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Comparative Heritage Studies

Faculty of Polish Studies

Available programmes

first-cycle programme

not available

second-cycle programme

study mode: full-time programme

language of instruction: English

profile: general academic

duration: 2 years (4 semesters)

title: Magister (equivalent of Master’s degree)

main discipline: Literary Studies

Admissions to this programme is not held for the 2024/25 academic year

Programme description

Comparative Heritage Studies (COHES) programme offers a wide range of knowledge on cultural heritage in literature, art, theatre, architecture, urban space, and sites of memory, particularly those found in Krakow and inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage list. The COHES programme focuses on the multi-ethnic, multinational, multilingual nature of heritage, approaching it from three angles: Digital Heritage, Visual Heritage, and Comparative and Translated Heritage.

Information regarding Faculty

The Faculty of Polish Studies has the category A granted by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education. In 2018 two students of the Faculty of Polish Studies were awarded during 'Studencki Nobel 'contest for the greatest Polish students, talented students of the Faculty are winning the prestigious Diamond Grant programme. Study programmes at the Faculty of Polish Studies give a great chance for individual development under the supervision of the masters of modern Polish studies. The Faculty of Polish Studies has been collaborating wit institutions concerned with culture and art, especially from Kraków and Małopolska province, for many years. Students engage in various activities of the Kraków Festival Office, theatres of Kraków, cultural centres and museums. The JU students’ Linguistics Research Society organizes the Month of First Language – a regular project that includes the Kraków Dictation, advertisement contest, "commentary and pitch” and linguistics workshops in schools. Particular fields of studies collaborate with companies from the media sector during realization of traineeships programme – the Faculty signed agreements with publishers, web portals and magazines, and is responsible for edition of 12 prestigious publications and 7 academic journals.

The Faculty of Polish Studies consists of 17 Chairs, as well as the Center for Polish Language and Culture in the World, and the School of Polish Language and Culture. The study programme is offered by the Centre for Advanced Studies in the Humanities, which is a part of the Faculty of Polish Studies and located in the Historic Centre of Kraków

Rankings, distinctions, accreditations

  • Scientific category A in the main discipline of Literary Studies awarded to the Jagiellonian University in Kraków by the decision of the Minister of Education and Science

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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

Studies are not all about education and participation in classes, they are also a great opportunity to develop your hobbies and interests. There are many research societies and student organizations working at the Jagiellonian University, including faculty-, and university-wide ones, which allow students to spend their free time actively, gain knowledge, develop their talents, participate in interesting, unconventional projects, go on research and team-building trips, participate in conferences and meet fellow students outside of the lecture halls. There are few research societies working at the Faculty of Polish Studies.

Students curious about the world, who love to travel may take part in student exchange programmes and visit one of many foreign universities under the Erasmus+ Programme or take part in Mostum programme (domestic mobility).

More than just studies

From our students

Galina (Russia)
The programme offered by the Centre for Advanced Studies in the Humanities (CASH) of the Jagiellonian University gives a unique opportunity for foreigners and locals to gain in depth knowledge of Polish culture and practice to research it. The immersive and comparative contact with heritage can turn out to be a far more reaching method of expanding Polish culture worldwide than it might appear at first.

Sheng (China)
Kraków is one of the best cities I have visited in Europe. Of course, I am living here too, and this city is full of arts and nightlife, you will enjoy it here. Studying at Jagiellonian University is a nice thing, the faculty at our centre is very helpful. As an Asian student, I feel it is not easy to learn European culture, be ready for this and you will have a lot of things to do. By the way, winter is a cold season, live in Poland with learning some Polish, you will live better.

Mehek (Pakistan)
I feel honored that I chose to study in a university which dates its legacy back to 1364. COHES program gave me a chance to meet people from all over the globe, which would have been a rare opportunity otherwise. My masters’ degree has made me an individual who can look at issues critically. It has given me an edge over others to think broadly about various subjects, especially to look at heritage through a comparative lens. My degree has taught me to explore the topic at hand and look at it critically through different perspectives and hence, has helped me to grow as an individual intellectually. Therefore, this two year journey has been an enriching experience which includes fun, learning and memorable moments which I will treasure for the rest of my life.

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Careers Service

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


The knowledge gained by Comparative Heritage Studies graduates will allow them to broaden their understanding of the dynamics shaping heritage in the contemporary world, both in symbolic and material terms. Graduates will be prepared to identify and analyse social, cultural, and political actions that affect the recognition and protection of cultural heritage, as well as its management and education. They will receive qualifications to work in international cultural centres, particularly museums, archival/research, diplomatic, or academic institutes, publishing houses, and libraries. These studies will train young scholars to use interdisciplinary tools in a critical and comparative fashion, helping them to work in multilingual and multicultural environments.

Further education possibilities


The study programme is conducted at the Centre for Advanced Studies in the Humanities, a unit of the Faculty of Polish Studies. The Centre is located in the historic centre of Kraków. For more information, please contact:

ul. Grodzka 64
31-044 Kraków, Poland
Phone: (+48) 12 663 18 20