If your path leads you to consider a course of study in Poland, there are a few things you'll want to think about, history first among them. Like Hungary, Poland is a nation still in the process of recovery and reinvention following the devastating effects of the Second World War and of the collapse of Eastern Bloc.

Today, Poland finds itself at a crossroads. Located geographically and culturally between Eastern and Western Europe, Poland entered the 21st Century holding fast to the ideals of its agricultural past while, at the same time, being drawn into the ranks of European capitalism.

Study Abroad in Poland: Krakow

Famous for its beauty and charm, Krakow (population 770,000), the former capital, is situated in the southern part of the country. While Warsaw is the present–day capital of Poland, Krakow remains its cultural capital. Unlike most Polish cities, Krakow survived World War II virtually unscathed. With its history and traditions preserved, Krakow is one of the best places to visit and to study in Poland.

Once there, you'll find that Krakow is also the perfect home base from which to explore the rest of Poland and Europe. An inexpensive and student–friendly city–it's home to Jagiellonian University, the second oldest university in Central Europe–Krakow is only a short train ride from Prague, Budapest, Bratislava, and Vienna. Also nearby are the Tatra Mountains (part of the Carpathian mountain range), a great destination for hiking and skiing.

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