Study at the Jagiellonian University

Come and join us at the oldest university in Poland and one of the oldest in Europe: live and learn at the academic heart of Eastern Europe, home of excellent researchers in many disciplines, including humanities, medicine, social sciences, mathematics or natural sciences.

Academic Centre through centuries

Kraków has been known as a leading academic centre in Poland since 14th century. Although there is a great number of respectable universities in our country, it is Kraków that immediately evokes images of student comradery and professors strolling through the streets of Old Town. This centuries-long academic tradition goes hand in hand with modern approach to education and state-of-the-art technology. For instance, Ruczaj, one of the districts located on the outskirts of Kraków, is rapidly transforming into a thriving centre of student activity thanks to the 3rd Campus of the Jagiellonian University. The fact that most higher education institutions in the city are sited near one another allows for a very close cooperation—not only scientific, but also related to culture and leisure.

The Jagiellonian University is the oldest higher education institution in Poland and one of the oldest in Europe. It was founded on 12 May 1364 by the Polish king Casimir the Great. The Jubilee year 2014 marked the 650th anniversary of this remarkable event. Since its very beginning, the Jagiellonian University has been an international institution. Poles, Ruthenians, Lithuanians, Hungarians, Germans, Czechs, the Swiss, the English, the Dutch, the French, the Spanish, Italians, and even Tatars studied here in the old days.

Jagiellonian University today

Today, the Jagiellonian University comprises 16 Faculties, where nearly 4 thousand academic staff conduct research and provide education to over 40 thousand students, within the framework of more than 80 different fields of study. The eminent researchers and state-of-the-art infrastructure make the JU one of the leading Polish scientific institutions, collaborating with major academic centres from all over the world. The Jagiellonian University is also home to about 150 student societies, where young researchers pursue their academic interests and develop friendships with people who share their passion.

The most unique large-scale projects run by the Jagiellonian University include the Jagiellonian Centre for Experimental Therapeutics, Małopolska Centre for Biotechnology, Molecular Biotechnology for Health, OMICRON, and Synchrotron Radiation Centre “Solaris”.

Research excellence

The university’s prestige in both Poland and abroad is illustrated by its widely recognised research achievements. The scientists and physicians from the JU Medical College carry out pioneer studies, e.g. in cardiac surgery, urology and neurology, often leading to the development of novel treatment methods. Their findings have been published in some of the most prestigious international journals, for instance European Journal of Cardio-Thoracic Medicine, New England Journal of Medicine, and Lancet. JU archaeologists explore the secrets of ancient sites in various parts of the world, including Egypt, Cyprus, Central America, South Asia and Altay. The astronomers take part in the most important international projects in their field, including H.E.S.S. and VIPERS, whereas the results of research by JU biotechnologists have been published in such reputable specialist journals as Bioorganic and Medicinal Chemistry, Molecular Ecology Resources or European Journal of Human Genetics. These are only some examples of remarkable successes for which the Jagiellonian University has been famous in recent years. The current position of the JU is also reflected in the growing number of patent applications and the growing number of patents granted to its academic staff members—there were 8 applications and 2 patents in 2007 and as many as 60 applications and 11 patents in 2013. Unsurprisingly, the Jagiellonian University staff have been honoured with a number of prestigious distinctions and awards, including the elite awards of the Foundation for Polish Science (“Polish Nobel Prizes”) bestowed upon JU professors: Jan Woleński, Tomasz Guzik, and Jan Potempa during the years 2010–2013.

Programmes

HUMANITIES AND SOCIAL SCIENCES PROGRAMMES

Undergaduate (first-cycle)

Programme description

  • European Studies: European Politics and Society in a Global Context is an interdisciplinary programme, which aims to equip students with fundamental understanding of European politics, culture and society, whilst emphasizing Europe’s role in a wider global framework. Interdisciplinary nature of the curriculum allow students to gain knowledge in from a field of political science, sociology, history, law and international relations.

·         Graduate’s profile

  • Programme prepares its graduates for undertaking graduate level studies. Graduates are prepared to find employment in public administration, national and international institutions and organisations, EU institutions, non-governmental organizations, international companies, cultural institutions, mass media and publishing.

Qualification result

Candidates will be placed on the ranking list according to their registration date and time within the scheduled registration period.

Fees

Application fee

The application fee is 20 USD (or 75 PLN, or 18 EUR). The fee is paid separately for each registration and each registration has its own bank account number assigned for the payment.

Tuition fee:

  • tuition for the first year: 3 000 EUR (approx. 4 000 USD)
  • tuition for the second year: 3 000 EUR (approx. 4 000 USD)
  • tuition for the third year: 3 000 EUR (approx. 4 000 USD)

Tuition is paid in the amount for one semester, no later than by the first day of classes.

Programme description

Global and Development Studies is an interdisciplinary programme, which aims to equip students with fundamental understanding of processes of globalisation in various spheres of human activity: law, politics, economy, history, the social relations, culture and communication. Students gain core knowledge of the very phenomena of globalisation and international development as well as specialise in their various aspects and influence they have on the contemporary world. The programme is structured in such a away that allows students to focus either on a selected part of the world, or specific global problems and challenges.

Graduate’s profile

Programme graduates obtain knowledge of the principal traditional and contemporary trends in global sociology, philosophy, politics and economy. This programme also serves as the first step towards continuing the student’s academic education on a graduate and postgraduate level in the fields of international relations, area studies, political science or economy. Graduate are prepared to find employment in public administration, national and international institutions and organisations, non-governmental organizations, international companies, cultural institutions, mass media and publishing.

Qualification result

Candidates will be placed on the ranking list according to their registration date and time within the scheduled registration period.

Fees

Application fee

The application fee is 20 USD (or 75 PLN, or 18 EUR). The fee is paid separately for each registration and each registration has its own bank account number assigned for the payment.

Tuition fee:

  • tuition for the first year: 4 000 EUR (approx. 5 000 USD)
  • tuition for the second year: 4 000 EUR (approx. 5 000 USD)
  • tuition for the third year: 4 000 EUR (approx. 5 000 USD)

Tuition is paid in the amount for one semester, no later than by the first day of classes.

Programme description

  • International Relations and Area Studies programme is an undergraduate interdisciplinary programme that offers a rigorous international and comparative perspective on the contemporary global system and different regions of the world. Its aim is to foster creative thinking about complex global problems and to equip students with the analytical tools, language expertise, and cross-cultural understanding to guide them in that process. Our degree provides a solid grounding in international issues together with an opportunity to specialise in International Security or Area Studies.
  • Research and teaching spans the full spectrum of topics in International Relations and Area Studies, including international politics and economics, development, global governance, ethics of international affairs, conflict resolution and peace building, regional integration, cultural diversity and intercultural dialogue.

·         Graduate’s profile

  • The degree programme combines intellectual rigour with a practical focus that allows its graduates to acquire significant intellectual and practical skills which will be valuable for their future careers, whether it is in government, non-governmental organizations, aid and development agencies, business, cultural and regional institutions or diplomacy. Graduates will be also able to apply for MA programmes in various social science disciplines.

·         Qualification result

  • Candidates will be placed on the ranking list according to their registration date and time within the scheduled registration period.

Fees

Application fee

The application fee is 20 USD (or 75 PLN, or 18 EUR). The fee is paid separately for each registration and each registration has its own bank account number assigned for the payment.

Tuition fee:

  • tuition for the first year: 4 000 EUR (approx. 5 000 USD)
  • tuition for the second year: 4 000 EUR (approx. 5 000 USD)
  • tuition for the third year: 4 000 EUR (approx. 5 000 USD)

Tuition is paid in the amount for one semester, no later than by the first day of classes.

·         Programme description

  • Studies in Central and Eastern Europe: Histories, Cultures and Societies (CEE) is an English language programme directed to everyone interested in learning about the mechanisms governing in Central and Eastern Europe. The goal of the field is to educate specialist in history, anthropology, ethnology and political science of the region enable to analyse local phenomena in the past as well as in present time. The programme includes classes of history, anthropology, ethnology and political sciences of CEE with a special emphasis on the 19th and 20th centuries. It encompasses classes on important substantive issues as well as classes aimed at perfecting the research technique. Students will be provided access to internship in both public institutions and private companies

·         Graduate’s profile

  • Graduates of CEE studies should be ready to work in the cultural departments of public administration, national and international institutions and organizations, cultural establishments, publishing houses and mass media, as well as in education. They should be able to solve straightforward professional issues, gather, process and convey information as well as take part in teamwork. Graduates should master the foreign language at B2 level and be able to use the technical language necessary for the profession.

·         Qualification result

  • The ranking list reflects the applicants’ final qualification results calculated on the basis of the results from an interview verifying the applicant’s motivation and educational background.

·         Fees

  • Application fee
  • The application fee is 20 USD (or 75 PLN, or 18 EUR) . The fee is paid separately for each registration and each registration has its own bank account number assigned for the payment.
  • Tuition fee
  • CEE Studies are completely free for both Polish and non-Polish students. We also have opportunity to offer foreign students financial support of 1 500 PLN/month (approx. 375 USD).

MEDICAL PROGRAMMES

Undergaduate (long-cycle)