University of Warsaw / Faculty of Economic Sciences

Economics, specialisation: International Economics

Level of study: second-cycle Form of study: part-time (evening) Education profile: academic Duration: 2 years

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Fields of studies and specializations

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from 2999-01-01 to 2999-01-01

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The minimum number of persons admitted (within all paths of qualifications) to being the subject of study start:

Programme description

A master's degree in International Economics is an increasingly essential degree in the global economy. The Program offers cutting-edge knowledge and skills in the field of international economics and is the best master's in international economics  in Central and Eastern Europe. The Program places emphasis on in-depth knowledge of analytical tools and empirical research techniques, aiming at producing top-class economic analysts. Through the study of the diverse forces that are shaping the global economy and its institutions, the M.A. Program in International Economics at Warsaw University equips its graduates to function effectively in a rapidly changing world. The selection of courses aims at providing students with solid bases of economics at advanced level and making them familiar with the latest issues and instruments related to international economics used in scientific research, business and international institutions. The structure of the Program allows for linking the compulsory subjects at the first year with selected specialized subjects at the second year of studies. First year students are required to complete advanced courses on theory of economics including advanced macro- and microeconomics, macro- and microeconometrics, mathematical methods as well as courses which constitute introduction to specializations which include monetary economics, international migrations and theory of international trade. During the second year of studies each student follows an individual course of studies by selecting specialized classes. A strong emphasis on the ability to use analytic instruments for solving real problems in practice and implementing new solutions stimulates creativity and prepares students for challenges they will face at further stages of their professional career. Students of the International Economics program are also offered the possibility to obtain a double-degree diploma: Master’s degree in International Economics issued by Warsaw University as well as a Master’s degree diploma obtained at one of the foreign Universities under bilateral agreement. The participants of double-degree programs having completed their first year in Warsaw  have an opportunity to spend their second year at the partner university in Austria (University of Vienna), Belgium (Catholic University of Louvain; Facultés Universitaires Notre-Dame de la Paix, Namur), or Hungary (Central European University in Budapest).

Programme objectives

The program is designed to train economic policy experts, researchers, consultants and executives who can play a leading role in dealing with international issues. Program graduates will possess a highly marketable qualification with critical skills required in the present-day globalizing economy, central banking, international finance and business, foreign ministries, economic development agencies and government economic and social policy departments, public international economic organizations, think-tanks or non-profit development-related organizations. The successful graduates will be able to pursue a Ph.D.


The Program is open to all international and Polish applicants who received a baccalaureate degree in Economics,  Mathematics or related fields.

 Graduate Profile

Graduates are expected to be able to link scientific skills with real economic problems to devise new strategies and policies for business, governments and NGOs. Graduates can compete for careers in all areas of international and institutional activity as analysts, researchers, advisors, lobbyists or policy makers. Upon completion of the program its participants will acquire the following skills:

1. General scientific skills

Graduates will become familiar with the research activity in general and in their fields of specialization in particular. They will know how to formulate a problem, prepare a research plan, collect data and deal with data analysis, assemble, analyze and criticize the existing scientific literature. They will be trained in seminar presentations and discussions. They will be able to write a thesis, structure a presentation, use demonstrations when needed, present concise syntheses and intuitions where appropriate. They will also be keen to link their observations and reasoning with policy implications.

2. Specific scientific skills

In the field of specialization graduates will have a comprehensive view of the state of knowledge, the most promising research avenues, the most puzzling issues, the role of quantitative methods, the current organization of the scientific community. They will also be able to communicate effectively on economic issues with the policy makers, the press, and the general public and the business community. They will understand their needs and questions and be able to put them in perspective with the current state of knowledge, or translate them into new research questions. They should also be able to contribute to economic reforms and to their explanation taking the local context into account. The diversity and the various experiences of the lecturers as well as of the student body will highly contribute to this last aspect.

3. Personal skills

The research dimension of the program prepares the students very well for the life-long learning, even those who will not pursue research careers. The ability to work in groups and individually will be strongly developed throughout the program. The students will acquire experience in written and oral presentations, which will enable them to communicate in a convincing and adapted way. They will be open for interdisciplinary approaches. They will learn to take different points of view (consumer, government, fairness, producers including workers, capital and owners) as usual in economics but even more so in international economics (North-South, poor-rich, old-young, migrants-locals, etc.). This will give them a unique openness as social actors.

More information: programme's website

Admission rules

The programme is open to all international and Polish applicants. Candidates must:

  • Ÿhave a bachelor, master, engineer or equivalent degree,
  • confirm proficiency of English at least at B2 level: accepted certificates: Cambridge/FCE, CAE, CPE, BEC, CEIBT, IELTS, TOEFL, TSE, as well as diplomas of UW NKJO. The requirement does not apply to candidates graduated from high school or college with English as language of instruction,
  • Ÿsubmit a statement of purpose/cover letter and two letters of recommendation from academics with at least PhD degree, who know the candidate personally,
  • Ÿpresent a transcript of records for the relevant undergraduate cycle (diploma supplement from the EU or the equivalent in other countries).

Qualification is based on the ranking list. Ranking points are calculated as following:

  • points for a cover letter: max 100 pts (10% weight)
  • points for letters of recommendation: max 100 pts for each letter (10% weight for each letter)
  • points awarded for subjects completed during previous course of study: each subject max 100 pts (each subject 10% weight) – numbers of hours and received grade are taken into account
  • in admission procedure it is possible to obtain 100 pts in total

During the verification process Admission Committee takes under consideration following subjects: Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, Mathematical Statistics, Probability Calculus, Econometrics, Mathematical Analysis (Mathematical Calculus), International Economic Relations or International Trade Theory or Theory of International Exchange.

Place of results' announcement

Announcement of results: July 5th 2018.

Tuition fee

The studies are payable - tuition fees
Maximum 30% of the best students may receive 70% tuition waiver for each semester of the programme (excluding the first semester).

Additional information

Reception of documents: July 17th 2018.

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