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: 3 years (6 semesters)
title: Licencjat (equivalent of Bachelor's degree)
main discipline: Political Science and Public Administration
Latin American Studies is a programme for people interested in Latin America willing to study a broad spectrum of this region's social, political, and cultural phenomena and processes and learn Spanish intensively. You will learn the history of Latin America from the pre-Columbian times to the present. You will learn about the development of today's Latin-American societies and crucial political, social, and cultural phenomena. You will also have the opportunity to develop language competencies during language courses and courses delivered in foreign languages. The best students can apply for student mini-grants.
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 awarded for the quality of education by the Polish Accreditation Committee. The Faculty is the most international and interdisciplinary unit at the Jagiellonian University. It offers unique programmes conducted in English, many of which are delivered under agreements with foreign universities. The Faculty provides students with an opportunity to study in a nationally and culturally diverse environment, both in Polish and foreign languages. This creates the space for getting to know each other and supports students' development during their studies and in their professional careers. The Faculty’s complex structure reflects the diversity of scientific research conducted in this unit. Therefore, students have an opportunity to study among specialists dealing with matters from almost every corner of the globe. The Latin American Studies programme is conducted at the Institute of American Studies and Polish Diaspora. The Institute’s main objective is to conduct scientific research in American studies, Polish studies, Ethnic Studies, and Latin American studies.
The Faculty of International and Political Studies headquarters is located in a modern building near the Jagiellonian Library, Błonia, and Jordan Parks. The Faculty has moved to a new facility in 2021, providing students with comfortable conditions and surroundings for studying. The building has four large auditoriums on eight floors, several dozen lecture and seminar rooms, a student zone, and rooms for employees. There is also a Faculty library with a spacious reading room.
Rankings, distinctions, accreditations
- Category A granted to the Faculty by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education
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.
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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 research societies working at the Faculty of International and Political Studies, f. e. Latin American Studies Academic Circle.
Students interested in the international dimension of studying can participate in a wide variety of exchange programmes, such as Erasmus+, CEEPUS, Utrecht Network, exchange programmes in USA and Canada, bilateral exchange programmes, European university Una Europa, or the domestic mobility programme called MOST.
More than just studies
- International scholarships
- Latin American Studies Academic Circle
- Student associations in the Institute of American Studies and Polish Diaspora
- Student associations at the Faculty of International and Political Studies
- Student Government of the Faculty of International and Political Studies
From our students
I am glad that I have learned so much about pre-Colombian cultures (which, contrary to popular belief, do not include only Incas, Mayas, and Aztecs), Latin American religions, and social movements.
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All about admission
- Admission for programmes in English
- Admission for foreigners
- Admission for programmes in Polish
- Online Application System
- International Students Office
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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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Graduates of Latin American Studies can find employment in the media, cultural centers, business, marketing, and advertising agencies, and public institutions (social, political, and cultural), particularly those dealing with cooperation with foreign countries, diplomacy, and international institutions, organizations, and companies.
Further education possibilities
- Second-cycle programmes
- Post diploma programmes
What alumni say about us
Alumni stories: Izabela Wilkosz
What is your best memory of studying at the Jagiellonian University? Lectures by Marzena Chrobak on pre-Columbian cultures – it was thanks to them and her support that I discovered this passion in myself, which many years later produced my doctoral dissertation on the Aztecs and a series of seminars for students. The lectures were fascinating and extremely engaging, and it was then that I decided that I wanted to work as a scientist and make a career in Latin America.
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- Museum of the Department of Anatomy
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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.
Institute of American Studies and Polish Diaspora invites you to "Classes for High School” . This offer is addressed to high school students who are going to choose their dream studies, as well as to teachers who would like to support students with their choice. The offer includes lectures conducted by academic teachers, where you will learn more about the Institute. For more information, please visit the website iaisp.uj.edu.pl/lekcja-z-klasa.
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 Institute of American Studies and Polish Diaspora, a unit of the Faculty of International and Political Studies. The Institute is located in the new building, close to the Jagiellonian Library, Jordan Park, and Błonia Park. For more information, please contact:
ul. Reymonta 4
30-059 Kraków, Poland
Phone: (+48) 12 663 27 57
Other programmes that may interest you
- American Studies (Faculty of International and Political Studies) – programme in Polish
- TransAtlantic Studies (Faculty of International and Political Studies)
- International Cultural Studies (Faculty of International and Political Studies) – programme in Polish
- Interfaculty Individual Studies in the Humanities (Centre for Interdisiciplinary Individual Studies in the Humanities and Social Sciences) – programme in Polish