IMFE – studies with a bright future

Asian Studies – Studies with a bright future!

In March 2016 Asian Studies, offered by the Institute of the Middle and Far East of the Jagiellonian University were awarded the certificate "Studia z przyszłością" [Studies with a Future]. The Competition and the Accreditation Programme under the same name are carried out by the Foundation for the Development of Education and Higher Education with the supervision of the Minister of Education. Every year the Foundation awards the most modern and innovative majors and study programmes which best correspond to the needs of the labour market along with the expectations of the socio-economic environment.

Asian Studies, offered by the Institute of the Middle and Far East of the JU were the only study programme awarded in 2016 which connects features of both social studies and humanities. It is an interdisciplinary major which offers the Middle East modules as well as four modules pertaining to the issues of Far East: China, Japan, Korea, India and South Asia.

Outstanding area studies

The programme at the Institute of the Middle and Far East entails an extended study of cultures, social relations, traditions, political practices, religion and customs of the Middle and Far Eastern countries. Particular focus is put on learning and understanding of events currently unfolding in the area. This type of studies, known as area studies, is especially widespread and popular in Western Europe and the United States. We are the first ones to aim at the development of this type of studies in Poland.

We teach Oriental languages

Our intention is for the proficiency in those to be an important competence of our graduates, allowing them better mobility in the business, media, political and scientific worlds. The students of all modules study two languages, including one Oriental: Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Hindi, Arabic or Hebrew – a 540-hour course while at first degree studies and a 360-hour course at second degree studies. Besides the language central to the given module we also offer the opportunity to learn a second Oriental language.

Access to international scholarships and summer schools

Every year our students take part in various foreign exchange programs. We have established a wide network of international cooperation both as a University and as a Faculty, and as the latter we possess the highest number of signed and well-functioning international arrangements.

We organize summer schools in the Far and Middle Eastern countries; this year they are to take place in Maroco, South India and Sri Lanka.

Directions of growth

The Institute operates the first and the largest in Poland Confucius Institute as well as tje Taiwan Studies Centre and the Korean King Sejong Institute.

.Starting the academic year 2017/018 we will open new unique modules: Central Asia (with Chinese language and Russian optionally) and South-East Asia (Bahasa or Vietnamese).