Welcome to the Jagiellonian University Medical College in Kraków!
|Professor Piotr Laidler, PhD
Head of the School Council
Jagiellonian University Medical College
The Jagiellonian University is the oldest and also the only Polish University that includes Faculty of Medicine. The University has always been the international education center that attracted young, talented people from the whole Europe.
At the time of famous graduate - Mikolaj Kopernik - over 40% of students were from abroad. Despite the difficult polish history and growing number of universities in Europe at the beginning of XX century, soon after regaining the independence there were more than 20 % of foreign students.
Currently more and more young talented people from all over the world show interest in studying at the Jagiellonian University. Medical students constitute a large part of that group.
The School of Medicine in English is a part of Medical Faculty at the Jagiellonian University. The school offers students with citizenship other than Polish (presently from 20 countries) a payable medical program. English is an official teaching language. Classes are run in compliance with Polish, European and American standards.
Annually 50-100 students are enrolled for a 4-year and 6-year curriculum. The groups are limited in number to give the students the opportunity to experience full professional care and close personal contact with teaching staff.
Our graduates receive diploma of a physician (Medical Doctor) allowing them to apply for residency in their mother country.
Studying at the School does not mean only hard work. The School of Medicine in English does its best to make students feel at home celebrating together Thanksgiving Day, National Day of Norway and University Day. Those who like sports have an opportunity to win the JU Vice-Rector Cup taking part in annual ski competition in Zakopane. There is also swimming competition - its winners receive the Medical Faculty Dean's Cup.
Head of the School Council
King Kazimierz Wielki (Casimir the Great) of Poland founded our prestigious University in 1364. Since then Kraków has become the center of European education, science and culture. Kraków is not only one of the oldest cities in Europe; with a population of almost one million, it is also a large and modern university city that offers many educational and scientific opportunities.
Jagiellonian University is unique among Polish research and teaching institutions. With over 630 years of history, it is still young with vibrant people and ideas. Its 31,000 students in 11 faculties attend classes in both medieval buildings and modern laboratories. Regarded as a cradle of academic tradition and continuity, the University is in the midst of changing its structure and functioning to meet the requirements of the new market economy.
Moreover, it is the only Polish University that includes the three faculties of the Medical College within its structure. After 45 years of separation ordered by the former communist regime, the Medical College rejoined its Alma Mater in 1993.
|Inauguration walk from the Collegium Maius to the Collegium Novum
The University of Kraków (Alma Mater Cracoviensis) founded in 1364 by King Kazimierz Wielki (Casimir the Great) of Poland, originally had three faculties: Liberal Arts, Law and Medicine. Jagiellonian University, the second university founded in Central Europe, and was established in the center of Kraków.
|The courtyard of the Collegium Maius
In 1400, Alma Mater Cracoviensis was re-founded and modernized by Queen St. Jadwiga (Hedwig) and King Władysław Jagiełło (Ladislaus Jagiełło) - hence the school's present name: Jagiellonian University. Following the renovations, a fourth faculty (Theology) was added. The Faculty of Medicine soon began to attract many prominent scholars from Poland and abroad.
|The Collegium Novum
Presently, the University is divided into 11 faculties that conduct teaching, research and academic training: Law and Administration, Philosophy, History, Philology, Mathematics and Physics, Biology and Earth Sciences, Chemistry, Medicine, Pharmacy and Nursing. Jagiellonian University has over 3,000 faculty members, including 700 professors and more than 800 faculty members with a "Habilitation" degree.
The University is governed by a Rector and Senate, while each Faculty is governed by a Dean and Faculty Council.
Jagiellonian University became an important center of astronomy in the late 15th century. Incidentally, Copernicus began his studies here in 1491. At the beginning of the Renaissance period in Poland, professors and students from Kraków joined early humanist societies.
After a period of decline through the 17th and 18th centuries, the condition of the University improved when the Commission of National Education helped reform the University in 1773. The Commission of National Education, which was the first ministry of education in Europe, reformed the entire Polish educational system during the Enlightenment Era.
Hugo Kołłataj reformed the University and transformed it into a modern academic institution with two faculties: Physical (schools of Mathematics, Physics and Medicine) and Moral (schools of Theology, Law and Literature). Subsequently, the first medical teaching hospital, astronomical observatory, botanical garden and mineral collections in Poland were opened, and books were collected in a central university library.
The final Partition of Poland among Prussia, Russia and Austria in 1795 heralded a difficult period in which the fate of the University depended on European political alliances. The constant scientific and didactic development of the University was an intellectual center of the Polish nation that was preparing young alumni for future independence.
Military action at the outbreak of World War I interrupted classes only briefly. Jagiellonian University was one of only three universities ready to function in Poland when the country regained its independence in 1918. From 1918 through 1939, scholarly growth was matched by the involvement of students and faculty members in public life.
In 1939, at the beginning of World War II, the Nazis captured Kraków. On November 6, they imprisoned the professors in the city and sent them to concentration camps. Admirably the University defied the terror of Nazi occupation by operating underground from 1941, only one year after the underground teaching of medicine began.
After liberation of Kraków from the Nazis, the University re-opened in March, 1945. Within a few years, the government separated the Faculty of Medicine and Pharmacy from Jagiellonian University. Subsequently, the Medical Academy was formed in 1949. The re-incorporation of the Medical Academy into the University in 1993 (as the Medical College) was a sign of the return to historical roots.
School of Medicine in English
The School of Medicine in English at the Faculty of Medicine of Jagiellonian University was established by a decision of the Senate of the Jagiellonian University on November 24, 1993. It began to function admitting its first students in October 1994.
|The courtyard of the Collegium Nowodworskiego
|Since then, students have been admitted annually to the medical program in English as the teaching language. The programs offer unique undergraduate medical training to foreign students from professors and teaching staff with long-term training in the US and Canada. Based on tradition and history, the School of Medicine has always adhered to its motto of "Healing and Teaching".
The regulations define the School as a unit of the Faculty of Medicine under the jurisdiction of the Dean. Graduates receive a diploma certifying graduation from the Faculty of Medicine at Jagiellonian University.
The School has its own executive body - the School Council. The Head of the Council is responsible for the School programs. The Council consists of Vice-Rector of the Jagiellonian University, Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, Vice-Dean for Foreign Student Affairs and nine academic professors elected by the Faculty Council. The School Council prepares the curricula and syllabi, and supervises the educational affairs.
Within its competence is the establishment international contacts, the definition of the School's financial rules, the distribution of the School's resources, the selection of teaching staff, the preparation of reports, the awarding of prizes and the conferment of honors.
|Hippocrates on the scepter
Studying at the Medical School in English is much more than being among historical buildings, meeting prominent lecturers and attending well-prepared classes. The unique experience combines living in a beautiful and historical educational city with being part of lovely university tradition, meeting other people and making friends.
The School does its best to make its students feel at home and part of the large university family. Students who like the spirit of sports can compete to win the University Vice-Rector Cup skiing competition or take part in a similarly challenging swimming competition. Each academic year begins with a memorable ceremony of the Inauguration Walk, a tradition in which professors, lecturers and students trek from one university building to another.
May 12 is the University Day, which commemorates the institution's establishment in 1364. Each year, university students celebrate this (or, more appropriately, their) day called "Juvenalia," as they are given a symbolic key to the gates of the city. This signals the beginning of several days of joyous festivities (sometimes lasting into the early hours of the morning).
RECTOR OF THE JAGIELLONIAN UNIVERSITY
Prof. Wojciech Nowak, PD, PhD
VICE-RECTOR OF THE JAGIELLONIAN UNIVERSITY
FOR MEDICAL COLLEGE
Prof. Piotr Laidler, PhD
DEAN OF THE FACULTY OF MEDICINE
Prof. Tomasz Grodzicki MD, PhD
31-008 Kraków, ul. Św. Anny 12
Tel. (48 12) 422-54-44
Fax (48 12) 422-40-06
HEAD OF THE SCHOOL COUNCIL
Prof. Jerzy Walocha, MD, PhD
31-008 Kraków, Św. Anny 12
Tel. (48 12) 422-80-42
Fax: (48 12) 421-28-69
Prof. Maria Wróbel, MD, PhD
Prof. Tomasz Brzozowski MD, PhD
Prof. Tomasz Grodzicki, MD, PhD
Prof. Józef Krzysiek, MD, PhD
Prof. Jan Litwin, MD, PhD
Prof. Piotr Podolec, MD, PhD
Prof. Marek Sanak, MD, PhD
Prof. Jacek Składzień, MD, PhD
Assoc. Prof. Krzysztof Fyderek, MD, PhD
Ewa Pędracka-Kwaskowska, MA
Deputy Managing Director of the Jagiellonian University
31-008 Kraków, Św. Anny 12 Street
Tel/Fax: (48 12) 422-40-05
Bogusława Adamczyk, MA
Head of Dean's Office
31-008 Kraków, ul. Św. Anny 12
Tel/Fax: (48 12) 422-54-44
Tel/Fax: (48 12) 422-40-06
ul. Św. Anny 12, 31-008 Kraków, rooms no 2 and 4
Magdalena Stępniak, MA
Vice-Head of Dean's Office
Head of Division for School of Medicine in English
Edyta Stańczykiewicz, MSc
Joanna Florczyk, MA
Paulina Kubylis, MA
Monika Kołek, MA
Katarzyna Wysocka-Kamińska, MA
Consulting Center JU MC
Office hours: Mondays and Wednesdays - 16:30-20:30
Location: ul.św. Łazarza 16, Zakład Dydaktyki Medycznej, room no. 12
phone no.: 519 307 881