University of Warsaw 2nd cycle studies

2nd cycle studies may be the continuation of an earlier line of education or may be taken up in either a similar or totally new direction.


They are directed to individuals who already have a Bachelor, Engineer or Master degree or another equivalent foreign certification.


The recruitment is usually based on entry exams, oral or written, interviews or grades received at the conclusion of the 1st cycle studies or long cycle master studies. The rules vary depending on the faculty. Detailed rules for recruitment are provided here >>


Study in English

As a student from outside Poland, you can be admitted to a course run in a foreign language if:

  • you have a document (degree or diploma to confirm that you have completed a school in which you were taught in the language of your prospective course, or a certificate) to confirm that you know the language of your prospective course (at a minimum B2 equivalent level),

accepted degrees, diplomas and/or certificates

! If you are interested in studying in the English language, you may choose:

  • American studies, (spec. U.S. cultural studies)
  • Applied petroleum geosciences
  • Archaeology
  • Chemistry
  • Economics, (spec. International Economics)
  • English studies
  • Environmental Management
  • European administration
  • Finance, investments and accounting, (spec. Quantitative Finance)
  • Humanitarian action
  • Graduate Programme in Security Studies
  • International Business Program
  • Informatics and Econometrics
    • Graduate Programme in International Relations
  • Graduate Programme in Political Science
  • Graduate Programme in Teaching English to Young Learners
  • Psychology (long-cycle program)


Study in Polish

! If you want to study in the Polish language, you should fulfil one of the following three criteria:

  • complete a one-year course of Polish language at one of the education institutions approved by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education >>
  • have a certificate issued by the State Commission for the Certification of Proficiency in Polish as a Foreign Language >>
  • receive a certificate from the University of Warsaw confirming that your preparation and level of proficiency in Polish allows you to undertake the studies. The language proficiency may be confirmed during an interview, in an additional exam or basing on a language proficiency certificate.

More information



You can apply to the University:

  • individually, taking part in the application procedure through the Online Candidate Registration system,
  • through the Bureau for Academic Recognition and International Exchange which directs foreigners qualified for the 1st, 2nd or long cycle studies to Polish universities without the obligation to complete a preparatory course;
  • through other entities (scientific institutes, foundations, governmental organizations) who signed Direct Cooperation Agreements with the University or e.g. by taking part in the scholarship programmes >>

Additional information

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Application for long-term studies at the University of Warsaw may be done only via internet. It is the first step of admission procedure obligatory for all candidates. Recruitment

Admissions Office    


Office for Students’ Affairs    


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catalogue of studies

English programmes

admissions step by step

recognition of education

IB and EB diplomas

required documents

application and tuition fees


East European Studies

Candidates may come from any of the countries of Eastern Europe, Balkans, Caucasus and Central Asia.


Konstanty Kalinowski Scholarship Programme

The largest programme in Europe for young Belarusians who have not been able to study in their country because of their political views.

External links

Polish Government Scholarship

Stefan Banach Scholarship Programme