For our foreign students
A Health and Safety course in English for our foreign students: https://moodle.umk.pl/BHP/course/view.php?id=726
New students’ orientation meeting: presentation
Mentors (contact persons) for:
1. undergraduate studies
- year 1, s1 – mgr Krzysztof Strzemeski
- year 2, S1 – dr Nelly Strehlau
- year 3, S1 – dr Ewa Kościałkowska-Okońska
2. graduate studies
- year 1, s2 – mgr Magdalena Kopczyńska
- year 2, S2 – dr Marta Sibierska
- Timetable (full-time studies, summer semester 2020/2021)
- University-wide lectures (for required social studies) for year 1
- Application form to register outside USOS
- Timetable (part-time studies MA programme)
- Staff (click to see office hours)
- Teaching staff (with e-mails)
- Thesis writing stylesheet (BA)
- Thesis writing stylesheet (MA)
2020/2021 academic year calendar
WINTER SEMESTER October 1, 2022 – February 14, 2023 Academic year inauguration October 3, 2022 Classes October 4, 2022 – December 22, 2022 Holiday break December 23, 2022 – January 1, 2023 Classes January 2, 2023 – January 31, 2023 Winter exams February 1, 2023 – February 14, 2023 UNIVERSITY DAY February 19, 2023 Winter re-take exams February 15, 2023 – February 28, 2023* SUMMER SEMESTER February 20, 2023 – September 30, 2023 Classes February 20, 2023 – April 5, 2023 Spring break April 6, 2023 – April 11, 2023 Classes April 12, 2023 – June 15, 2023 Summer exams June 16, 2023 – June 29, 2023 Summer holidays June 30, 2023 – September 30, 2023 Summer re-take exams September 1, 2023 – September 14, 2023*
*Final deadline for passing classes and exams included in the study programme for the winter semester is 28 February 2021 and for the summer semester – 20 September 2021.
Please keep in mind that due to holidays and breaks:
- On November 10 (Thursday), the classes follow Friday schedule.
- On January 31 (Tuesday), the classes follow Friday schedule.
- On June 14 (Wednesday), the classes follow Friday schedule.
Full-time B.A. programme (s1)
Part-time B.A. programme (n1)
Full-time M.A. programme (s2)
Part-time M.A. programme (n2)
All the study programmes follow the Polish Qualification Framework and learning outcomes.
How Practical English works
Practical English is a composite course consisting of several component modules. In order to pass the entire course, a student has to pass each module. Failing one module means failing the practical English course. This means that a student has to retake the entire practical English course; e.g. if a student fails the course in the winter semestre, they have to retake the course in the winter semestre next academic year and cannot attend Practical English classes in the summer semestre.
The final test/presentation in every Practical English module is administered to determine the extent to which students have met the assumed learning outcomes and it values at least 50% of the final grade. A passing score must be obtained on the final test to pass each module.
Timely completion of assigned tasks is obligatory. In the case of assignments submitted after the deadline or re-submitted, the grade is lowered by 10%.
The students are evaluated in accordance with the university regulations, and they must attend all course meetings. Informed participation in class discussions – based on completion of the assigned reading and supportive collaboration with classmates – is also required. Each class absence has to be excused in the first week after the lesson missed. The final grade percentage will be reduced by 10% for every unexcused absence. A grade average of at least 60% must be achieved to pass each Practical English module, so the students who have passed the final test but failed to obtain the required cumulative grade point average have to retake the final test and achieve a result sufficient to make up for the points lost due to unexcused absences.
Instructors are authorized to refuse credit when the student’s absenteeism rate is around 50%.
For candidates from abroad
Courses for foreigners
All our regular study programmes (both full-time and part-time) are open to both Polish and foreign nationals. However, apart from these B.A. and M.A.-level programmes, we offer the following Intensive Courses in English for Academic Purposes:
- 300 hours (one semester / summer courses) – 1.300 EURO
- 600 hours (two semesters) – 2.600 EURO
The B2 course aims at the development of such skills as speaking, writing, reading and listening. The main focus is on communicative exercises based on real situations in which the English language is used. There are October and February intakes. Classes are arranged into four meetings and one day is left for extracurricular activities. A typical weekly timetable includes twenty hours: eight hours of reading and speaking activities, four hours of contextualised grammar classes, four hours of writing and speaking exercises, and four hours of revision tasks and testing.
Why choose Toruń?
All our students are provided with a good study environment. We have a library of approximately 2400 volumes, access to multimedia resources and well-equipped language laboratories. The best regular students may benefit from the agreements signed between the NCU and foreign universities and spend one or two semesters studying abroad; the Department also hosts Erasmus+ program foreign exchange students. Those students who would like to broaden their academic horizons beyond the core curriculum may engage in the work of the English Philology Club and pursue their artistic interests in the students’ theatre.
We have a relatively long tradition of teaching English. Established in 1945, the English Departament in Toruń was closed for political reasons in 1952 (since in the Stalinist era English studies were viewed as potentially subversive), only to be re-opened in 1986. The first graduates completed their studies in 1992. In 2011 the Department was moved to a new site, one of the most modern university buildings in Poland.
We have the right to confer the degrees of licencjat (B.A. equivalent) and magister (M.A. equivalent). We provide a dynamic scholarly environment for quality teaching, research and conferences in literary and culture studies (postcolonialism, SF and fantasy, postmodernism and feminism) and linguistics (cognitive stylistics and textual analysis, construction grammar, evolution of language, and translation studies). The three-year BA programme can be later continued for another two years for an M.A. specializing in English and Editing or Translation Studies.
The regular full-time B.A. and M.A. programmes (s1 and s2) have their part-time, weekend counterparts (n1 and n2). Part-time studies are an attractive alternative for those who want to receive a BA or an MA in English, but cannot participate in the regular weekday program because of job hours or family commitments and are prepared to pay a tuition fee. To make student-teacher contact more effective, some staff employ IT technologies of distance learning.
English Studies: B.A. programmes
On completion of the three-year-long study programme, the student will obtain a BA diploma and will have gained knowledge of Anglophone literature, culture, and linguistics. The undergraduate will have productive skills at B2+ level in compliance with the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. The skills, knowledge and social competence acquired will be an asset in such sectors as translation and interpreting, tourism, corporate services, public relations, marketing, advertising, and copy-writing. The student will be able to continue English studies in the MA programme.
The English Studies programme (full-time, BA cycle) is addressed to both Polish and non-Polish undergraduate students. It offers a combination of practical English courses and language studies field-specific seminars and lectures (British and American literature and culture, language acquisition, linguistics, contrastive and descriptive grammar). All subjects are taught in English (these also include Latin and foreign language courses read in English). The study programme comprises courses which should facilitate the undergraduates’ entry into the job market: English for specific purposes – translation laboratory, and business English.
The English Studies programme (part-time, BA cycle) is an alternative form of studying for those who cannot attend classes on a regular week-day basis. It is addressed to both Polish and non-Polish undergraduate students. The programme, including distance-learning components, offers a combination of practical English courses and language studies field-specific seminars and lectures (British and American literature, culture, language acquisition, and linguistics). All the subjects are taught in English. The study programme comprises courses which should facilitate the undergraduates’ entry into the job market: English for specific purposes translation and tests, English on the labour market, and business English.
English Studies: M.A. programmes
On completion of either of the two-year-long study programmes, the student will obtain an MA diploma and will have gained thorough knowledge and skills within specialisation fields. The graduate will have productive skills at C1+ level in compliance with the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. Depending on the programme, skills, knowledge and social competence acquired will be an asset in such sectors as translation and interpreting, copy-editing, publishing, digital publishing, tourism, corporate services, public relations, marketing, advertising, business communication. The student will be able to continue English studies in the PhD programme.
The programmes we offer feature unique specialisation courses which target latest developments in their respective disciplines: copy-editing, textual scholarship, digital and desktop publishing, Anglophone book and magazine analysis; Anglophone mass media, culture, politics, literature and society; translation and interpreting skills and theory. Apart from attending such programme-specific classes, students also participate in language-study seminars (in literature, culture and linguistics), practical English courses, business English classes and translation laboratories. The programmes are addressed to both Polish and non-Polish undergraduates.
The part-time English Studies programme (BA and MA cycle) is an alternative form of studying for those who cannot attend classes on a regular week-day basis. The programme, including distance-learning components, offers a combination of practical English courses and language studies field-specific specialisation seminars and lectures (literature, culture, language teaching, and linguistics). All the subjects are taught in English. The programme is addressed to both Polish and non-Polish undergraduate students.