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

The registration will be opened from May 6 until June 9, 2019.


Admission rules for full-time studies

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 exam

C1 exam will be held in Auditorium Maximum building (Main Campus, 26/28 Krakowskie Przedmieście St.), Adam Mickiewicz lecture hall on 19 June, 2019, at 10.00 a.m.

Admission rules for part-time studies extramural

Attention! In the academic year 2019/2020 the admission for second-cycle part-time evening studies has been suspended.

Extramural 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 / Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) / C1 Advanced


• Certificate of Proficiency in English / Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE) / C2 Proficiency


• C1 Business Higher / Cambridge English: Business Higher (BEC Higher)


• UW Exam (level C1 or C2) issued by University of Warsaw – the University Council for the Certification of Language Proficiency


• Institute of English Studies exam level C1


• ECL Language Test level C1 (min. score 80),


• Edexcel ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) Level 2


• Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic (min. score 64)


• International English Language Testing System Academic (min. score 7)


• Test of English as a Foreign Language (min. score 94)

Certificates are valid for five years from the date of issue.