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Jesuit University of Philosophy and Education Ignatianum

Country: Poland

City: Cracow


Type of school: Public Universities


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Who we are

Ignatianum is the only Jesuit university in Poland and one of only four Catholic universities in the whole country, made up of 38 million citizens. It was founded in 1989, right after the overthrow of the communism regime by the Solidarity movement (Solidarność), when hitherto banned Catholic education reemerged. The University is located very close to the old town of Cracow, the previous capital and historical center of the country, inhabited by 750 000 people.

The Mission of the University Ignatianum in Cracow

As a Catholic University, we:

  • derive our inspiration from the Christian way of life,
  • serve the family of humankind in the spirit of the Gospel,
  • engage in the struggle for faith and justice,
  • strive to be a place of dialogue between the Gospel and the culture at large.

Moreover, as a Jesuit University, we are also engaged in sharing with others the longstanding tradition of educational excellence and experience developed by generations of members of the So-ciety of Jesus, driven by the principle “ad maiorem Dei gloriam” (for the greater glory of God). In this way we share in Jesuit tradition and charism, being a part of some 200 Jesuit universities world-wide. Our main goal is to provide our students with an education of the highest possible level: one that will empower them, through the knowledge and competences they acquire, not only to strive towards their own fruitful professional development and self-fulfillment, but also, thanks to Igna-tian pedagogy, to facilitate their spiritual, moral and social growth as human beings.

Traditional values,modern studies

The reason for that was the persecution of the Catholic Church during the Communism time (1945-1989), when Catholic schools were banned. With an exception of one university, all Catholic educa-tional institutions were prohibited until 1989. For the last 25 years an effort to rebuild Jesuit education in Poland has been taking place. An enormous labor has been put into this endeavor, due to the loss of almost all pre-WWII colleges, a result of the post-war political arrangement, which included the loss of two thirds of the previous Polish territory. Starting from a scratch, the Jesuits have managed to open three high-schools, one Theological Faculty in Warsaw and one University in Cracow.

Only after 1989, when Poland became a sovereign liberal democracy, was coming back to traditional education possible. At present there are several educational institutions run by the Jesuits in Poland, like the Stanisław Kostka Jesuit School Complex in Gdynia, the Jesuit Center of Education in Nowy Sącz, the Stanisław Kostka Jesuit Gymnasium in Cracow, the Jesuit Public Gymnasium in Mysłowice, the “Socius” Post-Secondary School in Mysłowice, Collegium Bobolanum (a part of the Pontifical Theological Faculty in Warsaw), and the Jesuit University ‘Ignatianum’ in Cracow

Jesuit University Ignatianum in Cracow is a Catholic institution of higher education run by the Southern Polish Province of the Society of Jesus. The University is endowed with all the rights of a na-tional Polish higher-education facility. The legal status of Ignatianum is specified by the following legal acts: Umowa między Rządem Rzeczypospolitej Polskiej a Konferencją Episkopatu Polski [The Agreement between the Government of Poland and The Conference of the Episcopate of Poland], Kon-stytucja apostolska „Sapientia Christiana” [the “Sapientia Christiana” Apostolic Constitution], and the University Ignatianum Charter, approved by the Vatican Congregation for Catholic Education.

The tradition of Jesuit University Ignatianum reaches back to the end of the 19th century, when the initial development of an educational and research center run by the Society of Jesus in Cracow took place. In the 1930s, the Philosophical Department of the Society of Jesus gained the right to offer BA studies programs to the scholastics. With the political changes that happened in Poland after 1989, it became possible to extend the educational offer further, to include lay students.

On the 500 th anniversary of the birth of Ignatius Loyola and the 450 th anniversary of the founda-tion of the Jesuit Order, the first secular students of philosophy and pedagogy entered Ignatianum. The rapid development of the Jesuit research center has also enabled an expansion of the range of studies. At present, apart from philosophy and educational sciences, one can also study cultural studies, social work, political science, psychology, journalism and social communication, and Eng-lish philology. Ignatianum continues to expand its educational offerings, with more and more of its institutes gaining the right to confer Master’s and PhD-level qualifications upon students.



Bachelor's studies (BA)

Faculty of Pedagogy


  • Pedagogy of social rehabilitation with social prevention
  • Pre-school education and early school education

Social Work

  • Social work with the child and with the family
  • Social work with migrants and refugees

English philology

  • English teaching in kindergartens and primary schools
  • Editing English-language texts
  • Intercultural communication in business

Administration and public policy

  • Self-government administration and European funds
  • Public administration and state service
  • Analyst and coordinator of public policies in administration
  • Administration and Public Policy in the European Union

Science of politics

  • Cyber security
  • Public safety
  • Security logistics
  • Public relations and political marketing
  • International Politics and Communication

Management and new technologies in the public sphere

  • Management in public administration
  • Infobrokering and information management

Faculty of Philosophy

Journalism and Social Communication

  • Online journalism
  • Press journalism
  • Radio journalism
  • Television journalism

Tourism and Recreation

  • Regional tourism
  • Business and qualified tourism


  • Ethics education
  • Ethics and philocoaching
  • Classical and contemporary philosophy

Cultural Studies

  • Cyberculture and media
  • Arts education
  • Cultural tourism
  • Visual arts and theater
  • Management of cultural institutions

Five-year Master’s level (MA) studies – Psychology

  • Support development
  • Clinical psychology
  • Psychocriminology


Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in Myslowice:


  • Pedagogy Rehabilitation
  • Pedagogic care and education
  • Pre-school education and early school education

Journalism and Social Communication

  • Internet journalism with computer science

English philology

  • Teaching English in kindergartens and primary schools
  • Editing English-language texts
  • Intercultural communication in business


Master's studies (MA)

Faculty of Pedagogy


  • Early school education
  • Rehabilitation pedagogy with crisis intervention
  • Family pedagogy and childcare
  • School pedagogy with pedagogical therapy

Social work

  • Social prevention with crisis intervention
  • Activation, counseling and support for the elderly and the disabled

Administration and public policy

  • Government administration and public policy making
  • Self-government administration and local development

Science of politics

  • State security
  • Media advertising and promotion in the public sphere
  • Political analyst
  • Cyber security

Faculty of Philosophy


  • Ethics and philocoaching
  • Philosophy of the mind

Cultural studies

  • Cyberculture and media
  • Cultural education
  • Cultural tourism
  • Visual arts and theater
  • Promotion of culture
  • Culture of Central and Eastern Europe

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in Myslowice:


  • Pedagogy Rehabilitation
  • Pedagogic care and education
  • Pre-school education and early school education
  • Education for security with crisis management


The Academy of Ignatianum in Cracow offers the following postgraduate programs:

  • Professional counseling
  • Pre-school and early-school education
  • Speech Therapy
  • Pre-school catechumen
  • Prophylaxis of sexual violence against children and adolescents
  • Mathematically gifted children: diagnosis, support for development and education
  • Working with family with mediation elements
  • Sociotherapy
  • Streetworking is an interdisciplinary way of working in the street
  • Early support for the development and education of children and adolescents with autism, Asperger syndrome, and related disorders.
  • Education for family life and sexual education
  • Pre-school education with pedagogical preparation
  • Public administration
  • Cybersecurity
  • Citizens' budgets, social consultations, local democracy
  • Organization and management in education
  • Public safety
  • Internet technologies in politics
  • Philosophy and ethics with elements of coaching
  • Knowledge of culture and art
  • Art therapy in cultural animation
  • Modern digital technologies and multimedia graphics
  • Communication and cultural migration
  • Psychooncology


The Academic Library of the Jesuit Order in Cracow

The Academic Library of the Jesuit Order in Cracow The Academic Library of the Jesuit Order in Cracow continues the legacy of Jesuit libraries previously affiliated with the Publishing House WAM (belonging to the Order) and the Philosophical
Department of the Society of Jesus in Cracow. It is one of the founding members of FIDES – the  Federation of Church Libraries.

The library holds a vast collection of internationally recognized works in the field of the humanities. Within the library collection itself, there are over 400,000 items: books, journals, and special collections that consist of antique works, manuscripts, photocopies, and microfilms. The
enlargement of the collection by a couple of thousand items every year is made possible through purchases, donations, and institutional exchanges. A large part of the library’s collection consists  of publications in foreign languages. From the 1990’s on, the library has maintained its own digital catalogues, accessible via internet.

An especially valued and important part of the library’s collection contains materials pertaining to the history of the Society of Jesus in Poland. These valuable research materials are being used by
numerous scholars from Poland and abroad.

The access to the library’s collection is free of charge and does not require any additional subscriptions. Most of it is accessible through the website, by placing orders that are realized by the library staff. The freely accessible part of the collection can be read in the reading rooms. Most rooms are adapted for disabled persons.

The library provides information based on its own resources, and cooperation with other insti- tutions. Users of the library can receive direct assistance from the staff and take part in various training events. For more information:


Ignatianum  Academic Press

Ignatianum Academic Press is a part of Jesuit University Ignatianum. It publishes mainly scholarly works produced by the academic community. These are published in series form or standalone studies. Our Academic Press issues more than 30 books each year in the areas of pedagogy, philosophy, political science, the didactics of religion, and the history of culture and education. The publications of our Press are co-edited with the Publishing House WAM, and are distributed through their network all over Poland.

The Center for Dialogue and Culture

The Center for Dialogue and Culture (Centrum Kultury i Dialogu – CKiD) has been a part of Ignatianum since 1991. Its main aim is to further reflection and research on the subject of cultural challenges in the context of contemporary civilizational transformations. The diverse meetings, conferences and events organized by the center focus on issues of inter-cultural and inter-religious dialogue. They mainly serve the purpose of stimulating interest and debate in connection with the pressing philosophical and cultural problems of (post)modernity, by bringing both the Eastern and Western cultural heritages. They also function to raise the profile of Ignatianum in intellectual circles in Cracow.

The Ignatianum Children’s Academy

The Ignatianum Children’s Academy (Akademia Dziecięca Ignatianum) is an educational enter-prise for children aged 6 to 12, modeled after the European Children’s University Network – EUCUNET. Its immediate aim is to help children to discover their own hobbies and develop their scientific interests beyond what is required of them by the school program. Classes are specifically tailored to the cognitive abilities of the young, and seek to enable them to discover the secrets of philosophy, culture and tradition, and to become more sensitive to both other human beings and nature.

The Child Protection Center

The Child Protection Center (Centrum Ochrony Dziecka – COD) is an inter-departmental unit of the

University that has been active since March 2015. Its mission is to foster education on the topic of child sexual abuse and its prevention. COD organizes postgraduate studies, conferences and workshops for all those considered competent to prevent child sexual abuse, in order to develop standards for the creation of safe environments for young people in a variety of educational and religious institutions. Through mutual cooperation between pedagogical theorists and practitioners, the Center aims to produce specialists who will be able to create systems of protection against sexual abuse of children in the organizations they work in, as well as assess risk factors, and react in situations where children are being harmed. COD cooperates with other similar institutions from different countries, with the objective of becoming a tool for dialogue and the sharing of experience in the area of the Catholic Church’s response to the abuse of young people in the countries of East-Central Europe.


The Academic Choir of the University Ignatianum

The Academic Choir was created in 2001. Its founders were Professor Władysław Kubik, S.J., rector of Ignatianum, and Andrzej Wilk, professor and music educator. The first director of the choir was Małgorzata Gawor. At the beginning the choir consisted of just a few students from the Department of Education, but within a short period has become a fully polyphonic choir with members from all departments of Ignatianum. Starting from 2015 the director has been Paweł Herod. Traditionally, the choir performs at the official academic events held at Ignatianum, as well as at various secular and church festivals and holidays.

The Students’ Council of Ignatianum

The Students’ Council of the University is a place where every student can find something interesting. Knowing the needs and preferences of the whole body of students, it is able to create events and projects that will be available to everyone and will let every person pursue their interests in an en-joyable way. The “Cecyliada” November Student Art Festival, the Ignatianum Spring Soccer Event, the many movie nights in the University’s grounds, and student parties at great Cracow clubs, are just a fraction of the variety of interesting activities organized by the Council during the academic year. The Council is also very active in charity work, both in connection with events and campaigns going on at Ignatianum generally, and linked to those specifically invented by its members. All these activities aim to build a community of students, and create incentives for active engagement during one’s studies at Ignatianum.

The Union of PhD Students of Ignatianum Jesuit University

The Union of PhD Students of Jesuit University Ignatianum in Cracow is an official body representing postgraduates. It has the right to formulate and present requests and viewpoints concerning matters relevant to PhD candidates before the university’s academic authorities, and in the aca-demic environment. In its activities, the Union and its members not only represent the interests of postgraduates students, but also cooperate with other public initiatives to further a variety of social goals. An example of such cooperation is the involvement in the “Szlachetna Paczka” (Noble Parcel) Project, a Poland-wide charity campaign around Christmas. Among the Union’s statutory tasks is that of supporting initiatives of PhD candidates, what takes the form of organizing vari-ous courses, conferences, art exhibitions and other cultural events. The Union also cooperates with scientific associations for PhD candidates, in order to expand their knowledge and broaden their interests in the fields of cultural studies, philosophy, education and social work.

Ignatian Center of Voluntary Service


Ignatian Center of Voluntary Service (Ignacjańskie Centrum Wolontariatu) is an inter-departmental unit of the University. Its main purpose is to initiate, organize and promote a voluntary work, what is achieved through integration of people engaged in the field of humanitarian activities. The Center supports volunteers in their development through courses and trainings, as well as through possibility of sharing their experience. The involvement serves to increase of social awareness among young people, and understand the idea of MAGIS, a Jesuit high-standard profile.

Foundation Ignatianum


The Foundation serves the University by supporting educational and developmental activities. It assists especially the students in their initiatives and search for jobs in the labor market, by organizing workshops, personal development courses or access to the network of business organizations. Since 2014 the Foundation enjoys the status of Public Benefit Organization (tax-deductible), which allows to receive 1% of the income tax from individuals. For more information:

All information about studies, enrollment, required documents and fees can be found on Enrolment sub-page.

Jesuit University of Philosophy and Education Ignatianum

St. Kopernika 26 31-501 Cracow





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