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Jagiellonian University in Krakow

Jagiellonian University: why not Poland?

What will you find at Jagiellonian University?

First established in 1364, the Jagiellonian University is a public, research institution, and the oldest university in Poland. At that time, Krakow was still the capital, and the spiritual and intellectual home of the nation.

The city is stunning and, unlike Warsaw, was not heavily bombed during the second world war, so it has preserved its medieval buildings and cobbled alleyways, its market squares and baroque churches.

On a cold night, when the streets are empty, it is easy to imagine Copernicus rushing to his lectures at the  Collegium Maius, his coat tails swinging in the wind, and to believe that the legendary dragon  sleeping below Wawel Castle Hill is turning in its dreams, ready to wake up and save Poland!

Krakow is an extremely lively university town, with over 40,000 students attending the Jagiellonian university alone. It has an atmosphere, gaiety and social scene which attracts students from all over the globe, and its imposing architectural gems tower over hundreds of fashionable cafes, bars, restaurants and  nightclubs, crammed with groups of students living by the motto: work hard and play hard.

Can I study in English at the Jagiellonian University?

Yes, you can.

As is so often the case in Europe, there are more postgraduate than undergraduate courses taught in English. Among the undergraduate subjects you can study at the Jagiellonian University are:

  • Global and development studies
  • International Relations and area studies
  • Earth Sciences
  • European studies

and, in the long-cycle degrees, which last from five to six years and take you through from undergraduate to Master’s level:

  • Doctor of dental surgery
  • MD Program

If you are looking for a Master’s program taught in English you could choose:

  • Business and financial management
  • Comparative heritage
  • Intellectual property and new technology
  • International Relations
  • International security and development
  • Korean studies
  • TransAtlantic studies
  • Advanced materials and nanotechnology
  • Molecular biotechnology
  • Ecology and evolution

You can also take a double degree in:

  • International Master's in Economics, State and Society
  • European studies: law and politics / governance, leadership and democracy

How do I apply to the Jagiellonian University?

All applications are processed online through the OAS system, and you can send in your application from January to September, since processing continues in this period until every place is filled. Once you have a student number, you can track what is happening to your application and the university’s response.

In general, you will be asked for some or all of these documents, so it is well worth preparing them in advance, and ensuring that you have translations, copies and originals, since you will have to show the originals once you have secured a place and are ready to enrol:

  • ID document/Photograph
  • School certificate
  • References
  • Proof of insurance
  • Downloaded questionnaire

You can enrol in person or, if you live outside Poland, this can be done for you by an authorised representative, such as Elab.

Contact Elab and we will check whether or not the course you wish to apply for has an entrance exam, and provide you with up to date entry requirements.

Please note that , if you are applying to study in English, you will be asked to submit an IELTS exam, with an average mark of 6.

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Jagiellonian University will host you and you will have the opportunity to get enrolled in an English taught course!

How much are tuition fees?

For undergraduate courses, the tuition fees range from 2000 to 4000 euros a year. Get in touch with us, here at Elab, and we will let you know the tuition fees for the course you want to study, at undergraduate or postgraduate level, for the coming year.

Remember, too, that you will eligible to apply for scholarships and that the cost of living in Krakow is extremely reasonable, when compared with other European cities.

Does the Jagiellonian University have its own accommodation?

The university campus is spread across Krakow and, while there are six student dorms available, these have no single rooms and you will be expected to share with one or two other people. Although the dorm rent is cheap, most people want to have a degree of privacy, so that they can study and be independent. There is plenty of accommodation to rent throughout the city, from house shares to flats, to rooms in houses.

What can I do in my spare time in Krakow?

The Jagiellonian university runs 170 research circles, 70 scientific associations, and a huge range of societies, sports and music ensembles. In addition, you will be living in one Europe’s most attractive and exciting cities.

You can move between centuries in a matter of minutes: visiting the Pharmacy Museum, Botanical Gardens and 19th century Collegium Novum, and returning to the present by eating sushi in a restaurant in the old square, while flicking through the latest Vogue.

Krakow is a wonderful place to study and you can’t do better than apply to Poland’s oldest university, the Jagiellonian.

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