About the Kraków, Poland Program

The Kraków program is a USAC specialty program. Learn more about on-site program elements and the city itself below.

About Kraków

  • Population: 755,050
  • Distance from Warsaw: 154 miles

Kraków is the second largest and one of the oldest cities in Poland. As the former capital, this charming city remains one of the most culturally and politically significant places in the country. The city is steeped in history; it was the former central site of the Nazi General Government during WWII and is home to Oskar Schindler’s Enamel Factory (now a museum).  The historic town center is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the Jewish quarter accommodated more Jewish residents than any other city in Europe during WWII. While Kraków maintains its historic roots that has not held it back from moving forward with modern and contemporary architecture, art, innovation, and business—with over 200 startups and many technical and economic events. 

Kraków is a lively and vibrant city with a large student population. Because of this, you’ll find that it is a very affordable city. Compared to other EU countries, cost of living in Poland is a fraction of the price. In the city you’ll find plenty of cafes and restaurants, live music, and museums. The city also hosts over 100 festivals annually, including the Jewish Culture Festival, Kraków Film Festival, and Street Theatre Festival. If you tire from city life, nature is just around the corner with Jurassic valleys, the Tatra Mountains—for hiking and skiing, and ample opportunities, for sports and other activities. The city is also located only one hour away from the famous Auschwitz concentration camp.