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Study catalog

Basic information

Language of instruction

Polish

Duration

3 years

Faculty of Social Sciences

Katowice

Education profile: General academic

ECTS guidebook

Description

Overview of the programme and majors:

Political Science is an interdisciplinary science. The programme has a general academic character. Political science is most strongly associated with sociology, psychology and law, with politics at the centre of its focus. The studies provide an understanding of political processes and phenomena on a local, national, regional, and global scale. They develop the ability to analyse and evaluate relationships and correlations between the functioning of political institutions, states, local, regional and international organisations, societies and individuals. Political science graduates have a broad knowledge of politics, media, and international relations, which allows them to understand the dynamics of political change and decision-making strategies on a national and international scale. As a result of the interdisciplinary nature of the Political Science programme, graduates are able to use the acquired knowledge and skills to negotiate, persuade, and communicate with social and political environments. Internships in a field related to the chosen major are an integral part of the studies. Studies in Political Science aim to prepare graduates for employment in: government and local government administration, international institutions and organisations (both governmental and non-governmental), public institutions, parliamentary offices, public relations agencies, advertisement agencies, research companies, diplomatic and consular posts, economic, social, and educational organisations, specialised research institutes and think tanks, and also for a political career.

1st cycle studies in Political Science offer the following majors:

  1. Public Administration – the aim of this major is to train specialists with broad substantive and practical knowledge useful in the organisational structures of government and local administration. Students get familiar with the rules of appointing various public administration bodies, their tasks and competencies as well as the role they play in the political system of our country. They also acquire knowledge of public finances, state, regional, and local party systems and human resource management.
  2. Contemporary International Relations – is a major dedicated to people interested in the issues of international relations, foreign policy, national and international security, threats to peace and stability, and contemporary armed conflicts; choosing this major lets you better understand the conditions affecting contemporary international relations, including the specific character of political systems of selected countries, significance of energy resources, contemporary relations between religions, cultural differences, the process of globalisation, mechanisms shaping the world economy, and norms in international relations.
  3. Social Policy – is a major intended mainly for people interested in social issues and their nature in the public space, both the current one and the widely discussed one. The problems of employment, education policy, health and social security, and housing are undertaken within the framework of specialised subjects. Cross-sectional subjects are concerned with e.g. non-governmental organisations, acquiring European funds, demographic problems, and sustainable development. All courses combine theoretical and practical aspects, allowing students to develop broad knowledge and skills in fields related to the major.

Career prospects:

Employment prospects:

  • political career;
  • journalism;
  • government and local government administration;
  • diplomatic and consular posts;
  • international institutions and organisations (both governmental and non-governmental);
  • economic, social, and educational organisations;
  • leading teams to carry out delegated tasks;
  • specialised research institutes and think tanks.

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 "Olimpiada Wiedzy o Górnym Śląsku" laureat 1
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 Literatury i Języka Polskiego laureat lub finalista
Olimpiada Języka Rosyjskiego 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
for Polish citizens and foreigners entitled to education at full-time studies conducted in Polish without paying the tuition fee.

No tuition fees


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

Tuition paid in full

PLN2,150.00

Tuition paid in 3 installments

  • PLN759.00
  • PLN759.00
  • PLN782.00

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

International Admissions Office

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