Internet Registration of Candidates (IRK):

A sample entrance exam:

Candidates are qualified through a written exam in English. It is a test of aptitude to study humanities and social sciences in English. Candidates are expected to demonstrate language proficiency at least at level B2 but are recommended to have English skills at level B2.

Recommended readings:

For preparation, we recommend reading quality press (e.g., The New York Times or The Guardian) as well as one of the textbooks for the development of English proficiency for university study, especially textbooks for reading comprehension at C1 level. To give some examples,

  • Godfrey, Jeanne. Reading and Making Notes. London: Palgrave, 2010.
  • Slaght, John. English for Academic Study: Reading. Garnet Education, 2012.
  • Upton, Thomas A. Reading Skills for Success: A Guide to Academic Texts. Ann Arbor, MI.: University of Michigan Press, 2004.
  • Wallace, Michael J. Study Skills in English; Students' Book: A Course in Reading Skills for Academic Purposes. 2nd ed. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004.
  • Wallace, Mike, and Alison Wray. Critical Reading and Writing for Postgraduates. London: Sage, 2016.

The entrance exam consists of 100 questions. All questions are in a multiple-choice format, with four answers, one of which is correct. Candidates get 1 point for each correct answer, no point for no answer, and minus 0.25 for each incorrect answer. The total maximum score is 100. Candidates are required a minimum score of 40 to qualify for the program. The Admissions Committee prepares a ranking list of all candidates' scores that is a basis for admission.

  • Number of students to be admitted: up to 70
  • IRK registration: June 5-July 5, 2019
  • The entrance exam: July 11, 2019 at 10:00 A.M.-12:00 noon, at the American Studies Center, University of Warsaw, Niepodległości 22, Warszawa
  • Ranking list, including the candidates on the waiting list: July 19, 2019
  • Submission of documents: July 22-24, 10:00 A.M.-3:00 P.M.
    Submission of documents by the candidates admitted from the waiting list: July 25-26, 10:00 A.M.-3 P.M. and July 29-30, 10:00 A.M.-3:00 P.M.

OSA Admissions Committee

  • Head of the admissions committee: dr hab. Anna Sosnowska-Jordanovska
  • Secretary: mgr. Aleksandra Gniadzik-Smolińska

phone: (+48 22) 55 333 26

Frequently asked questions

MA program
  1. What is the limit for the number of places available in the year 2019-2020 in the MA program?
    We can admit 70 candidates and have reserved 3 places for students transferred from other universities.

  2. 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.

  3. If I can't show up for the exam for whatever reason, is there a way for me to take the entrance exam online?
    No, to be admitted to the MA program, you have to show up in person and take the exam on July 11, 2019 or--provided we hold the second round of admissions--on September 17, 2019. Please note that the second round is not guaranteed and will not be held if we fill all the places in the July round.

  4. The entrance exam predates my BA diploma exam. Can I take the entrance exam anyway?
    Yes. Just be sure to file your diploma or a certificate attesting to the completion of the BA exam by September 30, 2019. The diploma is necessary for the admission to become complete; only after you submit all the required documents, the diploma included, will we be able to issue an official decision.

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