The admission procedure


The procedure of applying in short: 

1. You deliver (bring or send) to us some documents (see the [Required documents] section), register in our Internet system for candidates (IRK - details below) and pay the application fee (details below).

2. We look at your high school results and then organise an interview for you. For the interview, you prepare ONE book from the list which we publish on our website (see below). In case of candidates from abroad, it is possible to conduct the interview via teleconference. During the interview candidates are asked about their motivations/predispositions to study psychology, independent thinking, their future goals, and their comprehension of one of four books. The committee is made up of members of the WISP Program Board, faculty, and one student representative.

3. If you get accepted, you will have to deliver some other documents (see the [I'm in!] section).

 

Deadlines for 2017/18 admissions:

The procedure starts: in more or less in May, the IRK system will be open for registration from 05 June 2017 till 07 July 2017.

Interviews take place: in the first half of July. In admissions 2017/18 they are going to take place on 13, 14 and 17 July. The exact date will be assigned to the candidate by the IRK system after the application fee has been paid.

Results are posted: in mid July. In admissions 2017/18, they are going to be posted on 20 July at 14:00 on the candidate's IRK account. 

 

Deadlines for second turn of 2017/18 admissions:

The procedure starts: the IRK system will be open for registration from 14 September 2017 (from 00:00 CET) till 15 September 2017 (to 15:00 CET).

Interviews take place: In second turn of admissions 2017/18 they are going to take place on 20 September. The exact time will be assigned to the candidate by the IRK system after the application fee has been paid.

Results are posted: in second turn of admissions 2017/18, they are going to be posted on 22 September at 15:00 CET on the candidate's IRK account. 

 

Internet Registration System (IRK)

All candidates are required to register in the IRK system: www.irk.uw.edu.pl and need to specifically select the studies they apply to. This selecting of the specific studies is important, as otherwise the system does not know to which program you are applying, and cannot reserve a time for a qualification interview for you. So:

  1. You first need to create your own IRK account
  2. Then you have to find the psychology in English program and
  3. Register for it.

Without signing up specifically for Psychology in English, we will not see you as a candidate to our studies in the system, and as a consequence cannot process your application. The IRK will let create accounts from ca. March/April, but registration for specific fields of study will be open from 05 June. It is your IRK account where you will be able to find the exact date of the interview and results after the interview.

 

Application fee

If you make the payment in Poland, use bank account number given in your individual registration account. Each candidate is provided with an individual bank account number, where the last 11 digits are candidate’s PESEL number (your login to the IRK system). If you make the payment abroad, use foreign currency bank account numbers available at the main Admissions Office website. This information will be also given on your individual registration account.


Books required for the interview:

Admissions 2017/2018:

  1. "The Noonday Demon" - Andrew Solomon (only chapters: "Depression", "Breakdowns", "Treatments", "Alternatives", "Populations")
  2. "The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion" - Jonathan Haidt (the whole book)
  3. "The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat" - Oliver Sacks (the whole book, not just the first chapter)

Each candidate is required to choose one book from the above list. Please report your book choice to: info@psychology.pl

 

Info about admissions: info@psychology.pl or (+48) 22 55 49 845.

Frequently Asked Questions

About Admissions

Q:

When is the deadline for sending the documents?

A:

It is usually 30 June. For applications from candidates who finish high school in the same year that they apply to our program, we usually wait a few more days. We confirm all the deadlines and announce them on our website in March of every year.

Q:

When is the system for candidates (IRK) open?

A:

It is open in June (detailed dates are published every year in March). It is possible to create your own account in the system earlier, but signing up for different fields of studies will be open only in June. If you create an IRK account earlier, don't forget to sign up for our program in June! If you don't do that, we will not be able to treat you candidate.

Q:

Is it hard to get in?

A:

It is not if you come well-prepared for the interview.

Q:

I already know English on a very advanced level/ I am a native speaker. Do I need to take part in the interview?

A:

Yes. Each candidate has to. The interview is not about checking your language skills. It is about checking how much you are interested in psychology, how well you read the book and how well you understand it. The interview is in English, so if your level of English is advanced, it will be easier for you to answer the commission's questions.

Q:

How does the interview look like?

A:

The commission will consist of 3-4 people. Most probably 3 of them will be our instructors and one of them will be a student representative. Before they ask you to come in, they will look through the application you have delivered. Then, after letting you in, they will ask a few questions about you to get to know you a little bit better (eg. where you are from, why you have chosen psychology etc.). Afterwards, there will be some questions about the book. Some of them will be specific, other descriptive. The interview lasts for 15-20 minutes.

Q:

I am not from Poland. Do I have to take part in the interview in person?

A:

You don't have to. For foreigners, it is possible to take part in the interview via teleconference. In order to establish that, please be in contact with our office: info@psychology.pl. You will have to give us your contact details, because it is the commission who calls you during your interview time.

Q:

Where can I find the details of the interview? Date, hour, place?

A:

They will be visible on your IRK account, but not before you have paid the application fee. The system assigns dates and hours automatically. If you are a foreigner and your interview is supposed to be a teleconference, it is good to remember that the given hour will be Polish time. Please check if there is any time difference between Poland and our country!

Q:

I have created an account in the IRK system , but I cannot see anything - I don't know where I should pay the application fee.

A:

First please make sure that you have registered for psychology in the IRK system. If you don't do that, we will not be able to see you in the system and therefore we will not be able to treat you candidate. Creating an account is not enough - you need to register for a program for studies. After you have registered, the IRK system will ask you to pay the application fee and you will be able to find bank details there.

Q:

What will I be graded for during the interview?

A:

Understanding of the text: 0-10 points, independent thinking: 0-10 points, predispositions/motivation to study psychology 0-10 points. This means that the maximum score from the interivew is 30 points. In order to pass the interview, you need to achieve at least 21 points.

Q:

So if I have got at least 21 points, I am accepted, right?

A:

No, not yet. We can accept a maximum of 44 people, but only those who have passed the interview. If eg. 60 people have passed the interview, we will be able to accept only the first 44 with the best interview results. The other 16 people will be on our waiting list, so if someone with a better result resigns, candidates from the waiting list will be accepted.

Q:

Do I have to bring any additional documents?

A:

Yes. Some documents need to be delivered till the end of June (before the interview). If you get accepted, you will have to deliver some other documents. Go to the [how and when to apply] section for details.

Q:

Among additional documents there is something like 'letter of recommendation' from my teacher. All my teachers are on holidays. Do I really need to have it?

A:

Yes. The info about this requirement is permanently on our website + it's in the IRK profile. "I didn't know" is a really bad explanation. Besides, it is one of our commission's most favourite documents to read.

Q:

Do I have to have a certificate in English?

A:

It is strongly recommended. Besides, the interview is in English, so the commission will know how advanced your English is. If you don't speak the language well, you will most probably have problems with understanding the commission's questions and expressing your mind freely. If you are from outside of the EU/EFTA, we will require you to show us any of the [certificates from the list].

Q:

I'm on holidays and I can't come for the interview. Can I postpone it for the next week/month/till September?

A:

No. We need to do things in accordance with the Rector's recruitment schedule. The only thing that we could do is put your interview on another interview day when eg. someone else resigns, but we cannot reschedule it later than the time we were given for the interviews.

Q:

I wasn't well prepared for the interview I have just taken. Can I take it again?

A:

Yes, but not in the same recruitment period. You can do it next year or in late admissions if we organize them (we sometimes do that, but not every year). In order to retake the interview, you will have to register in the system for candidates again, pay the application fee again and take part in the interview again. Perhaps it is a good idea to prepare another book?

Q:

It's after the deadline, I didn't register on the registration site, I didn't pay the application fee, I didn't read any book and I don't have any documents. Can I still apply?

A:

Yes - during the next recruitment period, but only if you are on time, you register on the registration site, pay the application fee, read one of the books and deliver the papers.

About ECTS Points and Psychology Classes

Q:

Where do I sign up for courses from our Faculty (the psychology ones)?

A:

For electives and specialization courses you use the [USOSul website]. Through the [USOSweb website] you can sign up for obligatory courses taught in groups. Before registrations start, we announce the dates of registrations on our website.

Q:

Do I sign up for obligatory courses?

A:

The office will automatically do that for you in case of almost all of the obligatory classes. You may be asked to sign up yourself in case of obligatory courses taught in groups.

About Payments in USOS

Q:

The USOS shows me the day of payment, for example 25 Oct 2013. It means that I can pay on 25 Oct 2013, right?

A:

If the USOS gives you a date eg. 25 Oct, remember to pay at least one day before. Usually, when you make an online transfer, especially in the evening, it is usually finalized by the bank on the next day. For instance, if you pay on 25 Oct in the evening, the transfer will probably reach the account on 26 Oct and the USOS will already count interest for being one day late!

Q:

So what happens if there are interest rates?

A:

You need to pay it as quickly as possible, because it will be more with every next day! If the USOS shows you interest rates , eg. 5 PLN, on for example 30 Oct, you need to pay it in a way that the USOS sees your payment on 30 Oct. If it sees the payment on 31 Oct, it will add new interest rates. That’s why it is best to make transfers in the morning to be sure that the money reaches the account on the same day when it is paid.

Q:

I had to pay 300 PLN, but I made a mistake and paid 301 PLN. I hope it is not a big mistake?

A:

It actually is. The USOS is able to recognize only exact payments, so if you need to pay 300 PLN, then exactly 300 PLN needs to reach the account. The USOS is able to link exact amounts. If amounts differ, the USOS will not link them and it will have to be done manually by the financial office. This will take time.

Q:

Will I be able to see the tuition fee in USOS as well?

A:

Right now no. The tuition fee is in EUR and this module is able to show only fixed payments in PLN. The tuition fee could be paid in PLN, but each day the amount of PLN is different, because it depends on the PLN-EUR course. However, maybe in the future it will be possible.

Q:

Will I be able to see there only conditional passes for courses not passed at the Faculty of Psychology or there will be also other conditions, eg. for PE classes?

A:

There will be also other conditions. You will be able to find PE classes there. Please make sure to always use a correct bank account. Payments for PE classes need to be paid to another bank account than those for courses belonging to the Faculty. Don’t worry if you don’t know the account, the USOS will show it to you.

About PE Classes

Q:

Where do I sign up for PE classes?

A:

You use this website: http://rejestracja.usos.uw.edu.pl/catalogue.php. It is also a part of USOS. The registration for PE classes starts with “WF”. If you see psychology courses on this website, don’t worry about them, because they are courses of the Polish psychology program, so they don’t concern you. Besides, the system will not let you choose them.

Q:

Can I choose whatever I like or are there some classes designed for our studies?

A:

You can choose whatever you like, although usually there are a few PE classes in English. If you don’t mind having PE classes in Polish, that’s ok.

About Specialization courses

Q:

What are specializations?

A:

On the 4th and 5th year students take part in specialization courses. A specialization is a set of courses connected with a chosen topic, eg. Psychotherapy, Business Psychology etc. To see specilizations we currently offer please see the [Courses] page of this website.

Q:

How to sign up for a specialization?

A:

Since there are not so many WISP students and there are no specilizations that would be extremely popular, we just ask students to send an email with their specialization preferences and then students sign up for appropriate courses themselves. At the end of the 5th year the office checks if all requirements of a given specialization are completed. If they are, a student receives a document confirming the completion of the specialization.

Q:

What are the requirements of specialization completion?

A:

A general rule in order to graduate is that each student needs to achieve at least 48 ECTS from specialization courses. They could belong to one concrete specialization or to different specializations (in this second case the student finishes the studies with a so-called "general specialization"). Most of the specializations require to achieve 48 ECTS from courses belonging to these specializations. Some might have some additional requirements, eg. preparing a poster or having some kind of practice. Most of the specializations will offer exactly 48 ECTS (so the student needs to complete all courses within the specialization), some will offer more ECTS than 48 (in this case the student needs to choose courses which could give at least 48 ECTS, more is possible, but not obligatory), some will offer less ECTS than 48. In this case the student is required to complete all courses within the specialization and take some courses from other specializations so that at the end of their studies he/she has at least 48 ECTS from specialization courses.

Q:

What do I need to remember about when signing up for specializations?

A:

Each student has 63 tokens for specialization courses. Use them wisely. If you need more, it is possible to switch up to 15 elective tokens for specialization tokens.

About Student ID card

Q:

I'm on the 1st year, when will I get my student ID card?

A:

You will get it from the WISP office from 01 October. Sometimes we distribute ID cards a day earlier.

Q:

I have lost my Student ID card. What can I do to get a new one?

A:

The procedure is as follows:

1) Write a request to the Dean asking for a new card. State why you don't have your card any more (eg. you lost it, it was stolen etc.).
2) Pay the fee for a new card. The Student ID account is: 56 1160 2202 0000 0000 7648 6236. The account owner is: Uniwersytet Warszawski, ul Krakowskie Przedmieście 26/28. The second and every next ID card costs 25,50 PLN.
3) Deliver the proof of payment to the WISP office.
4) After the office has the Dean's decision and the proof, we will order your new ID card. It usually takes ca. 1-2 weeks.
5) Pick up your new ID card from the office.

  • USOSweb

    USOSweb of the Faculty of Psychology - this is where you register for some psychology courses (obligatory ones taught in groups), where you can see your grades etc.

  • Your mail @ student.uw.edu.pl

    Students are obliged to use their university emails when contacting university staff.

  • Stołeczna Estrada

    A guide on cultural events happening in Warsaw. The website is in English.

  • INS Student Liaison Committee

    The student body of the International Neuropsychological Society.

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