The international discussion on the most troubling global problems of the modern world, such as the war in Syria, difficult situation in Ukraine, the European migrant crisis as well as the threat of terrorist attacks, shows the huge demand for specialists and strategists in the field of security and development. It also indicates the need to raise public awareness of the correlation between aid transferred to developing countries and the sense of security among developed countries' societies.
In order to respond to these two trends, Jagiellonian University launches the first edition of MA programme of studies - International Security and Development. ISAD aims at fostering creative thinking about complex problems of global security and development, as well as to equip students with analytical tools, language expertise, and cross-cultural understanding. It also helps gain professional skills needed for managing global security and development in an international environment.
- Our goal is to educate specialists understanding the importance of problems of the modern world and seeking solutions for them. We want to educate strategists being able to implement actions that ensure appropriate targeting of aid projects, and thus greater stability in international relations - emphasizes Marcin Grabowski, the director of ISAD studies.
The two-year Master's programme will be run by both international experts and lectures from the Jagiellonian University. Academic courses will be taught in English, and additionally, students will learn the second, chosen foreign language. There are two academic tracks (specializations): international security and crisis management as well as development and security. The programme includes professional traineeships and workshops with experts.
The first ISAD class was launched in the academic year 2018/2019, and the recruitment process is being conducted currently. Find out more about programme structure and recruitment at our website: www.isad.uj.edu.pl. We also encourage you to familiarize with our online prospectus.
ISAD as an innovative project was awarded the grant of the Polish National Centre for Research and Development and is co-financed by the European Union under the European Social Fund.
Maria Elena Arcos Rodriguez (Mexico): Coming to Krakow to study the Master of International Security and Development at the Jagiellonian has been a very unique and enriching experience, first of all, to be a student of the most prestigious University of Poland allows you to have access to several advantages, one of those, is having a high quality of classes, where Professors with extensive expertise in their field are always willing to help and share valuable and update knowledge, second you have the possibility to interact with peers from different parts of the globe, that gives a priceless occasion to discuss different points of view our regions making the learning more critical and enlightening, third, the University provides special places for students to study which makes even more attractive the whole student environment, least but not last, I would say that Krakow is one of those friendly student cities, which give several advantages to students like discounts on transport and counts with several libraries and cafés where it is easy to get immerse. I have no doubt any student would feel happy and satisfied with the Programme.
Roel Van Der Linden (Netherlands): I’m not going to lie: studying abroad can be pretty thrilling. Especially in these times of pandemic. But, here at the Jagiellonian University, they take good care of their international students and now I feel completely at home here. Krakow is a wonderful cosmopolitan city to study and live in, and with classmates from all over the world it is a perfect and diverse academic environment. The professors that I’ve had so far are all very competent. Even in these times of online classes, they are very inspiring. They explain things during the lectures, and in the interactive seminars we are challenged to formulate our own views and discuss them. You really get the feeling that your opinion is valued, and it is very enriching to exchange views with students from different backgrounds. This has given me the broader perspective if I followed a comparable master program in my own country. The ISAD program has a lot of freedom regarding elective courses. This is very stimulating, as you can delve deeper in whatever you’re most interested in. The professors are also very flexible and open. As an example, I wanted to look deeper into security issues regarding Russia and the professor gave me extra sources and discussed the issues with me. I think this is quite unique and it motivates me a lot. I am very happy that I applied for the ISAD program, and every day I feel more at home here. I know that in case of difficulties (both academic and practical) I could turn to the ISAD office team and they will do their best to help me. So, I hope I can share some of my enthusiasm with you. Take the leap, go study abroad and join this wonderful program!
Christopher Wijono (Indonesia): Studying in the ISAD program has utterly broadened my perception on security as a concept; it goes beyond stockpiling weapons, strengthening borders and armed forces, or combatting belligerents. It is the study of concepts, to understand what it means to be peaceful, what it means to be violent, and what it means to be safe, and ultimately, of course, what it means to be secure, and how we accomplish that not only for ourselves, but for the people around us and beyond. I like to think this is quite the contemporary and revolutionary outlook, one which i am thrilled to be part of with this new generation of scholars, alongside my wonderful peers from all over the world. And to be able to do so here in Krakow, historic capital of Poland, has been wonderful; an absolutely lovely interweaving of intellectual pursuit and cultural experience.
Graduate of ISAD is prepared to work in various types of institutions and organizations dealing with security and development; national as well as international, governmental and non-governmental. The graduate has not only substantial knowledge, but also range of soft skills, necessary to work in an international environment and at different levels of organization and institution management. Since we care about effective communication, our graduate is fluent in English and in the second language – language of his choice – communicates at B2 level.
Persons eligible to apply for the program are the holders of a higher education diploma (at least undergraduate) in social sciences, humanities, and other relevant fields. The additional formal requirement is documented command of the 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 programs where English was the language of instruction are exempted from the requirement of the certificate.
Candidates are placed on the ranking list in the order established on the basis of the final result, expressed on a scale from 0 to 100, calculated as follows:
- assessment of the motivation letter was 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 – a maximum of 50 points.
The final admission result is calculated on the basis of the result of the analysis of documents submitted by the candidate. Candidates are additionally formally required to pass an interview verifying their command of the English language (or present document confirming the command of English, recognized at the Jagiellonian University).
Detailed information can be found in respective study card in Online Application System.
The application fee is 85 PLN.
The tuition fee 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: +48 519 068 330