About

Established in 1974, the Institute for the Study of Religions Studies is the oldest academic institution in Poland offering complete degree programmes in religious studies, and the country's leading research unit on the religions of the world.

Spread across seven departments and one laboratory, the academic staff of the Institute conduct research in all sub-disciplines of religious studies (history, anthropology, phenomenology, psychology and sociology of religion).

This year we are the celebrating the Institute's 40th year.

The Institute works together with many universities and research facilities from EU countries, the USA and Eastern Europe. We organise international conferences, symposiums, plenary lectures and workshops for academics, students and people interested in the world's religions.
At present the Institute is located in the Collegium Broscianum building at 52 Grodzka Str. in Krakow's Old Town.

History

Established in 1974, the Institute of Religious Studies is the oldest academic centre in Poland offering complete degree programmes in religious studies, and the country's leading research unit on the religions of the world.
In 1980, the Institute started an MA degree programme (a 5-year programme for undergraduates) in religious studies. Due to adaptation to the Bologna process, a 3-year BA programme and 2-year MA programme were launched in 2007. Between 1994 and 2011 it was also possible to undertake part-time MA studies in religion.
In 2014 new programmes were introduced at the Institute: the 1-year postgraduate "Myth Studies" and 2-year MA individual programme in religious studies for students aged over 30.
At present the Institute is located in the Collegium Broscianum building at 52 Grodzka Str. in Krakow's Old Town.

Publications about the Institute:

Grzymała-Moszczyńska H., Hoffmann H., "The Science of Religion in Poland: Past and Present", Method & Theory in the Study of Religion 10 (1998), pp. 362-364.

[in Polish] Szyjewski A., "Instytut Religioznawstwa Uniwersytetu Jagiellońskiego – w poszukiwaniu tożsamości w religioznawstwie", Przegląd Religioznawczy 1 (1995), pp. 5-22.