International Relations and Area Studies program is an undergraduate interdisciplinary program 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 specialize in International Security or Area Studies.
Research and teaching span 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 peacebuilding, regional integration, cultural diversity and intercultural dialogue.
During the first three semesters, you will: learn the fundamentals of the key subjects for studying international relations, such as international political economy, international history, theories and methods of IR, globalization, economic and political geography, human rights, and international ethics. With this solid foundation, you will be ready to choose your preferred specialization, and you will focus on either international security or two regions of the world offered as part of our Area Studies track.
IRAS has attracted students from over forty-five countries, which has allowed our graduates to master intercultural communication and develop a global or cosmopolitan mindset through interaction in class discussion and outside of the classroom. Exposed to different views and perspectives, our students learn how to value diversity and culturally-based approaches to social, political and economic developments.
Excellence & career-focus
Our Faculty of International and Political Studies is home to many specialists, excellent researchers, and practitioners such as former diplomats, experts, and politicians. You can learn from all of them. Our degree program combines intellectual rigor with an applied focus and develops a range of intellectual and practical skills that are relevant across a wide range of career opportunities. Our graduates have found work with a wide range of employers, including non-governmental and intergovernmental organizations, banking and accounting services, local and national governments, educational establishments, and media and publishing companies. Others have opted to continue studying international relations, or other disciplines, at the M.A. and Ph.D. levels.
Academic & administrative support
We care about the quality and learning experience of each student. Our first year tutorials provide an introduction to studying at the Jagiellonian University, help to enhance learning skills, and discuss academic and other matters during individual meetings with a tutor. This process is also facilitated by regular contact with second and third-year IRAS students acting as mentors and helping their fellow students navigate the program and their new life in Krakow.
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, human rights, and globalization. It will introduce you to the main concepts and approaches in international security and encourage you to analyze, interpret, and evaluate world political events and issues. You will focus on a diverse range of topics including strategy, conflict resolution, foreign policy analysis, intelligence, human security, military technology, and regional security.
This specialization will provide a solid grounding in politics, history, economic cooperation, culture, and society of various regions of the world. You will be able to focus on two regions chosen from Europe, Russia and its neighborhood, the Americas, the Middle East, and North Africa, and Asia-Pacific/ East and South Asia. This module is ideal for those who wish to explore and understand the different regions, their cultures, traditions, and international relations in a comparative perspective. It is interdisciplinary and interactive, linking language study with other disciplines such as politics, history, economics, cultural studies, and anthropology.
The degree program combines intellectual rigor with a practical focus that allows its graduates to acquire significant intellectual and practical skills which will be valuable for their future careers, whether it is in government, non-governmental organizations, aid and development agencies, business, cultural and regional institutions or diplomacy. Graduates will be also able to apply for MA programs in various social science disciplines.
The International Relations discipline is about understanding and tackling global and regional challenges. This degree scheme draws on several subjects, such as politics, history, economics, philosophy, law, geography and area studies, to understand the various dimensions of today’s world and its ongoing transitions.
Students engage in the same set of core courses during the first three semesters of their studies in order to acquire a solid foundation for studying various aspects of International Relations. During the remaining three semesters they focus on their chosen specialization, master a foreign language or spend one semester at a partner university abroad, and write a BA dissertation on a chosen topic.
Extra-curricular opportunities & activities
University education does not happen only in the classroom. There are numerous other opportunities to learn invaluable skills, such as public speaking and creative thinking, outside class.
For example, you can join AIAS – The Association of International and Area Studies and get involved in its activities. AIAS is a self-governing student society registered with our department, established and managed by IRAS students.
AIAS focus is on four major areas:
EducationDeveloping academic interests and expanding students’ knowledge of international politics and different regions of the world.
CommunicationConferences, public debates, seminars, and the Jagiellonian University’s International Model United Nations organized annually by IRAS students, provide an opportunity to communicate with others, present and learn how to raise awareness in relation to key global and local challenges.
DiversityAIAS has created a community of students and scholars and universal minds who share ideas and experience.
InspirationThe goal of AIAS is to spark interest and encourage each member’s development through debates, movie nights, study trips, academic publications, and workshops.
The Jagiellonian University in Krakow
Join us at Jagiellonian University, the best and the most prestigious university in Poland, with a very rich tradition of academic excellence that dates back to the fourteenth century.
Live and study at the academic heart of Central Europe, the home of excellent researchers in many disciplines, including the humanities, social sciences, medicine, mathematics, and natural sciences. The University has many international partners, and our students benefit from various forms of study exchange, shared virtual classrooms, visits of guest professors, and many other aspects of international co-operation. The Faculty of International and Political Studies, which will be your home department, is widely recognized for its research on areas and countries, politics, international relations, and intercultural studies.
To be admitted to the program, candidates must be holders of a secondary school diploma or equivalent document (for example, Polish Matura, or High School Diploma) entitling its holder to undertake undergraduate studies. This document should include a full transcript of grades (a list of the final grades received in specific subjects).
It is formally required that a candidate to this program, who is not a native English speaker, successfully passes an interview verifying their level of competency in the English language. The interview is passed successfully upon earning at least 60% of the total points. Holders of documents confirming competency in the English language, at least at the B2 level, are awarded 100% of total points and are not required to take the interview. A list of certificates and documents recognized by the Jagiellonian University is available.
Failing to take part in the interview or submit the documents required can lead to denial of admission.
We accept a number of recognized language certificates Admission deadline: ongoing until September.
Maria Klimova (Russia): "The International Relations and Area Studies program opened new perspectives for me as an international student. The variety of subjects allows students to choose the path that perfectly matches their interests. Professors are always open to discussions which I find very important for International Relations students. Moreover, the multicultural society of Jagiellonian University is very beneficial and helpful. In the end, Kraków as a living and bright center is perfect for young people!"
Alejandro Leal (Mexico): "When I first decided to come to Poland and study International Relations and Area Studies, I did not know what to expect. However, I think coming here was one of the best decisions I have made so far. The program itself challenged my perspective on different issues and allowed me to learn new things, ranging from International Political Economy to Political Philosophy, from International Law to Globalization. Professors are very attentive and with a lot of experience, both as professionals and academics. Furthermore, I’m extremely thankful for having such a diverse, friendly, and open group of people in my class. Most of my classmates are from other countries outside of Poland, and it is extremely interesting to get to know their cultures and traditions. Finally, living in Krakow is an incredible experience. It’s affordable, fun, diverse, cultural, and very safe. I highly recommend this program!"
The application fee is 100 PLN.
The tuition is 4000 EUR/year (12000 EUR/program).
Tuition is paid in the amount for one semester. Candidates admitted to the first year are obliged to pay the first installment no later than within 7 days from enrolment.