As the second largest and one of the oldest cities in Poland, Krakow was the official capital of Poland until 1596. Krakow possesses three world renowned universities. These are Jagiellonian University, Cracow University of Technology and AGH University of Science and Technology.
With three universities placing in the QS World University Rankings this year, Krakow is in the top 100 student cities for the rankings indicator and also scores well for affordability, ranking 26th in the world. Krakow is a city with a rich history. Visit Krakow’s Old Town, one of the first ever urban UNESCO World Heritage sites, to experience the city’s history firsthand.
Parks seem to be everywhere you go in Krakow. From the famous , packed full of winding paths, fir trees and greenery, to the vast expanse of Blona Common. If you fancy a weekend trip to explore more of Europe there are several popular cities just a train ride away, such as Budapest and Vienna.
Krakow ranks 26th this year in the affordability ranking. Despite having the highest tuition fees of Polish student cities, Krakow’s international tuition fees are much lower than in other European cities, such as London, Stockholm and Amsterdam. Often called the prettiest of Poland’s cities, Krakow is situated on the Vistula river in the Lesser Poland area and dates back to the seventh century.
Emerging from World War II as the only major Polish city to not suffer serious damage, Krakow is uniquely steeped in history, with incredible architecture everywhere you look. The city’s Old Town was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1978. If you’re looking to explore this stunning city, visit the Wawel Royal Castle – an iconic landmark which was home to three dynasties of Poland’s monarchs. Or take a walk inside St. Mary’s Basilica, known for its impressive altarpiece and awe-inspiring stained-glass windows.
You can even combine historical sightseeing with some retail therapy by visiting the Cloth Hall, the world’s oldest shopping centre, dating back over 700 years. Wherever you choose to go, you will be surrounded by galleries, cafes, museums and restaurants. Krakow has a strong economy and graduate jobs available in a range of fields. This year the city ranks a modest 109th in the employer reputation indicator.
There are often roles available in the services sector, as this makes up a large proportion of Krakow’s economy. Other industries looking to hire skilled graduates include engineering, sales, IT and accounting and finance. If you’re an EU citizen, you’ll be able to work in Poland for three months without a visa. After these three months have passed, you’ll need a temporary residence permit which lasts for three years.