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International Security and Development

Faculty of International and Political Studies

Available programmes

first-cycle programme

not available

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 Science and Public Administration

Programme description

The international discussion on the most troubling global problems of the modern world, such as the war in Syria, difficult situation in Ukraine, the European migrant crisis as well as the threat of terrorist attacks, shows the huge demand for specialists and strategists in the field of security and development. It also indicates the need to raise public awareness of the correlation between aid transferred to developing countries and the sense of security among developed countries' societies.

In order to respond to these two trends, Jagiellonian University launches International Security and Development programme. ISAD aims at fostering creative thinking about complex problems of global security and development, as well as to equip students with analytical tools, language expertise, and cross-cultural understanding. It also helps gain professional skills needed for managing global security and development in an international environment. The two-year master's programme will be run by both international experts and lectures from the Jagiellonian University. Academic courses will be taught in English, and additionally, students will learn the second, chosen foreign language. There are two academic tracks (specializations): international security and crisis management as well as development and security. The programme includes professional traineeships and workshops with experts.

👉  International Security and Development – course catalogue

👉  International Security and Development – folder

ISAD as an innovative project was awarded the grant of the Polish National Centre for Research and Development and is co-financed by the European Union under the European Social Fund.

Information regarding Faculty

The Faculty of International and Political Studies 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.

International Security and Development programme is conducted at the Center for International Studies and Development (CISAD), which is a part of Faculty of International and Political Studies and is located near the Jagiellonian Library, in the green surroundings – Jordan Park and Błonia Park. The Center is an ideal space for the development of research and interests in the field of international relations, security and global development issues, thanks to the qualified international and interdisciplinary academic staff, excellent experts and, above all, thanks to the rich student community. CISAD conducts interesting, innovative research, combines international, development and security issues and on this basis we build study programmes for people from around the world, creating the opportunity for an intellectual dialogue.

👉  Learn more about Center for International Studies and Development, Faculty of International and Political Studies and Jagiellonian University

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Rankings, distinctions, accreditations

  • Scientific category A in the main discipline of Political Science and Public Administration 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

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. Student Association of International Affairs and Development that aims to promote international cooperation between the Polish and international communities at the Jagiellonian University in Kraków with the rest of the world.

Additionally, there are two student organizations at the Center for International Studies and Development that students can join:

  • Student Association of International Affairs and Development (SAIAD) is a self-formed, self-governed, autonomous -University Student Organization- that aims to promote international cooperation between the Polish and international communities at the Jagiellonian University in Kraków with the rest of the world.
  • The ISAD Panopticon is a student-run project, publishing a magazine featuring content created by students of the Jagiellonian University. It aims to inform the readers of knowledge relating to International Security and Development and related fields, such as political studies, philosophy, international studies, and media studies in an easily accessible way.

More than just studies

From our students

Rafaela Venturella De Negri, Brazil Rafaela Venturella De Negri, Brazil
The Jagiellonian University got my attention from the start, from Krakow cozy and beautiful sights to Poland's history of economic recovery based on social aspects, everything played a role in my choice. And I do not regret it. Apart from UJ AMAZING - and I say amazing because the University itself dates back from 14 century - qualifications, as being quoted as one of the 400 bestuniversities in the WHOLE GLOBE and having its academic researches recognize all over, the ISAD program combined exactly what I was looking for: historic, social and overview knowledge with a posterior possibility (as the second year specialization path) to deepenyourself in the topic of your choice. I was very pleased to see a combination of social, economic and international development side by side with some of our major security challenges.

Roel Van Der Linden, Netherlands Roel Van Der Linden, Netherlands
I’m not going to lie: studying abroad can be pretty thrilling (...). But, here at the Jagiellonian University, they take good care of their international students and now I feel completely at home here. Krakow is a wonderful cosmopolitan city to study and live in, and with classmates from all over the world it is a perfect and diverse academic environment.

From our lecturers

Marcin Grabowski, the director of ISAD studies
Our goal is to educate specialists understanding the importance of problems of the modern world and seeking solutions for them. We want to educate strategists being able to implement actions that ensure appropriate targeting of aid projects, and thus greater stability in international relations.

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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


Graduate of ISAD is prepared to work in various types of institutions and organizations dealing with security and development; national as well as international, governmental and non-governmental. The graduate has not only substantial knowledge, but also range of soft skills, necessary to work in an international environment and at different levels of organization and institution management. Since we care about effective communication, our graduate is fluent in English and in the second language – language of his choice – communicates at B2 level. See our alumni testimonials.

Further education possibilities

What alumni say about us

Maria Elena Arcos Rodriguez, Mexico Maria Elena Arcos Rodriguez, Mexico
Coming to Krakow to study the Master of International Security and Development at the Jagiellonian has been a very unique and enriching experience, first of all, to be a student of the most prestigious University of Poland allows you to have access to several advantages, one of those, is having a high quality of classes, where Professors with extensive expertise in their field are always willing to help and share valuable and update knowledge, second you have the possibility to interact with peers from different parts of the globe, that gives a priceless occasion to discuss different points of view our regions making the learning more critical and enlightening, third, the University provides special places for students to study which makes even more attractive the whole student environment, least but not last, I would say that Krakow is one of those friendly student cities, which give several advantages to students like discounts on transport and counts with several libraries and cafés where it is easy to get immerse.

Natalia Pelypets, Ukraine Natalia Pelypets, Ukraine
ISAD gives you a possibility to grow, to learn on your own and from each other, to recognize complex problems of today’s global security and development, and then inspires confidence that you, your opinions and actions matter. ISAD is the right programme to broaden your horizons and allows you not just to study international security and development, but also to see yourself as a person capable of solving modern global issues.

David Ferrero, Portugal David Ferrero, Portugal
In any given conversation with a colleague, a friend or a family member, you are likely to hear that we are living in a changing world, that this is a defining moment we are going through and that the stakes to deal with global challenges have never been higher. The International Security and Development program helps you understand why this is.


The study programme is conducted at the Center for International Studies and Development, a unit of the Faculty of International and Political Studies. The Center is located in the new building, close to the Jagiellonian Library, Jordan Park, and Błonia Park. For more information, please contact:

ul. Reymonta 4, room 303
30-059 Kraków, Poland
Phone: (+48) 12 663 25 90, (+48) 519 068 330