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
As part of the Middle East Studies, an original, interdisciplinary curriculum is implemented, constantly updated and enriched with new issues. Thanks to a wide range of subjects, students acquire theoretical and practical knowledge about cultures, international relations, and political, economic and social systems in the Middle East and North Africa. Students learn in particular about Muslim civilisation, Islam, Judaism, and contemporary societies of Arab countries, Israel, Turkey and Iran; they gain knowledge about Muslim philosophy, art, literature and cinematography of the Middle East, and the development and political problems of the Middle East region. Professional practices and Arabic language learning complement specific knowledge.
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.
Middle East 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, the Taiwan Research Centre, and the King Sejong Institute.
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 student associations at the Faculty of International and Political Studies, f. e. 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, Minister of Education and Science of Poland exchange programme in such places as Kuwait, Turkey, Israel and Jordan, or the domestic mobility programme called MOST.
More than just studies
- Middle East Research Group
- Student associations at the Faculty of International and Political Studies
- Student Government of the Faculty of International and Political Studies
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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
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.
Centre of Academic Support
Middle East Studies graduates will know Oriental and English languages and the region's socio-cultural, political, and economic problems, especially in Arabic studies. This programme will create employment opportunities in institutions oriented towards cooperation with the Middle East countries. Middle East Studies graduates can pursue their professional careers in several areas, especially in the current situation of increasing migration from the Middle East and North Africa. It is also noticeable to improve the presence of Polish companies on the Arab markets. It is exemplified by various trade fairs, attracting Polish contractors, deciding to use assistance and substantive support, and people familiar with the region in terms of language and cultural awareness.
Further education possibilities
- Second-cycle programmes
- Post diploma programmes
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.
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 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
Other programmes that may interest you
- Strategic Studies on Asia (Faculty of International and Political Studies) – programme in Polish
- African Studies (Faculty of International and Political Studies) – programme in Polish
- Oriental Philology—Arabic Philology (Faculty of Philology) – programme in Polish
- Oriental Philology—Iranian Philology (Faculty of Philology) – programme in Polish
- Oriental Philology—Turkish Philology (Faculty of Philology) – programme in Polish