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International Security and Development

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Organizational unit Faculty of International and Political Studies
Field of studies International Security and Development
Form of studies full-time
Level of education graduate (second-cycle)
Educational profile academic
Language(s) of instruction English
Minimum number of students 20
Number of places offered 50
Duration 2 years (4 semesters)
Required documents
  • higher education diploma
There are currently no active application rounds for this programme.

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About the programme

curriculum course overview
application fee 85 PLN
tuition fee

For the 1st year: 4 000 EUR
For the 2nd year: 4 000 EUR

In total: 8 000 EUR

More information: fees.

Who can apply

Candidates applying to this programme need to be holders of a higher education diploma (e.g. Licencjat) awarded in any field. The diploma needs to confirm their eligibility to undertake second-cycle programmes of study in Poland. For diplomas issued abroad of Poland, the diploma needs to confirm candidate’s eligibility to undertake studies on equivalent level in its country of issue.

Additional formal requirement

Candidates are additionally formally required to pass an interview verifying their command of the English language. Interview is considered passed upon earning at least 60% of points. Candidates who present documents confirming their command of English at least at B2 level are exempted from the interview and are automatically awarded a result of 100% from this interview. List of selected documents confirming the command of English, recognized at the Jagiellonian University, may be found here: list of documents.

Place and time of the interview

The interview takes place on the day specified in the admission schedule as dates of the “entrance examinations”.

Candidates are notified of the interview details individually through their OAS accounts by no later than two days before the dates in the admission schedule.

Due to the current situation, the interviews will be conducted online (via Skype, Teams etc.). Details will be provided individually to all candidates through their OAS accounts. To take part in the interview, please note that you will need a stable Internet connection, a working microphone and headphones or speakers, as well as a webcam (your identity will be verified with the document (passport) you need to show to the camera, and you are expected to answer questions without assistance of other people).

Calculating the final result

Final admissions result is calculated based on the following elements:

element weight
documents analysis 100%

About the result calculation

The final admission result is calculated on the basis of the result of the analysis of documents submitted by the candidate, allocating points as follows:

1. 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,

2. assessment of the reference letters—maximum of 50 points.

Admission process

Step by step application guide for admissions to the Jagiellonian University is available here: admissions step by step.

Admission schedule

Admission process to this programme is conducted in accordance with the schedule: admission schedule.

Additional application rounds may be opened if there are still places available when the current round closes.

Application form

When filling out the sign up form in the system, candidates upload copies of the following documents, required for the calculation of their final result:

  • motivation letter written in English (preliminary thesis project will also be assessed as a part of the motivation letter),
  • two reference letters.

Candidates who hold a document confirming their command of English which may be basis for an exemption from taking part in the interview should upload the document in the system. List of selected documents confirming the command of English, recognized at the Jagiellonian University, may be found here: list of documents.

When filling out the sign up form in the system, candidates provide the following required information:

  • final diploma result—if this is not yet known, a predicted grade should be entered,
  • explanation of the motivation for their choice of programme (“Outline your relevant experience and suitability (i.e. list your strengths as a candidate, explain why you want to study in Central Europe, demonstrate how the programme will develop your previous studies, describe your future career aspirations).”),
  • description of candidate's research interests and provisional dissertation topic (“What do you think you can contribute to the broad field of the chosen studies? This is a provisional statement, but please treat this as an oportunity to showcase your academic ideas and ambitions.”).

Documents required for enrolment

Enrolment and the epidemic
To comply with measures implemented at the JU to prevent the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, enrolment procedures will be completed by post (online) until further notice. Details on the mode for submission of required documents listed below will be communicated to candidates qualified for admission in their OAS accounts.

Candidates qualified for admission will be notified of the place and date for enrolment in their system account.

The enrolment procedure consists in delivering the following documents in person to the office named in the enrolment notification:

  • personal questionnaire downloaded from the system, including the photograph, together with other documents downloaded from the system from under the link “Documents and further steps” in the table of the application for this programme,
  • copy of higher education diploma, entitling its holder (the candidate) to enrol into a second-cycle graduate programme, with the original document available for inspection.

During the enrolment procedure, candidate has to present their identity document: a valid passport or an ID of the citizen of the European Union.

Higher education diploma has to include information on its holder's authorization to enrol into the programme. If the diploma does not include such information, a document confirming that the diploma entitles them to undertake second-cycle programs should be added (list of diplomas where this is not required is available at in the "Higher education diploma" part).

If upon enrolment tha candidate does not yet have the paper copy of the diploma, they may in its place submit a certificate of graduation, together with written declaration in which they oblige themselves to submit the copy of the document, with the original document available for inspection, by no later than 28 September 2020.

Persons who cannot come in person to enrol should contact the office responsible for the procedure of enrolment to this programme (contact data will be included in the notification sent to candidates qualified for admission).

Using foreign higher education diploma in Poland

Higher education diplomas obtained outside of Poland must be affixed with apostille clause or legalized.

If candidate does not have their apostille or legalization upon enrolment, they need to submit a written declaration in which they oblige themselves to submit apostille or legalization by no later than 28 September 2020.

More information: required documents.

Translation into Polish or English

Every document issued in a language other than Polish or English has to be enclosed with its certified (“sworn”) translation into Polish or English. Translation should be certified by:

  • Polish sworn translator (person entered into the registry of sworn translators and interpreters kept by the Polish Minister of Justice; see: registry of translators) or
  • person registered in an equivalent function to the Polish sworn translator in a Member State of the European Union, Iceland, Norway, Liechtenstein or Switzerland, or another OECD country or
  • Polish consul proper for the country where the document was issued, or within the legal system of which the document was issued or
  • diplomatic mission, accredited in Poland, or consular office proper for the country where the document was issued, or within the legal system of which the document was issued.
Apostille clause issued in a language other than Polish or English also needs to be translated.

Additional documents

Depending on candidate's situation, additional documents may be required:

  • power of attorney—if the candidate is represented by another person for the enrolment (download form),
  • decision issued by the director of Polish National Agency for Academic Exchange or by Polish Minister—if the candidate is referred for studies by the minister.

More information: required documents.


As a rule, foreigners are obliged to pay the tuition fees themselves.

In certain cases, students can apply for reduction of the tuition fee or for a fee waiver. Please note that a waiver cannot be granted for the first year of studies.

More information: funding.


Foreigners need to have an appropriate medical insurance to be able to begin studies.

For this reason, candidates admitted to the programme have to present the University with proof of holding one of the following documents:

  • health insurance valid for the period of studying in Poland, or
  • European Health Insurance Card (EHIC), or
  • coverage by the Polish National Health Fund (Narodowy Fundusz Zdrowia), or
  • confirmation that the insurer covers medical costs in Poland in the amount of at least 30 000 EUR.

If the candidate does not hold this document upon enrolment, they sign a declaration that they will submit the document by no later than 28 September 2020.


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