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A country steeped in history and cultural revolution, Poland is a land where students can find something of interest around every corner. From it's economic overhaul to its cultural crossroads, Poland opens its heart to visiting students, providing an experience never to be forgotten.
BC Programs-Semester & Academic Year
In preparation for your study abroad in Poland, you will work with a Boston College OIP Advisor who specializes in this country and in BC's programs there. Your advisor will help guide you through the application and pre-departure process, as well as act as your main contact with BC while abroad. For students studying abroad in Poland, your advisor is Sara Brown.
To find out more information about this program, or to schedule an appointment with Sara, please click here.
The official Polish currency is the złoty (literally, ‘golden’), abbreviated to zł and pronounced zwo-ti. The banknotes feature Polish kings, come in different sizes and are easily distinguishable.
It is important to remember that złoty and US dollars are not equal, however, and students should consult a currency conversion calculator.
In preparation for your time in Poland, you should familiarize yourself with the current events and contemporary issues facing the Polish Republic. By knowing about your host country before you arrive, you are making yourself a more informed traveler, a more receptive student and a better prepared individual. It is also helpful to know about your host country so you can interact with local students. Following these and other news sources will be of great value in preparing you for your time abroad.
Although many people in Poland will speak some English, you will be required to take a Polish CES language class. Students should be prepared to immerse themselves in the Polish language.
Polish customs may be very different than many in the United States. It is best to familiarize yourself with acceptable practices before you arrive in the country. Some tips for successful cultural integration may be found here.
You must apply for a National D-Type visa which allows you to live in Poland for up to six months and to freely visit the other Schengen states while your visa is valid. Information about this process may be found here. To get a Schengen visa you must present the following documents: passport, completed and signed visa application
form, biometric photo, visa fee, proof of health insurance while you are abroad, your acceptance letter with the dates of your program, a bank statement showing proof of adequate funds to cover your stay while in Poland. The cost as well as the types and number of supplementary documents may differ depending on the consular office. You are advised to contact the relevant consulate to obtain full information concerning the documents needed when submitting a visa application. For a list of Polish consular missions in the U.S. and abroad go to this website.
Once in Krakow you will be required to register your home address with the local immigration authorities. This process will be discussed at the CES orientation.
Vaccinations are not required for U.S. citizens; however, in addition to U.S. medical insurance that will cover you while abroad, you will be required to purchase the Jagiellonian University Accident and Life Insurance. In addition, some students will purchase Polish medical insurance. More information will be found in the CES student handbook.