Polish Modernity

Jagiellonian University, Krakow 2012.

Professor Michał Paweł Markowski (University of Illinois at Chicago, Jagiellonian University),
Professor Keely Stauter-Halsted (University of Illinois at Chicago),
Tomasz Bilczewski, PhD (Jagiellonian University).

Program Description

This program will investigate modernity as a social and cultural process in Poland. Taking advantage of the location of Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland, the program explores Polish modernity as its primary case of study. Students will become familiar with the history and culture of contemporary Poland, the way it has developed, and the problems it has encountered en route to becoming a modern society.


All students will enroll in the two courses listed below. Both courses will be taught in English by Jagiellonian University and University of Illinois at Chicago faculty: professor Michal Pawel Markowski, and professor Keely Stauter-Halsted. Students will earn a total of 8 ECTS credits for 45h of instruction of each course.

Classes of Polish Language will be opened for at least 3 students of certain level of proficiency. Additional cost of 45h of language instructions is 400$ per student. Availability of language classes will be announced at least a week after application deadline.

- Modern Polish Literature and Culture
- Modern Polish History
- Polish Language

Special features

• Guided tours of Krakow’s most famous sites
• Four day study tour to Vilnius, Lithuania
• Day study tour to Auschwitz
• Two day study tour to Polish Highlands – Zakopane
• Welcome and Farewell dinners


Upon arrival in Krakow, students will attend orientation, which will include health and safety recommendations, cultural information, and a guided tour of Krakow.


Students will be placed in double rooms in a student dormitory. Breakfast will be provided daily. Students will be responsible for their own lunch and dinners.


The program is directed to undergraduate students with good academic standings from US and Canadian colleges. Only 15 students will be accepted to attend the program.



Mr. Michal Zajac
Centre for Advanced Studies in the Humanities
Grodzka 64 room 209
31-044 Krakow, Poland
Tel. (48) 12 663 18 10
Fax. (48) 12 663 18 20