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American Studies, full-time, first cycle

Details
Code S1-AM
Organizational unit Institute of the Americas and Europe
Field of studies American Studies
Form of studies Full-time
Level of education First cycle
Educational profile academic
Language(s) of instruction English
Minimum number of students 30
Admission limit 197
Duration 3 years
Recruitment committee address rekrutacja.osa@uw.edu.pl
WWW address http://www.asc.uw.edu.pl/
Required document
  • Maturity or equivalent document
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There is currently no active phase for this programme.

Upcoming phases in this registration:
  • Phase 1 (07.06.2021 00:00 – 05.07.2021 23:59)

The American Studies Center is an interdisciplinary research and higher-education institution of the University of Warsaw. Its faculty members specialize in various fields of knowledge about the United States and the Western Hemisphere—culture, literature, arts, film, media, history, economy, politics, history of ideas, society, and law.

The American Studies Center has a full-time liberal arts undergraduate program in American Studies. The program lasts three years (or six semesters). All instruction is conducted in English, by permanent, adjunct, and visiting faculty. Among our permanent faculty are Polish professors as well as professors from the US and Mexico.

The program covers both humanities and social sciences— the interdisciplinary field of cultural studies, history, political science, sociology, as well as literature. Cultural studies is the leading one in the program. The ASC American studies program is one of the largest in Europe. It’s also unique in Poland in that it is interdisciplinary and includes a comparative perspective on the US vis-à-vis Latin America. It’s also unique in that it’s an all-English program, thus promoting intercultural understanding and international exchange. Our American studies program teaches how “to address the problems of the modern era—locally, regionally, and supra-regionally,” and helps develop “skills most looked for by employers on today’s job market” (from the mission of the UW Institute of the Americas and Europe to which the ASC belongs).

The program includes obligatory courses introducing students to the five major disciplines as well as elective courses helping students expand their knowledge within individual disciplines, in particular knowledge relevant to research projects which students engage in for the purposes of their BA theses. The program also provides for courses on research methods in humanities and social sciences as well as courses in academic writing in English. Research grants allow our best students to travel abroad for research purposes to other American Studies libraries in Europe or the United States and to conduct empirical research there.

The current study program is available on the website of American Studies Center.

The graduates of the ASC’s undergrad program are awarded BA degrees in American Studies. They have knowledge allowing them understand various cultural phenomena, in particular those of the United States of America. Trained to understand various cultural phenomena and institutions, ASC alumni seek employment in the media, cultural institutions, foundations, institutions of state administration, local governments, and other public institutions.

Our graduates know how to formulate and address various research problems; they know how to identify, understand, interpret, explain and analyze the causes and dynamics of cultural processes and phenomena observable in the US. They know how to use various resources for this purpose and how to employ several research methods and tools developed in humanities and social sciences. ASC alumni have all the necessary skills and competences to collect, evaluate, and sort various facts of culture and society, and to draw conclusions. In short, they know how to carry out work done by researchers, entrepreneurs, journalists, teachers of humanities and social sciences, social activists, and specialists working at various public institutions. Thanks to our interdisciplinary program, our graduates can not only recognize and understand basic phenomena and processes, but also collect, connect, and interpret them, and on their basis offer autonomous judgments and opinions.

Our BA graduates are equipped with skills and competences necessary to continue their studies at the MA level.

ASC graduates find employment in business, trade, journalism, media, cultural institutions, higher education, public administration, diplomacy, international organizations, and tourism.

ASC provides a comfortable environment for the students. The ASC has or makes use of 15 classrooms and lecture halls, fourteen of which are on the two floors of the UW “Ksawerow” building at Aleja Niepodleglosci 22. Apart from that, we hold lectures in one hall at UW major facility on the main campus, Auditorium Maximum, at Krakowskie Przedmiescie 26/28. We hold classes Monday through Friday between 9:45 a.m. and 6:15 p.m.

As for disabled access to our facilities, the big lecture hall we use at Auditorium Maximum is situated on the ground floor, whereas the “Ksawerow” building is fitted with an elevator. Both buildings have wheelchair ramps as well as bathrooms accessible for wheelchair users and fully adapted for disabled use.

Thirteen of the classrooms we occupy or are let to use are fitted with computer equipment, with Internet access as well as all the hardware and software necessary to play popular video formats, DVDs, and video CDs. Both at the “Ksawerow” building and Auditorium Maximum the wireless network EDUROAM is available.

The ASC Library collection is highly valued by students, researchers, and journalists in American studies. The library holdings include materials on both the United States and Latin America, in both humanities and social sciences.


Admission rules

 Minimum number of points needed to be qualified: 50

Candidates are obliged to hold an accepted by the UW document confirming knowledge of English language at least at B2 level.

Polish new maturity exam 2005 – 2021

 Minimum number of points needed to be qualified: 50

Obligatory subject

Polish language

basic level x 0,6
or
advanced level x 1

Obligatory subject

Mathematics

basic level x 0,6
or
advanced level x 1

Obligatory subject

English language

advanced level x 1

Obligatory subject

One of the following subjects:
Philosophy, History, Geography, Social studies, History of art, Physics/ Physics and Astronomy, Chemistry, Biology,
Spanish, Portuguese

basic level x 0,6
or
advanced level x 1

weight = 10%

weight = 15%

weight = 70%

weight = 5%

Points are calculated as follows:

W = a * P + b * M + c * J + d * X

where:

W – the final result
P – result from Polish language on basic or advanced level
M – result from Mathematics on basic or advanced level
J – result from English language on advanced level
X - result from additional subject on basic or advanced level
a, b, c, d – weights.

 Information on documents certifying knowledge of English language. >> Check! <<

Candidates who obtained result in English language at advanced level at Polish maturity exam („new maturity diploma”) lower than 60%, are obliged to upload the document certifying English language knowledge (according to the requirements) at the registration account in IRK system (section “Education” – “Certificates and other documents required to start studies”) and contact the Admissions Commission.

 

Old maturity exam

 Minimum number of points needed to be qualified: 50

Obligatory subject

Polish language

basic level x 0,6
or
advanced level x 1
or
undefined level x 0,8

Obligatory subject

Mathematics

basic level x 0,6
or
advanced level x 1
or
undefined level x 0,8

Obligatory subject

English language

advanced level x 1
or
undefined level x 0,8

Obligatory subject

One of the following subjects: Philosophy, History, Geography, Social studies, History of art, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Spanish

basic level x 0,6
or
advanced level x 1
or
undefined level x 0,8

weight = 10%

weight = 15%

weight = 70%

weight = 5%

Points are calculated as follows:

W = a * P + b * M + c * J + d * X

where:

W – the final result
P – result from Polish language on basic or advanced or undefined level
M – result from Mathematics on basic or advanced or undefined level
J – result from English language on advanced or undefined level
X - result from additional subject on basic or advanced or undefined level
a, b, c, d – weights.

Maturity exam after 1991

grade 6 = 100 %
grade 5 = 90 %
grade 4 = 75 %
grade 3 = 50 %
grade 2 = 30 %

Maturity exam until 1991

grade 5 = 100 %
grade 4 = 85 %
grade 3 = 40 %

Important information for candidates with Polish old maturity exam. >> Check! <<

Information on documents certifying knowledge of English language. >> Check! <<

 

International Baccalaureate (IB)

 Minimum number of points needed to be qualified: 50

Obligatory subject

Polish language
or
language A*
or
literature and performance*

standard level (SL) x 0,6
or
higher level (HL) x 1

Obligatory subject

Mathematics

standard level (SL) x 0,6
or
higher level (HL) x 1

Obligatory subject

English language

higher level (HL) x 1

Obligatory subject

One of the following subjects:
Philosophy, History, Geography, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Psychology, Anthropology, Management, Economics, Politics, Subject from the group "Art", Spanish,
Portuguese

standard level (SL) x 0,6
or
higher level (HL) x 1

weight = 10%

weight = 15%

weight = 70%

weight = 5%

*In case of lack of Polish language; candidates with English language as language A/literature and performance can indicate English twice so
that its total weight is 80%; candidates with Spanish or Portuguese language as language A/literature and performance can indicate Spanish or
Portuguese twice so that its total weight is 15%.

Points are calculated as follows:

W = a * P + b * M + c * J + d * X

where:

W – the final result
P – result from Polish language on standard or higher level
M – result from Mathematics on standard or higher level
J – result from English language on higher level
X - result from additional subject on standard or higher level
a, b, c, d – weights.

The IB results will be converted according to the table below:

7 = 100%
6 = 90%
5 = 75%
4 = 60%
3 = 45%
2 = 30%

Important information for candidates with IB and EB. >> Check! <<

Information on documents certifying knowledge of English language. >> Check! <<

 

European Baccalaureate (EB)

 Minimum number of points needed to be qualified: 50

Obligatory subject

Polish language
or
L1 language*

basic level x 0,6
or
advanced level x 1

Obligatory subject

Mathematics

basic level x 0,6
or
advanced level x 1

Obligatory subject

English language

advanced level x 1

Obligatory subject

One of the following subjects:
Philosophy, History, Geography, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Economics, Arts, 
Spanish, Portuguese

basic level x 0,6
or
advanced level x 1

weight = 10%

weight = 15%

weight = 70%

weight = 5%

*In case of lack of Polish language; candidates with English language as L1 can indicate English twice so that its total weight is 80%; candidates
with Spanish or Portuguese language as L1 can indicate Spanish or Portuguese twice so that its total weight is 15%.

Points are calculated as follows:

W = a * P + b * M + c * J + d * X

where:

W – the final result
P – result from Polish language on basic or advanced level
M – result from Mathematics on basic or advanced level
J – result from English language on advanced level
X - result from additional subject on basic or advanced level
a, b, c, d – weights.

The EB results will be converted according to the table below:

9,00 - 10,00 = 100%
8,00 - 8,95 = 90%
7,00 - 7,95 = 75%
6,00 - 6,95 = 60%
5,00 - 5,95 = 45%
4,00 - 4,95 = 30%

Important information for candidates with IB and EB. >> Check! <<

Information on documents certifying knowledge of English language. >> Check! <<

 

Foreign diploma

 Minimum number of points needed to be qualified: 50

Qualification procedure consists of two stages: calculation of points obtained at high school diploma (I stage) and qualification interview (II stage).

Qualification result at I stage is calculated according to the table below:

Obligatory subject

Polish language
or
original language of maturity (high school) exam*

Obligatory subject

Mathematics

Obligatory subject

English language

Obligatory subject

One of the following subjects:
Philosophy, History, Geography, Arts, Economics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, 
Spanish, Portuguese

weight = 10%

weight = 15%

weight = 70%

weight = 5%

*In case of candidates with English as original language of maturity exam English can be indicated twice so that its total weight is 80%; in case
of candidates with Spanish or Portuguese as original language of maturity exam Spanish or Portuguese can be indicated twice so that its total
weight is 15%.

Points are calculated as follows:

W = a * P + b * M + c * J + d * X

where:

W – the final result
P – result from Polish or original language
M – result from Mathematics
J – result from English language
X - result from additional subject
a, b, c, d – weights.

Candidates, who obtain at least 60 points, can participate in the II stage of the qualification procedure.

II STAGE

In the II stage candidates participate in the oral exam. The exam can also be conducted via Google Meets or, if necessary, another Internet communicator.

Candidates can obtain 0-100 points in the additional oral exam.

The oral exam will cover contemporary social issues of the United States of America, as well as basic information about political, social, and economic life of the USA and the region. Basic knowledge of facts about the US history and geography will also be evaluated. The exam consists of 4 questions, each worth 25 points.

The final result is calculated as follows: the weight of the I stage of qualification procedure – 50%, the weight of the II stage of qualification procedure – 50 %. The final result will be a weighted average of the results of both stages of the procedure.

Qualification interview: 14th of July, 2021 (the interview will be conducted online)

Calculation of candidates high school diploma results. >> Check! <<

Information on documents certifying knowledge of English language. >> Check! <<

 

Deadlines

Announcement of results: 19th of July, 2021

Reception of documents: 

  • I round: 20th-22nd of July, 2021
  • II round (in case of not fulfilling the limit during I round): 23rd, 26th of July, 2021
  • III round (in case of not fulfilling the limit during II round): 27th-28th of July, 2021
  • IV round (in case of not fulfilling the limit during III round): 29th-30th of July, 2021
  • additional rounds will be announced in case of not fulfilling the limits

 

Payments

Application fee

Student's ID payment (ELS)

The studies are payable for citizens of Non-UE/EFTA countries (EEA parties) and Switzerland - tuition fees

 

Required documents

List of required documents submitted by candidates qualified for studies

 

Additional information

Find us on the map: American Studies Center