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Testimonials

Morgana Bettega, Brazil (ISAD class 2021)

Studying International Relations in Brazil, I took great interest in International Security and knew that it could be an area to pursue, combining my career with the desire to help others and make a difference. While looking for masters option, UJ stood out due to the renowned position and great academic recognition. The ISAD program provided me with the possibility to have multicultural experiences, learn from amazing professors and colleagues and expand my capabilities. Living in Krakow has been a great addition to my personal and professional life.I was able to have a semester of presencial classes, and even having to readapt in face of new challenges that came along, it was possible to have an amazing outcome - and to learn first hand how to adjust and implement what we learnt in practice. I’m now finishing my studies extremely happy with my choice and looking forward to apply these 2 years of learning in my professional growth.

Patricia Ferreira, Brazil (ISAD class 2020)

Born and raised in Brazil, I've always had a big dream of creating a social impact and contributing to positive changes around the world. I completed my BA in International Relations in Rio de Janeiro, gathered a lot of professional experience working with vulnerable populations in my country, and decided to move to Europe, in order to share a different point of view on development and be able to widen my opportunities, keep following my goals, and keep helping people in different scenarios. During my MA in International Security and Development at the Jagiellonian University in Kraków, I met incredible people from all over the world, had the most interesting classes and discussions on the world's issues, from so many different perspectives, and I was able to really set the way for my professional career development. The programme offered me expertise, critical thinking, determination and a positive sense of accomplishment. Not even one year after I've completed my studies, I now hold a position as one of the Directors of Lifting Hands International in Greece, a non-governmental grassroots organisation that provides direct relief and capacity-building services to refugee camps in Northern Greece. I love my job, I work in constant direct contact with beneficiaries from the camps, and really see the impact of my work. I feel professionally fulfilled, and I owe a lot of that to the ISAD Programme and to UJ, which contributed so much for the realisation of my biggest dreams, and that prepares students to be active changers and advocates of a more sustainable and equal world. ISAD is the programme for you!

Rafaela Venturella De Negri, Brazil (ISAD class 2022)

Hello! My name is Rafaela Venturella De Negri and I’m a ISAD student currently in the second semester of the first year. I’m from Brazil and I have a Bachelor in Journalism from the Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS). After some time studying abroad in the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, I decided that seeking a master in Europe would bean interesting choice for both my academic and professional future. The Jagiellonian University got my attention from the start, from Krakow cozy and beautiful sights to Poland's history of economic recovery based on social aspects, everything played a role in my choice. And I do not regret it. Apart from UJ AMAZING - and I say amazing because the University itself dates back from 14 century - qualifications, as being quoted as one of the 400 bestuniversities in the WHOLE GLOBE and having its academic researches recognize all over, the ISAD program combined exactly what I was looking for: historic, social and overview knowledge with a posterior possibility (as the second year specialization path) to deepenyourself in the topic of your choice. I was very pleased to see a combination of social,economic and international development side by side with some of our major security challenges. I know that for some of my fellow latin americans students the fees and tuition may be scary, but UJ gives us many chances of monetary help and Polands Polish Agency for Academic Exchange (NAWA) opens many scholarship calls every year. Although I’m not in Krakow physically given the COVID 19 situation, I’m enjoying my classes once they are - and were last semester - all online, with adapted teaching ways and exams. I’m excited to get there and to be able to enjoy all UJ in first hand - Library, real life knowledge exchange and the beautiful new campus - but I’m also really happy to see how UJ is deeply concerned with all its faculty health and well being, what makes me sure that - whenever they decide to have presential classes - it will be indeed a safe and healthy option. I hope to see you there next semester!

Ulyana Kubenko, Ukraine (ISAD class 2020)

I lived in Krakow and studied at the Jagiellonian University for 5 years. Coming from Ukraine, it was natural for me to follow an academic path in security studies, hence I decided to study MA in International Security and Development Programme in 2018-2020 in one of the most prestigious universities in Poland.

The world and the current international system are highly complex - there are certain issues that one cannot ignore and needs to develop capabilities to understand. Studying in ISAD gives you both good theoretical and practical knowledge on development and security matters. It helps you understand the challenges that countries face all around the world and guides you in developing your critical thinking needed to analyse these challenges. This international programme also offers you an opportunity to study in a highly multicultural environment - while it provides you with different perspectives in international affairs, it also widens your network of international friends! People I met while studying in ISAD are very ambitious and great individuals, with whom  I am glad to have shared this journey. Moreover, it is important to mention how truly great Krakow is for students - a beautiful city rich in culture, sports activities, as well as various attractions for students.

While the pandemic has certainly changed life for international students - I believe it is not permanent, and you would still have an opportunity to enjoy both your university life and Krakow to its fullest. As I am right now at the beginning of my professional career, I would like to say that I am happy that I chose ISAD, and I do sincerely recommend this study programme to you!

Roel Van Der Linden, Netherlands (ISAD class 2022)

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 (ISAD class 2021)

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.

Harsh Jain, India (ISAD class 2021)

If you’re kind of person who likes to study about War, Politics, Security and development and how its effects in current world scenario this program is definitely for you.

My time in this program has been amazing especially with my Classmates. The ISAD program has international students from all over the world that gives you different perspectives and exposure. Professors are really amazing and have great practical experiences. Classes are very interesting and challenge you to think out of box. Also this university has extensive network with other universities that lets you participate in conferences, workshops, summer schools.

Jagiellonian University is one of the best Universities in Poland and Krakow is really an amazing city. I am really happy that I joined this program and you should too!

Maria Elena Arcos Rodriguez, Mexico (ISAD class 2020)

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.

Shadi Firouzi Tabar, Italy (ISAD class 2020)

Growing up for our generation often means experiencing first-hand the consequences of globalization, both positive and negative. And if like me, you are eager to better understand the causes, roots and issues linked to the current global challenges then ISAD is what you are looking for! Studying in the most prestigious University in Poland, following courses taught by outstanding local and visiting Professors, having access to unique and excellent networks, having the opportunity to specialize in a variety yet niche areas of expertise spamming form cyber-security, to migration and conflict management and much more is just a tiny window on what this program offers. ISAD is student-oriented, continuously motivating you to explore solutions, argue, debate, and cooperate through team-projects. We even had the opportunity to go on a class-trip to Vienna to visit international organizations offices!

As my research and professional interest focuses on migration policies and discourses and the European southern border I have chosen the Development track for the second-year specialization: pragmatic, result oriented, and taught by highly qualified and engaging professionals and academics – I could have not made a better choice!

Alongside an excellent academic offer, and the opportunity to study in an international environment with colleagues from all over the world, you would also get to enjoy living in the cultural capital of Poland - such a vibrant and lively city that offers music, sport, and leisure activities for all tastes. You could get to attend incredible music festivals (Juvenalia is among the famous ones!), join the local rugby team as I did, go for amazing hikes in the Tatra mountains or cycling trips along the Vistula! Not to mention that Krakow is very well connected to the rest of Europe and travelling is cheap and easy! Join ISAD for a thrilling academic and life experience!

Gunel Shukurova, Azerbaijan (ISAD class 2020)

This programme helped me a lot to strengthen my academic knowledge in IR theories, security, and conflict studies. The wide range of courses – from politics-related to economics-related, from different law courses to diplomacy-related courses – helped me to improve myself in such an interdisciplinary master programme. ISAD programme has both Polish and foreign Professors and lecturers, who are successful scholars, lawyers, and diplomats, being experts in their fields. They teach a particular IR or security-related concept referring to both its historical development and to current global events. Therefore, you as a student will have a chance to learn any topic both theoretically and as observers of day-to-day political events happening in the world, thanks to the critical discussions among students stimulated by ISAD Professors. Moreover, ISAD programme will offer you an international environment, as you can meet and exchange knowledge with many other bright students from different continents. Also, annual study-trips to different outstanding international security organizations such as the United Nations and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe as well as to military academies will make your academic life even more practical and colorful. Furthermore, apart from improving your English language skills, which is the main study language in ISAD programme, you will get a chance to learn a new foreign language or improve your second foreign language skills with variety of language courses offered by this program. Student life is not only about studying, but also having fun and spending your young years among open-minded and like-minded people. You will definitely gain beautiful memories and nice friends from different countries and cultures, sometimes being a second family for you in a foreign country. That is why if you search for both quality academic education and fun social student life in the main student city and cultural capital of Poland, MA in International Security and Development programme at Jagiellonian University in Krakow is definitely the thing you are looking for. 

Kateryna Halko, Ukraine (ISAD class 2020)

ISAD programme gives an outstanding opportunity to study at a progressive scientific environment. The programme presents a unique chance to study at the international community with students from all around the world. I have faced a great diversity of courses, which taught me to think independently and shape my own vision, based on different perspectives. Moreover, the University has a benefit of being located in Krakow, the amazing city with beautiful architecture and breathtaking history. I am really glad to be a student of the Jagiellonian University and be a part of ISAD programme.

Natalia Pelypets, Ukraine (ISAD class 2020)

If you were given an opportunity you have always hoped for, would you not be excited beyond words? I guess you would, just like I am. ISAD gave me everything I have ever dreamt about: the most prestigious university in Poland, highly qualified professors, multicultural environment and magnificent cultural capital of Poland – Krakow.

ISAD gives you a possibility to grow, to learn on your own and from each other, to recognize complex problems of today’s global security and development, and then inspires confidence that you, your opinions and actions matter. ISAD is the right programme to broaden your horizons and allows you not just to study international security and development, but also to see yourself as a person capable of solving modern global issues.

David Ferrero, Portugal (ISAD class 2020)

In any given conversation with a colleague, a friend or a family member, you are likely to hear that we are living in a changing world, that this is a defining moment we are going through and that the stakes to deal with global challenges have never been higher. The International Security and Development program helps you understand why this is.

During my time on this program, I have learned to identify properly the ways the world works, to recognize the ideas that set the globe alight in the past and the ones that govern it in the present. It is a fantastic way to explore the problems posed by an increasingly interconnected world, the sources of conflict and institutions that deal with them. Furthermore, you are encouraged to explore solutions, to debate and express your ideas in order to deal with real-world problems.

The other reason that makes this program so desirable is the fact that it is taught in Poland’s most prestigious higher-education institution and located in a city extremely well connected to the rest of Europe. Coming to Krakow and joining the ISAD program has definitely been one of the best decisions I have made and I strongly recommend it to all those interested in joining!

Caroline A. Beshenich, USA (ISAD class 2020)

I believe that my academic endeavours with the Jagiellonian University, as well as my time living in Krakow, have given me a unique opportunity to further my education and develop my own perspectives. Following high school, I knew that I wanted something more than the academic program offered by my local university. I wanted an education that went beyond books and the essentials. Three years after coming to Poland, and I can honestly say that this step into the unknown was one of the most significant and fruitful decisions of my life. What better way to study the world and its political structures then by studying alongside students from every corner of the Earth?

I have been as fortunate as to be able to grow my knowledge organically; not just by studying in one of the oldest universities in Europe but also by meeting people from the areas I aim to experience and work in some day. My knowledge has been shaped from their perspectives; which offer dimension to the multi-lateral and rapidly changing globalised society we live in. From my peers I have gained an understanding that enhances the booksmarts my professors gave me. I had hoped to find a university, which would allow me to learn from something other than just textbooks. Jagiellonian has given me this, and so much more. The dedicated professors, intensive studies, and multicultural atmosphere have created the base for my future endeavours and the mark, which I hope to make in this life.

Alejandro Leal, Mexico

I was born and raised in Mexico, after studying high school in the United States, I decided to study my bachelor’s degree in Krakow. Being a student at the Jagiellonian University has been an incredible experience; the university is one of the oldest and most prestigious in Europe. I found an inspiring group of scholars within the Faculty that are always eager to develop and transform students into future leaders. Finally, is worth mentioning the diverse environment and vibrancy that I have found in Krakow. The city is full of students, culture, history, and beauty. This has truly been the best decision I have made so far!

Daniela Ivanková, Slovakia

I graduated from the joint Master´s degree program in International Relations: Europe from the Visegrad perspective. This program provided me with an opportunity to study at four prestigious universities in the four different European countries. Already the first semester I had the fortune to spend at the Centre for European Studies at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow and I have to say that it was one of the most valuable and culturally richest experiences of my academic career so far.

This university and its professors not only provided me with an opportunity to gain advanced competence in solving relevant issues but also helped me to think much more critically and complex about the world. My professors and their top quality classes equipped me with a sound knowledge of European politics and a deep understanding of global political issues with a special focus on the Visegrad region. My academic semester in Krakow has definitely awakened my interest in the further academic research.

Thanks to the culturally, linguistically and disciplinary diverse background of my professors and course mates, I have been constantly inspired and challenged to look at the Europe and its function through a different lens. Life in Krakow, with its breath-taking historical sites and cultural possibilities, is very enriching and complete the whole magic picture of my studies times there.

Giovanni Caporioni, Italy

At the Jagiellonian University, I found an inspiring team of scholars in a dynamic and open environment, and I enjoyed a refreshing learning experience based on active participation. The invaluable opportunity of giving individual presentations and being involved in teamwork always matched the rigour and the quality of the courses I attended. My BA in International Relations at the Jagiellonian University has prepared me exceptionally well for the Master's degree at Oxford that I am studying this year. Finally, last but not least, Krakow is a truly wonderful city.

Liliana Guevara Opinska, Mexico

I have fond memories from my time at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland. Although I only spent one semester at JU while earning a M.A. in International Relations, the experience was both enriching and intellectually stimulating. JU is one of the oldest universities in Europe with a long history of academic excellence and rigor. However, it is not only history that makes JU an appealing place to study. Presently, the institution continues to live up to its reputation by constantly evolving and reinventing itself and the programs it offers according to the needs of our fast-paced society.

I enjoyed participating in interesting lectures imparted by qualified instructors and my interacting with students who came to study at JU from all over the world. An additional bonus is JU’s location: Krakow is one of the most beautiful Polish cities, with an international student vibe, a rich history and vibrant culture!

Jeyhun Ashirov, Azerbaijan

The Jagiellonian University and the city of Krakow have a special place in the memories of many people who value quality of education and positive atmosphere for learning and personal development. For this matter, I feel extremely happy and privileged for attending the Jagiellonian University and living in Krakow. During my time at the Faculty of International and Political Studies at JU, I enjoyed every single moment where I took part in intellectual discussions and learned from professors as well as from fellow students. However, the city of Krakow in itself has a lot to offer. Therefore, I would highly recommend the JU for prospective students where they will have high quality of education, fruitful time for networking and discovering their potentials for making a difference in their life.

Jakub Szuman, South African Republic

My experience studying at Jagiellonian University can be divided in two ways - a personal and an academic experience. On one hand, the life of Kraków tends to consume a person, as all the beauty of the city and social activities readily available make it hard to ever experience a 'boring' day. This is balanced by the academic experience; which can be challenging and demanding, a student might experience a general frustration of wanting to experience more of the city (and country) while focusing less on studies. However, the time afforded to students who can prioritize their time well, is more than sufficient to allow for an unforgettable experience while still offering a good chance at setting the building blocks for a life after studying.

Apart from studying, the added benefit of staying in Kraków is the location - it is very easy to travel to most European countries - a feature that appeals to any person eager for adventures:).

In short, the decision to study at Jagiellonian University was not a hard one to make. From the personal experiences to the academic quality, it provided an overall experience that was highly enjoyable and not regretted even for a moment. Thank you to the staff at UJ and the city of Kraków for unforgettable memories and experiences.