Study Master's Degrees in Kraków, Poland

Kraków at a glance

Kraków, Poland, is an incredible and amazing destination to study abroad. A large number of international students coming from Lithuania, Hungary, Germany, The Czech Republic, Switzerland, UK, Netherlands, France and Italy come to study here. The local universities are among the most prestigious in Poland and have successful collaborations with leading Polish scientific institutions and academic centres from all over the world. Many of these universities have been honoured with distinctions and awards in various science fields. Kraków is the second largest and one of the oldest cities in Poland, placed on the Vistula River in the Lesser Poland region. Kraków is an important centre of Polish academic, cultural, economic and artistic life.


Studying in Kraków

Within the Kraków universities, you can apply for over 100 study programmes, available for Bachelor degrees, Master degrees, PhDs, Masters of Science, MBAs and short courses.

In the local universities you have the option to study in Polish, Russian, Ukrainian, German, or English. Regardless of the language you choose to study in, you must prove a good command of the certain language; for English, the accepted certificates are: Cambridge, IELTS and TOEFL. If you wish to follow your studies in Polish, documents confirming your knowledge of Polish are: certificates issued by the State Commission for the Certification of Proficiency in Polish as a Foreign Language, or obtained at the School of Polish Language and Culture, or at the Centre for Polish Language and Culture in the World.

Specialisations in Kraków universities include: management, international relations, dentistry, politics, medicine, law, physics, astronomy, computer science, management and architecture, as well as popular programmes like Master of Science in international finance and accounting, or PhD in finance.

Most of the university short courses you can apply to focus on languages, like Polish, German and English.


Career opportunities in Kraków

Kraków has a flourishing and prosperous economy, having as major industries: tourism, education, technology, finance, manufacturing (steel, pharmaceuticals and tobacco).

Multinational companies with local offices include: Google, IBM, Royal Dutch Shell, Motorola, Delphi, MAN SE, General Electric, Aon Hewitt, Hitachi, Philip Morris, Capgemini.

Local Polish companies with offices in Kraków include: ComArch, AGH, Software Mind, Sointeractive, Ganymede, Alior Bank.

International students will find a plethora of internship opportunities available in local companies, in any field they can imagine.


Kraków city life

Kraków was declared one of Europe's most beautiful cities, with a beautiful and mix of architectural styles from Gothic and Renaissance to Baroque that form the city’s large historical heritage. You will have plenty of nice places to see and discover in Kraków and take note the fact that most museums in Krakow offer one day of free entrance a week; so check details on the museum you wish to visit and find out when it’s free.

Some of the major landmarks in Kraków are:

  • The Wawel Cathedral and the Wawel Castle
  • The Royal Castle
  • The Old Town, Kazimierz
  • St. Florian's Church
  • The Palace of Art
  • The Sukiennice Cloth Hall
  • The National Museum

Explore the historic centre, bisected by the Royal Road, the coronation route traversed by the Kings of Poland. Wander through parks like the Planty Park, Botanical Garden, or Park Krakowski.

Enjoy a classical concert or simply visit Opera Krakowska, an attraction in itself.

Don’t miss taking a cruise down the Vistula River and trying out local specialities like oscypek – cheese from Tatra Mountains, or 'kroketka’.

Kraków hosts many annual artistic events: the Cracow Screen Festival (popular music), the Festival of Polish Music (classical music), the Kraków Film Festival and more. Kraków is full of cozy cafés, but you can also choose from numerous bars and clubs.

Outside Kraków, you can visit Auschwitz-Birkenau a former German Nazi camp, around half an hour away from Krakow.

International atmosphere in Kraków

The international atmosphere in Kraków is nurtured by the large number of international students and also, by the foreign born population, mostly Ukrainian, German, Russian, Slovaks and Armenian residents.

In terms of international business, since Kraków is one of Poland's most important economic hubs, the city is the second in Poland (after Warsaw) most often visited by foreigners and entrepreneurs.

Weather Kraków

Kraków has four seasons, with a significant temperature differences between them. The average temperatures in summer range from 18 to 20 °C (64 to 67 °F), sometimes exceeding 25 °C (77 °F), and in winter temperatures range from -2 to 0 °C (28 to 31 °F) during the day.

Universities in Kraków

InnoEnergy Master’s School is the go-to-destination for tomorrow’s energy professionals. With seven two-year programmes to choose from, the Master’s School enables you to add to your technical knowledge, develop your creative engineering skills, and acquire the necessary understanding of the related business, entrepreneurial and innovation management issues that the energy industry requires.

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Aware of the incredible value of the internationalization of the academic comunity, the Jagiellonian University aims to meet the expectations of candidats from abroad and widens its offer of programmes in foreign languages every year. For the past few years, the JU has consistently occupied top positions in various rankings of the best universities in Poland.

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AGH University of Science and Technology is one of the best and most renowned modern Polish universities. For many years it has been ranked in the top of the list of institutions of higher education. AGH UST is a leading Polish university in modern technologies, and belongs to a group of prestigious international educational centres.

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Cracow University of Economics has ranked among Poland's best schools of economics for a number of years, and its popularity is confirmed by an increasing number of candidates who wish to be accepted students. The University's mission is to provide sound and universal education, combining professional knowledge with methodological and theoretical expertise.

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