Admission process and requirements for Scandinavian Studies

(licentiate, first-cycle program)

Candidates are admitted to Scandinavian Studies program by the ranking. The position on the ranking list is determined by the number of points acquired by the candidate. Should the number of candidates not exceed the limit, all are admitted providing all the required documents are submitted and the conditions of competency in English fulfilled.

English Language competence requirement

As a part of the admission process, it is necessary to demonstrate or provide evidence of English competence. The level of competence can be documented by one of the following certificates: Cambridge English First – FCE, IELT 5-6.5, TOEFL iBT 87-105 (or their equivalencies).

Should the candidates not possess a certificate of English competence, they need to take an interview in English. Prior to the interview, prospective students will receive a set of topics out of which they will select some to prove their knowledge of the English language. The interview in English does not exceed the frame of the advanced level high school final exam in English.

At least sophomores and graduates of English philology and the foreign language teachers’ training colleges (with English specialty) will be admitted to Scandinavian Studies without the necessity of documenting their knowledge with a certificate.

The following candidates are exempt from providing evidence of their English competence:

  1. Candidates who graduated from high school with English as the language of instruction, or successfully passed the final high school exams in English;
  2. Candidates who reside in or are citizens of the countries with English as the official language;
  3. Candidates who graduated from the first or second cycle studies conducted in English at Polish or foreign institutions of higher education;
  4. Candidates with the IB or EB diplomas.

Admission evaluation criteria applicable for Polish citizens and persons without Polish citizenship (foreigners) to undertake studies following the principles binding for Polish citizens.

 Admission evaluation criteria:

High school graduation grades/results in the following “external” (written exam) subjects: history or geography or a foreign language or the Polish language or civics (when major non-existent).

If candidates passed their high school finals abroad, the grades/results may include equivalent topics, similar in scope to the Polish ones.

The following principles apply in the admission process:

1)      Candidates who passed the high school finals (“old Polish matriculation exam”) are awarded the results with a weight of 2 (times 2),

2)      Candidates who passed the high school (“new Polish matriculation exam”) are awarded the result of the “external” (written) part of the high school finals:

– at the regular level – with a weight of 1,

– at an advanced level with a weight of 2 (times 2).

If a candidate passed the high school finals on both levels, a more advantageous result is applied.