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Frequently Asked Questions

Institutes and ProgramsSummer Law Abroad | Cracow Program

How do I apply?
What are the eligibility requirements?
Do I need a visa to participate in the program?
I am a Polish student who participated  in the program. How do I get my grades?
What is the duration of the program?
Who participates in the program?
How much does it cost to participate  in the program?
How do I make arrangements  for my overseas flight and what will it cost?
How do I get to Cracow?
When and where are classes scheduled?  How important is class attendance?
When can students purchase textbooks?
How accessible are the library and computer facilities? Are any meals provided?
How are roommates assigned?
What are the physical facilities like in Cracow, in terms of air conditioning, elevators, getting around the city?
What kind of financial aid is available?
How much spending money should I take?
Can I get into the Zaczek before June 13th?
Do many students travel before, after, or during the program?
What field trips are part of the program?
How can I aquire an internship in Poland?

 


How do I apply?

Applications  will be available in mid November 2014. 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
Friday, May 16, 2015, 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 the photo page 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  website, or contact us at poland@law.edu.

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 four weeks long, from June 13 to July 15, 2015. Students should plan to arrive on Saturday, June 13th
and leave after 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 15th. The program closing ceremony will be held in the morning of July
15th unless the schedule must be adjusted for morning exams.

Who participates in the program?

American and Canadian law students, Polish law students and European LL.M. students all study together. In the
Summer of 2014, fourteen students enrolled in Catholic University's JD Program participated in the Cracow Program.
In 2013, seventeen American students participated in the program; eleven students were from CUA and six came
from other U.S. law schools: Liberty, Ohio Northern, Vermont, Texas Wesleyan, Geroge Washington and Univ. of
Baltimore. In the Summer of 2014, eighteen Polish law students joined the Cracow Program, while in 2013, nineteen
Polish law students participated in the program. In the past, students have participated from the following schools:
American, 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.

How much does it cost to participate in the program?

The cost of the program is estimated to be between $6,600--$10,175, depending on individual spending needs and
airfare costs, and the number of academic credits. Tuition is $1,000 per credit, and all students pay a $475 program
fee which includes mandatory health and evacuation insurance and field trips. The new student fee (for non-CUA
students) is an additional $200. For more information, see cost estimate breakdowns on the costs page.

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 $1,100-$1,350. The sooner you make
your travel arrangements, the better deal you may get. Also, remember that the peak travel season begins in midJune
so seats will fill up very quickly.

Polish airport codes:


Warsaw International-WAW
John Paul II International Airport Krak6w-Balice- KRK

Airline and Student travel links:


www.statravel.com (Student Travel)
www.airgorilla.com
kayak
Orbitz
www.flysas.com (Scandinavian)
www.airlineconsolidator.com
www.flycheap.com
British Airways
www.lot.com (Polish)
www.expedia.com
www.aua.com (Austrian)
www.myisic.com (lnt'l Student ID Card)
U.S. State Department's Travel Page
Lufthansa

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 http://www.pkp.pl/)

Note: InterCity trains are more expensive than Express trains and Americans are n~t eligible to buy student tickets.
Student tickets with a 37% discount are only for Polish students with a valid Polish student I D. 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:


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.

When and where are classes scheduled? How important is class attendance?
Classes meet five (5) days a week, beginning at approximately 9 a.m. See schedule (under Courses & Faculty) for
individual class times. All classes are held in the newly restored Larisch Palace of the Jagiellonian University, a short
walk from the dormitory. Larisch Palace is located at 12 Bracka Street in Old Town- Cracow. Class attendance is
mandatory and students are bound to the CUA Honor Code while in Cracow.

When can students purchase textbooks?

The Summer 2015 book list will be made available to enrolled students in late-March to allow sufficient time for
students to seek the lowest cost options available. To keep book costs to a minimum, students are encouraged to
purchase used tex1books as early as possible.

How accessible are the library and computer facilities?

The library, Which is conveniently located to Larisch Palace and the Zaczek dormitory, 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
cafe employees speak English and are happy to help you if necessary. There is a nominal fee for Internet usage,
typically 4 zloty per hour. If you decide to bring your laptop, please have it insured. We use www.safeware.com
wireless access so it may be possible for you obtain Internet access this way.

Are any meals provided?

Students are responsible for their own meals. The Zaczek offers an inexpensive breakfast for your convenience. Our
Polish coordinator will provide students with information on markets, groceries, as well as cafes and restaurants for
your lunches and dinners.

How are roommates assigned?

Participants are required to complete the Housing Reservation Form, which allows them to accept or decline the CUA arranged housing option and to state their roommate preference. Every effort is made to honor roommate requests.
Some students do not have a strong roommate preference and ask the program coordinator to assign a roommate to
them. Students will be provided with the names of the participants in a timely manner to facilitate coordination of
housing assignments.

What are the physical facilities like in Cracow, in terms of air conditioning, elevators, getting around the city?
Classes are held at the Larisch Palace of the Jagiellonian University. The Larisch Palace has undergone recent
renovations and offers modern conveniences like air conditioning and elevators. However, some professors may
prefer teaching in Jagiellonian's larger classrooms, which do not have air conditioning. The Zaczek dormitory is co-ed,
with single-sex suites. Although there are a few single rooms available at a higher cost, most students are
accommodated in double rooms. All rooms have a private en-suite bathroom and are equipped with sheets and
towels. The Zaczek dormitory has an elevator but it does not have air conditioning.

The old center of Cracow is relatively small and is enclosed by a park and path. One can walk around the entire city in
approximately 45 minutes. Students will find the distance from the Zaczek to the Main Square and to the Larisch
Palace is approximately the same - 15 minutes. Cracow is truly a walking city but local transportation includes trams,
buses, and cabs, all of which are inexpensive. It is important to note that Cracow is also a relatively safe city to enjoy!

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 we
encourage you to make an appointment with the law school's Financial Aid officier to discuss your options. Non-CUA
students should consult with the Financial Aid officier at their home school.

How much spending money should I take?
Individuals spending habits vary, but students generally find about $1,000-$1,600 adequate to cover meals and
personal expenses. Meals in Poland and Central Europe are inexpensive relative to costs in the U.S. Students are
responsible for all personal expenses while in Poland, which include: daily meals (avg. $40 per day), telephone callslocal
& long-distance, entertainment, ex1ra travel (the cost for group field trips is included in the program fee), laundry'
and gifts.

Can I get into the Zaczek before June 13th?
If you plan to arrive in Cracow before June 13th, 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. Very popular and beautiful cities to visit are Prague, Budapest, Vienna, or the coast of Poland (Gdansk), which are destinations that are an easy night
train away (6-8 hours). 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 on weekends, the
cost for which is included in the program fee.

What field trips are part of the program?

• 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.


The field trips scheduled for summer 2015 are listed below: (DATES ARE TENTATiVE.)

Sunday, June 14th- Walking Tour of Cracow
Saturday, June 20th- Wieliczka Salt Mines
Saturday, June 20th- Alumni Bonfire
Saturday, June 27th- Auschwitz
Saturday, July, 4-5th - Zakopane (Optional overnight stay at student's expense)

How do I acuire an internship in Poland?

Students may arrange short-term internships through the Program Director Prof. Ludwikowski. One of the many
advantages of our program in Poland is that it offers our students the opportuniry to work as externs with branches of
American, European and, particularly, Polish law firms. Currently, the program has permanent contacts with
approximately 20+ placements at the branches of the large West European and American law firms and institutions,
such as White & Case, Wail, Gotchal & Manges; Miller, Canfield, Paddock and Stone; Price Waterhouse Coopers;
SPCG Law Office; Kubas, Kos. Gaertner International Law Office; American-Polish Chamber of Commerce, and many
others.