Jagiellonian University

Introduction

Academic Centre through centuries

Kraków has been known as a leading academic centre in Poland since the14th 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.

Live and learn in Kraków

Kraków's location is unique for several reasons. In addition to having all the benefits of a large city, including very well developed public transportation, easy access to hostels and student dormitories, and numerous shopping malls and restaurants, Kraków is also very close to the Tatra Mountains (with many ski resorts and trekking routes near Zakopane), beautiful national parks—Pieniny and Ojców, and Dunajec River Gorge, which offers some interesting rafting opportunities. Additionally, Kraków is not very far from other European capitals, such as Prague and Vienna, so weekend trips to neighbouring countries pose no problem to keen travellers. Kraków is also an important transport hub, with quick and comfortable bus, train and plane connections to other cities, both in Poland and abroad.

Vibrant job market

Because Kraków's universities train highly qualified specialists in all kinds of fields, it is not at all surprising that businesses are very frequently set up in the region. International investors establish branches of their corporations in the area to ensure the influx of trained specialists. This offers prospective students a multitude of opportunities to develop careers in their desired professions.

City of kings

Kraków is the historical capital of Poland, and as such, it is very deeply rooted in Polish tradition and culture. There is almost a tangible feel of history in the atmosphere of Kraków, while at the same time it is also very vivid and teeming with life. Galleries, museums, theatres, a philharmonic and an opera house—all these places offer unforgettable experiences to art aficionados. Small wonder that Kraków attracts thousands of tourists every year, regardless of season.

The meeting place

Despite its traditional nature, Kraków is not only about history. It is, first and foremost, a melting pot of diverse cultures, where people from all over the world meet to share their knowledge, experience, and friendship. Numerous clubs and pubs guarantee quality entertainment in a welcoming environment—be it in the open, spacious area of the Market Square, or mysterious, narrow alleyways of Kazimierz. Clubs are located close to one another, so hardened merrymakers may find themselves devoting entire evenings to exploring new places. Cultural, musical and film festivals, many of which are organised by students, also liven up the city.

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Programs

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MA

The Interdisciplinary MA Programme in Polish Studies, Jewish Studies and History

Campus Full time 2 years October 2018 Poland Kraków

This two-year full-time Comparative Heritage Studies (COHES) MA programme offers a wide range of knowledge on cultural heritage in literature, art, theatre, architecture, urban space, and sites of memory, particularly those found in Krakow and inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage list. [+]

Programme description

This two-year full-time Comparative Heritage Studies (COHES) MA programme offers a wide range of knowledge on cultural heritage in literature, art, theatre, architecture, urban space, and sites of memory, particularly those found in Krakow and inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage list. The COHES programme focuses on the multi-ethnic, multinational, multilingual nature of heritage, approaching it from three angles: Digital Heritage, Visual Heritage, and Comparative and Translated Heritage.

Graduate’s profile

The knowledge gained by COHES graduates will allow them to broaden their understanding of the dynamics shaping heritage in the contemporary world, both in symbolic and material terms. Graduates will be prepared to identify and analyze social, cultural, and political actions that affect the recognition and protection of cultural heritage, as well as its management and education. They will receive qualifications to work in international cultural centers, particularly museums, archival/research, diplomatic, or academic institutes, publishing houses, and libraries. These studies will train young scholars to use interdisciplinary tools in a critical and comparative fashion, helping them to work in multilingual and multicultural environments.... [-]


MSc

Master in Mathematics: Pure and Applied Mathematics

Campus Full time 2 years October 2018 Poland Kraków

The objective of the master’s programme is to provide the students with such knowledge, problem-solving skills, and insight in mathematics that they are able to work professionally in different areas of mathematics (including teaching at primary or secondary school) or to use mathematical tools in the sectors of industry, information technology or finance. [+]

Programme description

The objective of the master’s programme is to provide the students with such knowledge, problem-solving skills, and insight in mathematics that they are able to work professionally in different areas of mathematics (including teaching at primary or secondary school) or to use mathematical tools in the sectors of industry, information technology or finance. The programme also provides a good basis for Ph.D. studies in mathematics. The plan of studies includes the following topics: algebraic topology, complex analysis, differential geometry, functional analysis, probability theory, stochastic processes, partial differential equations, dynamical systems, history of mathematics, optional courses and seminars.... [-]


Master of Science in Ecology and Evolution

Campus Full time 2 years October 2018 Poland Kraków

The general academic Master’s degree studies Ecology and Evolution are addressed to English-speaking undergraduate students who seek specialist education in contemporary ecological and evolutionary issues. [+]

Programme description

The general academic Master’s degree studies Ecology and Evolution are addressed to English-speaking undergraduate students who seek specialist education in contemporary ecological and evolutionary issues. Our experienced staff, familiarized with international, cross-cultural academic environment, imparts deepened and always updated theoretical and applicable knowledge with putting stress upon teamwork, developing problem-solving skills and planning field and experimental research. The unique, interdisciplinary study programme provides a large number of practical activities in well equipped, modern laboratories. The student gains a broad understanding of ecological and evolutionary principles and enters a path to become a successful scientist who can publish results of self-conducted research in recognized international scientific journals. He/she acquires adaptive social and managerial competencies along with a design mindset—so as to utilize ecological knowledge in practical environmental conservation and resources management.... [-]


Master of Science in Enviromental Protection and Management

Campus Full time 2 years October 2018 Poland Kraków

The Environmental Protection and Management studies are addressed to English-speaking students who seek specialist education in contemporary environmental conservation and natural resource management. [+]

Programme description

The Environmental Protection and Management studies are addressed to English-speaking students who seek specialist education in contemporary environmental conservation and natural resource management. Our experienced staff and external high-class experts, possessing well-entrenched scientific achievements, impart deepened and always updated knowledge with a focus on teamwork plus planning and conducting valorization or monitoring works. The interdisciplinary study programme provides a large number of practical activities in well equipped, modern laboratories as well as during field classes.

Graduate’s profile

The programme’s participant acquires a profound understanding of contemporary determinants and challenges to environmental conservation and understands legal complexity and principles of management of the commons. A graduate can plan and execute actions towards effective monitoring, protection and sustainable use of natural resources. They recognize current threats to the environment and can indicate preventive and repair actions. Our fellow obtains social and mediation expertise in order to successfully apply such competencies in real-world environmental management. Graduate are able to raise funding and apply for grants. The accomplishment of studies allows employment either in public or private sectors worldwide: administration of protected areas, environmental agencies, various research units likewise non-governmental organizations and private enterprises.... [-]


Master of Science in Molecular Biotechnology

Campus Full time 2 years October 2018 Poland Kraków

Molecular Biotechnology is a programme of studies leading to Master’s degree. [+]

Programme description

Molecular Biotechnology is a programme of studies leading to Master’s degree. It is a full-time programme of studies which apart from offering just a few obligatory courses asks students to follow their interests in choosing a variety of electives. The programme is composed of the courses on practical biochemistry, cell biology, plant biology, molecular biology, genetic engineering etc. A student writes Master’s thesis based on results of individual research project prepared through the course of laboratory practice.

Graduate’s profile

A graduate of Master’s programme in Molecular Biotechnology has a good knowledge of the basis of sciences and in-depth knowledge regarding biological processes occurring on a molecular level, as well as specialized subjects covered by this curriculum. This knowledge enables describing, explaining and exploiting various biological processes. A graduate is prepared to work in the area of directed genetic modification of microorganisms and cells of higher organisms; directing of processes of biosynthesis and biotransformation; analysis of intracellular processes, isolation and purification of bioproducts; medical diagnostics as well as in research and development institution – depending on a chosen specialisation – in laboratories focused on medicine, pharmacology, environmental protection, and agriculture.... [-]


Master

International Masters in Central and East European, Russian and Eurasian Studies

Campus Full time 2 years October 2018 Poland Kraków

This innovative international programme offers a unique opportunity to undertake study and research in at least three different countries at our renowned partner institutions, culminating in the award of multiple degrees according to your chosen pathway. [+]

Overview

This innovative international programme offers a unique opportunity to undertake study and research in at least three different countries at our renowned partner institutions, culminating in the award of multiple degrees according to your chosen pathway.

Programme details

Programme duration: two years (four semesters)

Study mode: full time

Suitable for: This programme is suitable for students seeking comprehensive training as experts in the contemporary challenges and realities facing Central and Eastern Europe and its neighbors. Intensive foreign language training is also an integral part of the curriculum. Students wishing to study Polish, Russian, German or French are highly encouraged to join CES.... [-]


Master in Asian studies: Korean Studies

Campus Full time 2 years October 2018 Poland Kraków

The curriculum includes courses specific for Asian Studies, specialty: Korean Studies. Specialised courses are in the curriculum from the very first semester. [+]

Programme description

The curriculum includes courses specific for Asian Studies, specialty: Korean Studies. Specialised courses are in the curriculum from the very first semester. Students are introduced to the specificity of Korean Peninsula in historical, philosophical, religious aspects, and to political and economic processes of the region. Learning the Korean language is the crucial part of the education process. The first year of studies takes place at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, and the second – at the Keimyung University. In the second year, students are required to complete the master’s thesis. Graduates shall be awarded two master diplomas in Korean Studies at the Keimyung University and at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow.... [-]


Master in Asian studies: Master in Asia-Europe Relations. Exploring Business Opportunities

Campus Full time 2 years October 2018 Poland Kraków

Asia-Europe Relations: Exploring Business Opportunities studies merge in an original and creative way teaching oriental languages effectively with the whole spectrum of social, economic, and cultural aspects of business practice in Asia and Europe and multilevel relations between them. [+]

Programme description

Asia-Europe Relations: Exploring Business Opportunities studies merge in an original and creative way teaching oriental languages effectively with the whole spectrum of social, economic, and cultural aspects of business practice in Asia and Europe and multilevel relations between them. During the course of study, students learn about the specificity of actors in both regions viewed from a comparative perspective. The curriculum also aims to develop analytical and communication skills. Students choose an oriental language which they will learn for the whole duration of the study programme.

Learning the oriental language is an important part of the education process.... [-]


Master in Cultural Studies: Comparative Heritage Studies (COHES)

Campus Full time 2 years October 2018 Poland Kraków

This two-year full-time Comparative Heritage Studies (COHES) MA programme offers a wide range of knowledge on cultural heritage in literature, art, theatre, architecture, urban space, and sites of memory, particularly those found in Krakow and inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage list. [+]

Students enrolled in 2018/2019 will study for free thanks to the grant of the National Center for Research and Development. There is also an opportunity to offer for foreign students a scholarship in the amount of 1 500 PLN/month (approx. 375 USD).

Programme description

This two-year full-time Comparative Heritage Studies (COHES) MA programme offers a wide range of knowledge on cultural heritage in literature, art, theatre, architecture, urban space, and sites of memory, particularly those found in Krakow and inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage list. The COHES programme focuses on the multi-ethnic, multinational, multilingual nature of heritage, approaching it from three angles: Digital Heritage, Visual Heritage, and Comparative and Translated Heritage.... [-]


Master in Cultural Studies: TransAtlantic Studies

Campus Full time 2 years October 2018 Poland Kraków

Transatlantic Studies is a two-year full-time interdisciplinary program, which comparatively examines ever-changing relationships between culture and politics in the international context. [+]

Programme description

Transatlantic Studies is a two-year full-time interdisciplinary program, which comparatively examines ever-changing relationships between culture and politics in the international context. Upon completion of the studies, students earn a degree in Cultural Studies with a major in Transatlantic Studies. The international atmosphere of the program gives students an opportunity to learn not just from scholarly materials, but also from their fellow students' diverse experiences of and perspectives on our ever-changing and increasingly connected world. The program recognizes and supports benefits of close, mentoring relationship between faculty and students aimed at the development of a variety of intellectual and professional skills. Learning alongside students from all continents challenges students to think outside of their own preconceived notions of the world; this is critical for helping students move beyond American, Western or regional perspectives and develop more global ones.... [-]


Master in European Politics and Society (EPS): Vaclav Havel Joint Master Programme

Campus Full time 2 years October 2018 Poland Kraków

The European Politics and Society (EPS): Vaclav Havel Joint Master Programme is a multidisciplinary two-year Joint Master Degree Programme linking the fields of European politics, contemporary history and culture, economy, international relations and policymaking. [+]

Overview

The European Politics and Society (EPS): Vaclav Havel Joint Master Programme is a multidisciplinary two-year Joint Master Degree Programme linking the fields of European politics, contemporary history and culture, economy, international relations and policymaking. The key role of the programme is to identify and analyze challenges Europe faces today (migration, security, populism). The first semester of the EPS Programme is based on Master level introductory courses (in Prague); the second semester focuses on EU related courses (Krakow, Leiden). In the third and fourth semesters, the programme offers four different study tracks reflecting the diverse expertise of the Consortium members (Prague, Krakow, Barcelona, and Leiden). Each track combines various elective courses, research methods training, an internship and language tuition with an advanced research dissertation supervised by key staff from each Partner University.... [-]


Master in Intellectual Property and New Technologies

Campus Full time 3 semesters October 2018 Poland Kraków

The programme delivers comprehensive knowledge on the legal protection and commercial exploitation of new technologies. [+]

Programme description

The programme delivers comprehensive knowledge on the legal protection and commercial exploitation of new technologies. New technologies create new opportunities in life and science and build bridges between people from different countries and cultures. They also pose serious challenges, especially for the intellectual property law. The programme offers an extensive curriculum on the intellectual property law related to new technologies, considered from an international perspective. It adopts a comparative approach to IP regulations, with EU law serving as a main point of reference.

The programme is developed in cooperation with the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO). Its main focus is on the following issues: new technologies and patent law; copyright in the digital era; commercial communication in the context of trademarks, designs, and unfair competition; data protection, privacy and personal rights on the Internet; Internet service providers’ liability; and more.... [-]


Master in International Relations: Europe from Visegrad Perspective

Campus Full time 2 years October 2018 Poland Kraków

This joint master’s programme offers a unique opportunity to study international relations, European politics, economy, society & culture from the perspective of the Visegrad region. [+]

The programme is run by a consortium composed of four universities from countries of the Visegrad Group: Jagiellonian University in Kraków (Poland), Masaryk University (Czech Republic), University of Pecs (Hungary) and Matej Bel University in Banska Bystrica (Slovakia).

Programme description

This joint master’s programme offers a unique opportunity to study international relations, European politics, economy, society & culture from the perspective of the Visegrad region. The programme is run by a consortium composed of four universities from countries of the Visegrad Group: Jagiellonian University in Kraków (Poland), Masaryk University (Czech Republic), University of Pecs (Hungary) and Matej Bel University in Banska Bystrica (Slovakia). Experienced faculty of the leading universities from the Visegrad region as well as visiting professors and guest lecturers from renowned international academic and diplomatic institutions provide insightful and inspiring instruction about major developments in contemporary international law, economics, politics and culture in light of the European integration processes seen from the standpoint of the Visegrad region.... [-]


Master in International Security and Development

Campus Full time 2 years October 2018 Poland Kraków

The international discussion on the most troubling global problems of the modern world, such as the war in Syria, difficult situation in Ukraine, the European migrant crisis as well as the threat of terrorist attacks, shows the huge demand for specialists and strategists in the field of security and development. [+]

Jagiellonian University launches the first edition of graduate programme of studies on international security and development. 24 students enrolled in 2018/2019 will study for free thanks to the grant of the National Center for Research and Development. There is also a opportunity to offer for foreign students a scholarship in amount of 1 500 PLN/month (approx. 375 USD).

Programme description

The international discussion on the most troubling global problems of the modern world, such as the war in Syria, difficult situation in Ukraine, the European migrant crisis as well as the threat of terrorist attacks, shows the huge demand for specialists and strategists in the field of security and development. It also indicates the need to raise public awareness of the correlation between aid transferred to developing countries and the sense of security among developed countries' societies.... [-]


Master in Management: Business and Finance Management

Campus Full time 2 years October 2018 Poland Kraków

Second-cycle programme in management, specialty in Business and Finance Management aims to develop competencies necessary for the career in specialized and management positions in the management system, as middle and top-level managers, analysts, advisers, and consultants in commercial or public organizations, as well as for operating their own business. [+]

Programme description

Second-cycle programme in management, specialty in Business and Finance Management aims to develop competencies necessary for the career in specialized and management positions in the management system, as middle and top-level managers, analysts, advisers, and consultants in commercial or public organizations, as well as for operating their own business. Completion of this programme will prove especially beneficial to persons interested in pursuing a career in organizations with foreign investment, both because of English as the language of instruction and as a result of received training in navigating global socio-economic space. This programme has been prepared for graduates from first- and second-cycle programmes in the fields of management, economy, finance, from faculties of economy and engineering, law and administration, psychology, sociology, and other.... [-]