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.
study mode: full-time programme
language of instruction: Polish
profile: general academic
duration: 4 years (8 semesters)
title: Licencjat (equivalent of Bachelor’s degree)
Polish Studies – Language, Culture, Society are conducted jointly with foreign universities as part of inter-university agreements. The organisational unit at the Jagiellonian University is the Institute of Polish Studies Glottodidactics at the Faculty of Polish Studies.
The programme was created in 2019 in response to the needs of Chinese students learning the Polish language as a foreign language in their native universities, who then want to continue their studies in Poland. Due to the specificity of the education system, undergraduate studies for students from China last 4 years (8 semesters). At the home university, during 4 semesters, students implement the canon of subjects characteristic of undergraduate studies at Chinese universities and master the basics of the Polish language. Education at the Jagiellonian University following 4 semesters will allow students to deepen their knowledge of the Polish language and understand Polish literature, culture, and history. Students prepare bachelor theses in Polish. The program includes trips to the most important Polish cities and several additional events.
This programmes is only addressed to students from Chinese universities. After some modifications, it may also be an opportunity to master the Polish language and deepen knowledge of Polish culture, history and tradition for people from all over the world who have undertaken these studies in their countries and wish to continue in Poland. The individual study programme will be agreed upon with the partner university.
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, where the study programme is conducted, and the School of Polish Language and Culture.
Rankings, distinctions, accreditations
- Category A granted to the Faculty by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education
The study programme is implemented in two main parts. The first four semesters of study take place at the students' home university, where classes are taught on the basics of the Polish language – grammar and language skills, as well as elements of culture and knowledge about Poland. This part of the study programme also includes English classes.
The third and fourth year of study take place at the Jagiellonian University. During the classes, students focus primarily on practical learning of the Polish language: understanding the text, oral expression, editing and composition of texts, lexicon, phraseology and grammar. During the fourth year, they also participate in translation classes (Polish-Chinese and Chinese-Polish). Each semester of studies includes elective courses, such as Polish Culture and Realities, Polish Theatre and Cinema, Cross-Cultural Communication, and Polish Language Compared to Other Languages.
- Live and learn in Kraków
- Academic calendar
- Exchange programmes
- Academic Sports Association
- JU Student Government
- Safe Student
- Student Centre for Support and Adaptation
- Disability Support Service
International Students Office
Centre of Academic Support
Student Scholarships Office
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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
- Student associations at the Faculty of Polish Studies
- Student Government of the Faculty of Polish Studies
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All about admission
Admission to studies
Polish Studies – Language, Culture, Society programme is addressed only to students from Chinese universities with whom the Jagiellonian University has concluded a bilateral agreement. Those who want to continue their studies in Poland at the Jagiellonian University should have completed two years of bachelor's studies in Polish or humanities with an extended Polish language programme at a partner university. For more information, please contact the unit conducting the studies – the Institute of Polish Glottodidactics Studies. Admission for these studies is not processed in the Online Application System.
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Graduates of Polish Studies – Language, Culture, Society:
- can speak Polish at a high level of language proficiency,
- gain in-depth knowledge of the functioning of the Polish language subsystems,
- know fundamental issues in applied linguistics,
- know the basic facts of Polish history, culture and art,
- master the basics of translation studies,
- can translate Polish texts into their native language.
Graduates will be able to work in various international institutions, companies and corporations, where it is necessary to know the Polish language, Polish realities, history, culture and tradition.
Further education possibilities
- Second-cycle programmes
- Post diploma programmes
University in close-up
- Nature Education Centre
- Confucius Institute
- Jagiellonian Library
- Museum of the Department of Anatomy
Centre for Communications and Marketing
Offer for schools
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 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.
The study programme is conducted at the Center for Polish Language and Culture in the World, which is a part of the Faculty of Polish Studies, in cooperation with foreign university. The Centre is located in Historic Centre of Kraków. In case of questions regarding studies, contact:
ul. Grodzka 64
31-044 Kraków, Poland
Phone: (+48) 12 663 18 13
Other programmes that may interest you
- Polish Studies for Foreigners (Faculty of Polish Studies) – programme in Polish
- Teaching Polish as a Foreign and Second Language (Faculty of Polish Studies) – programme in Polish
- Polish Language in Social Communication (Faculty of Polish Studies) – programme in Polish
- Polish Philology—Teacher Training (Faculty of Polish Studies) – programme in Polish