About JUMC

more than 650 years of experience in teaching and research     * 3 faculties     * 10 degree courses     * 6000 students     * 1552 academic teachers and researches     * 160 full professors


Jagiellonian University Medical College is a part the Jagiellonian University – the oldest higher education institution in Poland and one of the oldest in Europe. It was founded on May 12, 1364 by the Polish king Casimir the Great. It has been an international institution since its inception. Poles, Ruthenians, Lithuanians, Hungarians, Germans, Czechs, the Swiss, the English, the Dutch, the French the Spanish, Italians, and even Tatars studied here in the old days.

JU MC is formed by three faculties: Faculty of Medicine – instituted in 1364, Poland’s oldest unit schooling physicians, Faculty of Pharmacy, and Faculty of Health Sciences.

All faculties cooperate with numerous European and American universities, currently putting into effect many bilateral agreements with institutions from a number of countries. We are accredited by the U.S. Department of Education and Medical Board of California. Since 2007, we have ranked the first in the category of medical universities in the most important annual university ranking in Poland.

Part of JU MC is the School of Medicine in English. Its rapid development resulted in currently educating nearly 700 students coming from five continents. SME cooperates with institutions playing an important role in the American and European educational systems, like the National Board of Examiners, the Association of American Medical Colleges, and the European Board of Medical Assessors. SME graduates are completing their residencies and postgraduate training in university hospitals in various countries such as the USA, Canada, Australia, England, Ireland, Norway, Sweden, as well as Poland.

The University also offers doctoral and postgraduate studies for physicians from various regions of the country in all fields of medicine.

Didactic base for clinical teaching includes the University Hospital, University Children’s Hospital, University Hospital of Orthopedics and Rehabilitation in Zakopane, University Clinic of Dentistry, and select clinical departments located in Krakow. University Hospitals are leading medical facilities that blend years of experience with state-of-the-art medicine.

Our prestige in Poland and abroad is illustrated by widely recognised research achievements and rise of the number of patent applications and patents year by year. The scientists and physicians from the JU Medical College carry out pioneer studies, e.g. in cardiac surgery, urology, and neurology, often leading to development of novel treatment methods. Their findings have been published in some of the most prestigious international journals like European Journal of Cardio-Thoracic Medicine, New England Journal of Medicine, Journal of Medicinal Chemistry, and Lancet.

The Jagiellonian University was recognised by the international databases such as Web of Science and Elsevier Scopus as possessing the most prolific researchers in Poland, publishing the most academic papers. In 2018, it was the only Polish and Eastern European higher education institution in Reuter’s Top 100: Europe’s Most Innovative Universities ranking.

JU MC is an heir to the long tradition in educating highly-specialized medical personnel for the whole of the healthcare system. The status of the oldest educational institution in Poland obligates us to maintain the highest standards in teaching, research, and clinical activity.

As per or motto: "INSPIRED BY THE PAST, WE SHAPE THE FUTURE", we continue the work of our renowned graduates and professors in order to meet the new challenges of modern times.