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Basic information

Language of instruction

Polish

Duration

3 years

Faculty of Social Sciences

Katowice

Profil kształcenia: ogólnoakademicki

Informator ECTS

Description

Foreign language courses: English, German, French, Russian

Overview of the programme and majors:

The curriculum of the National and International Security programme is an expression of an interdisciplinary approach to the issues of security. The programme has a general academic character. The main goal of the programme is to prepare students for employment in organisations, institutions, and services involved in issues of internal, national, and international security. At the same time, the programme provides graduates with knowledge and skills in political sciences and international relations, which is of crucial importance in the context of the dynamics of contemporary threats to national and international security. The skills obtained by graduates, through the combination of theoretical and practical elements, should provide a multi-faceted preparation for the future professional tasks. Theoretical preparation is mainly the responsibility of the employees of the Institute of Political Science, including in particular the researchers of international relations and national and international security. Practical preparation is carried out by specialists in criminal law, psychology, armed forces, special services, and other uniformed services. To implement the curriculum of the National and International Security programme, the Faculty of Social Sciences of the University of Silesia cooperates, among others, with:

  • Provincial Police Headquarters in Katowice,
  • Provincial Military Staff in Katowice,
  • Regional Inspectorate of Prison Service in Katowice,
  • Internal Security Agency,
  • Silesian Border Guard Unit.

            The main goal of the 1st cycle studies in National and International Security is to train graduates to accurately recognise security threats and properly select measures to eliminate or mitigate them, both from the perspective of the internal conditions of individual countries and the development of a close or distant international environment. Internal security is not only concerned with illustrating the role of uniformed services in guaranteeing the constitutional order of the state, but also with acquiring the fundamental knowledge of all areas of national security: political, economic, social (including civic), and cultural security. The second aspect of national security emphasised in the programme is the external security understood in the context of processes and phenomena occurring in the international environment. The aim of external security is to identify and address threats to a country's security by using both unilateral instruments and cooperation with other participants in international relations on all levels: political, military, economic and cultural. Subregional, regional, and global dimensions are analysed. The multifaceted approach to security within the framework of the programme is thus focused on developing skills, knowledge, and competencies useful in understanding its nature and combating contemporary threats to the security of humans and their communities in different areas, regions, and cultures.

            Graduates of 1st cycle studies in National and International Security possess knowledge of internal and external political processes, including, among others, political system of the Republic of Poland, contemporary political systems of Western and Eastern Europe, political history of Europe and the world, and the recent history of Poland. They have the ability to recognise and analyse threats to national and international security using the acquired theoretical (security theory, national and international security strategies of world superpowers, introduction to strategic studies, law of war and armed conflict) and practical knowledge (armed conflicts and international disputes in the post-Cold War era, role of armed forces in state security systems, special services in the state security systems, transnational crime and the means of combating it). Graduates are familiar with characteristics of security policies of selected states (not only Poland, but also selected European and non-European countries). National and International Security graduates are also able to recognise and understand the essence of radical ideologies as challenges to members of the international community (radical political doctrines, Islamic fundamentalism, terrorism as a threat to national and international security, civilisation and cultural aspects of security), know practical ways of combating them (operational methods and techniques of special forces in Poland and in the world, Border Guard as a component of a country's security system, combating organised crime, the prison system). Graduates are prepared to undertake professional employment and to continue education during 2nd cycle studies. Graduates of 1st cycle studies in National and International Security can acquire additional education in security and international relations as part of 2nd cycle studies in Political Science: Contemporary International Relations conducted by the Institute of Political Science.

Career prospects:

1st cycle studies in National and International Security aim to prepare graduates for employment in:

  • public and non-governmental organisations involved in national and international security;
  • uniformed services (such as the police, Internal Security Agency, Foreign Intelligence Agency, Border Guard, and Polish Armed Forces);
  • public administration institutions of various levels (local, provincial, state), in units dealing with national security;
  • local and regional governments;
  • political parties;
  • internationally operating companies;
  • mass media, with regards to national and international security;
  • research centres concerned with broadly defined security (political, military, economic, cultural, information, and information and communication technology);
  • crisis management teams.

Admissions criteria for candidates with "new" Polish maturity exam (issued after 2005)

For candidates with NEW MATURA EXAM

Admission to studies is based on secondary school-leaving grades – the results of the written part of Matura exam are taken into consideration:

Matura exam from 2010:

Polish language
 

basic or advanced level*

Mathematics
 

basic or advanced level*

Modern foreign language
 

level
basic or advanced*

One chosen subject**
basic or advanced level*

Weight = 20% (a)

Weight = 20% (b)

Weight = 20% (c)

Weight = 40% (d)

* Basic level result multiplied x 0.6; advanced level result multiplied x 1.

The more favourable result for the candidate is taken into consideration.

** Chosen subject is understood as a subject taken by the candidate in the Matura exam as additional or mandatory. The chosen subject can also be Polish language, mathematics, modern foreign language,  provided that these subjects were taken at the basic and advanced level. The same subject cannot be indicated at the same level twice. The more favourable result for the candidate is taken into consideration.

Method of calculating the final result:

W = a*JP + b*M + c*JO + d*DowolnyP
where:
W — candidate’s final result
JP  – result in the Polish language
M — result in mathematics
JO  – result in a modern foreign language
Dowolny P — result in the chosen Matura exam subject
a, b, c, d — weights.

Matura exam until 2009 inclusive:

Polish language
 

basic or advanced level*

Modern foreign language
 

basic level
or advanced*

Two chosen subjects**
basic or advanced level*

Weight = 30% (a)

Weight = 20% (b)

Weight of each of them = 25%(c/d)

* Basic level result multiplied x 0.6; advanced level result multiplied x 1.

The more favourable result for the candidate is taken into consideration.

** Chosen subject is understood as a subject taken by the candidate in the Matura exam as additional or mandatory. The chosen subject can also be Polish language and modern foreign language, provided that these subjects were taken at the basic and advanced level. The same subject cannot be indicated at the same level twice. The more favourable result for the candidate is taken into consideration.

Method of calculating the final result:

W = a*JP + b*JO + c*InnyP1 + d*DowolnyP2
where:
W — candidate’s final result
JP  – result in the Polish language
JO  – result in a modern foreign language
DowolnyP1; 2 — results in chosen Matura exam subjects
a, b, c, d — weights.

Admissions criteria for candidates with "old" Polish maturity exam (issued before 2005)

For candidates with OLD MATURA EXAM

Admission to studies is based on secondary school-leaving grades – the results of all Matura exam subjects are taken into consideration.

The basis for admission is the arithmetic mean of the number of points, converted from grades in line with the below formula:

Matura exam until 1991

Matura exam after 1991

5

100 points

6

100 points

4

85 points

5

90 points

3

30 points

4

75 points

 

 

3

50 points

 

 

2

0 points

International Baccalaureate

  • The candidate who obtained the International Baccalaureate diploma, issued by the International Baccalaureat Organization based in Geneva, are subject to the same admission rules as holders of “new” Polish maturity exam. The results on the diploma of International Baccalaureate are calculated according to the following indicators:

IB Diploma

Standard level

Higher level

7

100%

100%

6

86%

85,71%

5

72%

71,43%

4

58%

57,14%

3

44%

42,86%

2

30%

28,57%

1

0%

14,29%

In case the candidate does not submit the International Baccalaureate diploma, for the sake of qualification, the candidate is obliged to submit the certificate about the IB result issued by the appropriate institution and present the IB diploma immediately after its reception.

NOTE: If the admissions criteria for the programme assume additional entrance exams for the holders of “new” Polish maturity exams, the following factors are concerned during the qualification: result from IB diploma calculated according to the scale above and the results of the additional entrance exam.

European Baccalaureate

The candidate who obtained the European Baccalaureate diploma, issued by European Schools in accordance to the Luxemburg Convention of 21 June 1994 about the European School status, are subject to the same admission rules as holders of “new” Polish maturity exam. The results on the diploma of European Baccalaureate are treated as results of the extended “new” Polish maturity exams and are calculated according to the following indicators:

EB exam

“new” Polish maturity exam

9,00 ÷ 10,00

100%

8,00 ÷ 8,95

90%

7,00 ÷ 7,95

75%

6,00 ÷ 6,95

60%

5,00 ÷ 5,95

45%

4,00 ÷ 4,95

30%

In case the candidate does not submit the European Baccalaureate diploma, for the sake of qualification, the candidate is obliged to submit the certificate about the EB result issued by the appropriate institution and present the EB diploma immediately after its reception.

NOTE: If the admissions criteria for the programme assume additional entrance exams for the holders of “new” Polish maturity exams, the following factors are concerned during the qualification: result from EB diploma calculated according to the scale above and the results of the additional entrance exam.

Secondary education certificate, or equivalent, obtained outside of Poland

The candidate who has obtained the secondary school graduation certificate (or another document) issued outside Poland may apply for studies. The document has to entitle the holder to undertaking Bachelor studies in the country in which the document was issued.

For candidates which are Polish citizens or apply for studies on the same rules as Polish citizens, the admission procedures defined in the programme’s description apply.

Foreign candidates applying for studies on other basis (tuition-paying, tuition-free, scholarships) are accepted for studies under regulations other than noted in the admission criteria. 

If programme’s admission criteria require mark in Polish language :
The candidates applying as Polish citizens or on the same rules as Polish, which finished secondary education outside Poland, will have the mark of that country’s language taken into account instead of Polish language mark.

In the case of candidates who have a secondary school-leaving certificate or other document authorising them to take up 1st cycle studies or long-cycle studies issued abroad, the grades in the document authorising them to take up studies in the country of document issue are taken into consideration. Additionally, WKR may take into consideration the grades in external exams in the countries where such exams are conducted, e.g.: result of CT exam in the case of Belarus, result of EGE exam in the case of Russia, and result of ZNO exam in the case of Ukraine. The results of these exams shall be regarded as equivalent to Polish advanced Matura exam.

Note: If programme’s admission criteria under “new” Polish maturity exam include additional entrance exams the results of BOTH entrance exam and secondary school graduation certificate are considered.

Exceptions from admission procedures

Nazwa olimpiady / konkursu Tytuł uprawniający do ulgi Limit miejsc Uwagi
Konkurs wiedzy o konfliktach zbrojnych po 1945 rok laureat 1
Olimpiada Języka Angielskiego laureat lub finalista
Olimpiada Filozoficzna laureat lub finalista
Olimpiada Języka Francuskiego laureat lub finalista
Olimpiada Geograficzna laureat lub finalista
Olimpiada Historyczna laureat lub finalista
Olimpiada Języka Białoruskiego laureat lub finalista
Olimpiada Losy Żołnierza i Dzieje Oręża Polskiego laureat lub finalista
Olimpiada Języka Niemieckiego laureat lub finalista
Olimpiada Języka Rosyjskiego laureat lub finalista
Olimpiada Wiedzy o Bezpieczeństwie i Obronności laureat lub finalista
Olimpiada Wiedzy o Polsce i Świecie Współczesnym laureat lub finalista
Olimpiada Wiedzy o Państwie i Prawie laureat lub finalista
Olimpiada Wiedzy o Unii Europejskiej laureat lub finalista

Szczegółowa procedura uznania powyższych uprawnień dostępna jest na stronie https://us.edu.pl/kandydat/rekrutacja-na-studia-krok-po-kroku/olimpiady-i-konkursy/

Fees for education

Tuition fees in academic year: 2022/2023

Payment for semester
dla Polaków i cudzoziemców uprawnionych do kształcenia na studiach stacjonarnych w języku polskim bez ponoszenia opłat za studia.

No tuition fees


Payment for semester
for foreigners applying for studies on tuition-paying basis

Opłata wnoszona w całości

2 150,00 PLN

Opłata w 3 częściach

  • 759,00 PLN
  • 759,00 PLN
  • 782,00 PLN

Contact

Faculty's contact details

Faculty of Social Sciences

ul. Bankowa 11
40-007 Katowice
32 359 18 14

https://us.edu.pl/wydzial/wns

aleksandra.galas@us.edu.pl

Contact for foreigners

Biuro Rekrutacji Cudzoziemców

Bankowa 12, pok. 76
40-007 Katowice, Poland
+48 32 359 22 72
+48 32 359 22 73
admission@us.edu.pl