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.
to the Collegium Novum
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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ANSA - KRAKÓW
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MEDICAL STUDENT SELF-GOVERNMENT ORGANIZATION
ul. Św. Anny 12,
tel. (48 12) 422-04-11 ext. 229
THE INDEPENDENT ASSOCIATION OF STUDENTS
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tel. (48 12) 422-10-33 ext. 1171
ACADEMIC SPORTS ASSOCIATION
ul. Badurskiego 15B,
Tel. (48 12) 658-11-58
Celebrating the Independence Day
Swimming Contest - April 2000