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Please be informed this study programme is offered in Polish—to undertake this programme knowledge of Polish language at least at sufficient level is required and will be verified upon application. If you do not speak Polish you can enrol in one of Polish language courses offered by Jagiellonian University School of Polish Language and Culture. Full list of programmes in foreign languages you may find here: Programmes in foreign languages.

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German Studies

Faculty of Philology

Available programmes

first-cycle programme

study mode: full-time programme

language of instruction: Polish

profile: general academic

duration: 3 years (6 semesters)

title: Licencjat (equivalent of Bachelor's degree)

main discipline: Linguistics

second-cycle programme

study mode: full-time programme

language of instruction: Polish

profile: general academic

duration: 2 years (4 semesters)

title: Magister (equivalent of Master’s degree)

main discipline: Linguistics

Programme description

German Studies will provide you with knowledge of German as well as literature and development of the German-speaking countries. Upon completing the study programme, graduates have knowledge of German at the C1 level (first-cycle study programme) and the C2 level (second-cycle study programme). You will also acquire general humanistic knowledge. The programme consists of obligatory and optional courses. The curriculum includes, among obligatory courses, another Germanic language. Optional courses involve courses in linguistics, literary studies and others within the Humanities. Interested students may attend the optional 5-year teacher qualification module, and at the second-cycle programme – a 2-year translatory education module. On their website philologists state: as a graduate of German Studies ‘you will regret the wonderful time of studies and sleepless nights, not necessary because of preparing to classes, in this incredible city, came to an end’.

Information regarding Faculty

Although it appeared in the structure of the Jagiellonian University in 1951, the Faculty of Philology offers programmes (fields of research) that have existed for a long time and which tradition goes back one, two, or even five centuries. The Faculty offers over 20 philologies but teaches as many as 50 languages! It has the A scientific category awarded by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education, programmes conducted at the Faculty lead in the Ranking of Study Programmes prepared by the ‘Perspektywy’ Education Foundation, talented Faculty students join the group of winners of the prestigious Diamond Grant programme.

Studies at the Faculty of Philology have enjoyed enduring popularity for years, allowing graduates to work, among others, as translators, editors in publishing houses, teachers in schools, journalists, or employees of diplomatic or special services. Internships and paid internships offered by companies cooperating with the Faculty and vocational courses and certified training, available to all interested students, can help smooth entry into the labour market. Studies at the Faculty of Philology also include classes in small groups and the opportunity to work in more than 20 research clubs.

The Faculty consists of 8 units. The study programme is conducted by the Institute of Germanic Studies. The main units of the Faculty of Philology are located in the centre of Kraków in the modern complex of buildings Collegium Paderevianum equipped with language laboratories and leisure zones. The library of the Faculty of Philology ensures access to national and worldwide sources of information – it is a modern information centre concerning foreign philologies, history of literature, linguistics, methods of teaching, history, culture, art and translation studies. 

Rankings, distinctions, accreditations

  • Category A granted to the Faculty by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education

Curriculum overview

Programme curriculum consists of information regarding classes in which you will take part while studying at this field of study. The programme provides data on classes in particular semesters, which of them are compulsory or optional, which of them end with an exam, and which do not. Each class has its own syllabus – a description of contents of the class.

Student matters

International Students Office

Centre of Academic Support
ul. Ingardena 6, 30-060 Kraków, Poland

Student Scholarships Office

Centre of Academic Support
ul. Ingardena 6, 30-060 Kraków, Poland

Student’s life

Time spent at the university is not all about education and class participation; it is also an excellent opportunity to develop hobbies and interests. Many research societies and student organizations operate at the Jagiellonian University, including faculty- and university-wide ones. These societies allow students to spend their free time actively, gain knowledge, develop their talents, participate in engaging, unconventional projects, go on research and team-building trips, participate in conferences, and meet fellow students outside the lecture halls. There are more than 20 student associations at the Faculty of Philology, f.e. Students Academic Club of German Studies.

Students interested in the international dimension of studying can participate in a wide variety of exchange programmes, such as Erasmus+, Utrecht Network, bilateral exchange programmes, European university Una Europa, or the domestic mobility programme called MOST.

More than just studies

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All about admission

Admissions Office

Centre of Academic Support
ul. Ingardena 6, 30-060 Kraków, Poland

Admission to studies

Admission at the Jagiellonian University is conducted electronically in the Online Application System (IRK): Admissions Office is responsible for the admission process at the Jagiellonian University. In case of questions regarding admission, contact the Office directly or visit websites: and

Information regarding admission to this study programme, including qualification rules, admission and tuition fee, schedule, required documents and information on final result calculation, are available on the Online Application System (IRK):

Transfer from other university or study programme

Transfer from other university or other study programme is possible, with the consent of the dean: after finishing a first year of studies and fulfilling additional conditions described by the Faculty Council. In case of questions regarding a transfer, contact the unit in charge of study programme directly.

See also

Careers Service

Centre of Academic Support
ul. Ingardena 6, 30-060 Kraków, Poland


Graduates of German Studies can be employed in positions requiring an advanced knowledge of the German-speaking area in various, mostly cultural, institutions, editing offices, publishing houses, in economic and political institutions, as a translator or language assistant in the sector of culture and media, in companies and institutions, as well as in the position of German teacher in primary and secondary schools and in other educational institutions.

Second-cycle programme graduates are experts in German-speaking cultural area matters in various institutions, mostly cultural, economic and political ones and in widely understood sector of culture and media. They can be employed as translators of specialist texts, and upon passing the state exam – as sworn translators, German teachers in primary and secondary schools, lecturers in higher education institutions, and upon completion of the educational process in a doctoral school – as researcher or research and educational employee.

Further education possibilities

University in close-up

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Offer for school

The following events are conducted in Polish – to find out about the offer for English-speaking audience, please get in touch with the organizer directly. Additionally, due to the current pandemic, some faculty and university events may be canceled or conducted in a form other than that described below.

We invite all schools to a series of meetings, "University Closer to you – trips to the Jagiellonian University." The purpose of the sessions as part of the tours is to familiarize students with our university's history through a broad educational offer (lectures, workshops, laboratory classes, etc.). The current program of the event is available on the organizer's website - Centre for Communications and Marketing.

The Jagiellonian Library allows you to visit the old and new parts of the building. The tour program includes presentations of information about the history of the Library and the building itself and a tour of the Warehouse Department. The offer of Collegium Maius consists of the "Traces of science" and "Traces of history and art" lessons as well as interactive online classes. We also invite you to familiarize yourself with the educational offer of: the Botanic Garden, the Nature Education Center, the Confucius Institute, and the Museum of the Department of Anatomy UJ CM.


The study programme is conducted at the Institute of Germanic Studies, a unit of the Faculty of Philology. The Institute is located close to the historic centre of Kraków, the Jagiellonian Library, Jordan Park, and Błonia Park. For more information, please contact:,

al. Mickiewicza 9A
31-120 Kraków, Poland
Phone: (+48) 12 663 43 05, 663 43 11