Faculty of International and Political Studies at Jagiellonian University

Introduction

The Jagiellonian University, founded in 1364, is the oldest university in Poland and the second oldest institution of higher education in Central and Eastern Europe. It was here that the Cracow School of the Law of Nations was developed in the 15th century (an early form of contemporary international law). Then, at the beginning of the 19th century, the Department of Political Skills was established at our university.

After Poland regained independence, the School of Political Science (SPS) was established within the Faculty of Law in 1920. It was based on the Free School of Political Science (École Libre des Sciences Politiques) in Paris. The activity of the SPS was halted by the onset of WW II, and underground education was organized in its place. Although the school resumed its operation in 1946, it was closed by communist authorities in the late 1940s. In 1969, the Institute of Political Science (IPS) was established at the Faculty of Law.

In the year 2000, the Faculty of International and Political Studies was founded. It was divided into four units: (1) the Institute of Political Science (mentioned above); (2) the Institute of Ethnic Studies and Polish Diaspora (established in 1972); (3) the Institute of Regional Studies; and (4) the School of Polish Language and Culture (operating as part of the faculty until 2005).

One of the main purposes for establishing the new Faculty was to combine academic and didactic efforts undertaken by various groups of academic researchers at the university in the field of political and international developments – as seen from legal, historical, philosophical, sociological, and cultural perspectives.

With time, new units were established within the faculty, often as a result of the reorganization of previously existing units. In 2004, the Institute of American Studies and Polish Diaspora (which also included the Interfacultative Department of American Studies, founded in 1991) and the Institute of European Studies (which emerged from the Interfacultative Department of European Studies, established in 1993) were founded. In 2005, the Institute of Russian and East European Studies was founded.

In 2005, the Division of Ukrainian Studies (established in 2000) became an independent unit of the Faculty. Pursuant to a decree issued by the President of the Jagiellonian University in 2006, the Centre for Chinese Language and Culture, otherwise known as "The Confucius Institute in Krakow," become part of the faculty.

In 2008, the Centre for Holocaust Studies was founded out of the Holocaust Studies Unit established in 1996. In 2010, the Division of the Middle and Far East (established in 2000) became the Institute of the Middle and Far East. In the same year, the Centre for Lithuanian Studies was established.

In 2012 the Centre for Quantitative Research in Political Science was established on the initiative of the Faculty of International and Political Studies and the Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science. Also in 2012, the Jagiellonian University Polish Research Centre was established in London with the help of researchers from the Faculty.

In 2013 the Institute for Regional Studies was reformed as the Institute of Intercultural Studies. The Jagiellonian Centre for Migration Studies was also opened that year. In 2014, the Jagiellonian Centre for African Studies was established.

Faculty Units

Basic units:

  • Institute of American Studies and Polish Diaspora,
  • Institute of the Middle and Far East,
  • Institute of European Studies,
  • Institute of Political Science and International Relations,
  • Institute of Russian and East European Studies,
  • Institute of Intercultural Studies ,
  • Division of Ukrainian Studies,
  • Centre for Holocaust Studies,
  • Centre for Chinese Language and Culture ("Confucius Institute in Krakow") ,
  • Centre for Lithuanian Studies.

Interfacultative units

  • Centre for Quantitative Research in Political Science,
  • Jagiellonian Centre for Migration Studies

Other units

  • Jagiellonian University Polish Research Centre in London,
  • Guest House

Jagiellonian University

The Jagiellonian University educates on the three levels: Ordinary, Masters, and Doctoral, following the principles of the Bologna Process. There are well over a hundred degrees and specialties available in Polish, as well as over a dozen in English. The European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) has been implemented in all courses and specialties, enabling trouble-free linking of studies at UJ with studies in other European countries. Together with the development of co-operation with a number of universities worldwide, this has enabled a great increase in student mobility.

This school offers programs in:
  • English
  • Polish

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Bachelor in International Relations and Area Studies

Campus Full time 3 years October 2017 Poland Kraków

The Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and Area Studies (IRAS) is an undergraduate interdisciplinary programme that offers a rigorous international and comparative perspective on the contemporary global system and different regions of the world. [+]

The Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and Area Studies (IRAS) is an undergraduate interdisciplinary programme that offers a rigorous international and comparative perspective on the contemporary global system and different regions of the world. Its aim is to foster creative thinking about complex global problems and to equip students with the analytical tools, language expertise, and cross-cultural understanding to guide them in that process. Our degree provides a solid grounding in international issues together with an opportunity to specialise in a particular region or specific subject. You will learn how the international system has evolved, and engage with scholars in debates about dilemmas dominating contemporary international politics. Our research and teaching spans the full spectrum of topics in International Relations and Area Studies, including international politics and economics, development, global governance, ethics of international affairs, conflict resolution and peace building, regional integration, cultural diversity and intercultural dialogue. Additionally, the programme offers an in-depth analysis of politics, economics, security, cultures, and societies in various regions of the world. The second and third years of the programme allow you to focus on one of the three specializations: International Security, Area Studies or Politics and Culture. Choosing a specialization will give you a concentrated and in-depth study of the areas that interest you most. Specializations In order to ensure that you are able to master the complex challenges of the post-9/11 world, this specialization module views security from a broad theoretical and historical perspective, placing traditional security concerns in the context of such fields as development, economics and human rights. We will introduce you to the main concepts and approaches to the study of international relations and security and encourage you to analyse, interpret and evaluate world political events and issues. You will focus on a diverse range of topics, including strategy, global politics, foreign policy analysis, political economy, intelligence, homeland security, military analysis, regional security and conflict resolution. International security In order to ensure that you are able to master the complex challenges of the post-9/11 world, this specialization module views security from a broad theoretical and historical perspective, placing traditional security concerns in the context of such fields as development, economics and human rights. We will introduce you to the main concepts and approaches to the study of international relations and security and encourage you to analyse, interpret and evaluate world political events and issues. You will focus on a diverse range of topics, including strategy, global politics, foreign policy analysis, political economy, intelligence, homeland security, military analysis, regional security and conflict resolution. Area Studies This specialization will give you a solid grounding in understanding politics, economic cooperation, interstate relations, cultures and societies of various regions of the world. You will focus on two chosen regions: Europe, Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States, the Americas, the Middle East and North Africa, or East and South Asia. This specialization is ideal for those who wish to explore and understand other cultures and their traditions. It is interdisciplinary and interactive, linking language study with other academic disciplines such as politics, history, economics, sociology, anthropology, literature and philosophy Culture and International Relations In order to deepen your understanding of the modern, rapidly changing world and the processes that characterize it, you need to focus on culture, identity, cultural conditions and competences. This specialization focuses on the nature of the political world as seen from the perspective of cultural identities and social mentalities. It explores topics such as: global migration, human rights and democracy building, cultural diversity and the role of culture in international relations. As a graduate of International Relations with the Politics and Culture specialization you will acquire critical and analytical skills in political science and international relations, intellectual versatility, multicultural competence and an ability to understand the complexity of contemporary international relations, which will shape the future global order Why IRAS? Why the Jagiellonian University? Why Krakow? IRAS is a unique degree programme that combines the knowledge of different disciplines within social science and humanities (international relations, economics, political science, cultural and area studies, history, ethics, law and anthropology) to give students an understanding of the complexity of today’s changing world. As part of IRAS you will study in a small, yet growing international community, which facilitates familiarity and productive interaction between lecturers and students. The cosmopolitan nature of the programme attracts students and scholars from virtually around the world, which allows them to experience diversity and to build lifelong connections and friendship. The aim of our programme is to combine intellectual rigour with an applied focus, providing students with significant analytical and practical skills, valuable for their future development and careers in governmental and non-governmental organizations, industry and the corporate sector, diplomacy, or other international organisations and local institutions. We are committed to excellence in teaching and research that guarantees the quality of our degree. Our students can participate in the Erasmus+ exchange programme and apply for the Dean’s Scholarship for outstanding students. Krakow’s central location in Europe gives IRAS students a unique chance to explore different regions and experience diverse cultures through study trips we provide. Who is it for? The programme is designed for Polish and international students, wishing to develop their skills and career track within multiple fields of political analysis, strategy, security, economics or culture. We aim to provide knowledge and hand-on experience useful in future employment in either governmental or non-governmental organizations, international institutions, development agencies, the media and other international business and industry. Some students might wish to acquire further qualifications or to pursue post-graduate university studies in related academic disciplines. The degree is aimed at students with a general interest in foreign policy and international relations, providing them with sound grasp of international affairs. Finally, the programme is also suitable for students wishing to pursue the ‘Study Abroad' option, for the duration of one year or semester. ENTRY REQUIREMENTS - A good Polish maturity certificate (Matura) or another certificate equivalent to a Polish maturity certificate (eg. a high school diploma, a GCE A Levels, International Baccalaureate, European Baccalaureate etc.). We require a higher level school certificate of good quality that qualifies the candidate to study at university level - No entrance examination. We take into consideration the candidate’s secondary/high school final grades - Documented command of the English language at the level of at least B2 (preferably higher). We accept a number of recognized language certificates Admission deadline: ongoing until September [-]

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Contact
Location address
Dean's Office:
Collegium Novum
ul. Gołębia 24, 30-007 Kraków
Room 43 and 44 (2nd floor)

Kraków, Lesser Poland, PL