International Relations and Area Studies programme 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 International Security or Area Studies.
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.
The degree programme combines intellectual rigour 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 programmes in various social science disciplines.
Foreigners: final admissions result is calculated based the interview conducted in English. Its aim is to assess candidate's aptitude for the programme, including their English proficiency.
Polish citizens: detailed information is available here.
MARIA KLIMOVA (Russia): The International Relations and Area Studies programme 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 for 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 centre 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 programme 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 programme!
The application fee is 100 PLN.
The tuition is 4 000 EUR/year (12 000 EUR/programme).
Tuition is paid in the amount for one semester. Candidates admitted to the first year are obliged to pay first installment no later than within 7 days from enrolment.