2023 International Business and Trade Summer Law Program (IBTSLP)
Kraków, Poland

The Program’s three-module organization gives students flexibility to schedule their summer abroad to mesh with other summer plans. Module 2 (June 11-July 12) comprises the four classes offered and co-curricular field trips and events. Optional, for-credit externships are available in Modules 1 (May 15 to June 9) and 3 (July 17 to August 11). Students may earn up to 10 credits for coursework and externships.

This table provides estimated expenses for Module 2, the class and event period, from June 11 to July 12, 2023. Actual student living expenses may vary depending on flight costs, housing choices, personal spending habits, and fluctuation in the foreign exchange rate. These rates are our current best estimates and are subject to change.

Module 2: June 11 to July 12, 2023
Application fee  $50 (nonrefundable)

Tuition (3-6 credits)
$1,158 per credit (2023 Summer Tuition – Law School-Kraków)

3 credits = $3,474
4 credits = $4,632
5 credits = $5,790
6 credits = $6,948
New Student fee
(non-Catholic Law students only)
Program Fee $500
Housing (Module 2—housing during externships would be additional)
Students arrange their own accommodations; the program will provide a list of possible housing options and assistance in the housing selection process.

$1,400 - $2,000 based on
duration, apartment size and
fluctuation in currency.

Books & Materials $150 -$350
Airfare (students arrange and pay for their own transportation to/from Krakow) $1,100 - $1,350
Meals & Personal Items (varies) $1,200 - $1,600
Total Estimate
(On average, student's overall expenses)
approximately $9,850 to


Students are responsible for their own travel arrangements between the United States and Kraków, Poland. There are regular flights to Warsaw from the U.S. and ground transportation from Warsaw to Kraków is convenient and inexpensive. Kraków's new international airport offers regular flights between selected U.S. and European cities. Ground transportation from other European cities to Kraków is also available at a reasonable price. American passport holders, visiting up to 90 days, do not need visas to enter Poland.

Here are a few links to helpful Web sites:

American Airlines

British Airways


Delta Airlines



Ryanair (within Europe)


United Airlines

Check out Kraków Life to learn more about one of Europe's most beautiful and exciting cities. The website will give you information about Kraków, including maps, restaurants, hotels, shopping, entertainment, and more! Find out more about this great city where you could spend your summer!


Students are responsible for selecting and securing their own accommodation in Poland. IBTSLP staff at CUA and Jagiellonian will provide information on areas of the Kraków that are convenient and where students have chosen to live in the past as well as suggestions about Warsaw housing for externships there. As a major tourist and student city, Kraków offers many short-term rentals, and IBTSLP students have found this option more attractive and cost-effective than the dormitory accommodations used in earlier years. Many short-term rentals are available in Warsaw as well.

Before entering into any housing agreements, students are advised to understand the terms of the agreement, including cost, amenities, and refund policy concerning deposits and other payments. Kraków was the only Polish city to avoid serious damage WWII, and there are few new buildings in the central, historic part of the city. Rental properties may or may not offer air conditioning, elevators or Wi- Fi access as standard features. Students should seek accommodations convenient to the Krupnicza 33, Faculty of Law and Administration of the Jagiellonian University, where classes are held. The full address is Krupnicza 33, 31-123 Kraków, Poland.


Students are responsible for their own meals and personal expenses. Prices in Poland are still very reasonable by Western standards and are subject to modest fluctuation, depending on changes in the Polish economy. Students can enjoy a hearty lunch or dinner for the equivalent of $6-$12. Elaborate meals are more expensive, but a student can savor the wide expanse of Polish cuisine without taxing the pocketbook.

Courses, Events, and Field Trips (Module 2)

American students must enroll in two classroom courses. The externship component discussed below is optional. None of the courses has prerequisites beyond the first-year required courses for first-year full and part-time students.


Law of the European Union: June 12-16, 19-22, 2023 (9 class meetings). This intensive workshop course is required for those taking externships. The on-line exam is completed in the window between June 23-26, 2023.

International Investment Law, International Intellectual Property Law, and one additional course to be announced will be offered June 26-30, July 3-7, July 10-12, 2023 (13 class meetings). On-line exam window between July 15-19.

Event Calendar

Saturday, June 10, 2023 Suggested latest date for student arrival in Kraków for those taking Law of the European Union (required for those doing externships). Some students already may have arrived in Poland to do an externship in Module One.

Sunday, June 11, 2023:

  • Welcome & Orientation 3:00 Orientation for American students—getting around, finding groceries, etc.
  • 5:00 Welcome Dinner inviting Polish students
  • 7:00 Walking tour of sites of the city with Polish students

Friday & Saturday, June 16 & 17, 2023: United States & Central & Eastern European Connection Weekend: Lawyers as Guides to Transatlantic Investment

  • IBTSLP students are invited to join program alumni and other prominent lawyers and business people for three panels, reception, lunch, and other networking opportunities focusing on investment between the United States and Central Europe. Friday evening beginning with registration at 4 pm, Saturday morning finishing with closing lunch.

Note that the European Games will be held in Kraków and the surrounding area between June 21-July 2, 2023. This event managed by the European Olympic Committee features Olympic and Non-Olympic sports. Note that students may need to reserve Krakow housing early with these events in mind.

Saturday, June 24, 2023 Walking tour Kraków in WWII—Kazimierz & Podgorze then and now followed by IBTLSP annual visit to Auschwitz & Birkenau

July 1-2, 2023, 2023 Free weekend
July 7-9, Final Weekend Celebration Field Trip to the Tatra Mountains
July 13, 2023 Classes over, students free to depart and complete course exams on-line in the
July 15- 19, 2023 window

Externships (Optional in Modules 1, 3, or both) 

Students enrolled in the academic program also may arrange in prominent law firms in Kraków or Warsaw. Externships are scheduled before and after the academic program. The following lists the weeks in which externships could be scheduled. The actual weeks a student externs will be determined by the student and law firm’s schedules. Each externship credit requires 60 hours of fieldwork.

Module 1 – Externship (mid-May to mid-June): Externship:

May 15-19, 2023 Externship:
May 22 to 26, 2023 Externship:
May 29 to June 2, 2023 Externship:
June 5 to 9, 2023

Module 3 – Externship (mid-July to mid-August):
Externship: July 17 to July 21, 2023
Externship: July 24 to July 28, 2023
Externship: July 31 to August 4, 2023
Externship: August 7 to August 11, 2023

Externship Expenses: 

Externships are offered for academic credit via the on-line courses: Becoming an International Lawyer,
1 cr., and Legal Externship, 2 or 3 crs. The tuition rate per credit applies to externships.

Students who extend their stay in Poland to complete an externship should plan to pay for additional
housing, meals and incidentals, and depending on the location of the placement, in-country travel
expenses. These costs will vary based on the duration of the externship and personal choices.

Financial Aid 

Financial aid is available. Students with scholarships may be able to cover all or a portion of the
summer abroad program with scholarship funds. Students must enroll in a minimum of three credits to
be eligible for financial aid. Catholic University law students should plan to meet with the Law School’s
Financial Aid Director to discuss their plans. Law students from other law schools should consult their
school's financial aid office to determine what assistance may be available. The Financial Aid form is
available on line and is attached.