- Classes taught in Polish and English
- Minimum 2.75 G.P.A.
- Open to freshmen (2nd semester), sophomores, juniors and seniors
- Open to all levels of Polish speakers
- Completed API application
- University contact information form
- One letter of recommendation
- Official transcript
- Statement of purpose
- Course pre-registration form
- Entry requirement: valid passport
Dates & Fees
API students participate in several excursions per session designed to help familiarize them with areas of their host city, country, and surrounding region. The following is a listing of all excursions for API Krakow programs. All excursions are subject to change.
The raft trip down the Dunajec river through the Pieniny Gorge and along the Polish-Slovak border is one of Poland’s greatest tourist attractions. The trip begins in Sromowce-Katy, while the entire five mile journey ends up in Szczawnica. A silent run, lasting 2-3 hours, reveals many wonders in an undisturbed environment, often offering close encounters with rare birds and animals. The towering cliffs and limestone rock formations offer an unforgettable experience in a pristine and wild environment.
About 40 miles southwest of Krakow is the town of Oswiecim. Most people know the city by its German name, Auschwitz. This was the site of the largest Nazi concentration camp, and during the years 1940-45 more than 1.5 million people lost their lives there. The main gate still has the original inscription “Arbeit macht frei” (work sets you free). The Martyrdom Museum, included on the list of the UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites, was established in 1947 and provides student visitors with the history and personal testimonies of the survivors of the camp.
Warsaw has been the capital of Poland since 1596 when, after the fire at the Wawel Castle in Krakow, the king’s residence, the royal court and the crown offices were moved to the extended Warsaw Royal Palace. The city was completely destroyed during World War II and painstakingly rebuilt by Varsovians based on old photographs, paintings and memories of residents. Today Warsaw is a bustling city, center of political, economical and cultural life in Poland.
WIELICZKA SALT MINE
The Wieliczka Salt Mine has been listed as a UNESCO monument since 1978. This 700 year-old mine attracts visitors from all over the world. Located just 15 km outside of Krakow, the salt mine (kopalnia soli) is still operating. Because the mine is renowned for the preservative qualities of its microclimate as well as for its health-giving properties, it also functions as an underground sanatorium where chronic allergies are treated. The most beautiful chamber is the Chapel of St. Kinga, which was voluntarily carved out between 1862-80. The floors, walls, chandeliers and banisters are all carved from salt. The bas-relief wall carvings depict scenes from the New Testament and display amazing dimension and realism.
Zakopane is a cozy village embedded in the Tatras, the highest mountain range of the Carpathians. This quaint town attracts over a million tourists a year, and is famous for its “góralski” (highland) culture and way of life. Moreover, Zakopane has left its mark on Polish culture due to the fact that many Polish artists, writers, and painters have been inspired by the village’s unique atmosphere.