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Field of study:
International Relations and Public Diplomacy

Faculty of International and Political Studies

Programme type:
graduate (second-cycle)

Study mode: full-time

Title: magister
(equivalent of master's degree)

Tuition fee: 4 000 EUR/year (8 000 EUR/programme)

Number of semesters: 4 (2 years)

Language of instruction: English

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International Relations and Public Diplomacy

Programme description

International Relations and Public Diplomacy is a new Double Degree Programme conducted jointly by the Jagiellonian University in Krakow and the University of Siena.

IR-PUB programme starts in 2021/2022 academic year and the recruitment process is being conducted currently. Find out more about program structure and recruitment on our website: We also encourage you to familiarize yourself with our online prospectus.

The International Relations and Public Diplomacy (IR-PUB) is a new international and English-language master's degree program, lasting for 4 semesters, implemented within the framework and with financial support of the Katamaran program of the National Agency for Academic Exchange (from the Knowledge-Education-Development Operational Program: POWER). In line with the double-degree concept, students will complete a study program for two semesters at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow and two semesters at the University of Siena in Italy, which has complementary competences in public and cultural diplomacy.

IR-PUB focuses on acquiring knowledge combining the issues of multi-level analysis of both international relations and state activities in the external sphere and adapting the possessed knowledge and skills, with particular emphasis on the importance of public diplomacy (political, economic, cultural), both at the level of global and regional institutions and state and non-governmental organizations.

Graduate’s profile

The programme of International Relations and Public Diplomacy allows student to gain knowledge, competences and skills in the field of broadly understood: public diplomacy, international affairs, security issues, international economic relations and public international law. These effects correspond to the didactic concepts of the proposed obligatory subjects, in particular: Public Diplomacy, World Politics since 1945, International Economics, Global Comparative Politics and International Law and Human Rights. On the other hand, the selection of optional subjects determines the concept of teaching along with the student's own vision of development and interests. This means that the student can develop their skills and competences in the areas of broadly understood diplomacy, including economic, religious, cultural and new media diplomacy.

The MA programme offers a catalogue of optional courses that have been determined by geographical selection, which makes IR-PUB a field of study that provides knowledge about international relations in a comprehensive perspective through courses dedicated to Latin America, Africa, East Asia, Central and Eastern Europe and the functioning of international organizations in the modern world. Moreover, the program offers courses in the form of workshops aimed at acquiring analytical skills as well as teamwork and leadership skills: Foreign Policy Analysis and Leadership and Project Management. In addition, the program provides the development of language skills through the opportunity to participate in modern language courses and a specialist English course in diplomacy - Academic English. The implementation of the concept of the IR-PUB program is guaranteed by the creation of a consortium of international studies in partnership with the University of Siena, which guarantees constant cooperation with scientists and academics both on a European and global scale. In practice, this means that the student is obliged to complete the obligatory courses offered at both the Jagiellonian University and the University of Siena and the appropriate number of optional courses, which together will allow for the implementation of the necessary ECTS. The study program is closely related to the research conducted at the unit on security issues, international development, and the transformation of the international system determined by the global socio-political and economic phenomenon.

Programme structure and ECTS requirements

The international double-degree program International Relations and Public Diplomacy assumes the implementation of the curriculum during the 1st and 2nd semester at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow and the 3rd and 4th semester at the University of Siena. Completion of all semesters at both universities is compulsory, and those students who complete the MA studies receive two diplomas.

In the first year of second-cycle studies, the student is obliged to complete all obligatory subjects and an appropriate number of optional subjects (minimum for 31 ECTS), which will allow to obtain a minimum of 60 ECTS points per academic year. In addition, the student is required to implement the tutorial, and should also choose one of the foreign languages offered. The student has the right to choose other courses from the offer of other fields of study (in particular, the offer of International Security and Development Studies) based on the consent of the program coordinator.

The Jagiellonian University in Kraków in Poland

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.

The University of Siena in Italy

The University of Siena (Università degli Studi di Siena - UNISI) is one of the oldest universities in the world located in Italy, in the Tuscany region. It was founded in 1240 and is currently a place of education for about 20,000 students. It is worth to stress that The University of Siena is a major academic research centre. In its eight Centuries of history, the University of Siena has been producing a wide range of studies in many different fields of culture. New international collaboration agreements and projects established each year, increasing number of Degrees and courses delivered in English, holding good placement in National and International Rankings; these are some of the University of Siena’s strong points. Taking into consideration the Centre for World University Rankings (CEWUR) for the years 2018-2019, the University in Sienna was ranked 445 among the 1,000 best universities in the world.

For whom?

The IR-PUB graduate will respond to the requirements of the labour market due to the acquired competences: formulating own opinions based on the empirical knowledge gained, analysing phenomena and processes related to the broadly understood international system, critical thinking about the analysed processes, adaptation in teamwork or taking over the role of a leader, functioning in an intercultural environment, negotiation and mediation skills. By the acquired knowledge and competences consistent with the learning outcomes, the graduate is able to undertake professional work in the area of specialist education, offering wide opportunities for further professional development.

The learning outcomes respond to the socio-economic needs of the modern world and are related to the use of knowledge in the field of contemporary political and economic relations, public diplomacy, diversity of cultures and religions in working conditions in international teams, especially in crisis conditions. It is facilitated by negotiation and mediation skills, analytical and leadership knowledge, language skills at the professional and specialist language level used in diplomacy. Learning outcomes by integrating knowledge, skills and competences in the field of international relations and public diplomacy create the basis for graduates to continue and effectively function in the contemporary globalized world.

Entry requirements

Persons eligible to apply for the programme are holders of a higher education diploma (at least undergraduate) in any field.

Additional formal requirement is documented command of English language at least on the B2 level specified by the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. At the same time, we accept a number of recognized language certificates. English native speakers or graduates from study programmes where English was the language of instruction are exempted from the requirement of the certificate. Accepted documents confirming candidate’s level of competency in English language are listed here.

Candidates are placed on the ranking list in order established on the basis of final result, expressed on a scale from 0 to 100, calculated as follows:

  • Assessment of the motivation letter written in English (preliminary thesis project will also be assessed as part of the motivation letter) - maximum of 50 points;
  • Points awarded for reference letters - maximum of 50 points.


Application fee

The application fee is 100 PLN.

Tuition fee

The tuition is 4 000 EUR/year (8 000 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.


Phone (+48) 12 663 25 90 (+48) 519 068 330


Address ul. Reymonta 4;

30-059 Kraków