Institute of English Studies University of Warsaw

Foreign Language and Cultural Studies

Foreign Language and Cultural Studies are a two-cycle programme that combines various courses offered by departments of foreign language and cultural studies based on the specialisations chosen by the student. It helps students gain such sought-after skills as self-reliance, teamwork and decisiveness, with the interdisciplinary approach allowing for multi-faceted development.

The Institute of English Studies handles administrative duties, while the courses included in the programme are offered by the following units:

  • The Institute of English Studies,
  • The Institute of German Studies,
  • The Institute of French Studies,
  • Institute of Iberian and Ibero-American Studies,
  • Department of Italian Studies.

The underlying idea is to allow students to define as individualised a programme as possible and to choose the specialisations that best suit their interests.

The majority of the classes are conducted in the language of a given specialisation, with a minority conducted in Polish.

First cycle

(4 years/ 8 semesters)

Students make choices within three specialisation fields :

A – one of the following:

  • American literature and culture
  • British literature and culture

B – one of the following – the choice has to match the second advanced-level foreign language passed as part of the student's secondary school-leaving exam:

  • French literature and culture
  • Literature and culture of German-speaking countries
  • Spanish literature and culture

C – one of the following – the language of the specialisation students choose is taught from the beginner’s level (A1 CEFR):

  • Italian literature and culture
  • Portuguese literature and culture
  • Spanish literature and culture

Second cycle

(2 years/ 4 semesters)

Students choose any two specialisations from the following:

  • American literature and culture
  • British literature and culture
  • French literature and culture
  • Italian literature and culture
  • Literature and culture of German-speaking countries
  • Portuguese literature and culture
  • Spanish literature and culture

Each student decides which of these specialisations will be major (A), and which minor (B). The student is required to attend an MA seminar and write an MA thesis within the field they major in. The choice should reflect the student’s interests, predispositions, and future academic and professional goals. The candidates are required to hold a C1 certificate (CEFR) in the languages of both their chosen specialisations.

For more information please contact the management office.