Sociology MA Program: At a Glance

University: Centre for Social Studies at the Polish Academy of Sciences
Fields of Study: Sociology
Dates: October 12, 2017 to July 31, 2018
Credit: 45
Deadlines: March 04, 2017
Price: $18,000
Housing: Apartment
Minimum Age: 18

Program Highlights:

Obtain a British MA degree in just 12 months – all in the cosmopolitan city of Warsaw! This Master’s program takes place at the Centre for Social Studies (CSS) at the Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw. The CSS offers an English-language graduate program operated in partnership with Lancaster University, which is one of the highest-ranking universities in the UK in the field of sociology. The university’s aim is to prepare students for rewarding careers in a multicultural environment in today’s society. The courses help students to understand, explain, and predict social phenomena and their economic, social, political and cultural context. This knowledge is key to working effectively as managers, politicians, cultural directors, and academics.

The University:

The Centre for Social Studies (CSS) offers unique MA programs in Sociology in cooperation with Lancaster University (in the UK) and the Polish Academy of Sciences. The mission of the CSS is to promote graduate-level education in accordance with the highest European standards. Students can specialize in one of three tracks: Society & Politics, Economy & Society, and Culture, Media & Society. The CSS is located in the historic Staszic Palace, which was erected in 1823 to serve as the seat of the Society of Friends of Science. The palace is right in the center of Warsaw on Nowy Swiat Street and it is actually part of the Old Town. After class you can continue your discussions with fellow students at the numerous restaurants and cafes nearby.

The City:

With a population of more 1.7 million people, Warsaw is an ideal location for those of you who like the big city life. It became the country’s capital in 1596 when King Zygmunt III moved the royal residence there from Krakow. Since then Warsaw has witnessed many hardships (it was almost completely destroyed during WW II), but it has emerged as a cosmopolitan city and the business center of the country. Here you can find modern architecture juxtaposed with carefully-restored palaces and castles. The city boasts a beautiful Old Town and many theaters, museums, monuments, restaurants, and parks. And since it is home to a number of large universities, there are plenty of college students to meet and socialize with.

Courses & Descriptions:

Within the framework of the program, students have three MA tracks to choose from: Society & Politics, Economy & Society, and Culture, Media & Society. Classes place a special emphasis on case studies from the region and they are perfect for students interested in learning more about Central and Eastern European studies, sociology, cultural studies, economics, political science, and media studies. The student body consists of representatives from more than 18 different countries. Many of them come from Central and Eastern Europe, so you’ll have the opportunity to meet, interact, and share ideas with scholars from the region. The professors are drawn from all over Europe as well as the US and Australia, so it’s a truly international learning experience.

Sample Course Listing

CSS Contemporary Sociological Theories - Credits: 3

CSS Culture and Nationalism - Credits: 3

CSS Management for Eastern Europe - Credits: 3

CSS Mass Media in the Time of Transition - Credits: 3

CSS Research Methods - Credits: 3

CSS Seminar on Corruption - Credits: 3

CSS Social and Political Theory - Credits: 3

CSS Sociology of Institutional Change - Credits: 3

CSS The Holocaust and Its Cultural Meaning - Credits: 3

CSS The Swedish Welfare Model in a Comparative Perspective - Credits: 3

Transfer Credit:

All students must have a BA degree in order to apply. Upon completion of the program, students obtain a British MA degree from Lancaster University. This MA degree is recognized around the world.

Financial Aid:

Financial aid is normally offered by the CSS in the form of partial fee-waivers. All financial aid is awarded strictly on the basis of academic merit. Please contact our office for more information on how to apply. The deadline for applying for financial aid is April 15, so make sure you apply early!

Scholarships are available on our scholarships page.

Application Deadline(s):

March 04, 2017

Late applications will be considered on an individual basis.

Applying for our programs is simple! Fill out the on-line application form and wait for more information from us.

Why Study Here

Meet a Diverse Student Body

At the CSS there is a small student body with a mixture of Polish and exchange students, especially those coming from Central & Eastern Europe and CIS.  Therefore, you are bound to have a truly international experience!

Enjoy the Cosmopolitan City

Warsaw is a cosmopolitan capital city – overflowing with cultural and social events. It is a perfect setting for a college campus. The CSS is located on the Royal Route, close to the Presidential Palace and the Historic Old Town!

Live, Eat, Breathe History

A little bit of history can be uncovered on every one of Warsaw’s streets – the historic Old Town was completely restored after WW II to its original state and the numerous monuments and museums teach about Poland’s rich history.

Get a Bang for Your Buck

Warsaw is an affordable destination – your dollar still goes a long way!


  • $18,000

What's Included

Tuition and Fees

The program includes full tuition and fees at Centre for Social Studies.

Official Transcript

Two months after completing the program, we’ll send your home university an official transcript from Centre for Social Studies. This allows you to transfer credit back to your university (with prior approval from your advisor). The transcript contains the course title, grade, and credit hours for each course.


During the program you’ll share an apartment with other students. All apartment locations are chosen with careful consideration given to students’ needs. These include cleanliness, proximity to the school, public transportation access and convenience of the location with regards to stores.

Program Director

Throughout the program, you’ll receive on-site support from the Program Director. The director will meet you at the airport, lead the orientation session, organize activities, and be available 24 hours a day.

Airport Transfers

In order to make your arrival go smoothly, your Program Director will meet you at Warsaw International Airport. He/she will take you in a taxi to your apartment and help you move in. At the end of the program, the Director will also take you to the airport before departure.

In-country Orientation

You’ll take part in a 2-day orientation session at the beginning of the program. The Program Director will provide you with helpful advice and tips for living in Warsaw, review the schedule of activities for the program, distribute cell phones, and teach a survival Polish class.

Use of a Pre-Paid Cell Phone

During the orientation session you’ll be provided with a cell phone and a number of initial minutes. You’ll be responsible for recharging your phone with minutes. A cell phone is a great way to keep in touch with your friends and family back home. Also, text messaging is a popular and economical way to communicate with your friends in Poland.

Transportation Pass

To help you travel smoothly around Warsaw, we’ll provide you with a transportation pass that can be used on all buses, trams, and the subway.

Activities & Excursions

Activities and excursions will be planned throughout the program. These are designed to help you get to know the Polish culture better. Some sample activities include a tour of Warsaw, museum trips, art galleries, films, concerts, and many more. There will also be weekend trips to Krakow (including the Wieliczka Salt Mines and Auschwitz) and Wroclaw.

Health Insurance

You’ll be provided with a short-term accident and sickness medical plan that is designed especially for students studying abroad.

International Student Identity Card (ISIC)

All students are issued a complimentary International Student Identity Card (ISIC), which gives you great student discounts on airfare, rail passes, accommodation, sightseeing, food, shopping and more. Over 40,000 discounts are available around the world!

What You'll Need


Meals are not included, but you will have a kitchen available in your apartment so that you can cook your own meals. Food is very affordable in Warsaw. Many students also like to eat out. There are small cafes and quaint restaurants close to the university for you to enjoy.

Spending Money

Warsaw is an affordable European city to live in. You will need to bring spending money for food, personal items, additional travel, and entertainment.

Round-trip Airfare to Poland

Student travel agencies provide great deals on airfare to Poland. The average round-trip ticket costs around $800.


Generally textbooks are much cheaper in Poland and professors use a lot of readers and photo copies rather than expensive books. You should plan on bringing $100 per term for books.

Pre-paid Phone Cards for Your Cell

At the beginning of the program you will be provided with a Polish cell phone and an initial amount of minutes (ca. $30). During the program you will need to purchase your own phone cards to refill your minutes. Your Program Director will show you where to buy these.