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African Studies, full-time, second cycle

Code S2-AFS
Organizational unit Faculty of Oriental Studies
Field of studies African Studies, Oriental Studies - African Studies
Form of studies Full-time
Level of education Second cycle
Educational profile academic
Language(s) of instruction English
Minimum number of students 3
Admission limit 12
Duration 2 years
Recruitment committee address rekrutacja.orient@uw.edu.pl
tel. (22) 55-20-513
WWW address http://orient.uw.edu.pl/
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Phase 2 (17.08.2022 00:00 – 12.09.2022 23:59)

Past phases in this registration:
  • Phase 1 (06.06.2022 00:00 – 05.07.2022 23:59)

Number of places: 12, including: 8 places in the first phase, in the June-July qualification, and 4 places in the second phase, in the August-September qualification.

MA in African Studies is a full-time unique study programme which focuses on the disseminating knowledge on modern African cultures, languages and African societies as well as imparting necessary research skills in the domain of African studies while incorporating methods of various disciplines. The program is of academic profile and is provided by the Faculty of Oriental Studies of the University of Warsaw, known for its 90-year experience in academic education about African and Asian cultures and languages. The program, conducted solely in English, is interdisciplinary in nature. It aims at presenting Africa as a continent of novel possibilities. The studies are based on modern research on African languages and cultures from the post-colonial perspective. Currently it is one of the most important fields of study developed by researchers of our centre. This new perspective facilitates a better understanding of modern socio-cultural phenomena occurring in the whole stretch of the African continent. The main study areas covered by the programme are the three key linguistic regions of Sub-Saharan Africa, namely East Africa – Kiswahili language, West Africa- Hausa language and the Horn of Africa-Amharic language. Emphasis is also put on the challenges that the whole African continent faces in the 21st Century. The students learn one of the most important languages of the continent, namely the Kiswahili language. For those interested, possibility of learning two other languages, Amharic and Hausa, is an additional option.

The programme is open to post-graduate BA and MA Polish and foreign students. The studies enable students to expand their knowledge and the skills thus acquired give the basis for research development which is in line with the strategy of the University of Warsaw as a Research Institute. Equally, the studies facilitate practical application of the acquired knowledge and skills in a multi-cultural environment, in Africa as well. The studies are of special interest both to students who wish to pursue future professional career in Africa as well as those interested in African cultural issues (journalists, economists, entrepreneurs, doctors, managers, diplomats and humanitarian organisation workers). Furthermore, the studies develop competences that prepare students to undertake independent research during their Ph.D. studies.

The graduate will receive a methodological background in the area of African studies to be used in research, including international one, and knowledge on the cultural artifacts of the studied areas. The graduate will be well prepared to educate society on cultural diversity of the African continent and its impact on the development of societies.

Applicants to the programme ought to be open to new challenges as well as show the will to explore and understand the specificity of African culture and its social and political influence.

The acquired knowledge will enable the graduates effortlessly process the material and the comfort of expression in the public domain on general issues on the theory and practice of African cultures. Furthermore, the graduates will be knowledgeable on the African cultural and civilisation diversity which will, in turn, enable them to participate in the process of understanding and inter-cultural co-operation, the resultant of which will be the enhancement of theoretical reflection of African cultures. Additionally, the graduates will be able to analyse the basic phenomena concerning African culture, to which end the indispensable instrument for the graduates will be adequate linguistic skills and methodological acquisition in the field of science and culture of African religion, linguistics, history and literature.


Admission rules for candidates with Polish diplomas

Admission for the first year of the second cycle of studies can be granted to candidates holding the title of bachelor, master, engineering degree or equivalents. The presented diploma should be issued by the university having the accreditation of the Polish Ministry of Education.

The eligibility procedure will take into consideration:

  1. the student’s overall diploma score,
  2. an interview.

The way of counting points:

A candidate can gain up to 100 points during the qualification procedure:

1. diploma score (up to 40 points)

  • excellent – 40 points
  • good plus (4+) – 37 points
  • good (4) – 34 points
  • satisfactory plus (3+) – 29 points
  • satisfactory (3) – 24 points

2. interview (up to 60 points)

During the admission process, an interview will be conducted, during which general knowledge of African cultures and languages will be assessed (one general question about the candidate’s interests, the second – about the reading and its critical assessment, the third – about the contemporary events in Africa). Competences, argumentation and understanding of reading will be assessed from 0 to 20 points for each question.

At the interview a candidate should be ready to discuss chosen two of the following topics:

  • the linguistic situation of Africa
  • the most important consequences of colonialism for contemporary Africa
  • the most important ideological currents of contemporary Africa
  • the most important contemporary African artists and the contexts of their work

A candidate interested in learning an African language at an advanced level should certify the knowledge of the language at least at A2 level (e.g. a bachelor’s degree in African studies, certificate of completion of a language course, etc.).


Admission procedure for candidates with foreign diplomas

Candidates are qualified on the same rules as applicable to candidates with Polish diplomas.
The grades of candidates with a foreign diploma will be properly recalculated and compared to the grading scale applicable at the University of Warsaw.


Checking the candidates' language competences

In the absence of relevant documents confirming knowledge of English at least at B2 level (in accordance with the requirements set out in the general part of the recruitment resolution), the candidate's language competence will be checked during the oral examination for studies.

A positive result of the qualification procedure is tantamount to confirmation of the competence of the candidate to study in English (this applies to people who do not have a document recognized by the University of Warsaw confirming knowledge of English at least at B2 level).

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The exam: 20th of September, 2022

Announcement of results: 26th of September, 2022

Reception of documents: 

  • I round: 27th -28th of September, 2022
  • II round (in case of not fulfilling the limit during the I round): 29th - 30th of September, 2022



Application fee

Student's ID payment (ELS)


Required documents

List of required documents submitted by candidates qualified for studies


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