study mode: full-time programme
language of instruction: English
profile: general academic
duration: 6 years (12 semesters)
title: Lekarz (equivalent of Medical Doctor)
discipline: Medical Sciences
The 6-year MD Programme is taught exclusively in English. The programme is in compliance with European teaching standards. Candidates for this programme should be graduating from secondary school and excel in biology and chemistry. During six academic years pre-clinical and clinical courses are taught. The first part of the curriculum covers basic science courses. Students also have a medical Polish course to prepare them to communicate with patients. The second part of the curriculum covers clinical courses. On completion of the sixth year students are familiar with all clinical specialties.
Information regarding Faculty
School of Medicine in English at the Faculty of Medicine (Medical College) opened its doors to the first students in 1994. Its rapid development resulted in currently educating nearly 700 students coming from five different continents and twenty countries. Most of School’s students are Norwegian, American and Canadian nationals.
The School’s educational offer includes a medical and dental programs taught in English, where the latter was launched in 2010. Upon completion of those programs, students receive a diploma of the Jagiellonian University and are awarded internationally recognized titles of Lekarz or Lekarz Dentysta (equivalents of MD and DDS) respectively.
The School’s faculty is composed of the most experienced JU lecturers and visiting professors from the USA, Canada and Germany. The standards of the English-language programs offered by the School are based not only on the Polish teaching requirements but also on specifications provided by the European Union and the USA (the US Department of Education Loan Program, Medical Board of California).
Rankings, distinctions, accreditations
- Scientific category A in the discipline of Medical Sciences awarded to the Jagiellonian University in Kraków by the decision of the Minister of Education and Science
- The Crystal Brussels Award for the Faculty of Medicine in the category of the best research units in Poland during 2nd European Economic Congress
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.
- Live and learn in Kraków
- Academic calendar
- Exchange programmes
- Academic Sports Association
- JU MC Student Government
- Safe Student
- Student Centre for Support and Adaptation
- Accessibility Center
Division for Education and Academic Careers
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.
Students interested in the international dimension of studying can participate in a wide variety of exchange programmes such as Erasmus+, CEEPUS, Utrecht Network, exchange programmes within Bilateral Agreements or European university Una Europa, or participate in a domestic mobility programme called MOSTUM.
More than just studies
From our students
Justyna, student of MD program in English
I knew the Jagiellonian University was the place for me after visiting beautiful Krakow a few years before starting my medical education. I cannot imagine a better place to study medicine – the campus is located in the heart of the city, Krakow is vibrant and student-friendly, and the location allows for easy opportunities to travel Europe in your free time.
All about admission
- Admission statistics
- Welcome to the Jagiellonian University
- Admission for programmes in Polish
- Online Application System
- International Students Office
Centre of Academic Support
Admission to studies
Admission to study programmes at the Jagiellonian University is conducted electronically in the Online Application System: irk.uj.edu.pl. If you have any questions related to admission, please contact the Admissions Office directly or visit the websites: welcome.uj.edu.pl and irk.uj.edu.pl.
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): irk.uj.edu.pl
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.
Division for Education and Academic Careers
Graduates of MD program in English receive a doctor (MD) degree recognized internationally and are eligible to apply to postgraduate training in their home countries. Most of our graduates work and continue training in Norway, Canada, UK and the US.
Thanks to the implementation of the assumed learning outcomes, graduates of medical studies, in accordance with their knowledge and skills acquired during their studies, are prepared to work in: public and non-public health care institutions; education; research institutions and research and development centers; institutions dealing with counseling and dissemination of knowledge in the field of health-promoting education, which is the answer to the increase in demand for medical services caused by demographic and civilization trends.
Further education possibilities
- Doctoral School, f.e. Doctoral School in Medical and Health Sciences
- Post diploma programmes
- Second-cycle programmes
What alumni say about us
Hong Huat Hoh, MD program in English graduate
After I had graduated from JU MC and started working, I realized that the lessons I learned from JU MC have a lifelong impact on my career. Not only did I acquire medical knowledge essential for a clinical career, through problem-based learning lessons since the second year, but the educators at this school had taught me how to think critically about problems and to solve them systematically. This sort of critical thinking is a soft skill that I found to be crucial also in careers outside clinical medicine.
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 School of Medicine in English, a unit of the Faculty of Medicine. The School is located in the historic centre of Kraków. For more information, please contact:
ul. św. Anny 12
31-008 Kraków, Poland
Phone: (+48) 12 422 80 42