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The University and its campus. Cracow University of Economics, founded in 1925, is the largest school of economics in Poland and the third biggest university in Krakow, which is the main Polish academic center. The number of students currently enrolled at the University exceeds 21 000. Cracow University of Economics, located in the very centre of the city, boasts an impressive infrastructure. The University campus occupies 7 hectares of land and its facilities include both modern and historic buildings. University campus is located in the vicinity of historical medieval Old Town of Krakow and is easily accessible both on foot and by public transportation. There is a large sports and teaching complex composed of two buildings with an in-door swimming pool, a full-sized gym, a fitness room and large conference rooms. Students have access to modern lecture rooms, the library, laboratories, computer rooms and sport facilities.
The University is also concerned about the comfort of its disabled students - all the campus facilities are equipped with wheelchair ramps or lifts for the physically disabled as well as specially adjusted lavatories.
Student life and services. Many different organizations and student associations are active at the University. These include the Student Government, the Independent Students Association, AIESEC (International Association of Economics and Commerce Students), ESN (Erasmus Student Network), SIFE (Students in Free Enterprise), the University Club of the Academic Sport Association, Dominanta Choir and many more. Cracow University of Economics gives priority to sports at its campus. Students have access to a large sports gym, swimming-pool, tennis courts and a sports field. The Academic Sports Union (AZS) offers a number of sports sections including popular team games – football, volleyball or basketball, as well as some „exotic” ones.
The Academic Career Center (ACK) operating at the University organizes workshops and training sessions for CUE students and graduates, conducted by ACK workers and experts from different industries. The Cracow University of Economics, together with the best Polish employers, also conducts training programs - Business Academies.
Interests of all students are represented by the Students' Parliament, which organizes integration events for students, charity events and other projects, making CUE's student life more diversified.
International cooperation. The University has a number of international contacts. Presently, it has over 250 partners across the world and cooperates with universities and various organizations from Europe, both Americas, Australia and Asia. It offers exchange programs through Erasmus+, CEEPUS, EMBS, Double Diploma, STEP, VELUX, JOSZEF, Master of Public Administration – GVSU or bilateral agreements. CUE offers study programs in English on bachelor, master and PhD level. CUE is a member of many networks and associations such as EUA (European University Association), NIBES (Network of International Business and Economic Schools), EMBS (European Master of Business Studies), UNECC (University Network of the European Capitals of Culture), Alexander von Humboldt Association.
The university opened its doors on October 1, 1925 as College of Commerce (Wyższe Studium Handlowe).
On 6 November 1939, as a part of Sonderaktion Krakau operation, the Nazis arrested professors of Cracow universities who later were executed or sent to concentration camps. Among them were four professors of the academy: Arnold Bolland, Zygmunt Sarna, Walenty Winid and Albin Żabiński, as well as many professors of other universities who were running some classes at the academy. Two buildings of the school were seized, and numerous library books and documents were lost. Classes continued surreptitiously throughout the war, until the school was able to reopen in 1945. The school was nationalized in 1950 and renamed as Higher School of Economics (Wyższa Szkoła Ekonomiczna).
In 1974 it was renamed again, as Kraków Academy of Economics (Akademia Ekonomiczna w Krakowie). In 2007 it received its current name: Cracow University of Economics (Uniwersytet Ekonomiczny w Krakowie).
There are about 20,000 students (full- and part-time). The university offers 13 majors and 38 specializations within the majors taught in the Polish language. CUE offers also studies in the English language. The university offers plenty of postgraduate courses and studies as well as MBA programs in cooperation with foreign universities.
The studies in the Polish language are realized on the following majors:
- economics (B.Sc., M.Sc.)
- administration (B.A.)
- public management and administration (B.A.)
- international relations (B.A., M.A.)
- international economics (B.Sc., M.Sc.)
- management (B.Sc., M.Sc.)
- management and production engineering (B.Sc)
- commodity science (B.Sc., M.Sc.)
- European studies (B.A.)
- finance and accountancy (B.Sc., M.Sc.)
- spatial management (B.Sc., M.Sc.)
- tourism and recreation (B.A.)
- IT studies and econometrics (B.Sc., M.Sc.)
- marketing and market communication (B.Sc., M.Sc.)
Studies in the English language are realized on the following majors:
- international business (B.Sc., M.Sc.)
- corporate finance and accountancy (B.Sc., M.Sc.)
- public management and administration (M.A.)
Kraków University of Economics offers also PhD studies in the following disciplines:
- in Polish: economics, management, commodity science
- in German: economics, management
Research and teaching infrastructure. The University’s research and teaching infrastructure includes: IT Center with Computer labs, e-learning and Virtual Science Center, Main Library, University Publishing House and Printing Center.
Study levels. Cracow University of Economics (CUE) offers programs for all levels of study, both in Polish and English: full-time and part-time 3-year Bachelor studies, 2-year Master studies and 3-year Doctorate studies. In addition, CUE offers various study opportunities at the post diploma level, designed for candidates who already hold a university degree, but wish to further develop their professional qualifications.
- 21 majors in Polish
- 6 programs in English
- 9 student exchange programs