Over 18s can now join us in Poland!

February 5, 2016

introducing Krakow 1

Due to popular demand, we’ve expanded our program in Poland to include an over 18’s destination. From June 2016, you’ll be able to join us for a hospital shadowing placement in Krakow!

Dating back to the 7th century, Krakow is one of the oldest cities in Europe. It’s also one of the largest and most exciting: jam packed with incredible sights to see and things to do. This busy, beautiful place is world renowned for its stunning medieval architecture, vibrant nightlife and quirky art scene, and is considered the centre of Poland’s academic and cultural life.

Just like our programmes in Warsaw and Pula, Krakow is a great place to develop your understanding of medicine whilst learning all about European healthcare delivery. As always, our carefully selected mentors will be there to guide you: teaching you about clinical procedures and patient care, and answering any questions you may have.

Hospital work experience

Your placement will be spent shadowing healthcare professionals in Krakow’s large city hospitals. These busy facilities provide plenty of scope for learning about different job roles and specialties, allowing students to experience a range of different clinical environments. Popular departments include surgery, obstetrics and gynaecology, cardiology, gastroenterology and paediatrics. We can offer medicine, nursing, midwifery, and dentistry shadowing placements in Krakow. If you’re undecided, why not undertake a split placement?

Time to explore and discover

When you’re not at the hospital, you’ll have plenty of scope to explore the city. Legend has it that Krakow was built over the lair of a slain dragon; its bones still hang in Wawel Cathedral, and you can visit its cave at the foot of Wawel Hill. Mythical beasts aside, the city is famous for its museums and attractions, so you’ll never be short of something to do: don’t miss Wawel Castle, Krakow Cloth Hall, and the salt mines. If you’re into skiing and hiking, the breath-taking Tatra Mountains are close by. Most people in Poland speak very good English, so navigating, shopping and getting to know the locals is easy!

An opportunity to learn

A visit to Krakow is also an opportunity to expand your knowledge and understanding of world history. Walking tours are a great way to find your bearings whilst learning more about Krakow’s medieval roots and Jewish heritage. Two hours outside of the city is Auschwitz Memorial and Museum; a moving experience that will teach you more about the history of the Holocaust.

Vibrant nightlife and café culture

Home to 200,000 students, it’s no surprise that Krakow really comes alive during the evenings. After a great day exploring, head out to enjoy the nightlife with your new friends. Bars and clubs are seemingly everywhere – nestled in every cellar and courtyard and perched on every street corner. The Jewish Quarter (also known as ‘Kazimierz’) in particular is a hive of activity, with poetry nights, speakeasy-style bars and hip late-night restaurants everywhere. You can even book a food and vodka tour, where you’ll be able to sample traditional Polish cuisine and famous local vodkas.

European adventures

Krakow is right in the centre of Europe, so you’ll be perfectly situated for further travelling and adventures. Germany, France, Italy, Austria, the Czech Republic and Hungary are all relatively close by. If you want to experience more of Polish culture, Warsaw is just a short train journey away.

This programme will be open during our peak period, from June to August 2016. It is available to book now.