Academic Program

Academic Programs in English

Jagiellonian University Medical College






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Jagiellonian University Medical College is the oldest medical school in Poland. The School of Medicine in English is a fully integrated part of the Faculty of Medicine. Until the academic year 2018/19, the School offered two medical programs taught exclusively in English:  a four-year program for graduates of pre-medical college/university programs (enrolment discontinued), and  a six-year program for graduates of secondary schools. Presently, only the latter is available.

JUMC is part of an exceptional community of health care professionals, researchers, students and support staff. Academic staff includes the most experienced scholars and lecturers at Jagiellonian University, as well as foreign academics from the United States, England, Germany, and other countries. The international community has recognized it as a leading medical school in the European Economic Union. It has been repeatedly recognized as the best medical university in Poland.

The JUMC faculty and administration believe that adequate training of the modern healthcare professional requires the development of basic research skills. This emphasis on research is consistent with the University’s tradition. Areas of focus are the fields of genetics, molecular biology, bio­chemistry and molecular biology, immunology, microbiolo­gy, pharmacology, experimental physiology, gastroenterology, and molecular pathology.

Clinical disciplines are also the focus of research activities, including cardiovascular and respi­ratory diseases, hematology, nephrology, treatment of dia­betes, endocrinology, neurology, oncology, cardiosurgery, non-invasive and surgical gastroenterology, transplantology and pediatrics. The level of research carried out by the Faculty of Medicine is high, evidenced by the number of publications appearing in peer-reviewed journals. Researchers have published their works in some of the most prestigious international scientific jour­nals, including Nature and the New England Journal of Medicine.

JUMC requires that every graduate demonstrate effectiveness in clinical skills. JUMC’s facilities offer ample opportunity for experiencing various healthcare techniques, treatments and outcomes.

Students of the School of Medicine in English also have the opportunity in their final year of study to complete elective rotations at various universities in the United States, Canada and elsewhere.

Graduates of the medical programs are eligible to apply for residency and postgraduate training programs at university teaching hospitals in various countries, including the US, Canada, Australia, England, Ireland, Norway, Sweden and Poland.

Set forth below is certain information that briefly discusses topics related to JUMC’s courses of study, its faculty, facilities and fees and expenses. By selecting the hyperlinks in each section you will be referred to another location on the JUMC website with detailed information related to that subject.

Admissions Policy

Since its beginning in 1994, JUMC’s School of Medicine in English has welcomed qualified international applicants from all over the world. Regardless of nationality, ethnicity or culture, all admitted students at JUMC have met rigorous academic requirements.


Six-Year Program

Admission to the Six Year program is based only on entrance exam results. For information on the admission process to the six-year program, please refer to: Six-Year Admission Criteria.


Four-Year Program*

*admissions until academic year 2018/19

JUMC seeks individuals with both academic and extracurricular achievement. Applicants’ earlier careers must demonstrate maturity, integrity, creativity and initiative. Selection of students is based on their MCAT or GAMSAT score, individualized assessment of all available data, including past academic performance, and a personal interview.


All admitted students have a university degree and demonstrated high academic achievement, proficiency in oral and written English, strong interpersonal skills and minimum objective test scores. JUMC’s Examination Panel conducts at least one personal interview of all applicants.


For critical application dates, admission requirements, admission fees and application forms please refer to: Four-Year Program Admission Criteria.


Programs, Courses and Other Educational and Training Programs

JUMC’s MD curriculum for both the Four-Year and Six-Year Programs emphasizes basic sciences along with clinical training in each year of study. The JUMC experience will prepare a student for a number of career options in addition to medical practice. Many JUMC graduates have distinguished themselves in the fields of research, public health and teaching, among others.

MD Program for High School Students (Six-Year Program)

The JUMC Six-Year Program differs from many other six-year and extended year medical school programs. The Six-Year Program focuses entirely on its students developing the necessary tools of a healthcare professional: skill in basic science, research capacity and clinical skill. Although the program requires that its students have sound writing abilities, it does not require that students take university level “general education” as a prerequisite to obtaining the medical degree. In addition, once a student is admitted and remains in good standing, the student is not required to be accepted into the medical program after initial years of study, like many other programs. The Six-Year Program is conducted entirely in the Faculty of Medicine. In certain instances, Six-Year Program participants take classes with Four-Year Program students. Moreover, the JUMC Six-Year Program does not offer multiple degrees at its conclusion. Commencing with the initial year, the program requires a clinical experience every year of study.


First-Year Courses:

The focus of the first year is on the basic sciences. Here students learn the healthy function of the human body, including anatomy, physiology and biochemistry, among others. Students are introduced to clinical skills and practice as well, concluding their first year with a summer clinical clerkship. This early focus on clinical skills maximizes the opportunities students have to experience different aspects and problems in providing health care. From the commencement of their studies, students are expected to work at the highest level.

A student must successfully complete all of the First-Year Courses to continue to the second year and to graduate.

Click on the links below for a brief synopsis of each course. The descriptions will include the major competencies students are expected to acquire and list other essential elements and special features, including assessment.

First-Year Courses:

Human Anatomy with Embryology

Biochemistry with Chemistry

Human Physiology

Histology with Cytophysiology

Genetics with Molecular Genetics

Medical First Aid Part 1

Medical Polish

Health and Safety

Summer Clerkship


Second-Year Courses:

In the second year, the program continues to emphasize the basic sciences, however, the focus shifts to the pathology of the human body. Students also begin to learn pharmacological treatment of disease. The curriculum of the second year emphasizes the clinical experience and examines broader questions facing health care professionals, like ethics and the impact of sociological and demographic forces on medicine. The broadening of subject matter does not diminish the program’s overall focus on basic science.


Students also complete a summer clerkship to continue to develop their clinical skills.

A student must successfully complete all of the Second-Year Courses to continue to the third year and to graduate.

Click on the links below for a brief description of each course.

Second-Year Courses:


Introduction to Clinical Medicine

Medical Polish

Microbiology with Parasitology and Immunology


Biophysical fundamentals of medical technologies


Medical Sociology

Telemedicine with elements of medical simulation

Laboratory training of Clinical Skills

Clinical Psychology

Medical First Aid Part II

Medical Ethics

History of Medicine

Summer Clerkship


Third-Year Courses:

The third-year curriculum shifts its focus from basic sciences to clinical practice. Students begin bedside teaching at the various Jagiellonian University hospitals in courses such as Internal Medicine and Pediatrics. Students work in small groups providing them with extensive direct communication with the patient to practice history taking and physical exams. They also are provided individualized assessment, and focused support of skills. The curriculum of the third year challenges program participants to explore and master large amounts of medical material.


Students also complete a summer clerkship to continue to develop their clinical skills.

A student must successfully complete all of the Third-Year Courses to continue the fourth year and to graduate.

Click on the links below for a brief description of each course.

Third-Year Courses:

Internal Medicine

Pediatrics (Introduction; Part 1)





Medical Polish


Anatomy – integrated course

Pathology – integrated course

Laboratory Diagnostics

Epidemiology and Public Health

EBM with elements of medical statistics


Clinical Electives

Clinical Psychology

Laboratory Training of Clinical Skills

Summer Clerkship


Fourth-Year Courses:

The fourth year emphasizes clinical training with bedside teaching and students are provided with the opportunity to practice their clinical skills through regular patient interactions. The fourth year curriculum includes a continuation of the Internal Medicine course. Students receive instruction in this specialty as they visit new departments, broadening their perspective on medical problems and their treatment. They also continue the second year of clinical practice in the pediatrics hospital. Clinical instruction in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics continues through the sixth year.


Students also complete a summer clerkship to continue to develop their clinical skills.

A student must successfully complete all of the Fourth-Year Courses to continue the fourth year and to graduate.

Click on the links below for a brief description of each course.

Fourth-Year Courses:

Internal Medicine




Otorhinolaryngology with Propedeutics to Dentistry

Family Medicine

Obstetrics and Gynecology

Biochemistry – integrated course

Physiology – integrated course

Clinical Genetics

Anesthesiology and Intensive Care

Medical law and deontology

Medical Polish

Clinical Elective


Pathology – integrated course

Clinical Immunology

Laboratory Training of Clinical Skills


Clinical Microbiology – integrated course

Occupational Medicine

Nuclear Medicine

Summer Clerkship


Fifth-Year Courses:

The fifth year concludes the formal medical coursework. It also provides ample opportunity for further development of clinical skills. Students learn to tie the patient history and physical exam together with laboratory values and imaging studies leading to the diagnosis and treatment. This comprehensive teaching technique prepares students for real-life patient care.


Students also complete a summer clerkship to continue to develop their clinical skills.

A student must successfully complete all of the Fifth-Year Courses to continue to the sixth year and to graduate.

Click on the links below for a brief description of each course.

Fifth-Year Courses:

Surgery with Traumatology

 Internal Medicine

Infectious Diseases




Gerontology and Palliative Medicine

Obstetrics and Gynecology



Clinical Microbiology – integrated course

Forensic Medicine

Anesthesiology and Intensive Care


Emergency Medicine

Medical Polish


Laboratory Training of Clinical Skills

Clinical Pharmacology



Summer Clerkship


Sixth-Year Courses:

The student concludes the final year of study through participating exclusively in clinical experiences.

A student must successfully complete all of the Sixth-Year Courses to graduate.

Click on the links below for a brief description of each course.

Sixth-Year Courses:

Internal Medicine

Clinical elective



Family Medicine


Emergency Medicine

Obstetrics and Gynecology


For a complete list of all the Six-Year Course materials, please refer to: 6 Yr Program Curriculum Overview.

MD Program for University/ College Students (Four-Year Program)*
*admissions until academic year 2018/19

First Year M-1
The M-1 curriculum combines traditional basic science courses and lectures with an introduction to the clinical experience. First-year students spend a substantial amount of time in the development of their laboratory skills. Students learn to apply the basic sciences to problems of human health. In their first year, students participate in courses on clinical Propedeutics and integrated teaching, combining elements of basic and clinical sciences.

Click on the links below for a brief synopsis of each course.  The descriptions will include the major competencies students are expected to acquire, and list other essential elements and special features, including assessment. A student must successfully complete all of the M-1 courses to continue to the second year and to graduate.

First-Year Courses: M-1

M-1 Histology

M – 1 Microbiology with Parasitology

M-1 Clinical Skills

M-1 Physiology with Biophysics

M-1 Ethics

M-1 Research

M-1 Immunology

M-1 Genetics

M-1 Human Anatomy with Embryology

M-1 Emergency Medicine

M – 1 Biochemistry

M – 1 Introduction to Clinical Sciences

M – 1 Advanced Medical Polish

M-1 Summer Clerkship

Basic Science Electives (Student Chooses 1):

 M – 1 Neurosciences (basic and elective)

M – 1 Introduction to Clinical Radiology

M – 1 Medical Writing



Second Year M-2

The M-2 curriculum emphasizes specific medical subjects while continuing to develop the student’s core scientific and clinical capacities. Students begin to combine different basic science disciplines into an understanding of pathology, microbiology and immunology. Students consider pharmacological approaches to the treatment of disease.

All courses continue to emphasize traditional basic science while also developing students’ clinical skills in one or more of Jagiellonian University’s hospitals or clinics.

A student must successfully complete all of the M-2 courses to continue to the third year and to graduate.

Click on the links below for a brief description of each course. 

Second-Year Courses: M-2


M-2 Professionalism and Communication Skills I

M-2 Surgery

M-2 Radiology

M-2 Pharmacology

M-2 Nuclear Medicine

M-2 Introduction to Neurology

M-2 Emergency Medicine II

M-2 Dermatology

M-2 Clinical Psychology

M-2 Anatomy integrated course with Surgery

M-2 Internal Medicine with Laboratory Diagnostics

M-2 Infectious Diseases

M-2 Pathology

M-2 Medical Polish

M-2 Clinical Microbiology

M-2 Otorhinolaryngology


Third Year M-3

In the third year of study, JUMC students shift from placing the majority of their effort in basic science to clinical activities.

Students participate in required medical and surgical clinical rotations. They begin to develop the skills, attitudes and behaviors necessary to recognize, treat and, as appropriate, make referrals to specialists. They also deepen their understanding of the demands, both personal and intellectual, to practice some of those medical and surgical specialties.

A student may only participate in a required or core clinical rotation at a JUMC hospital or other JUMC facility in Kraków.

A student must successfully complete all of the M-3 courses to continue to the third year and to graduate.

Click the links below for a brief description of each third-year course.


Third Year Courses: M-3

M-3 Ophthalmology

M-3 Surgery

M-3 Pediatrics

M-3 Internal Medicine

M-3 Professionalism and Communication Skills II

M-3 Epidemiology and Public Health

M-3 Orthopedics and Rehabilitation

M-3 Psychiatry

M-3 Toxicology


M-3 Forensic Medicine

M-3 Emergency Medicine III

M-3 Medical Polish

M3- Family Medicine

M-3 Palliative Medicine

M-3 Oncology

M-3 Geriatrics

M-3 Neurology


Fourth Year M-4

In the fourth year, having developed their basic clinical skills, students become more involved in the treatment of health conditions as interns. At the end of the fourth year, JUMC students should be sufficiently skilled in clinical practice to perform well in any first-year residency program in any reputable hospital system.

Students are permitted to participate in clinical rotations falling outside the scope of the required clinical courses, yet reflecting the needs of mod­ern medicine. Students may take elective clinical courses offered in the United States, Canada and the EU, if the courses meet certain criteria.

Attending physicians and senior residents analyze student performance in this period.

A student must successfully complete all of the M-4 courses to graduate.

Click the links below for a brief description of fourth-year elective courses offered in JUMC.

Fourth Year Courses- M-4

Clinical electives:

M-4 Internal Medicine

M-4 Surgery

M-4 Pediatrics

M-4 Psychiatry

M-4 Family Medicine

M-4 Emergency Medicine


M-4 Clinical electives (of choice)


For a complete list of all JUMC course materials, please refer to: 4 Yr Program Curriculum Overview

Graduation Requirements (Four and Six-year program)

A student must complete the following in order to be awarded a medical doctor degree from Jagiellonian University Medical College:

  • Satisfactorily complete all M-1, M-2, M-3, M-4 courses (Four-Year Program); or
  • Satisfactorily complete all courses of first, second, third, fourth, fifth and sixth year (Six-Year Program); and
  • Obtain at least 360 ECTS points through the completion of required courses.

For additional information, please refer to Sections 4, 10 5. and 15 of the Rules and Regulations of Jagiellonian University, Resolutions Nos. 42 and 43/IV/2012, adopted April 25, 2012. JU Rules.

Current Degree Programs

The Jagiellonian University Faculty of Medicine confers a Doctor of Medicine (MD) upon graduation.

Global Health Learning Opportunities

JUMC, together with more than 30 other world-class medical universities, participates in Global Health Learning Opportunities (“GHLO”), a collaborative that assists final year medical students in participating in clinical, research or public health electives outside their home country or outside the country where their medical school is located. GHLO was developed in part through the efforts of the Association of American Medical Colleges.

The Institution’s Faculty and other Instructional Personnel

JUMC has the following administrative units: the Faculty of Medicine, the Faculty of Pharmacy, the Faculty of Health Sciences, the University Hospitals, the Department of Research and International Cooperation. For further information on each, please refer to the following:

Locations: Instructional, Laboratory and other Physical Facilities which related to the Academic Program

Classes are taught throughout the Jagiellonian University campus, depending on the subject matter. Required clinical rotations are conducted at the following owned and operated Jagiellonian University locations:

Fees, Costs and Mandatory Health Insurance

For information regarding the cost of tuition, please refer to 2016/2017 Academic Fees. For information regarding student housing, please refer to: Dormitory Fees. For information regarding Non-EU Student Health Insurance, please refer to Non-EU Student Health Insurance. For payment information, please refer to Method of Payment. The cost of books is estimated to be approximately $1,200 per year for the Four-Year Program and $775 per year for the Six-Year Program.

Financial Aid

JUMC accepts tuition payments from the US Direct Loan program and private loans.

Students can use US Direct Loans and private loans to cover some or all of their cost of attendance. 

For more information on US Direct Loans, please refer to: US Direct Loans.

For more information about Private Loans, please refer to: Private Loans.

Names of Associations Agencies or Government Bodies that accredit, approve or license JUMC

Approval to operate:

Ministry of Science and Higher Education

ul. Hoza 20

Warsaw, Warsaw Poland 00-529

Telephone:      +4822 529-2718

Fax:                 +4822 628-0922




Polish Commission of Accreditation (Polska Komisja Akredytacyjna or PAKA)

ul. Żurawia 32/34
00-515 Warszawa

Telephone:      +48 22 622 07 18

             +48 22 831 15 53



JUMC shall, upon request by any prospective or current student, provide a copy of documentation describing its operating authority issued by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education and its accreditation by PAKA. JUMC will also provide to any prospective or current student the current contact information for inquiries or for filing complaints with the Ministry or PAKA. Any prospective or current student should email his/her request for documentation or information to

Plans for Improving the Academic Program

In addition to ongoing enhancements of its course offerings, JUMC is undertaking measures to improve both the performance of its students and the quality of their experience.

JUMC has made the Comprehensive Basic Science (cNBME) self-assessment testing available to first and second-year students of the Four-Year Program on a mandatory basis. Such self-assessments help students determine their readiness to take the exam required to practice medicine in the United States, the USMLE. Students of the Six-Year Program who wish to take it may also take the self-assessment, although it is not mandatory.

JUMC will also benefit from the University’s effort to improve its medical infrastructure. A new University hospital is under construction and it is anticipated it will be completed in 2019.  The hospital will contain state of the art medical technology. It will also contain a venue structured for JUMC students to practice their clinical skills on “virtual patients.”  It will have a new classroom with computer rooms configured for students to take the cNBME examination.


Institutional Refund Policy

Where a student does not receive US financial aid and discontinues a program for reasons other than “poor academic standing,” the Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and the President of the School Council review the student’s application to withdraw and for a refund of tuition. If they deem it appropriate under the circumstances to allow the withdrawal and reimburse the student for a portion of the tuition fee, a refund is provided in accordance with the following general guidelines:

A tuition refund will be for the semester in which the student withdraws only. Up to 50% of the tuition fee may be refunded for the semester when the student completed less than 60% of the semester; 100% when the student completed less than 10% of the semester.

When a student receives US financial aid, JUMC follows US guidelines for making refunds. For information, please refer to: US Tuition Refund Guidelines

Academic Term

The academic year starts on October 1 and ends September 30 of the following calendar year.  It is divided into two semesters. See Rule 6, Rules and Regulations of the 1st and 2nd Level and Uniform Master’s Programs at the Jagiellonian University. Rule 1 d) provides that an academic year is “a calendar period in which classes and examinations provided in the study plan and curriculum are conducted and credits are granted.” See JU Rules.

Credit System

In accordance with Section 4 of the Rules and Regulations of the 1st and 2nd Level and Uniform Master’s Programs at the Jagiellonian University, the Council of the Faculty of Medicine has adopted a study plan and curriculum for both the Four-Year and Six-Year Programs leading to a medical doctor degree. Section 10 of the Rules and Regulations provides that a student completing a study year in accordance with the relevant study plan and curriculum will receive at least 60 European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (“ECTS”) credits.

The Faculty of Medicine will confer credit towards a medical doctor degree on students transferring from other medical schools in the EU based upon the ECTS. The ECTS enables students from various countries to attain ECTS credit points at participating institutions of higher learning. One full-time academic year in a subject area generally corresponds to 60 ECTS credits. For further information on ECTS, please refer to ECTS Users Guide.

Section 29 4. of the Rules and Regulations of the 1st and 2nd Level and Uniform Master’s Programs at the Jagiellonian University provides that the conditions and rules for transferring a student from another university or changing a major specialization at the Jagiellonian University shall be determined by the Council of the basic organizational unit. In accordance with Section 29 4., the Council of the Faculty of Medicine has adopted a policy on conferring academic credits towards an MD degree based upon ECTS. See JU Rules.

Educational Standards

For JUMC Educational Standards, please refer to: JUMC Educational Standards.

Class/Lecture Attendance

Attendance at lectures and other classes, for example, seminars, bedside teaching, workshops, is mandatory. Individual courses may have specific requirements for attendance. Attendance requirements for individual courses may be found in the course syllabus.

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