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European Studies

Code europe.stud_s2s_C_en
Organizational unit Faculty of International and Political Studies
Field of studies European Studies
Form of studies full-time
Level of education graduate (second-cycle)
Educational profile academic
Language(s) of instruction English
Minimum number of students 10
Number of places offered 50
Duration 2 years (4 semesters)
Required document
  • higher education diploma
Application round 3 (02.07.2021 16:30 – 23.08.2021 23:59)
Admission limit in this phase: 38

(show past rounds)

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.

tuition fee for double degree track, JU and Universidade Católica Portuguesa  Tuition fee for EU citizens:

For the 1st year: 4 250 EUR
For the 2nd year: 4 250 EUR

Fee is only paid for the year (1st or 2nd) spent at the JU. 

The fee for the year at the University of Lisbon is paid directly to the partner university.

Tuition fee for non-EU citizens:

For the 1st year: 5 250 EUR
For the 2nd year: 5 250 EUR

Fee is only paid for the year (1st or 2nd) spent at the JU. 

The fee for the year at the University of Lisbon is paid directly to the partner university.

More information: fees.

tuition fee for double degree track, JU and Kobe University Tuition fee for EU citizens:

For the 1st year: 3 450 EUR
For the 2nd year: 3 450 EUR

In total: 6 900 EUR

Tuition fee for non-EU citizens:

For the 1st year: 4 250 EUR
For the 2nd year: 4 250 EUR

In total: 8 500 EUR

More information: fees.

Available study tracks

  • Central and Eastern European Studies
  • Central and Eastern European Studies: Research Track
  • EU Studies
  • Central and East European, Russian and Eurasian Studies – CEERES
  • Europeanisation and Governance in Central and Eastern Europe
  • Studies in the Holocaust and Totalitarian Systems
  • Governance, Leadership and Democracy Studies / EU Studies (Consortium of Jagiellonian University and Universidade Catolica Portuguesa – double degree programme)
  • Law and Politics / EU Studies / Central and Eastern European Studies / Europeanisation and Governance in CEE (Consortium of Jagiellonian University and Kobe University). The number of places available within this track is 1 – no places available, limit fulfilled.

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.

Admitted candidates need to have graduated from the declared study programmes by the time of enrolment.

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.

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.

The interviews will be conducted online (Microsoft Teams, Skype 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 identity document you will be asked 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 documents analysis

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. Application content—maximum of 70 points, including:

  • grades in the transcript—50 points;
  • academic and non-academic experience, other achievements, foreign language proficiency—20 points;

2. Motivation—maximum of 30 points—motivation for undertaking the programme, relevance and originality of academic interests presented in the application (maximum of 6000 characters)

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

Important! All documents and replies in the application form should be prepared in English.

Upon the submission of application, candidates have to fill out a form containing questions about the:

  • course of study they have graduated from;
  • final diploma result – if this is not yet known, a predicted grade should be entered, 
  • choice of programme track they would like to pursue and the explanation of the motivation for their choice (“Outline your relevant experience and suitability. Describe your research interests and provisional disseration topic. How can you contribute to the broad field of European Studies? This is provisional statement of interest, giving you the oportunity to showcase your academic ideas and ambitions. Please keep your text within 6000 characters. Assesment of your answer amounts to 50 of 100 points of your result”.);
  • preliminary thesis proposal should contain a good indication of the topic what you want to work for your Thesis, a preliminary research question, and a discussion of the relevance of this proposed research project. Your proposal must include a short description (around 400 words) of what you would like to investigate and why this topic should be taken into consideration (background to, and relevance of your Thesis topic). In addition, it should state the problem and/or question together with any sub-questions (problem statement and/or research question), indicate the theoretical/conceptual framework which you would like to employ, explain briefly the methodology which you foresee for this project, provide an annotated bibliography (around 10 titles), sketch a brief skeleton outline of possible chapters, and briefly outline the expected timeframe for both the research and the writing of the Thesis;
  • source of information regarding European Studies admissions;
  • scan of the transcript of grades;
  • Curriculum Vitae (résumé), highlighting academic achievements. Curriculum Vitae should be prepared in the Europass format, available at:

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.

Documents required for qualification for the exam or for the calculation of the final result

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:

Documents required for enrolment

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

The enrolment procedure consists in delivering the following documents 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 passport (or—if they are a European Union citizen—their EU citizen ID).

Higher education diploma has to include information on its holder's eligibility to enrol into the programmes. 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 the 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 27 September 2021.

A candidate who is not able to enrol in person can appoint a representative who will submit documents on their behalf. The form may be downloaded from the candidate's account.

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 27 September 2021.

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 need 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 (best: downloaded from the candidate's account),
  • 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. More information: insurance proof.

If the candidate does not hold this document upon enrolment, they sign a declaration that they will submit the document by no later than 27 September 2021.


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Centre for European Studies
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