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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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History

Faculty of History

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: History

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: History

Programme description

History – everybody knows it, but studying History is not all about dates, figures, and events (although you will still have to know them). Studying History is also about shaping the ability to critically look at reality, analytical work with documents, and conscious reception of cultural texts. It is about looking for the answer to a question: where do we come from, who are we, what are the origins of humanity, and most importantly, how do we know it? Historical research at the Jagiellonian University dates back to the 15th century. Since then, the study programme has been constantly modified to fit the changing social needs and the requirements of the educational market. First-cycle studies are available in three specializations: teaching, archiving, and historical anthropology and the second-cycle studies also include “Historical heritage and editing of sources.” Depending on the specialization, students have to do traineeships: at primary and secondary schools, museums, libraries, local cultural institutions, educational institutions, publishing companies, NGOs, national archives, local government bodies archives, and archives of institutions (such as the Home Army Museum, National Museum in Kraków, branches of Institute of National Remembrance).

Information regarding Faculty

The Faculty of History has the category A granted by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education and is the best faculty of history in Poland according to the the ranking of ‘Perspektywy’ Education Foundation. In addition, the study programmes conducted at the Faculty have been at the forefront of this ranking for years. The Faculty of History is the right place for enthusiasts of ancient cultures and people interested in studying art, the preservation of cultural heritage and history. Programmes offered by the Faculty have a long tradition of teaching, yet the classes are conducted innovatively and respond to the current needs of students and employers.

The Faculty consists of 6 institutes. History classes are delivered at the Institute of History, located in the Collegium Witkowski building in the very center of Kraków. The Institute has its own library, one of the largest institute libraries of the Jagiellonian University.

Rankings, distinctions, accreditations

  • Positive evaluation of the study programme awarded by Polish Accreditation Comittee (PKA)
  • 2nd place between 2020 and 2022 and 3rd place in 2019 in the Ranking of Study Programmes prepared by the ‘Perspektywy’ Education Foundation
  • 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

internationalstudents.uj.edu.pl
iso@uj.edu.pl
ul. Ingardena 6, 30-060 Kraków, Poland

Student Scholarships Office

Centre of Academic Support

stypendia.uj.edu.pl
stypendia@uj.edu.pl
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 work 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. History Students Research Society is working at the Institute of History. Every student may find something interesting there. It consists of several sections related to eras, territory, and particular areas of history, e.g., the History Games Section. Members of this section try various games (board, figure, card) simulating historical events and processes and learn more about creating such games and their use in education and research activities. Many conferences, scientific trips (in Poland and abroad), meetings with witnesses of the history, and thematic sections meetings constitute a great addition to the institute's offer.

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

More than just studies

From our students

Marek, PhD student Marek, PhD student
How to take full advantage of your time during your studies? First, realize why you study and what you plan to do next. Answering these questions helps to find the ways to implement your plans. I spent my time well by participating in the Erasmus student exchange program at the Università del Salento in Lecce in Italy and the Royal Air Force Museum in Great Britain.


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All about admission

Admissions Office

Centre of Academic Support

welcome.uj.edu.pl
welcome@uj.edu.pl
ul. Ingardena 6, 30-060 Kraków, Poland

Admission to studies

Admission at the Jagiellonian University is conducted electronically in the Online Application System (IRK): irk.uj.edu.pl. 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: welcome.uj.edu.pl and irk.uj.edu.pl.

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): irk.uj.edu.pl

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

biurokarier.uj.edu.pl
kariery@uj.edu.pl
ul. Ingardena 6, 30-060 Kraków, Poland

Graduates

Your future career is related to the specialization you choose. History graduates may work at publishing companies, museums, exhibition centers, events related to history and culture, schools, educational institutions, national archives, and departmental archives.

Students, depending on the specialization, have to do traineeships, which prepare them for the future job: at primary and secondary schools, museums, libraries, local cultural institutions, educational institutions, publishing companies, NGOs, national archives, local government bodies archives, and archives of institutions (such as the Home Army Museum, National Museum in Kraków, branches of Institute of National Remembrance).

Further education possibilities

University in close-up

Centre for Communications and Marketing

promocja.uj.edu.pl
wycieczki@uj.edu.pl

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 Institute of History offers the following events:

  • Lectures for schools – the Institute of History runs the project called Annex to the history book, which organizes lectures for students of secondary schools. Professors and adjuncts of the Institute give the lectures. The topic of the lecture can be agreed by adapting it to the needs of a given group. The lectures may be held in the Collegium Witkowski or at schools.
  • Visits to the Collegium Witkowski, the premises of the Institute of History.

Additional information regarding particular events, as well as contact details, are available on the website of the Institute of History.


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.

Contact

The study programme is conducted at the Institute of History, which is a part of the Faculty of History. Institute is located in the very center of Kraków. In case of questions regarding studies, please contact:

historia@uj.edu.pl

ul. Gołębia 13
31-007 Kraków, Poland
Phone: (+48) 12 663 14 56

historia.uj.edu.pl
historyczny.uj.edu.pl