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Erasmus policy statement

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Erasmus policy statement

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GSSR PhD students may participate in mobility within the framework of the Erasmus + scheme regardless of nationality/citizenship.

Incoming graduate students are  welcome to take courses at the GSSR.


The Graduate School for Social Research is based within the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology, a leading research institute of the Polish Academy of Sciences. The School encourages an interdisciplinary approach within the social sciences, with a range of  doctoral research not limited to investigations in philosophy and sociology, however broadly understood, but also encompassing for example, historical, anthropological and literary studies along with themes from political science and political economy. It has an international graduate student body recruited from throughout the world. Its lecturers are also recruited from both within and outside Poland. Whilst many of our students are from the countries of the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, our recurring visiting  lecturers are predominantly from ‘the West’. Students should not be surprised that comparative study of different societies both within and between regions is strongly encouraged.

Students accumulate credits by completion of course modules at the school or (for doctoral students also in other institutions in Poland and elsewhere) to acquire a total required for completion of the programme.

Most modules are taught in English, with a minority in Polish: all programmes can be completed by non-Polish speakers. Specialised seminars are sometimes given in other major languages such as  French, as appropriate to the subject matter.

Doctoral students are encouraged to take part with academic staff in other research projects (eg within the framework programmes) beside their own thesis work in order to gain, skills, contacts and experience.  Mobility (within LLP, but also eg the  Visegrad, Fulbright & Sci-Ex schemes) enhances the effect and widens the horizons of participants. Many doctoral students have academic co- supervisors attached to institutions other than the Graduate School.

The School’s choice of institutional partners for student mobility and other joint activities reflect the interests of individual doctoral students  or groups of students attending a thematic seminar. Host institutions chosen are those with complementary research and teaching interests. Students are particularly encouraged to suggest new institutional partners best suited to their academic interests. ‘Cotutelle‘ arrangements are welcomed for individual students.

While doctoral students form our main target group for inward and outward mobility , inward mobility of Master’s degree students is also welcomed.

Teaching at the School is provided by visiting faculty. The School’s strategy here is to open recruitment as widely as possible and hence inward mobility from beyond Poland  is strongly encouraged.

The School participates in a Dual PhD degree programme with Lancaster University (UK). Given the School’s interdisciplinary character the agreement covers all faculties of the university, although studies to date have taken place within the faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. Students successfully completing the School’s one year programmes taught in English receive also the degree of MA from this UK university.


The school’s non doctoral  programmes are timetabled with all meetings outside working hours to allow students to both work and study thereby broadening access to graduate study and providing those who successfully complete the programme with the skills to enable them to go on to doctoral and in some cases further research.  Participation in the Programme will, by adding to inward mobility,  offer a more international experience to  those students whose work and family commitments make  outward mobility a less practical option.

While the school’s cooperation with a leading UK university  helps to ensure that the School keeps abreast of best practice, students returning from mobility with their diverse experiences help to maintain the momentum for continuous improvement of the quality and relevance of the HE provision. In addition mobility helps them to form necessary international contacts for future work in research projects.

New programmes are being designed with online distance learning provision and a focus on sustainable development.  These new programmes, like the School’s other programmes will be designed to attract students from both within and outside Poland and will have an international teaching staff.  The effects of virtual contact are however much enhanced by real meetings. participation in the Programme , whether as intensive programmes or individual mobility flows can strengthen quality through mobility and cross-border cooperation.

The establishment of the School within a research institute is intended  to integrate higher education and research , as are the research institute’s consortium agreements with neighbouring universities in Warsaw.  Thorough research training in a social science institution provides sophisticated skills in particular relevant to work involving social surveys-the research institute and its graduate school provide services to and recruits to this branch of industry. Making the knowledge triangle work,  with higher education, research and business linked for excellence and regional development also involves more than a passive role for business of course. Here a programme currently being developed with international and local  partners and  focusing on sustainable human development is particularly relevant. Practical placements abroad and institutional participation in other programmes  (cf  Leonardo da Vinci programme)  have a role to play here.


By supporting the School’s efforts at internationalisation participation in the Programme also contributes to improved governance by  exposing academics staff and students to alternative management and funding solutions and so promotes adoption of best practice.


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The Graduate School
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00-330 Warsaw,