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Eligibility rules

English language proficiency

Good command of English is a basic condition for admission to GSSR. If English is not your native language, as part of your application package (see Documents checklist) you must provide the results of a standardized English language proficiency test (see table below for acceptable tests and scoring).

During the interview, each candidate has to display a level of knowledge of the English language allowing them to conduct research and take part in classes held in English.


Test Type Required Minimum Score/CEFR level
(TOEFL) Test of English as a Foreign Language 80
(IELTS) International English Language Test 6.5
C1 Advanced, formerly (CAE) Cambridge Advanced English Test B
B2 First, formerly (FCE) First Certificate in English B2
C2 Proficiency, formerly (CPE) Cambridge Proficiency Test C
Certificate from university examination B2


If you take the TOEFL or IELTS, please request a copy of your results to be sent directly to GSSR’s Admissions Office. The TOEFL institution code for GSSR is 7962.

If you have completed your studies in English (Bachelor’s or MA degree), you are exempt from providing results of a standardized tests.

MA degree or its equivalent

GSSR invites applications from graduates of HEIs in Poland and abroad, who hold an MA degree or its equivalent, or provide official documentation indicating that they will earn their MA degree no later than the 3rd month after admission to GSSR.

Candidates from any subject background are eligible to apply. Admission to GSSR depends on the applicants’ academic qualifications, research skills, and command of English.