English
Studies




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Paweł Pyrka, M.A.
Deputy Director, Institute of English Studies

The program of English studies combines several modules, such as: linguistics, intensive language learning, as well as cultural and historical background of the English speaking countries. Thanks to this approach, students gain multifaceted skills, including language competencies, academic reading and writing, multicultural awareness, and teaching English as a foreign language (TEFL). Undergraduate studies focus on practical skills and offer  specializations in TEFL, translation and communication. Moreover, students enrolled in the full-time program complete teaching internships, which provide them with a TEFL teaching license, regardless of the chosen specialization.

Program of Study

The program of English studies combines several modules, such as: linguistics, intensive language learning, as well as cultural and historical background of the English speaking countries. Thanks to this approach, students gain multifaceted skills, including language competencies, academic reading and writing, multicultural awareness, and teaching English as a foreign language (TEFL). Undergraduate studies focus on practical skills and offer  specializations in TEFL, translation and communication. Moreover, students enrolled in the full-time program complete teaching internships, which provide them with a TEFL teaching license, regardless of the chosen specialization.



Level: Undergraduate Studies (B.A.)
Mode: Full-time and part-time
Duration: 3 years (6 semesters)

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Why English Studies?

If you are interested in other cultures, have a passion for learning languages and meeting diverse people, the English Studies Program at SWPS University may be the right choice for you. Prospective students should be able to speak English at the CEFR B2 or higher level and must provide appropriate English proficiency certificates. English Studies may also be attractive to candidates who have already completed another program of study and would like to expand their career opportunities by perfecting their language skills.

Best English Studies Among Private Universities in Poland

According to 2016 ranking of higher education institutions by Perspektywy, a Polish influential magazine devoted to educational affairs, SWPS University is the best private university in Poland offering English Study Programs.

Latest Tools and Technology

Students at the Institute of English Studies develop their language skills using state-of-the art tools and technologies, including a Simultaneous Interpretation Laboratory, Computer Assisted Translation programs (CAT tools), and digital interactive whiteboards.

Multicultural Environment

English Studies at SWPS University offer a friendly and multicultural environment, contributing to the students’ development of language and interpersonal skills as well as cross-cultural competencies. International students comprise close to twenty five per cent of the student population. Therefore, students have ample opportunities to practice English not only in class, but also in daily and informal interactions with each other.

Road to graduation

During the first year of study, you will extensively develop your English skills. You will also be introduced to linguistics and will study history and culture of the English speaking countries. Additionally, you will study career and management skills. You will also learn another foreign language of your choice (4 hours a week).

Road to
Graduation

During the second year of study you will further develop your English and the second foreign language skills, begin literature courses, start the module of teaching English as a foreign language (TEFL), and learn about translation theory and translation techniques. At this time you will also choose one of the three specializations. At the end of the academic year, you will write the CEFR C1 level exam, confirming your language proficiency.

During the third year of study, you will continue English studies, enhanced by elective subjects and courses in teaching methodology. Additionally, you will further develop your skills in the second foreign language. You will also have advanced level courses in the disciplines appropriate to your chosen specialization. Furthermore, with the support of your academic advisor, you will be working on your Bachelor thesis.

Specializations

Teaching English as a Foreign Language

Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) prepares students for a teaching career. Graduates of the program work in public, private and language schools. They may also choose to open their own language school or combine the teaching and translation careers. During English Studies students gain competencies in the latest teaching methodologies and acquire extensive skills in Teaching English for Specific Purposes (ESP). They also become familiar with the latest tools and technological advancements in the field. During teaching internships, under the guidance of the coordinator, students create their own European Portfolio for Student Teachers of Languages.

English in Business and Media

English in Business and Media is focused on teaching business English with elements of economy, marketing and public relations. Students learn about organizational structure, business management, business environment and market issues. They also become familiar with particulars of business writing and learn how to prepare business plans, reports and business strategy. They also gain general business skills, such as presentation or negotiation skills and learn about business code of conduct.

Translation Studies

Translation Studies focus on translation theory and practice and on intensive language skills development. All courses are taught by experienced translators and linguists. Students become familiar with the requirements of general and specialized translation. They practice various translation methods and techniques employed in written and oral translation. All translation courses are developed in accordance with the guidelines of the European Union’s Directorate-General for Translation.

Additionally, Translation Studies develop social interaction skills and multicultural awareness, hence the graduates are well prepared not only for careers in translation, but also in other professions, requiring excellent communication skills and ability to work in a diverse environment.

After Graduation

Further Education

Graduates of English Studies may continue their university education at the second level (Master’s Degree). They may choose to further develop their English skills in teaching (TEFL), translation or business and media specializations or opt for studies in a different discipline, such as cultural studies or Scandinavian languages. Students may also enroll in post-graduate courses in certified and legal translation. After obtaining a graduate degree, those wishing to continue their academic career may undertake doctoral studies at University SWPS.

Career Prospects

Graduates of English Studies build successful careers in various industries, including education, translation, international business, media, marketing and advertising, film and TV production, government administration, and NGOs.

Faculty

Piotr Skurowski, Ph.D., SWPS University …

American Literature and Culture, Dean of Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

Professor Lucyna Aleksandrowicz-Pędich

American Literature, Intercultural Communication, Head of the Institute of English Studies

Professor Hanna Komorowska

Second Language Acquisition, Bilingualism, Teaching English as a Foreign Language

Professor Tadeusz Rachwał

Literary and Cultural Studies, Critical Theory

Jarosław Krajka, Ph.D., University SWPS …

Methodology of Teaching English as a Foreign Language

Eliza Borkowska, Ph.D.

British Literature, Script Development

Andrew Buchanan

Career Counselling

Professor David Malcolm

Poetry, Translation, British and Irish Literature

Emma Oki, M.A.

Philology and Culture Expert

Paweł Pyrka, M.A

Practical English, American Literature and Culture, Deputy Director of the Institute of English Studies

Jerzy Sobieraj, Ph.D., University SWPS P…

American History and Literature

Katarzyna Cybulska, Ph.D.

Coordinator of Pre-Service Teachers’ Internships

Marcin Szwed, M.A.

Certified Translator

Agnieszka Gadomska, M.A.

Coordinator of Practical English Education

Anna Warso, Ph.D.

American Literature and Literary Translation

Bulent Akman

Communication and Public Speaking Expert - Academic Reading and Writing

Barry Keane, Ph.D.

Literature and Translation Expert, Translator

Antoine T. Martin, M.A.

English Teacher and Lecturer

Chris Gotowski

Business English Expert, Real Estate Specialist and Writer

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Application Step by Step

This is the application procedure for international candidates. 
Polish candidates should follow the application procedure provided on the corresponding Polish site HERE.

  1. Fill in the Application Form.
  2. Pay the Application Fee
  3. Send the required documents to the Admissions Office
  4. Wait for a Conditional Acceptance Letter
  5. Pay the Tuition Fee
  6. Wait for the Final Acceptance Letter
  7. Upon your arrival in Poland, submit original documents to the Admissions Office
  8. During the first semester, submit the Nostrificaiton of your diploma

 

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Admissions Office

This is Admissions Office information for international candidates.

  • Talya Balikcioglu
    Admissions Officer
    (Turkey, Azerbaijan, the Middle East)
  • +48 22 517 99 61
  • tbalikcioglu@swps.edu.pl
  • Ilya Markouski
    Admissions Officer
    (Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Kazachstan, Uzbekistan)
  • +48 22 517 99 61
  • imarkouski@swps.edu.pl
  • Address:
    SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities
    Main Hall, Ground Floor
    Chodakowska Street 19/31
    03-815 Warsaw
    Poland
  • Office Hours:
    Monday to Friday: 10.00 - 16.00

Polish candidates should refer to the information provided on the corresponding Polish site HERE

 

 

Tuition fee for the academic year 2016/2017
Full-Time Studies
1 installment 2200 EUR
 
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