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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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Faculty of Philosophy

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)

discipline: Sociology

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)

discipline: Sociology

Programme description

Studying Sociology in the Institute of Sociology means a thorough knowledge of social life, broad horizons, an insightful and critical view of culture, economy, media and politics, as well as researching the changing contemporary society. It is also an opportunity to learn from the best - lecturers do like what they do (often not only at the university) and they pass this attitude on to their students. We teach sociological research methods because diagnosing social phenomena is crucial in many professions and areas of the market. We teach through research, projects, discussions, and cooperation with the market and social environment. The variety of courses offer allows students to create their individual profile of sociological studies - you will find blocks of classes focused on communication and media, culture, economy, inequality and social exclusion, gender, development, education, urban issues etc.

👉  Sociology – first-cycle programme

👉  Sociology – second-cycle programme

Information regarding Faculty

The Faculty of Philosophy is one of the oldest faculties of our university, founded in 1364. The A+ category was granted to the Faculty by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education. Study programmes conducted at the Faculty lead in rankings prepared by the Education Foundation “Perspektywy”, talented students win the prestigious Diamond Grant programme every year and succeed in Polish and international contests. The Faculty of Philosophy is the place where a human being is in the centre of research interest. Studies are an excellent opportunity to learn more about oneself, other cultures and religions as well as understand the world, an individual, and society.

The Faculty consists of 5 institutes: Institute of Philosophy, Institute of Pedagogy, Institute of Psychology, Institute of Religious Studies, Institute of Sociology and Centre for Comparative Studies of Civilisations. Classes are taught in the Institute of Sociology, the centre of sociology in Kraków and one of the most important Polish research centres in this area. The research and educational activity of the Institute reflects both the rich tradition and current diverse scientific interests of its employees and doctoral students. The beginning of sociology in Kraków dates back to the end of the 19th century.

One of the significant features of the Institute is the employees’ and students’ participation in the cooperation on a national and international level. We perform essential research and scientific projects; our employees and doctoral students are authors and co-authors of many works published in well-known journals and publishing houses. The Institute of Sociology is a unit which cooperates with other research centres in Poland and abroad as well as with NGOs, public units, companies, and media. Expert activity, analyses, reports... – there are many forms of cooperation! The Institute has two well-equipped computer rooms where data analysis workshops are held and a specialised focus room (a place to conduct, register, and analyse group interviews).

👉  Why is it worth studying at the Institute of Sociology of the Jagiellonian University?

Rankings, distinctions, accreditations

  • Oustanding evaluation of the study programme rating awarded by the Polish Accreditation Committee (PKA)
  • The Ranking of Study Programmes prepared by the ‘Perspektywy’ Education Foundation:
    • 2nd place between 2020 and 2023
    • 3rd place in 2019
  • Scientific category B+ in the discipline of Sociology awarded to the Jagiellonian University in Kraków by the decision of the Minister of Education and Science

Curriculum overview

In the programme curriculum, you may find information about the subjects you will attend while studying this programme. The programme indicates which subjects are scheduled for each semester of the studies, which are mandatory, which belong to the group of elective subjects (so-called optional subjects), which of them end with an exam, and which do not. Each subject in such a programme curriculum has its syllabus, which is a description of what students learn within the scope of that subject.

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 many student activities and associations at the Faculty of Philosophy.

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

From our students

Marcin, PhD student of the Institute of Sociology Marcin, PhD student of the Institute of Sociology
The natural beauty of sociology is its diversity. One cannot simply choose a few courses. During your studies, you can participate in courses concerning both theoretical considerations and work on specialised statistical programs. (...) Sociology introduces students to the world of research and analysis concerning almost all aspects of our lives. The acquired skills and knowledge are helpful in each profession.

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All about admission

Admissions Office

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

Admission to studies

Admission to study programmes at the Jagiellonian University is conducted electronically in the Online Application System: If you have any questions related to admission, please contact the Admissions Office directly or visit the websites: and

Detailed information about admission to this study programme, including information on the method of calculating the result, qualification criteria, fees, deadlines, and a list of required documents are available on the Online Application System (IRK):

Transfer from other university or study programme

Transfer from another university, including a foreign one, or change of study programme within the University is possible with the dean's consent after completing the first year of studies and fulfilling additional requirements established by the Faculty Council. For inquiries regarding transfer, please contact the unit responsible for the specific study programme directly.

See also

Careers Service

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


The current labour market requires both specialist knowledge of social phenomena and processes, analytical and synthetic skills, general communication skills, teamwork and team management, and searching, analysing, and interpreting sociological data. These elements determine professional roles in particular sectors of the economy (e.g. advertising and marketing, team management, sociological data analysis, sociological diagnosis, UX, social animation, education, etc.). They are part of many other areas (media and communication, strategic planning, public administration, non-governmental organisations, tourism, services etc.). Second-cycle sociological studies provide competencies that enable operation in the labour market in independent roles of specialists in sociological research and data analysis, media and communication, urban society processes, sociological diagnosis and city management.

Students have the opportunity to pursue interships, which are part of their studies, in selected companies, research agencies, advertising and PR agencies, media, non-governmental organisations or local government units.

Further education possibilities

What alumni say about us

Alumni stories: Marlena Wróbel Alumni stories: Marlena Wróbel
I remember my studies with great fondness. (...) First of all, I enjoyed the studies themselves and the constantly growing sense that I could see and understand more. Sociology provides a lot of interesting knowledge. Secondly, I met my husband during my studies (he graduated from in the same subject), and as you know, love turns your world upside down. :) Thirdly, we were both members of the Student Body, which involved working on a number of interesting projects, trips, events and meeting new people all the time.

University in close-up

Centre for Communications and Marketing

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 take part in the cycle of meetings "University Closer to You – visits to the Jagiellonian University". The aim of the meetings during the tours is to familiarize students with the history of our University through a rich educational offer (lectures, workshops, laboratory classes, etc.). The current programme of the event is available on the organizer's website – the Centre for Communications and Marketing of the Jagiellonian University.

The Jagiellonian Library offers tours of both the old and new parts of the building. The tour programme includes presentations on the history of the Library and the building itself, as well as a visit to the Department of Depositories. The offer of the Collegium Maius includes lessons on "The Trail of Science" and "The Trail of History and Art," as well as interactive online classes. We also invite you to explore the educational offer of the Botanical Garden, the Nature Education Centre, the Confucius Institute, and the Museum of Anatomy.


The study programme is conducted at the Institute of Sociology, a unit of the Faculty of Philosophy. The Institute is located in the historic centre of Kraków. For more information, please contact:

ul. Grodzka 52
31-044 Kraków, Poland
Phone: (+48) 12 422 21 29