal expenses. Meals in Poland and Central Europe are in general inexpensive relative to costs in the U.S. In addition to arranging individual transportation, students are responsible for all personal expenses while in Poland, which include: daily meals (avg. $5-$10 each) telephone calls – local & long-distance, entertainment, extra travel (the cost for group field trips is included in the program fee charge), laundry and gifts.

Can I get into the Zaczek before June 17th?
If you plan to arrive in Cracow before June 17th, you will need to locate a place to stay in the city unless you contact the program coordinator to make alternative arrangements.  There are several hotels in the area but you will need to make reservations as June is the busiest time of year for travelers.  There are numerous hotels located within walking distance to the main market square.

Do many students travel before, after, or during the program?
Yes. Most students travel either before or after the program.  Europe is very accessible by train, and depending on one’s interest, students can cover many countries in a relatively short amount of time.  There is a three-day weekend between sessions, July 7-9, during which time many students take trains to Prague, Budapest, Vienna, or to the coast of Poland (Gdansk is a beautiful city!) These destinations are an easy night train away (6-8 hours), and are very popular and beautiful cities to visit.  Some students have even flown to Rome, Paris, and London.  If you choose to travel east into any of the Newly Independent States, you may need a visa, so plan ahead.  Field trips are planned for five of the six weekends, the cost for which is included in the program fee.

What field trips are part of the program?
The field trips scheduled for summer 2012 are listed below: (DATES ARE TENTATIVE.  Trips are not mandatory)

Krakow Walking Tour Sunday, June 17
Wieliczka Salt Mines Saturday, June 23
Alumni Bonfire Friday, June 29
Auschwitz  Saturday, June 30
Zakopane Saturday, July 14
(Optional overnight stay till the 15th)
Dunajec River Rafting Saturday, July 21

Back to top