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The Center for International Studies and Development

The Center for International Studies and Development

The Center for International Studies and Development is an ideal space for the development of research and interests in the field of international relations, security and global development issues, thanks to the qualified international and interdisciplinary academic staff, excellent experts and, above all, thanks to the rich student community. CISAD conducts interesting, innovative research, combines international, development and security issues and on this basis we build study programmes for people from around the world, creating the opportunity for an intellectual dialogue.

The Center for International Studies and Development was established in 2019 at the Faculty of International and Political Studies in response to the need to internationalize the Jagiellonian University and create space for the integration of Polish and international students.

The starting point for creating the Center was the creation of the International Security and Development program, which has been a permanent initiative since 2018.  Previous editions of our programme attracted over 250 applications from more than 40 countries and all continents. At the present time, nearly 60 students participate in ISAD Programme at the Jagiellonian University.

Apart from the ISAD, that has been an on-going initiative, we have created an International Relations and Public Diplomacy programme together with the University of Siena with a generous support of the Polish Nationl Agency for Academic Exchange. We have also started an M.A. in Political Ideas in a Digital Age programme. This project is established thanks to multilateral cooperation of four universities – Jagiellonian University in Krakow and its  MA in International Security and Development programme, CY Cergy Paris University, The Political Institute of the Catholic University in Lisbon and The Francisco Marroquín University in Guatemala.

Our main goal is to create a platform for the exchange of experience and for understanding the problems of the contemporary world. The ability to analyze international environment allows our graduates to be unquestioned experts in the field of security, development, diplomacy and international relations.

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Faculty of International and Political Studies

The Faculty of International and Political Studies offers a wide catalog of programs that allow graduates to become valued and comprehensively educated experts. The curricula of the courses are constantly updated according to market demands and needs.

Students of the Faculty not only gain education which is versatile and useful in their professional lives, but also one that develops their interests and passions, in accordance with the centuries-old traditions of our University. Every year, new opportunities for international research and exchanges appear that enable the development of interests and knowledge of students and academic staff.

Proof of the Faculty’s leading position is not only the large popularity of its educational programmes, but also the results of rankings and classifications, where our programmes and units have for years been rated as one of the best, and also the results of monitoring the achievements of our graduates show the impresive development of their careers.

The Jagiellonian University, founded in 1364, is the oldest university in Poland and the second oldest institution of higher education in Central and Eastern Europe. It was here that the Cracow School of the Law of Nations was developed in the 15th century (an early form of contemporary international law). Then, at the beginning of the 19th century, the Department of Political Skills was established at our university.

After Poland regained independence, the School of Political Science (SPS) was established within the Faculty of Law in 1920. It was based on the Free School of Political Science (École Libre des Sciences Politiques) in Paris. The activity of the SPS was halted by the onset of WW II, and underground education was organized in its place. Although the school resumed its operation in 1946, it was closed by communist authorities in the late 1940s. In 1969, the Institute of Political Science (IPS) was established at the Faculty of Law.

In the year 2000, the Faculty of International and Political Studies was founded. One of the main purposes for establishing the new Faculty was to combine academic and teaching efforts undertaken by various groups of academic researchers at the university in the field of political and international developments – as seen from legal, historical, philosophical, sociological, and cultural perspectives.

The Faculty is divided into the following units: Institute of American Studies and Polish Diaspora, Institute of the Middle and Far East, Institute of European Studies, Institute of Political Science and International Relations, Institute of Russian and East European Studies, Institute of Intercultural Studies, Division of Ukrainian Studies, Centre for Holocaust Studies, Centre for Chinese Language and Culture ("Confucius Institute in Krakow"), Centre for Lithuanian Studies, Centre for Quantitative Research in Political Science, Jagiellonian Centre for Migration Studies, Jagiellonian Centre for African Studies, King Sejong Institute and Centre for International Studies and Development.

Jagiellonian University

The Jagiellonian University is the oldest higher education institution in Poland and one of the oldest in Europe. It was founded on 12 May 1364 by the Polish king Casimir the Great. The Jubilee year 2014 marked the 650th anniversary of this remarkable event.

Since its very beginning, the Jagiellonian University has been an international institution. Poles, Ruthenians, Lithuanians, Hungarians, Germans, Czechs, the Swiss, the English, the Dutch, the French the Spanish, Italians, and even Tatars studied here in the old days.

Further development of the University has been inextricably bound with the turbulent and often tragic history of Poland. The institution managed to survive both the partitions of Poland by Russia, Prussia and Austria, and the two world wars, serving as a guardian of Polish culture and identity and educating successive generations of Poles, as well as members of other nations, significantly contributing to the intellectual heritage of Europe.

Some of the Jagiellonian University students and academics have been major historical figures, including world famous scholars, such as Nicolaus Copernicus or Karol Olszewski, as well as Karol Wojtyła, the future Pope John Paul II.

Today, the Jagiellonian University comprises 16 Faculties, where nearly 4 thousand academic staff conduct research and provide education to over 40 thousand students, within the framework of more than 80 different fields of study. The eminent researchers and state-of-the-art infrastructure make the JU one of the leading Polish scientific institutions, collaborating with major academic centres from all over the world. The Jagiellonian University is also home to about 150 student societies, where young researchers pursue their academic interests and develop friendships with people who share their passion.