Kraków is one of the most prominent academic centers in Poland. With over 200,000 students coming to study here every year, it is not unreasonable to wonder what makes Kraków such an attractive place. While everyone certainly has their own individual reasons, there are some which stand out amongst the others.
Ever since the Jagiellonian University was founded in 1364, Kraków has been known as a leading academic centre in Poland. Although there are a great number of respectable universities in our country, it is Kraków that immediately evokes images of student comradery and professors strolling through the streets of Old Town.
This centuries-long academic tradition goes hand in hand with a modern approach to education and state-of-the-art technology. For instance, Ruczaj, one of the districts located on the outskirts of Kraków, is rapidly transforming into a thriving centre of student activity thanks to the 3rd Campus of the Jagiellonian University. The fact that most higher education institutions in the city are sited near one another allows for a very close cooperation – not only scientific, but also related to culture and leisure.
Booming job market
Because Kraków's universities train highly qualified specialists in all kinds of fields, it is not at all surprising that businesses are very frequently set up in the region. International investors establish branches of their corporations in the area to ensure the influx of trained specialists. This offers prospective students a multitude of opportunities to develop careers in their desired professions.
Kraków's location is unique for several reasons. In addition to having all the benefits of a large city, including very well developed public transportation, easy access to hostels and student dormitories, and numerous shopping malls and restaurants, Kraków is also very close to the Tatra Mountains (with many ski resorts and trekking routes near Zakopane), beautiful national parks – Pieniny and Ojców, and Dunajec River Gorge, which offers some interesting rafting opportunities.
Additionally, Kraków is not very far from other European capitals, such as Prague and Vienna, so weekend trips to neighboring countries pose no problem to keen travelers. Kraków is also an important transport hub, with quick and comfortable bus, train and plane connections to other cities, both in Poland and abroad.
City of kings
Kraków is the historical capital of Poland, and as such, it is very deeply rooted in Polish tradition and culture. There is an almost tangible feel of history in the atmosphere of Kraków, while at the same time it is also very vivid and teeming with life. Galleries, museums, theatres, a philharmonic and an opera house – all these places offer unforgettable experiences to art aficionados. Small wonder that Kraków attracts thousands of tourists every year, regardless of season.
The meeting place
Despite its traditional nature, Kraków is not only about history. It is, first and foremost, a melting pot of diverse cultures, where people from all over the world meet to share their knowledge, experience, and friendship. Numerous clubs and pubs guarantee quality entertainment in a welcoming environment – be it in the open, spacious area of the Market Square, or mysterious, narrow alleyways of Kazimierz.
Clubs are located close to one another, so hardened merrymakers may find themselves devoting entire evenings to exploring new places. Cultural, musical and film festivals, many of which are organized by students, also liven up the city.