Our twenty-fifth joint venture with the Jagiellonian University in Cracow will take place this summer beginning June 11th. Students will receive intensive training in global aspects of modern trade, comparative perspectives of regulated industries and antitrust laws in the U.S. and the European Union, international business transactions, and other substantive areas of law. Classes are conducted in English at the 14th century Jagiellonian University, one of the oldest and most prestigious universities in Europe. Unlike most summer abroad programs, a number of English-speaking law students from Polish universities also participate. The Polish and American students attend classes together, live together and participate in all cocurricular activities together. This cross-cultural aspect of the Cracow program is unique and has resulted in many lasting friendships and business contacts.
Cracow is an ancient royal city famous for its architectural beauty and cultural heritage, and was almost entirely spared the destruction wrought upon many urban cities of Europe during World War II. The city center is the “Rynek Glowny” or Market Square, which at ten acres is by far the largest city plaza in Europe. Avenues teeming with cafes, clubs, restaurants, antique shops and endless curiosities to be discovered and explored surround the square. As a city on UNESCO’s World Natural and Cultural Heritage list, Cracow is a vibrant masterpiece of Europe whose heritage ranks it among the other great artistic and cultural complexes of highest value in Europe.
The Jagiellonian University was founded in the 14th century and is one of Europe’s most prestigious universities. It counts among its distinguished alumni the renaissance scientist Nicholas Copernicus and Pope John Paul II. The university’s law faculty is regarded as one of the finest in Central Europe.
With more than 22,000 students attending the Jagiellonian University, Cracow is in many ways, the quintessential college town. During the summer, many students can be found at the university taking classes and working around the city. June and July are the busiest months in Cracow for cultural and music festivals, including historic and traditional religious celebrations, month-long jazz and opera festivals and numerous other theatrical and musical events happening almost daily in the market square.
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I had never been to Poland before and wasn’t sure what to expect. Not only did I learn a lot about comparative international law, I also discovered the beauty of the Polish culture and people. Thanks to the many memories and friendships made, I will always look back fondly upon my time in Poland. And I count the days until I can return again!
- Andrea Bautista, J.D. 2010, alumna