English
Studies




The study of foreign languages also means the study of languages spoken by people who are foreign to us. When we study languages, those foreign people become less foreign, often closer and even more friendly than we have initially imagined. In my opinion this is the most important aspect of language and cultural studies.



Professor Tadeusz Rachwał
Director, Department of Culture and Literature of English-Speaking Countries

The graduate level English Studies focus on advanced development of English language competency. Moreover, students broaden their knowledge in areas such as: linguistics, methodology of teaching English as a foreign language (TEFL), international business communication, and cultural and historical background of the English speaking countries. Graduates of the program are well prepared for the contemporary employment market thanks to their language proficiency, technical skills and multicultural awareness.

Program of Study

The graduate level English Studies focus on advanced development of English language competency. Moreover, students broaden their knowledge in areas such as: linguistics, methodology of teaching English as a foreign language (TEFL), international business communication, and cultural and historical background of the English speaking countries. Graduates of the program are well prepared for the contemporary employment market thanks to their language proficiency, technical skills and multicultural awareness.



Level: Graduate Studies (M.A.)
Mode: Full-time and part-time
Duration: 2 years (4 semesters)

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Why English Studies?

The graduate level English Studies Program is a good choice for B.A. degree holders in any discipline and for professionals who wish to further develop their English language competencies. Prospective students should be able to speak English at the CEFR C1 or higher level and must provide appropriate English proficiency certificates.

Best English Studies Among Private Universities in Poland

According to 2015 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

From the beginning of the first semester you will focus on your chosen specialization. Additionally, you will study linguistics and culture of the English speaking countries. You will also develop advanced English skills and write a comprehensive English exam, confirming your language competency at CEFR C2 level. During the first semester you will also attend a Master’s thesis pro-seminar. During the course of the seminar, you will meet all Master’s thesis advisors, learn about the Master’s thesis requirements and the areas of study on which you can focus your research and thesis.

Road to
Graduation

During the second year of study, you will further develop your English and specialization competencies. You will also attend a Master’s thesis seminar and, with the support of your academic advisor, you will be working on your Master’s thesis. Additionally, you will have an opportunity to attend several elective courses of your choice.

Specializations

Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL)

Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) focuses on development of teaching competencies, including the most current tools and methodologies and Teaching English for Specific Purposes (TESP). Students acquire a wide range of teaching skills, which prepare them for working in educational and business contexts, with various age groups. Additionally, graduates may become teaching methodology consultants for language schools.

In accordance with the Minister of National Education Regulation, graduates of TEFL specialization are licensed to teach at primary, middle and secondary schools, provided they completed teaching internships in the course of their studies.

Communication in Business Program

Communication in Business Program includes subjects such as: general management theory, marketing, communication, interpersonal relations, and influencing skills. Additionally, during workshops, students gain practical competencies in the following areas: presentation skills, public speaking, team work, and business writing. Some of the classes are conducted by business experts and managers actively working in various firms and corporations. During the course of studies, students have an opportunity to visit several companies and organizations, meet business professionals and previous graduates of Communication in Business specialization.

Thanks to their English proficiency, communications skills, business acumen and multicultural awareness, graduates of the Communication in Business Specialization build successful careers in areas, such as: public relations, marketing, corporate management, and business administration in Poland and abroad.

Translation Specialization

Translation Specialization focuses on translation theory and practice. All courses are taught by experienced translators and translation scholars. The program offers workshops in business, media, literary and specialized translation, from Polish to English and vice versa. Students practice text analysis and writing in different styles. Additionally, they learn how to use Computer Assisted Translation programs (CAT tools).

Translation Specialization aims to:

  • Instill professional approach to translated texts, such as the use of translation strategies and techniques, appropriate to the given context.
  • Teach students about the requirements of general and specialized translation and localization.
  • Demonstrate good working practices for professional translators, including: time management, research techniques, evaluation of information sources, compilation of translator’s library and tool set, and business basics for freelance translators.

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 AcceptanISIC Student Card and Medical Insurancece 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

 

pdf icon 48x48  Detailed instructions for international candidates

pdf icon 48x48  Documents confirming English proficiency

pdf icon 48x48  ISIC Medical Insurance for international students

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
  • Olga Mykoliuk
    Admissions Officer
    (Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Kazachstan, Uzbekistan)
  • +48 22 517 99 61
  • omykoliuk@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 2500 EUR
 
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