Master in Cultural Studies: Comparative Heritage Studies (COHES)


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Programme Description

This two-year full-time Comparative Heritage Studies (COHES) MA program offers a wide range of knowledge on cultural heritage in literature, art, theatre, architecture, urban space, and sites of memory, particularly those found in Krakow and inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage list. The COHES program focuses on the multi-ethnic, multinational, multilingual nature of heritage, approaching it from three angles: Digital Heritage, Visual Heritage, and Comparative and Translated Heritage.


Graduate’s profile

The knowledge gained by COHES graduates will allow them to broaden their understanding of the dynamics shaping heritage in the contemporary world, both in symbolic and material terms. Graduates will be prepared to identify and analyse social, cultural, and political actions that affect the recognition and protection of cultural heritage, as well as its management and education. They will receive qualifications to work in international cultural centers, particularly museums, archival/research, diplomatic, or academic institutes, publishing houses, and libraries. These studies will train young scholars to use interdisciplinary tools in a critical and comparative fashion, helping them to work in multilingual and multicultural environments.


Canon courses (mandatory)

  • Theory of Culture
  • History of Polish Culture and Literature in Comparative Perspective (Old)
  • Sociology and Anthropology of Culture
  • Introduction to Visual and Memory Studies (VH)
  • Introduction to Digital Humanities (DH)
  • Introduction to Translation Studies (T/CH)
  • Performatics
  • History of Polish Culture and Literature in Comparative Perspective (Modern
  • Methodology of Cultural Studies
  • Modern Visual Studies
  • Culture of Small Communities in Central and Eastern Europe
  • Cultural History of Comparative literature

Specialty electives/modules

  • Options

Language courses

  • Language Instruction (with elements of language history, language culture, intellectual property law, and labour law)
  • Translatorium (with elements of language history, language culture, intellectual property law, and labour law)

MA seminars/tutorials

  • Seminars/tutorials


  • Internships

MA thesis

  • MA thesis, final exam, defence


The Jagiellonian University in Krakow

Join us at Jagiellonian University, the best and the most prestigious university in Poland, with a very rich tradition of academic excellence that dates back to the fourteenth century.

Live and study at the academic heart of Central Europe, the home of excellent researchers in many disciplines, including the humanities, social sciences, medicine, mathematics, and natural sciences. The University has many international partners, and our students benefit from various forms of study exchange, shared virtual classrooms, visits of guest professors, and many other aspects of international co-operation. The Faculty of International and Political Studies, which will be your home department, is widely recognized for its research on areas and countries, politics, international relations, and intercultural studies. 

Entry requirements

To apply for second-cycle (graduate) programs candidates must hold a diploma of graduation from at least a first-cycle program or another document, either deemed equal with an appropriate Polish diploma or giving its holder the right to undertake second-cycle studies in the country of issuance.

Additional formal requirements for each study program (such as having earned a specific number of points from interview verifying level of competency in the English language) can be found on the OAS website in respective study cards in the 'qualification rules' tab.

Final result calculation

Order on the ranking lists is determined by candidates' final results calculated on the basis of:

  • higher education grades or/and
  • entrance exams (interview, test or written examination) or/and
  • additional element (e.g. motivation letter, description of academic and educational achievements)

We accept a number of recognized language certificates Admission deadline: ongoing until September.


Galina (Russia): "The program offered by the Centre for Advanced Studies in the Humanities (CASH) of the Jagiellonian University gives a unique opportunity for foreigners and locals to gain in-depth knowledge of Polish culture and practice to research it. The immersive and comparative contact with heritage can turn out to be a far more reaching method of expanding Polish culture worldwide than it might appear at first."

Sheng (China): "Kraków is one of the best cities I have visited in Europe. Of course, I am living here too, and this city is full of arts and nightlife, you will enjoy it here. Studying at Jagiellonian University is a nice thing, the faculty at our centre is very helpful. As an Asian student, I feel it is not easy to learn European culture, be ready for this and you will have a lot of things to do. By the way, winter is a cold season, live in Poland with learning some Polish, you will live better."

Mehek (Pakistan): "I feel honored that I chose to study in a university that dates its legacy back to 1364. COHES program gave me a chance to meet people from all over the globe, which would have been a rare opportunity otherwise. My masters’ degree has made me an individual who can look at issues critically. It has given me an edge over others to think broadly about various subjects, especially to look at heritage through a comparative lens. My degree has taught me to explore the topic at hand and look at it critically through different perspectives and hence, has helped me to grow as an individual intellectually. Therefore, this two-year journey has been an enriching experience which includes fun, learning, and memorable moments which I will treasure for the rest of my life."


Application fee

The application fee is 85 PLN.

Tuition fee

The tuition is 7000 EUR for the first year and 3500 EUR for the second year (10500 EUR/program).

Tuition is paid in the amount for one semester. Candidates admitted to the first year are obliged to pay the first installment no later than within 7 days from enrolment.

Last updated Jun 2020

About the School

The Jagiellonian University is the oldest higher education institution in Poland and one of the oldest in Europe. It was founded on 12 May 1364 by the Polish king Casimir the Great. The Jubilee year 2 ... Read More

The Jagiellonian University is the oldest higher education institution in Poland and one of the oldest in Europe. It was founded on 12 May 1364 by the Polish king Casimir the Great. The Jubilee year 2014 marked the 650th anniversary of this remarkable event. Since its very beginning, the Jagiellonian University has been an international institution. 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. Read Less