Art and Design
The educational offer of the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow consists of degree - (Bachelor, Master and Doctoral) and non degree (Postgraduate Studies, student and postgraduate artistic internships as well as Open Studies) courses in the areas of art, design and conservation (a detailed description of the admission requirements has been published in our Admission's Guide). Founded in 1818, our institution is the oldest artistic university in Poland and plays a major role in Polish and international artistic life. It develops its structure and curricula continually offering new learning opportunities to overseas students.
Our educational philosophy is based on our long experience and it adapts to the needs of the student in the modern world. The methods of teaching are student-oriented and include artistic/design tasks which require developing comprehensive skills of the student in terms of intellectual, emotional and practical abilities. Artistic experience is transferred through long-term practice in Master studios which ensures good rapport between Professors and their disciples, at the same time allowing students to enrich their artistic awareness and acquire the necessary skills for their independent and responsible artistic/design activity.
This educational approach ensures high quality learning outcomes and allows the student to arrange his/her individual programme of study. In fact, the flexibility of curricula has become a significant feature of our philosophy of education which enables the student to focus on his/her individual artistic development and to obtain general competences as a prospective artist/designer.
Apart from high quality teaching standards, reasonable prices and diplomas recognized across the EU as well as all over the world (we use the European Credit Transfer System) contribute to a still growing number of international students who are interested in studying at our Academy. All our teaching staff serve the needs of the students who are considered to be the most important element of the process of education.
Studying business in Krakow - an important scientific and intraregional economic centre - will open new doors in your academic and professional life. The scientific and intellectual potential of Krakow is based on numerous universities (22), students (190 thousands), twenty thousands academic lecturers (1.800 professors) and the diversity of studies. Every year the universities of Krakow maintain high positions in rankings of Polish higher education institutions.
You will find a lot of possibilities to enrich your knowledge with information and data concerning the reality of business activity in Krakow. This former capital of Poland is the second largest polish city and is perceived as an appropriate place to conduct economic activity and new investments. A lot of scientific and research centres offer services for business and industrial sector and a qualified man-power attracts more and more foreign investors and famous global companies deciding to settle their new centres in Krakow or a neighbouring region (just to mention some recent examples: Shell, IBM, Google, Capgemini). The special economic zone operating in the city is an additional incentive for foreign investors. Krakow serves as the corporate seat of international banks, associations supporting business activities and chambers of commerce (among others the British-Polish Chamber of Commerce, the American Chamber of Commerce, the Krakow Merchant Congregation.) Its position is confirmed by its high credit credibility ratings. All this provide students with interesting opportunities for placement and internships. Moreover business and economic studies in Krakow create a great opportunity to get acquainted with historical processes of economic transformation that have taken place in that part of Europe. Individual research and study can follow the steps which led from a central planning to a free-market economy.
Don’t miss this chance! Join thousands of students studying business and economics in Krakow!
International Relations, Humanities and Social Sciences
Krakow’s Universities offer several Master Programmes in International Relations, Humanities and Social Sciences, both alone and working with other European universities. These programmes are taught by leading regional specialists with an excellent student/teacher ratio and a commitment to support individual research interests. For instance, international students can choose tracks related to the European Union development and its integration with Central and Eastern European countries. The programmes have been designed to provide an advanced understanding of the EU to those wishing to deepen their knowledge and to prepare for a career in European affairs. The Interdisciplinary Programme in Humanities and Social Sciences has been focused on the most significant issues in the humanities of the 20th century (philosophy, anthropology, history, literary theories, history of art, psychology). Some of the courses are of more general character ( e.g. philosophy) and some are related to Poland (e.g. history). The main emphasis is put on modern and interdisciplinary character of 20th century cultural phenomena. This approach allows students to see the most basic and disputable aspects of the human studies from a global perspective. Other programmes incorporate advanced research training in the methodologies and approaches of economics, business, politics, international relations, sociology, history and cultural studies.
Life Sciences and Biotechnology
Although agriculture has played a crucial role in human civilisation development for 10 000 years, it was first recognised as a science in the second half of the 19th century. Since that time agricultural sciences have greatly expanded to cover crop and livestock production systems, horticulture, forestry. Nowadays they comprise a wide variety of fields, such as environmental engineering, agricultural engineering, food technology or biotechnology.
The world is changing, the world population is growing, so innovative methods of farming and crop protection are necessary and should at the same time be safe for the environment.
Agriculture of the 21st century requires highly qualified specialists fully aware of the concept of sustainability, able to run and manage farms producing safe food for the ever growing human population under various environmental conditions. Dynamic development of biotechnology has allowed for the production of GMO plants, which still raise controversy so continuous research in this field is still necessary. Specialists in agribusiness and sociology but also experts at rural infrastructure, land surveying or area planning play an important role in rural areas, transformations including their multifunctional development and landownership changes.
Food processing, preservation and conservation technologies, creating healthy or special foods, are rapidly expanding and increasingly important disciplines with vast future potential. In view of the ever increasing human mobility, food safety and quality are of key importance, so experts who will develop new methods of their assessment and assurance will always be required. Monitoring, protection and proper utilisation of forests, which play a key role in the environment are also fields of utmost importance for the environment, especially in view of climatic changes.
Agricultural sciences are present in every sphere of human life since they are connected with basic human needs: nutrition and safe environment. They are an important link in the chain of sustainability. There is a lot to be done in all fields, so it is worth studying these problems.
The School of Medicine in English is a structural unit of the Faculty of Medicine at the Jagiellonian University Medical College. First students were admitted in October 1994. In the academic year 2008/2009 there are nearly 500 students from five continents and over twenty countries. Majority of students come from Norway, USA and Canada.
The School offers two programs of medicine that are taught exclusively in English: 4-year program for graduates of pre-medical college/university programs in the USA/Canada and 6-year program for graduates of secondary schools. Graduates of these programs receive a diploma of the Jagiellonian University, Faculty of Medicine conferring Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree.
MD program for college/university students complies with the North American standards. First two years comprise mainly of pre-clinical courses. On their completion students may take Step 1 of the United States Medical License Examination (USMLE). Clinical courses are taught on the third and fourth year. Some courses may be taken at student home country as a part of clinical rotations. After third year students may take Step 2 of the USMLE or Medical Council of Canada Evaluating Examination (MCCEE) to apply for residency programs in the United States or Canada.
MD program for High School graduates stands in compliance with European teaching standards. A candidate for this program should be a graduate from secondary school and excel in Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Mathematics. The first part of the curriculum covers basic science and pre-clinical courses. The second part of curriculum covers clinical courses in many medical specialties.
Jagiellonian University Medical College programs in English are in compliance with: Polish, European Union, US Department of Education (Stafford Loan Program), Medical Board of California teaching standards.
Our graduates of both programs do their residencies and postgraduate trainings in university teaching hospitals in many countries: USA, Canada, Australia, England, Ireland, Norway, Sweden, Poland. Also our graduates’ specializations are of different disciplines: Internal Medicine, Family Medicine, Surgery, Ophthalmology, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Neurology, Pediatrics, Cardiology, Anesthesiology, Orthopedics, Immunology, Pathology.
Studying at the Medical School in English is much more than being among historical buildings, meeting prominent lecturers and attending classes. The unique experience combines living in a beautiful and historical educational city with being part of lovely university tradition, meeting people from all over the world and making friends. The School does its best to make the students feel at home as members of a large family who meet to celebrate holidays such as Thanksgiving Day, Independence Day of Norway and University Day. Those who like the spirit of sports can compete to win the University Vice-Rector Cup or Dean’s Cup in skiing, swimming and bicycle racing competitions.
Science, IT, Engineering
Why it is worth studying at technical universities? The answer is easy! Because it opens doors to the best companies in Poland and other countries and it is therefore the first step to a sparkling career.
It is needless to explain that the choice of the branch of studies and the university itself is an important decision that affects the future professional life. Thus, the emphasis should be placed on the fact that the teaching profiles of technical universities are adjusted to contemporary trends and meet the needs of the labour market. The careers of graduates, often employed at various - including the highest - positions in industrial plants are an easy to follow, practical proof of the real quality and usability of knowledge they gained at these universities.
The Engineering Job Fair-Looking for employment in Engineering? The Job Fair is a free one-day event that gives you the opportunity to meet lots of Polish as well as international employers representing different branches adequate to the teaching profiles of technical universities offering jobs, professional experience in companies, educational stays and products for students. These vacancies can provide valuable opportunities to gain experience and develop employment skills that can help you stand out from other applicants in the graduate job market in the future.
- The Work Fair at AGH University of Science and Technology- the annual trade fair held in November, the average number of exhibitors ~50-60
- The Work Fair at Krakow University of Technology -the annual trade fair held in October, the average number of exhibitors ~30
- The Work Fair of Engineering (ITP) - organised by AGH University of Science and Technology and Cracow University of Technology with the support of BEST AGH Students' Association - (Board of European Students of Technology) the annual fair usually held in the Spring, the average number of exhibitors ~ 60
- The Work Fair in Krakow - organised by the Student Service.eu
Meet employers: the mutual cooperation between universities and Polish or foreign employers results in a large number of Recruitment meetings which are sometimes held a few times per month at particular universities.
The Offers for students and graduates -The Universities cooperation with Polish and foreign employers results in a large number of job offers. The daily score goes from 40 to 60.
The beginnings of organised education of teachers go back to the second half of the 19th century. It was at that time that the first teacher training schools were created in Krakow, separately for men and women. In the1930s, an interwar years period, Henryk Rowid's Pedagogium took on the responsibility of educating teachers.
In 1946 Pedagogical High School in Krakow was established and after undergoing many transformations it now stands as the Pedagogical University of Cracow. Approximately 20.000 full-time and extramural students follow a three-level study system at six faculties. The University also offers a postgraduate programme. For many years the University has been the best school in the field of education in Poland successfully fulfilling its educational objectives.
There has always been a lot of emphasis put on modern and future-oriented education of teachers. Nowadays students are being prepared to teach more than one subject at school after graduation and also they are given proper educational tools to organize school life. The University effectively adjusts to the new challenges of integrated Europe, especially by creating an open and informative society preparing highly qualified teachers with a multi-specialised profile. Students can complete part of their studies in other Polish universities and abroad.
From out of twenty universities in Krakow, Pedagogical University is ranked as the fifth in terms of its number of students. Every tenth student in Krakow is a student of Pedagogical University.
The University conducts scientific research from the field of pedagogy and other disciplines. Students can use well-equipped laboratories and lecture rooms. High standard facilities fully satisfy students' practical needs, the rest they can get from a rich heritage of cultural Krakow.
Studying in Krakow gives you an excellent opportunity to get to know the city which, undoubtedly, is a visiting-card of Poland. Krakow, with its thousand years of history confirmed with monuments of architecture, culture and art, has one hundred thousand students at universities and academic schools which provide the possibility of making connections in almost every field and in many languages. This combination of history and youth makes the medieval city a city that never sleeps. It makes everyone feel at home here. Krakow is also a mixture of many cultures (German, Italian, Austrian, Jewish) which have been influencing the city for centuries. This is also the centre of Jewish culture, the seat of numerous churches and Christian monasteries, the city of Pope John Paul II, the city of world-famous poets and writers. Around Krakow one can find tourist attractions from the world’s heritage list, above all a unique medieval salt mine in Wieliczka and a dramatic sign of the newest history-a Nazi concentration camp in Auschwitz.
The discussion on tourism in Krakow has an eighty-year-old history and the studies at the Faculty of Tourism and Recreation at the University School of Physical Education have been conducted for thirty five years. Owing to that the university has gathered a group of specialists majored not only in the field of tourism, cultural variety, law and economy but also animation and tourists’ needs. The university offers specialisations in tourism organisation, hotel trade, active tourism and psychosomatic rejuvenation. Studies combine university lectures and practical sessions often held outside the university building. The mountainous region in which Krakow is located gives everyone an opportunity to practice skiing, hiking and spending leisure time in an active way e.g. climbing in Jurassic valleys.
Studying architecture in Krakow means something more than just a systematic acquisition of knowledge. In the first place, it is a continuous process of asking: “what is Architecture” and unceasing attempts to answer this question. If Architecture is the “art of shaping space”, as one of the definitions says, Krakow favours such understanding of the Art of Architecture. This is because studying in Krakow means everyday contact with different kinds of space. The academic space is built by the unique atmosphere of the Faculty of Architecture created by an international community of students and professors. The space of the place is created by the special location of the Faculty in the centre of the old Krakow – one of the most renowned European towns with a multicultural tradition and a rich history, which is reflected by its architectural heritage and an abundance of the events of today. As the cultural capital of Poland included in the UNESCO list of World Cultural Heritage, Krakow is a suitable place for reflections on the role of material heritage and contemporary possibilities of its development and transformations. The central location of Krakow in Central Europe facilitates the confrontation of local events with the European cultural context. It is because studying in Krakow means studying in the heart of the multicultural Central European space. The geographic location of the town guarantees the possibility of intensive exchange of architectural and other ideas and impressions available in Prague, Berlin, Vienna, Bratislava, Budapest, Lvov or Vilnius. If we agree with the belief that Architecture is something unusual and being an architect means not only practicing an occupation, but also the way of life and if we agree that the aim of the architect’s work is to create a new cultural heritage and protect the old one, then we must also admit that studying architecture in Krakow seems the best way to adopt such an attitude and achieve this aim. We invite you to study in Krakow – a place where tradition meets modernity.