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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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Geography and Spatial Management

Faculty of Geography and Geology

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: Earth and Environmental Sciences

second-cycle programme

not available

Programme description

Geography and Spatial Planning at the Jagiellonian University are studies that offer a unique chance to develop skills and broaden knowledge on functioning and shaping of the natural environment, dealing with social and economic phenomena and processes within a space and land planning according to the principles of sustainable development. This is supported by the direct contact with well-known specialists at the international level, the use of state of the art laboratories and specialised equipment and software, and participation in field activities in Poland and abroad. These studies are conducted according to an individual study program decided on with the supervisor, based on the comprehensive course offer under four specialisations: Physical Geography; Socio-Economic Geography; Spatial Management and Regional Development; and Tourism.

Information regarding Faculty

The Faculty of Geography and Geology was established in 2017. It is one of the youngest faculties at the oldest Polish university, which, drawing on tradition, uses modern solutions. It was granted the category A by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education. Programmes conducted at the Faculty have been leading in rankings prepared by the Education Foundation “Perspektywy” for many years.

Research conducted by the scientists from the Faculty of Geography and Geology uses the potential of geographic and geological sciences by addressing the current problems, dilemmas of our civilisation, and the needs of the modern human. The areas of interest of research projects are, i.e. the human impact on the environment, artificial intelligence, sustainable development, or the study of Mars.

The Faculty of Geography and Geology is located at the Campus of the 600th Anniversary of the JU Revival. The Faculty consists of two institutes: the Institute of Geography and Spatial Management and the Institute of Geological Sciences. Classes are taught in the Faculty’s buildings using cutting-edge research and didactic infrastructure (i.e., specialised labs and analysis equipment labs)  and in the form of field activities in Poland and abroad.

Rankings, distinctions, accreditations

  • The Ranking of Study Programmes prepared by the ‘Perspektywy’ Education Foundation:
    • 1st place in 2019
    • 2nd place in 2021
    • 3rd place in 2020, 2022 and 2023
  • Scientific category A in the main discipline of Earth and Environmental Sciences 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 few student associations at the Faculty of Geography and Geology. Students can join European Asocciation for Students and Young Geographers (EGEA) organisation.

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

More than just studies

From our students

Maciej Maciej
I often take part in field activities in the Polish mountains and abroad. I took part in a research camp in Slovenia last year. But it is not the only country that members of the JU Geography Students Research Society can visit. The university cooperates with universities from Czechia, Croatia, Turkey, Romania, and the Netherlands.

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 studies prepare graduates to work in institutions and offices responsible for the use of resources, geographical environment protection and shaping, economic and planning units, public administration bodies, and educational institutions. A graduate may be employed in public institutions and private companies researching the interdependence between elements of the geographical environment, assessment of their state, analysis of the conditions, trends, and results of changes, analysis and forecasting of socio-economic processes and phenomena, local and regional development management, organisation and management of tourism, cultural and natural heritage protection, geoinformatics. Finishing an optional teacher’s training module certifies graduates to teach geography at schools.

Further education possibilities

What alumni say about us

Alumni Stories: Maciej Sznajder Alumni Stories: Maciej Sznajder
My subject allowed me to choose the courses myself, which turned out to be crucial. In the second year of my studies, I became interested in GIS and joined almost all the courses related to it. (...) This approach and the knowledge I’d gained were a big help in my current work. Thanks to this, I also got into the UNIGIS postgraduate studies in Manchester without any problems. My interest in GIS programming during my studies drove me to seek out more courses when I had a full-time job, and so the knowledge that I gained there continues to serve me well till this day.

Alumni Stories: Iwona Fluda Alumni Stories: Iwona Fluda
My best memories are related mainly to the faculty members from whom I had the privilege to learn. It is all the people who, with their desire to share knowledge, also outside of working hours, their modesty and class created an amazing atmosphere. My most distinct memories include discussions with the professor of sociology, amazing conversations with professors of soil geography and soil science, astronomy and tourism.

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.

The Faculty of Geography and Geology invites you to ‘Chats about geography’—regular meetings for highschool students.

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 Geography and Spatial Management, a unit of the Faculty of Geography and Geology. The Institute is located in the Campus of the 600th Anniversary of the JU Revival, so-called the Third Campus, in Kraków’s district – Ruczaj. For more information, please contact:

ul. Gronostajowa 7
30-387 Kraków, Poland
Phone: (+48) 12 664 52 50