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Cracow - great place to study

Krakow is one of the biggest and most important academic and research centres in Poland. Its academic traditions goes back to the 14th century when the Jagiellonian University was set up. Currently, thanks to  numerous higher education institutions, both public and private, every year the city of Krakow welcomes many new students. Besides institutions of higher education, there are nearly 100 research institutes in the city. The most ancient institution of scientific research is Polish Academy of Arts and Sciences, which continues the work of Krakow Learned Society founded in 1815.

Krakow is situated in southern Poland, in the close vicinity of the Beskidy and Tatra Mountains. The city, the former capital of Poland, has a history of more than one thousand years. The number of its inhabitants amounts to nearly 800,000.

During the last decade Krakow became one of the most appreciated tourist destinations in Europe. Many people settle down here for good, falling in love with the city and adding different ideas to the centuries-lasting tradition of Krakow. So, it is truly an international city.

Krakow is famous for its beautiful old architecture, boasting Europe's largest medieval market square. The city's unique atmosphere, however, is not only created by its amazing architecture but, in the first place, by numerous cultural events and great night life. Krakow hosts a great number of festivals throughout the year, including film, classical music and photography, as well as the internationally famous Festival of Jewish Culture or Jazz Festival. The city also boasts some of the most renowned galleries and museums in the country and one of the European greatest theatre districts. There are over a hundred pubs and bars in the vicinity of Krakow's Market Square alone, most in the cellars of historic buildings, hosting to exhibitions, jazz concerts or experimental drama.

Kraków has many green areas that provide opportunities for recreation and active rest, including the Botanical Garden of the Jagiellonian University and the Zoological Garden in the Wolski forest complex which is a traditional place of recreation for the inhabitants. The rich and constantly expanded recreational base (ice rink, swimming pools, including the Aqua Park, tennis courts, and systematically expanded network of cycling paths) and other venues encourage people to practise sports and spend their time actively in the open air.

In recent years, Krakow has become one of the most frequently visited places in Europe, so you can meet here interesting people from all over the world. No wonder Krakow received the title of the European City of Culture in 2000.
More information is available at /www.krakow.pl