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
International Relations and Area Studies programme is an undergraduate interdisciplinary programme that offers a rigorous international and comparative perspective on the contemporary global system and different regions of the world. Its aim is to foster creative thinking about complex global problems and to equip students with the analytical tools, language expertise, and cross-cultural understanding to guide them in that process. Our degree provides a solid grounding in international issues together with an opportunity to specialise in International Security or Area Studies. Research and teaching spans the full spectrum of topics in International Relations and Area Studies, including international politics and economics, development, global governance, ethics of international affairs, conflict resolution and peace building, regional integration, cultural diversity and intercultural dialogue.
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.
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)
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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.
- 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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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, f.e. the Association of International and Area Studies of Jagiellonian University.
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 MOST programme (domestic mobility).
More than just studies
All about admission
- Admission for programmes in English
- Admission for foreigners
- Admission for programmes in Polish
- Online Application System
- International Students Office
Centre of Academic Support
Admission to studies
Admission at the Jagiellonian University is conducted electronically in the Online Application System (IRK): irk.uj.edu.pl. 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: welcome.uj.edu.pl and irk.uj.edu.pl.
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): irk.uj.edu.pl
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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The degree programme combines intellectual rigour with a practical focus that allows its graduates to acquire significant intellectual and practical skills which will be valuable for their future careers, whether it is in government, non-governmental organizations, aid and development agencies, business, cultural and regional institutions or diplomacy. Graduates will be also able to apply for MA programmes in various social science disciplines.
Further education possibilities
- Second-cycle programmes, f.e. International Relations
- Post diploma programmes
What alumni say about us
Joanne Kanarek, Canada
Little did I know that my time in IRAS and Krakow would be so life changing. I sink into a state of awe when I reflect back on the three years I spent completing my Bachelors of International Relations- I managed to accomplish so much and have had so many amazing opportunities and experiences that has fostered growth professionally and personally. I have traveled to many countries, attending conferences and giving lectures.
Zlata Kolesnyk, Ukraine
If I were to answer the question of “What is the greatest benefit in studying at the International Relations and Area Studies program”, I wouldn’t equivocate for a second. For my undergraduate degree, I was looking for a place which would expose me to people with different cultural and academic backgrounds. That is when I came across IRAS. This program combines a well-balanced mixture of comprehensive tuition, thought-provoking classroom discussions and intrinsically warm atmosphere of the studying environment.
Musab Alnour-Ibrahim, Hungary
To be a student of the same university once attended by Nicolaus Copernicus and one which to this day is producing quality students and professionals - who went on to achieve great things – is a great honor. I rest assured that with this strong background I will be able to pursue my initiatives and endeavours in the future with success. I strongly recommend it for anyone looking for the same opportunities.
University in close-up
- Nature Education Centre
- Confucius Institute
- Jagiellonian Library
- Museum of the Department of Anatomy
Centre for Communications and Marketing
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 Faculty of International and Political Studies. Faculty is located near the Jagiellonian Library, Jordan Park and Błonia Park. In case of questions regarding studies, contact:
ul. Reymonta 4, room 322
30-059 Kraków, Poland
Phone: (+48) 12 663 25 89, 663 25 87
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