Institute of English Studies University of Warsaw

Graduate Studies - How to apply?

Course Description

Graduate programmes in English philology last for two years and end with the student obtaining a Master's degree. Students can choose from among the following specialisations:

  • British literature and culture
  • American literature and culture
  • Theoretical and applied linguistics

The programme is based on courses selected by the student, and includes the honing of English language skills.

A detailed description of the study programme is available here <link>

Registering for graduate studies

Candidates for Graduate studies at the Institute of English Studies must register with the online candidate registration system at

Admission rules

Admission is based on a C1 English language exam.

Note: a C1 certificate issued by the Institute of English Studies or by the University of Warsaw within the previous 5 years absolves the student from taking the test.

A candidate has to get a minimum of 50 % of the score from the C1 exam in English, or has to present the C1 (or C2) certificate issued by the University of Warsaw. The admission is based on the score ranking list according to the admission limits.

The ranking list is made on the basis of scores from the C1 exam organized by the Institute of English studies and the C1 (C2) certificate issued by the University of Warsaw.

Admission procedure for candidates with foreign diplomas

The admissions criteria are the same as for candidates with Polish diplomas.

Date of exams

The C1 exam will be held on June 19th, 2018, at 10 a.m., in Adam Mickiewicz Hall, Auditorium Maximum Building, the main University Campus.

Admission rules part-time studies (evening and extramural)

These studies are intended for candidates who hold a BA or MA diploma or its equivalent in some subject.

Application and admission procedure:

1. Candidates with the diploma of English Studies or Teacher Training Colleges ( specialization English) are admitted, in an open competition, on the basis of the diploma grade.

2. Candidates with the diploma other than the above mentioned, are admitted, in an open competition, on the basis of the diploma grade and a certificate in English ( level C1 or higher) . Enclosed is the list of accepted certificates:

Certificate in Advanced English, Certificate of Proficiency in English, Business English Certificate, Certificate in English for International Business and Trade, Test of English as a Foreign Language; certificates issued by the following institutions: Educational Testing Service (ETS), European Consortium for the Certificate of Attainment in Modern Languages (ECL), City & Guilds Pitman Qualifications, Pitman Qualifications Institute, Edexcel, Pearson Language Tests, Pearson Language Assessments, Education Development International (EDI), London Chamber of Commerce and Industry Examinations Board, University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations, British Council, IDP IELTS Australia, University of Warsaw - The Coordination Board for Language Proficiency Certification, the Institute of English Studies, UW; certificates issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of National Defense, Ministry of Development or equivalents
Candidates who have none of the above mentioned certificates have to take C1 exam organized by the Institute of English studies. The exam will be held on June 19th, 2018.