Kraków, in the heart of Europe, is steeped in legend. It is the mythical home of a dragon who lives under the catacombs of Wawel Castle. Krakow’s picture-postcard Old Town and Kazimierz (former Jewish district) became UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 1978. Krakow is Poland's cultural capital and is home to many museums and galleries. Other places of interest include historical sites such as Oskar Schindler’s factory and Auschwitz-Birkenau.
Jagiellonian University established in 1364 is the oldest and leading research institution in Poland, conducting research across a range of disciplines. It comprises 15 faculties and in the academic year 2014/2015 there were 47,989 students enrolled. Jagiellonian is active in international, academic networks such as Coimbra Group, Europaeum, IRUN and EUA. The university is located both in the historical centre of Krakow and on a modern campus. Jagiellonian has its own university museum (located in Collegium Maius, the oldest building of the university dating back to 13th century) as well as botanical garden and a vineyard.
The Institute for European Studies is part of the Faculty of International and Political Studies at JU. The Institute is famous for its interdisciplinary approach, combining the perspectives of anthropology, economy, cultural studies, political sciences, history, law and sociology. IES offers a study abroad programme for undergraduates, a range of BA, MA, post-graduate, 4-year doctoral, and vocational programmes taught in Polish, English and French. IES is also a research Institute and participates in research networks and international consortia. The interdisciplinary character of IES aims to deepen the understanding of European affairs through societal, economic, and cultural studies. There is particular interest on the challenges to the Polish society in light of EU integration.