The Jagiellonian University is the oldest University in Poland and one of the oldest in Europe. Since its foundation over 655 years ago, it has educated many famous alumni. The Jagiellonian University consists of 16 faculties, specialising in humanities, exact and natural sciences, as well as medical sciences. The University has four campuses, where almost 40 thousand students (including 3,000 international students) gain knowledge. The University is also home to about 300 student societies, where young researchers pursue their academic interests.
The University's prestige in both Poland and abroad is illustrated by its widely recognised research achievements. The scientists and physicians from JU Medical College carry out pioneer studies, e.g. in cardiac surgery, urology and neurology, often leading to the development of novel treatment methods. JU archaeologists explore the secrets of ancient sites in various parts of the world, including Egypt, Cyprus, Central America, South Asia and Altay. The astronomers take part in the most important international projects in their field, including H.E.S.S. and VIPERS, whereas the results of research by JU biotechnologists have been published in such reputable specialist journals as Bioorganic and Medicinal Chemistry, Molecular Ecology Resources or European Journal of Human Genetics. The most unique large-scale projects run by the Jagiellonian University include the Jagiellonian Centre for Experimental Therapeutics, Małopolska Centre of Biotechnology, Molecular Biotechnology for Health, OMICRON, and Synchrotron Radiation Centre “Solaris”.
The JU has the largest and most modern hospital in Poland, which is also one of the most innovative medical centres in Europe. The University Hospital is not only a clinical unit, but also an educational centre where students and physicians develop their knowledge and skills.
"As a student of the Jagiellonian University, the oldest academic institution in Poland, I’ve had the amazing experience to meet people from different parts of the world. Krakow offers great and exciting student life at an affordable cost along with high living standards. It’s an excellent choice if you want to study in Europe, but want to go somewhere a bit more off the beaten path in a mid-sized city that has beautiful historical architecture and lively nightlife."
Omar Gamet (Panama), a student of the programme BA in International Relations and Area Studies, taught in English.
I would like to learn more about the programme I chose: see the list of courses, research opportunities, ask more questions about studies.
For more detailed information about a programme you are interested in, best contact the student office responsible for the programme in question. You may find contact information on its website (please see the programme page for links).
They will also assist you with course registration or any other issues you need resolved during your future studies.
I am looking for more information about admissions.
To see detailed information about admission criteria, required documents, or fees, visit the Online Application System website at www.irk.uj.edu.pl. Complete application guides for all types of programmes are available at www.welcome.uj.edu.pl. The Admissions Office maintains these websites and assists in all matters regarding admissions.
I am considering participating in an exchange programme and coming to the JU.
There are numerous exchange opportunities for students already enrolled in another institution who would like to choose JU as their study abroad destination. Erasmus+ programme is very popular with our visiting students (we are, in fact, top destination for Erasmus+ students in Poland), but there may also be other options available, depending on the course and on your original institution. To learn more, please contact International Students Office.
I would like to know more about learning Polish while in Kraków.
You can take up a Polish language course here, at the Jagiellonian University, in our own School of Polish Language and Culture. There is a number of different options available: courses of various scope, length, or intensity.