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European Studies

Faculty of International and Political Studies

Available programmes

first-cycle programme

study mode: full-time programme

language of instruction: English

profile: general academic

duration: 3 years (6 semesters)

title: Licencjat (equivalent of Bachelor's degree)

main discipline: Political Science and Public Administration

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: Political Sience and Public Administration

Programme description

First-cycle programme (equivalent of BA programme) in European Studies gives students core knowledge of European politics, culture and society, whilst emphasizing Europe’s role in a wider global framework. Key concepts, such as culture, identity, diversity, democratic processes, Europeanisation and globalization are discussed in an interdisciplinary manner. Tackling with European affairs through a sociological, political and economic lens, students gain a cross-sectional awareness of the many challenges contemporary societies are facing. The programme equips students with tools to analyse current events and understand the complexities of political and socio-economic phenomena, moreover prepares students for further education in the field of international relations.

👉  First-cycle programme brochure

👉  Learn more about first-cycle programme

Second-cycle programme (equivalent of MA programme) in European Studies is an interdisciplinary postgraduate course taught in English. Over the course of four semesters of study, students follow courses in various fields: political, social, cultural and economic. The MA programme in European Studies offers six specialisation tracks (listed below). Also thanks to a wide network of university partners in Europe and in the world, students have a unique opportunity to pursue double/joint/multiple degree programmes.

There are the following specialisation tracks:

  • Central and Eastern European Studies
  • Central and Eastern European Studies: Research Track
  • EU Studies
  • Central and East European, Russian and Eurasian Studies – CEERES
  • Europeanisation and Governance in Central and Eastern Europe
  • Studies in the Holocaust and Totalitarian Systems

👉  Second-cycle programme brochure

👉  Learn more about second-cycle programme

Information regarding Faculty

The Faculty of International and Political Studies has the A category granted by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education and was honored for education by the Polish Accreditation Committee. This faculty is the most international and interdisciplinary unit at the Jagiellonian University. Its offer includes unique courses in English, many of which are implemented under agreements with foreign universities. The faculty allows you to study in a nationally and culturally diverse environment, both in Polish and foreign languages. It promotes mutual getting to know each other and translates into development perspectives in the field of further studies or professional work. The faculty has an extensive structure, reflecting the diversity of scientific research carried out there, which allows you to study with a group of specialists dealing with almost every corner of the world.

The principal seat of the Faculty of International and Political Studies is a modern building to which the Faculty moved in 2021. There are four large auditoriums on eight floors, several dozen lecture and seminar rooms, a student zone, and rooms for employees. The building also houses a departmental library with a spacious reading room. The faculty has created comfortable conditions for studying near the Jagiellonian Library, surrounded by green areas like Kraków's Błonia and Jordan Park. Study programme is conducted at the Centre for European Studies/Institute of European Studies, which is a part of Faculty of International and Political Studies.

👉  Learn more about Centre for European Studies

👉  Nine reasons to study at the Faculty of International and Political Studies

Rankings, distinctions, accreditations

  • Quality certificate of education of the Polish Accreditation Committee in 2013
  • 'A' Category for the Faculty granted by Committee for the Evaluation of Scientific Units (KEJN)

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

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 many research societies working at the Faculty of International and Political 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+ or CEEPUS programme or take part in MOST programme (domestic mobility).

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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.

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Careers Service

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


The programme in European Studies offers specialist formation in the field of European integration and the functioning of the EU institutions, which gives graduates an opportunity to seek employment in units of state and local administration, education, media, non-governmental organisations, as well as international institutions, especially those linked to European integration. The regional profile equips the graduate with the understanding of the quickly developing area of Central and Eastern Europe, which prepares the graduate to work in diplomacy, political, economic and cultural institutions, as well as in business.

👉  Centre for European Studies Success Stories

Further education possibilities

What alumni say about us

Artem, Ukraine Artem, Ukraine
Studying at CES has equipped me with knowledge of the institutional foundations of the EU and the main strategies and approaches of its foreign policy. Therefore, it has substantially complemented my research on Ukraine's democratic transition and its foreign policy, providing me with the opportunity to see a full picture of ‘external-internal factors' interplay in Ukraine's long-lasting political transformation.

Katarina, Croatia Katarina, Croatia
I spend the second year of my Erasmus Mundus Programme attending the European Studies track at CES. I chose this programme/track as I wanted to gain in- depth knowledge on the EU affairs. In addition, I have studied in Poland before, so I was sure that I was making the best decision as to the country of destination for my second year. In my opinion, the value of this programme is the fact that the study of the EU affairs is done from the perspective of the Central and East European Countries. In this way, I would argue, I benefited by having a different perspective to the area of European studies.

Nino, Georgia Nino, Georgia
CES has changed my life and shifted a lot my views on the outside world. It gave me a possibility for a new start in my life. A big part of CES experience is people you meet, experiences you get together outside of a classroom and great memories you have for the rest of your life!

University in close-up

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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 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.


Study programme is conducted at the Centre for European Studies/Institute of European Studies, which is a part of Faculty of International and Political Studies. Centre is located near the Jagiellonian Library, Jordan Park and Błonia Park. In case of questions regarding studies, contact:,

ul. Reymonta 4, room 541
30-059 Kraków, Poland
Phone: (+48) 12 663 27 98