Admissions

Admission criteria for the BA program in American Studies comprise a high-school diploma and an adequate grade in High-level English at the school-leaving exams. MA admission criteria include an undergraduate degree and an adequate score at the entrance exam.

BA Program (1st degree)

ADMISSION OVERVIEW

1. Registration ends on July 5th, 2022 (starts June 6th)
2. The limit of students to be admitted is 197
3. Announcement of ranking list online in Internet Registration of Candidates (IRK): July 19th, 2022
4. Submission of documents at the American Studies Center, aleja Niepodległości 22, Warsaw:

First round: July 20th–22nd, 2022
Second round (the waiting list): July 25rd and 26th, 2022
Third round (the waiting list): July 27th–28th, 2022

The additional oral exams for candidates with foreign diplomas will be conducted online on July 14, 2022. Detailed schedule will be announced at a later date.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How to register?
    You need to set up an account in the IRK system (https://irk.oferta.uw.edu.pl/pl/home/), choose the programs you want to be admitted to and pay admissions fees by the required deadline.
  • Is this a paid program?
    The BA program is free for students from Poland, EU, EFTA and Swiss Confederation. For other students the tuition is 4000 EUR for each year.
  • What are the deadlines of registration?
    The online registration for the BA program of the year 2022/2023 starts on June 6th, 2022. Here’s the link to the registration platform https://irk.oferta.uw.edu.pl/pl/home/. The registration will close on July 5th, 2022.
  • How difficult it is to be admitted to the American Studies Center?
    The ranking list is based on the results of the secondary-school-leaving exam.
  • How competitive is the selective entry admission at the ASC?
    It’s been lately 2.25 candidates per place.
  • What are the required English language qualifications?
    B2 is absolutely necessary.
  • Are there any “native speakers” among the faculty, i.e., faculty members for who English is their mother tongue?
    Yes, among the ASC faculty members are four American academics.
  • Is all instruction in English?
    Correct; all the classes at the ASC are in English.
  • When should I apply for housing?
    Applications for housing should be filed within 10 days after you file your admissions documentation at the ASC. For more go to: http://bss.uw.edu.pl/
  • What is the most important factor in the admissions process?
    To be successful, the candidate must have a high grade from English at the HL level.
  • Are there any limits imposed on the number of places offered this year?
    We are allowed to admit 197 candidates and there are 5 more places for students transferred from other universities.
  • What are the differences between the program offered by the ASC and that of the English Institute of the University of Warsaw?
    Both programs are very different. The ASC offers an American Studies program. It does not teach English, the methodology of teaching foreign languages, linguistics or translation. ASC’s is an English-language program whose objective is the study of the culture, politics and economy of the United States.
  • Can one become a translator after graduating from the ASC?
    The American Studies Center does not offer any practical translation skills classes. That said, many of our alumni, who learned their translation skills elsewhere, specialize in translations of American text, that is, text requiring good knowledge of American culture and society.
  • What are the requirements for BA dissertations?
    You will find a full answer to this question here: https://www.asc.uw.edu.pl/students/ba-program/#ba-examinations
  • What is the program’s full curriculum?
    The curriculum is described here https://www.asc.uw.edu.pl/students/ba-program/#program-downloads
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MA Program (2nd degree)

ADMISSION OVERVIEW

The basis for qualification to study is a written exam, which is a test of predisposition to study in English. The test consists of questions checking reading comprehension and ability to work with written text.

1. Number of students to be admitted is up to 70
2. Second round of registration ends on September 12th, 2022 (starts August 17th)
3. Entrance exam: September 20th, 2022 at 10:00–12:00 (UTC +2), Auditorium Maximum, University of Warsaw, Krakowskie Przedmieście 26/28, Warszawa

The entrance exam will be held at the Auditorium Maximum in Warsaw. This means that potential candidates must be in Warsaw in person to take the exam.

4. Announcement of results: September 26th, 2022
5. Submission of documents at the American Studies Center, aleja Niepodległości 22, Warsaw:

First round: September 27th–28th, 2022
Second round (the waiting list): September 29th and 30th, 2022

DOWNLOADS

Entrance tests from the previous years:

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is the limit for the number of places available in the year 2022-2023 in the MA program?
    We can admit 60 candidates and have reserved 3 places for students transferred from other universities.
  • Is this a paid program?
    The MA program is free for students from Poland, EU, EFTA and Swiss Confederation. For other students the tuition is 4000 EUR for each year.
  • Do I have to register for the exam, besides registering in the IRK online system?
    No, there is no need to do that. By registering in the IRK online system, you automatically register for the exam.
  • If I registered in IRK for the first round of admissions to the MA program and took the exam but did not get in, do I need to register again for the second round of admissions?
    Yes, you always register in IRK for the round of admissions that is open at the moment. If we have places available after the first round of admissions closes, we will organize the second round, with a new exam. You will not be automatically registered for the second round, you need to register in IRK again for the new round of admissions and the new exam.
  • Can I apply to the MA program if I have not yet defended my BA?
    You can register in IRK before your BA defense but you need to have graduated from a BA program by the time you submit documents to the MA program. This means that if you graduate (and defend your BA) in July, you can take part in the 1st round of admissions to the MA program and sit the entrance exam in July. If you get in, you will then need to submit a copy of your diploma or a confirmation that you have graduated with your papers. Please note that the documents will be due on July 20-22, 2022. If you plan to defend your BA in September, you will need to wait for the September exam to apply to the MA program.

CONTACTS

Aleksandra Gniadzik-Smolińska

Administrative Officer

rekrutacja.osa@uw.edu.pl

+48 22 55 333 26

Room 302

dr Anna Kurowicka

Head of the Admissions Committee

a.kurowicka@uw.edu.pl

Room 118