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Application Process

General Info About Program Starting in 2021

Faculty of International and Political Studies (FIPS) is TAS's main organizational unit, while the Institute of American Studies and Polish Diaspora is our home Institute, where our program is taught. We are a graduate (second-cycle), full-time, academic studies in the field of TransAtlantic Studies. Our program is taught entirely in English. TAS's admission limit is set to 20 students.

Our studies last 2 years (4 semesters) and start each year in October.

Where to apply?

Application Process for Candidates in 2021

Who can apply?

Candidates applying to this program need to be holders of a higher education diploma (e.g. Licencjat or BA) awarded in any field. The diploma needs to confirm their eligibility to undertake second-cycle programs of study in Poland.

Additional formal requirement

Candidates are additionally formally required to pass an interview verifying their command of the English language. The interview is considered passed upon earning at least 60% of points. Candidates who present documents confirming their command of English at least at the B2 level are exempted from the interview and are automatically awarded a result of 100% from this interview. A 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 in Kraków on the day specified in the admission schedule as dates of the “entrance examinations”. Candidates are notified of the address and the specific time when the interview is scheduled to take place individually through their OAS accounts by no later than two days before the dates in the admission schedule. If a candidate cannot meet the examination team in person for an interview in Kraków, the interview takes place via Skype.

 

Calculating the final result

The final admissions result is calculated based on the following elements:
  • Documents analysis: 100%
About the result calculation
The final result is calculated on the basis of the evaluation of a letter written in English, highlighting motivation for undertaking the TransAtlantic program.

Admission process

Step by step application guide for admissions to the Jagiellonian University is available here: admissions step by step.
Admission schedule
The admission process to this program 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:
Candidates who hold a document confirming their command of English which may be the basis for an exemption from taking part in the interview should upload the document in the system. A list of selected documents confirming the command of English, recognized at the Jagiellonian University, may be found here: list of documents.
 
Documents required for enrolment
Candidates qualified for admission will be notified of the place and date for enrolment in their system account.
 
The enrolment procedure consists of 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 program,
  • copy of higher education diploma, entitling its holder (the candidate) to enroll into a second-cycle graduate program, with the original document available for inspection,
  • copies of documents uploaded in the system as part of the application, with the original documents available for inspection.
During the enrolment procedure, the 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 enroll in the program. 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 rekrutacja.uj.edu.pl).
 
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 the 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 enroll should contact the office responsible for the procedure of enrolment to this program (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 an apostille clause or legalized.
 
If a 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. The 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
  • a 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 and legalization also need to be translated.

Additional documents
Depending on the candidate's situation, additional documents may be required:
  • power of attorney—if the candidate is represented by another person for the enrolment (download form),
  • a decision issued by the director of Polish National Agency for Academic Exchange or by the Polish Minister of Science and Higher Education—if the candidate is referred for studies by the minister.
More information: required documents.
 
Funding
As a rule, foreigners are obliged to pay the tuition fees themselves. In certain cases, students can apply for a 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.
 
Insurance
Foreigners need to have appropriate medical insurance to be able to begin their studies.
 
For this reason, candidates admitted to the program 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 September 27th, 2021.