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Archaeology, full-time, first cycle program in English (S1-PRK-AR-ANG)

(in Polish: Archeologia, stacjonarne, pierwszego stopnia w jęz. angielskim)
first cycle program
full-time, 3-year studies
Language: English

  • Area of study: humanities
  • Discipline: archaeology

First-cycle full-time studies in Archaeology are the only such course with instruction in English offered in Poland. Over the last few years, our courses have garnered increased interest among foreign candidates.

The course programme extensively covers new trends in archaeological research and discusses archaeology’s social functioning. This lays a foundation for studies which, being focused mostly on the Mediterranean archaeology, aim to provide students with elementary knowledge and practical skills enabling them to participate in excavations anywhere around the world.

The programme includes a wide range of courses, from general introduction to ancient cultures of the Mediterranean and South America, through excavation methodology, to practical field documentation, data acquisition and processing techniques indispensable in the modern academic practice, or museology which prepares students to organise their own exhibitions and cooperate with cultural institutions. The final year of the first-cycle full-time studies, in addition to continuation of previous learning, requires students to choose a BA seminar and prepare their bachelor’s thesis.

A significant role within the programme is played by fieldwork practicum:

  • field survey, usually performed in spring or autumn;
  • no less than 3 excavation seasons, performed usually in summer. The excavations are directed by researchers affiliated by the Institute of Archaeology at the University of Warsaw, or abroad – in Egypt, Georgia, Armenia, Uzbekistan, Bulgaria, Italy (Sicily), South America, and many more locations.

The classes are held in the Main Campus of the University of Warsaw, namely the Main School which has housed the Institute of Archaeology for over a decade.

Detailed information about the first-cycle full-time studies in English can be found at the website: http://www.archeologia.uw.edu.pl/en/studies.

During the studies, students acquire specialist knowledge in archaeology enabling their active participation in excavations at sites of diverse character – reading and documenting stratigraphy, handling measuring devices, preparing research or museum catalogue entries, searching archives, performing scholarly analyses, drawing conservation records, as well as realising exhibitions.

Professional and general knowledge developed in the course of the studies, as well as competences in individual work and cooperation within a team, form a strong base for further studies at the second-cycle level in archaeology and other fields.

Qualification awarded:

First cycle degree - BA - in archeology

Access to further studies:

second cycle program

Learning outcomes

Student knows and understands
K_W03 has a basic knowledge of the documentation, analysis and interpretation of archaeological sources, with particular emphasis on Mediterranean archaeology
K_W05 has detailed knowledge of selected ancient communities, especially from the Mediterranean area, including terminology, theories and methodology within the field of archaeology
K_W08 has a basic knowledge of the main directions of development and the most important new achievements in archaeology, with particular emphasis on Mediterranean archaeology
Student can
K_U12 can identify, analyze, use and classify archaeological sources, with particular emphasis on sources from the Mediterranean basin
K_K01 able to use the knowledge and skills obtained during studies and is aware of the need to confront them with the opinions of experts
K_K02 able to recognize the essential importance of material remains, ancient languages and written sources as part of human cultural heritage
K_K03 able to appreciate the unique value of archaeological sources and their role in recreating the human past, with particular emphasis on the history of the Mediterranean area
K_K04 able to critically evaluate the interpretation of archaeological and historical sources, with the awareness of the multifaceted nature of the interpretation
K_K05 able to use the knowledge concerning the complex nature of culture and its complexity, aware of the need to analyze various categories of sources to reconstruct the human past
K_K07 able to recognize one's responsibility for the preservation of cultural heritage
Student is able to
K_K01 able to use the knowledge and skills obtained during studies and is aware of the need to confront them with the opinions of experts
K_K02 able to recognize the essential importance of material remains, ancient languages and written sources as part of human cultural heritage
K_K03 able to appreciate the unique value of archaeological sources and their role in recreating the human past, with particular emphasis on the history of the Mediterranean area
K_K04 able to critically evaluate the interpretation of archaeological and historical sources, with the awareness of the multifaceted nature of the interpretation
K_K05 able to use the knowledge concerning the complex nature of culture and its complexity, aware of the need to analyze various categories of sources to reconstruct the human past
K_K07 able to recognize one's responsibility for the preservation of cultural heritage

K_U12 can identify, analyze, use and classify archaeological sources, with particular emphasis on sources from the Mediterranean basin
K_K01 able to use the knowledge and skills obtained during studies and is aware of the need to confront them with the opinions of experts
K_K02 able to recognize the essential importance of material remains, ancient languages and written sources as part of human cultural heritage
K_K03 able to appreciate the unique value of archaeological sources and their role in recreating the human past, with particular emphasis on the history of the Mediterranean area
K_K04 able to critically evaluate the interpretation of archaeological and historical sources, with the awareness of the multifaceted nature of the interpretation
K_K05 able to use the knowledge concerning the complex nature of culture and its complexity, aware of the need to analyze various categories of sources to reconstruct the human past
K_K07 able to recognize one's responsibility for the preservation of cultural heritage

Admission procedures:

Visit the following page for details on admission procedures: https://irk.oferta.uw.edu.pl/