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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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Creative Writing

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

Modern information and multimedia society increasingly requires specialists in artistic language who can skillfully construct expressions for both traditional and new types of literary texts. Studies in Creative Writing, as the name suggests, primarily teach the use of the Polish literary language in creating artistic and aesthetically pleasing texts for various purposes. They provide practical knowledge of literary forms, teach proper application of tools in poetics, rhetoric, and artistic text composition, help organize the work of writers, and raise awareness of the social and psychological aspects of textual functioning. In the theoretical part of Creative Writing studies, students acquire skills in analyzing style, poetics, rhetoric, and the composition of literary texts across different time periods, as well as their cultural, social, and political contexts. They learn to recognize various artistic codes in Polish and world literature and understand the social reception of artistic texts in relation to the means employed in their construction. The studies develop skills in analyzing and interpreting literary works from the perspective of their internal structure and the ways in which they organize the depicted world. They enable the translation of theoretical literary knowledge into the immanent characteristics of the creative process. Moreover, they facilitate the individual development of students with literary ambitions, assist in choosing their own creative path, and support artistic endeavors that respond to the needs of contemporary literary culture.

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.

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

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

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 to study programmes at the Jagiellonian University is conducted electronically in the Online Application System: If you have any questions related to admission, please contact the Admissions Office directly or visit the websites: and

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):

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.

See also

Careers Service

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


Modern information and multimedia society, in various fields of its activities, requires specialists in artistic language who can skillfully construct expressions for both traditional and new types of literary texts. Graduates of Creative Writing programmes respond to these needs as text experts, professional practitioners, interpreters, and creative writing instructors in various advanced courses. They possess competencies necessary for understanding and commenting on broad phenomena related to reader reception and the socio-economic functions of literature. They also utilize its cultural impact in education, professional and social endeavors, science popularization, and the cultivation of responsible use of spoken and written word. They have a good grasp not only of topics related to Polish literature but also of literatures from other countries, including other forms of cultural activities (visual arts, film, music), as well as other works of contemporary humanities. Consequently, they are highly valued employees in numerous cultural organizations and institutions such as publishing houses, magazine editorial offices, literature and culture-focused blogs. They are sought-after specialists by theaters and related institutions, film studios, radio and television stations, video game production companies, advertising and promotional agencies. They serve as editorial and stylistic editors and excel as artistic animators in public cultural institutions. In summary, graduates of creative writing programmes effectively navigate various job market segments that require creativity. The nature of optional classes and master workshops allows students to confront market requirements at an early stage and establish contacts with institutions that often become the first place of employment for graduates.

Further education possibilities


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

ul. Gołębia 16, room 43
31-007 Kraków, Poland
Phone: (+48) 12 663 14 03