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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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Asian Studies

Faculty of International and Political 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: Political Science and Public Administration

Admission to this study programme has not been held from 2022/23 academic year.
We encourage you to check an offer of Strategic Studies on Asia.

Programme description

Asian Studies are an innovative concept closely related to the need for knowledge of Oriental languages and the conditions of individual cultures. These graduates are prepared to function in an international work environment. The courses aim to familiarise students with global problems and political, socio-economic and cultural transformations in Asia, including the Middle and the Far East. During the studies, the student will learn about the specificity of Asian societies in many areas: historical, philosophical and religious, and the mechanisms of functioning of politics and economic life in Asian countries. The obligatory courses are complemented by a wide range of elective courses selected independently by each student. Many of them are seminars and technical classes. Some can be implemented during study trips to Asia as part of summer schools. Asian Studies are also an opportunity to learn a selected language: Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Hindi or Arabic.

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.

Asian Studies are conducted by the Institute of the Middle and Far East in a newly renovated building at ul. Oleandry 2a. The Institute is surrounded by green areas like Błonia Park and Jordan Park, near the Jagiellonian Library. It has modern teaching equipment with comfortable conditions. The Institute of the Middle and Far East is the leading Polish centre for studies on contemporary societies. The Institute operates the first and largest Confucius Institute in Poland, as well as the Taiwan Research Centre.

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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

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 International and Political Studies, f. e. Far East Research Group and Middle East Research Group.

Students interested in the international dimension of studying can participate in a wide variety of exchange programmes, such as Erasmus+, CEEPUS, Utrecht Network, bilateral exchange programmes, European university Una Europa, or the domestic mobility programme called MOST. The advantage of Asian Studies is the possibility of travelling as part of a wide offer of government and partnership agreements. Several-month and one-year travelling scholarships are offered in China, Japan, Korea, Indonesia, Taiwan, Jordan, Israel, Turkey and Egypt, and these opportunities are constantly expanding.

More than just studies

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See also

Careers Service

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


In recent years, there has been a demand from various economic sectors in Poland for specialists dealing with Asian cultures and markets. The opportunities for participation in the labour market are increasing due to contacts with Asian countries, for instance, the organisation of training, participation in international fairs, and working in corporations related to the Asian area. This situation increases the demand for comprehensive courses, combining a broad spectrum of knowledge with practical competencies and communication skills.

The Asian Studies program includes the specifics of the labour market, responding to the growing demand for specialists dealing with the broadly understood Asian area, both near and far eastern. The program's attractiveness is also influenced by the possibility of scholarship and research trips to individual regions, which allows the practical application of knowledge acquired during theoretical courses.

Further education possibilities


The study programme is conducted at the Institute of the Middle and Far East, 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. Oleandry 2a
30-063 Kraków, Poland
Phone: (+48) 12 663 26 04, 12 663 26 05, 12 663 26 03