Introducing the Semester Abroad

Spring, Summer or Fall in Kraków

Have you ever dreamed of study abroad? How about Catholic study abroad, with dozens of other students who think like you do? Let’s go to Poland! Based in Kraków, Poland, our semester abroad program affords undergraduate students ages 18-29 the opportunity of a lifetime!

An Incredible Opportunity

Our program is so much more than study abroad. With the JPII Project, you will live right next to one of the greatest shrines of Europe – the Divine Mercy Shrine – at the John Paul II Center. You will make memories and share moments that will never leave you, and you’ll walk away completely transformed.

Fully Accredited and All-Inclusive

All Living Expenses

We include all living expenses in the cost of the program – housing, all meals, laundry, toiletries and cleaning supplies. We also include public transportation passes and airport transfers!

All Educational Expenses

The program costs include all tuition and registration fees for your classes at the Pontifical University of John Paul II! We also cover your book rental fees and print outs for the semester, so that you can travel light!

All Program Activities

The program costs also include an outdoor mountain retreat, a pilgrimage to the Marian Shrine of Częstochowa, a visit to the capital of Warsaw, a tour of Auschwitz Concentration Camp and tour of Wadowice: John Paul II’s home town!

One of a Kind

The only Catholic study abroad program in Poland, we take our students deep into the life and legacy of Pope Saint John Paul II.

Are you looking for a study abroad program that is truly Catholic? Do you love your faith and want to become a better person and a better Catholic? Do you want to experience something truly magnificent If so, the JPII Project is for you!

Program Details

With the JPII Project you can study in Poland for a fraction of the cost of private American Universities, and still receive full credits!

Semester Abroad or Summer Program

Semester Abroad
The semester abroad is a fifteen-week program that operates every year in the fall and spring, according to the regular American academic calendar. Semester students will receive 21 college credits!
Cost

Please inquire. If your institution is affiliated, we will send you information on how to pay directly through your institution. If not, we will will send you the finance document with the adjusted priced and financing and fundraising options.

Dates

Spring 2022 –  February 3 – May 14, 2022.

Apply here!

Fall 2022 – Sept 15 – Dec 17, 2022.

Applications go live on December 8, 2021!

Courses Offered

Fully Accredited Classes at the Pontifical University of Pope Saint John Paul II

  1. HIST of ART 301: Great Ages of Krakow Architecture
  2. THEO 304: John Paul II’s Theology of the Body
  3. PHIL 301: Philosophy of Karol Wojtyla/JP2
  4. PHIL 325: Contemporary Ethics- Selected Issues
  5. COM 302: Critical Analysis of Modern Media
  6. POL 300: Polish Language and Culture
How to Apply

Information
Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, meaning that spots are awarded to qualified applicants as soon as they apply. If you wait too long to apply, there might not be space available. Contact us to request a Student Information Pack, which includes details regarding dates, costs, courses, and programming.

Application Process:
​1.  Applications are submitted online. Apply here.
​2. A Statement of Purpose explaining why you want to participate is uploaded.
​3. One reference letter is submitted directly to the JP2 Project.
​4. Applicants are notified within 5-10 business days after the application is completed.

What should I have ready before I apply, besides general information about me?
1. Name and contact of your physician.
2. Name and contact of 2 people who can recommend you. One will be requested to write a reference letter.
3. A brief Statement of Purpose written out and ready for upload.
4. An idea of which classes you’re interested in taking.

Summer Program
The summer abroad is a six-week program that operates every year from May through July. This program is condensed however multiple 12 college credits are available.
Cost

Please inquire. If your institution is affiliated, we will send you information on how to pay directly through your institution. If not, we will will send you the finance document with the adjusted priced and financing and fundraising options.

Dates

Summer – May 19 – July 2, 2022.

Apply here!

 

Courses Offered

Fully Accredited Classes at the Pontifical University of Pope Saint John Paul II

  1. HIST of ART 330/THEO 330: History of Faith & Culture in Poland
  2. PSYC 415: Personalist Psychology of Karol Wojtyła/John Paul II
  3. THEO 300: Morality, Holiness, and Love in Veritatis Splendor
  4. COM 302: Communications Inside & Outside the Church- JP2 & Francis
How to Apply

Information
Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, meaning that spots are awarded to qualified applicants as soon as they apply. If you wait too long to apply, there might not be space available. Contact us to request a Student Information Pack, which includes details regarding dates, costs, courses, and programming.

Application Process:
​1.  Applications are submitted online. Apply here.
​2. A Statement of Purpose explaining why you want to participate is uploaded.
​3. One reference letter is submitted directly to the JP2 Project.
​4. Applicants are notified within 5-10 business days after the application is completed.

What should I have ready before I apply, besides general information about me?
1. Name and contact of your physician.
2. Name and contact of 2 people who can recommend you. One will be requested to write a reference letter.
3. A brief Statement of Purpose written out and ready for upload.
4. An idea of which classes you’re interested in taking.

Getting Started

01

Request Info Packet

Request the Student Info Packet. This will tell you all about the program.

02

Apply Online

Once you decide that this is the program of your dreams, submit your online application!

03

Pack Your Bags!

Pack your bags, apply for a passport and arrange airline tickets to Poland!

What Our Students Say

An Interview with Nicholas George
An Interview with Abigail Allen
An Interview with Jacob Francois

Meet the Faculty

Meet the faculty members of the JPII Project. Dedicated Catholics and renowned scholars, they've designed courses specifically for our program that will take you deep into the thought and theology of Pope Saint John Paul II . Simply click on their name for a full bio.

Dr. Paulina Guzik
Church Communications
Dr. Keith A. Houde
History, Art, Theology and Psychology

Our Campus

Our Campus is located on the periphery of Krakow at the John Paul II Center, just a stone’s throw from the resting place of St. Faustina and the Divine Mercy Shrine! Built in 2010 to accommodate Catholic pilgrims coming to Krakow, there could be no better or more beautiful place to call home for your semester abroad!

While abroad you will be in the care of our incredible team of directors, faculty and chaplains.

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Safe & Secure
A state-of-the-art complex built in the traditional style, you'll be quite safe!
Great Location
Just outside the center but easily accessible, the location is perfect.
Christ-Centered
The campus' center? A beautiful church, complete with relics of JPII!
Nestled in Nature
Palm trees and laws surround our campus, making it very peaceful!
Have a question?

Frequently Asked Questions

Are there scholarships or financial aid?

Yes

The JP2 Project is dedicated to offering affordable, high quality study abroad programs. The costs of studying abroad may still be daunting for some, but there is aid available for candidates with perseverance in applying. Your existing financial aid may also be used for studying abroad, depending on the type of financial aid you are receiving at your home institution. The John Paul II Project accepts your federal and private grants and scholarships, and offers particular awards and sponsorships. More information regarding financing your experience abroad is provided in the Student Info Pack.

Who can apply?

Undergraduate Students

Undergraduate students ages 18-29 are invited to apply. Apply here for the Spring!

What if my University is not affiliated with you?

No problem

Any student currently enrolled is welcome to apply for the JPII Project. Please get in touch with us regarding the acceptance and transfer of credits to your college or university.

Are there internships or work-study positions available?

Yes

The Krakow Study Abroad Program is already packed with academic advancement, personal development, and exciting adventures. Some students are also looking to develop themselves professionally while abroad. Without speaking the host country’s language, Polish, this may pose a challenge. Nevertheless, if you’re one of these eager students, the JP2 Project will try to connect you with an internship related to your field or personal interests. Students have access to select opportunities through the John Paul II Project or the Pontifical University of John Paul II Project. Limited work-study opportunities are also available. Contact us for a list of current options.

Is everything really included in the cost?

Yes

We include everything throughout the course of the program. The only thing not included is airfare to and from Poland. We even include your travel insurance!

  • Housing: Rent & Utilities at our residence in the Be Not Afraid- John Paul II Center

  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner 7 days a week

  • Insurance: Abroad medical insurance for your entire stay

  • Transportation: Public transportation passes each month

  • Airport Service: Pick up and drop off upon your arrival & departure

  • Laundry: Laundry service each week of your stay

  • Supplies: Basic cleaning supplies & toiletries, so you are clean!

  • ​Admin Fees: To keep the program running

  • Tuition: For all your classes at the Pontifical University of John Paul II

  • Books: Book rental fee, so you don't have to fill your suitcase with books!

  • Printing: For academic and travel purposes

  • Activities: Cultural experiences and student initiatives

  • ​Local tours: Encounter awesome historical sites of Krakow

  • Pilgrimages & Excursions: Includes the outdoor mountain retreat, pilgrimage to the Marian Shrine of Czestachowa, visit to the capital of Warsaw, tour of Auschwitz Concentration Camp and tour of Wadowice: John Paul II's home town!

How do I apply?

Follow these Steps

Information
Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, meaning that spots are awarded to qualified applicants as soon as they apply. If you wait too long to apply, there might not be space available. Contact us to request a Student Information Pack, which includes details regarding dates, costs, courses, and programming.

Application Process:
​1.  Applications are submitted online.
​2. A Statement of Purpose explaining why you want to participate is uploaded.
​3. One reference letter is submitted directly to the JP2 Project.
​4. Applicants are notified within 5-10 business days after the application is completed.

What should I have ready before I apply, besides general information about me?
1. Name and contact of your physician.
2. Name and contact of 2 people who can recommend you. One will be requested to write a reference letter.
3. A brief Statement of Purpose written out and ready for upload.
4. An idea of which classes you’re interested in taking.

Apply for the JPII Project Today

Get in touch with us today and start planning your semester abroad!