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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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Literary Criticism

Faculty of Polish Studies

Available programmes

first-cycle programme

not available

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)

main discipline: Literary Studies

Programme description

Why Literary Criticism? To be an expert, critic, and promoter of culture. To have an ability to distinguish literary criticism from cultural journalism. To find out that literary criticism is a form of active participation in social life. To initiate discussions, skillfully develop arguments, and reasonably argue not only about literature and culture but also values and rules.

We study the critics using various scientific approaches and in multiple contexts: we show its activity using various cultural texts and social life practices. We discuss media-market mechanisms, promotion of culture, hierarchies, canons, and valuation strategies of literary production. We treat the critics as fundamental activity in scientific and socio-cultural reality.

Information regarding Faculty

The Faculty of Polish Studies has category A granted by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education. In 2018 two Faculty of Polish Studies students were awarded during the 'Studencki Nobel 'contest for the greatest Polish students; talented faculty students 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 with 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 study programmes collaborate with companies from the media sector during the realisation of the traineeships programme – the Faculty signed agreements with publishers, web portals and magazines and is responsible for the 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. Literary Criticism programme is conducted at the Chair of Contemporary Criticism, which is located in Historic Centre of Kraków. 

Rankings, distinctions, accreditations

  • 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

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Student Scholarships Office

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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 associations at the Faculty of Polish Studies.

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

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All about admission

Admissions Office

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

Admission to studies

Admission at the Jagiellonian University is conducted electronically in the Online Application System (IRK): 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: and

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):

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
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Modern society needs specialists who consciously and professionally use texts as tools for the promotion of culture and knowledge and the shaping of values and attitudes. The program's objectives and planned effects of education focus on advanced knowledge in the discipline, equipping with high competencies, and shaping of social responsibility of the critic for the level of discussion about literature and culture as an essential element of the social debate.

Students take part in obligatory traineeships during which they may learn more about modern cultural-literary magazines (paper and electronic), publishing market and readership (thanks to the collaboration with publishers), and various forms of cultural animation (thanks to the cooperation with institutions and foundations working in the area of modern culture).

Graduates of Literary Criticism are specialists in the reception of Polish and international culture that have the competencies necessary to understand broad cultural phenomena in various fields (literature, movies, music, art, theatre, media, and new media). They also may use the culture-formative influence of these phenomena in education, professional and social activity, and popularisation of education or responsible creation and use of the spoken and written word. In this sense, the effects of education correspond with the best standards of professionals and a citizen. Therefore, they meet the needs of the social and economic environment.

Further education possibilities


The study programme is conducted at the Chair of Contemporary Criticism, a unit of the Faculty of Polish Studies. The Chair is located in the historic centre of Kraków. For more information, please contact:

ul. Gołębia 16, pok. 53
31-007 Kraków, Poland
Phone: (+48) 12 663 14 18