Any graduate of a Polish or foreign higher education institution with the degree of magisterium or its equivalent may apply to doctoral studies at the Graduate School for Social Research (GSSR). Students who have not yet been awarded the magisterium degree or equivalent may be conditionally accepted to the programme. The Director of the School will specify the maximum period for which a student may enjoy conditional status before presenting proof of award of the necessary degree.
Admission to the GSSR depends only on the applicants' academic qualifications, research skills, and their command of English. However admission is not determined by the subject background of the candidate.
Applications from candidates with research interest in the following areas are particularly welcome:
Good candidates with interest in other areas are however also encouraged to apply.
LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS FOR CANDIDATES
Knowledge of the English language is one of the basic conditions for admission to the doctoral studies at GSSR. During the individual interviews each candidate has to display a level of knowledge of the English language allowing them to conduct research and take part in classes held in that language.
LANGUAGE TESTS AND EXCEPTIONS
Candidates should have passed one of the following tests of language abilities in English:
Candidates who at the time of interview have not passed one of these tests may take a test of English arranged by the School. Applicants should bear in mind that this could take place on a different day from the interview, which for foreign candidates could mean a stay of several extra days.
HOW TO APPLY
Please read carefully the list and forms of documents required to complete the application (check list of required documents). The completed applications should be sent by post or delivered personally to the following address:
SZKO£A NAUK SPO£ECZNYCH (GSSR)
Please note that the applications should be sent in advance to reach the GSSR no later than on the day of the deadline indicated below. Those who plan to deliver the application personally should take into consideration that the GSSR office is open Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays between 09:00-15:00 and Tuesdays, Wednesdays between 09:00-17:00
In order to make the deadline dates as convenient to our applicants as possible it has been decided that there will be TWO deadlines for applying to the PhD Programme in the Graduate School for Social Research. Candidates from any country may submit their applications either by June 2013 OR by September 2013
Candidates whose applications are unsuccessful in June will not be permitted to make another application in September.
Submission of complete application packages for all candidates (international and Polish):
APPLICATION DOCUMENTS CHECKLIST
Applicants are required to submit the following documents:
Incomplete documents will not be accepted.
We accept photocopies of diplomas and transcripts - originals should be presented at the school in order to confirm that the copies are true copies.
Documents of applicants not accepted are not returned to the applicant. They are kept in the School's archive.
To convert the currencies, students may refer to currency converter sites on the Internet (for example http://www.xe.com/ucc/) or inquire with a local bank or travel agency.
All payments must be free of charge for the beneficiary, so that the GSSR receives the full amount established.
The description of the payment must specify the candidate's full name and the reason for the payment.
THE ADMISSIONS PROCESS
The admissions procedure for non-Polish candidates comprises:
Stage One: evaluation of application documents
Stage Two: interviews with selected candidates
Stage Three: final evaluation
Stage Four: notification of acceptance or rejection
An Appeals Commission will meet to consider appeals from candidates (Polish and non-Polish) who believe that in their case the published recruitment procedures were not followed.
A list of applicants accepted to the GSSR is published on our website as soon as the admissions committee has reached its decision.
Applicants who fail to attend the appointed interview (or test of language abilities if applicable) will be considered to have withdrawn their applications.
Our institution does not discriminate on the basis of (including but not limited to) national or ethnic origin, race, religion, gender or sexual orientation in administering its admission and education policies, financial aid and other school-administered programmes.
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