Proof of Language Proficiency for Student Exchange Purposes

Confirmation of language proficiency of students who do not hold the Certificate of Language Proficiency issued by the University of Warsaw or any other language certificates recognized by the University of Warsaw for the purposes of applying for student exchange programs

The Centre for Foreign Language Teaching issues a certificate confirming language proficiency to students applying for foreign exchange programs. This certificate confirms that the applying student has sufficient command of a specific foreign language in order to participate in a given foreign exchange program, that is to study successfully at a foreign university. This certificate is not equivalent to the Certificate of Language Proficiency issued by the University of Warsaw.

The certificate is issued only to students who are required to present a document confirming their language proficiency for the purposes of applying for foreign exchange programs and who hold neither Language Supplement to the Diploma nor Certificate of Language Proficiency confirming their language proficiency level on the basis of a taken certification examination (Ordinance no 4 of the Rector of the University of Warsaw dated January 18, 2007) nor any other certificates recognised by the University of Warsaw specified in Attachment no 1 to Ordinance no 24 of the Rector of the University of Warsaw dated May 31, 2007.

Students may apply for the certificate on the preliminary condition of presenting the completed European Language Portfolio to the committee of the Centre for Foreign Language Teaching. As soon as the Portfolio is approved, the student attends an interview on a day set by the Director of the Centre for Foreign Language Teaching. The Committee consists of two teachers of a given foreign language, employees of the Centre for Foreign Language Teaching, appointed by the Director of the Centre for Foreign Language Teaching.

EUROPEAN LANGUAGE PORTFOLIO

The European Language Portfolio is available for downloading from the website of Ośrodek Rozwoju Edukacji and should be submitted to the Student Support Office not later than January 11 or May 5.

The Dossier section should include the following documents in a foreign language:

  • copies of diplomas and certificates officially confirming the language learning process and language proficiency received in the last five years provided the student holds such. Documents (other than the Language Supplement to the Diploma or Certificate of Language Proficiency issued by the University of Warsaw) and certificates specified in Attachment no 1 to the Ordinance no 24 of the President of the University of Warsaw dated May 31, 2007 are accepted both in the Polish and foreign language version;
  • CV in a foreign language following the Europass format (http://europass.cedefop.europa.eu/en/documents/curriculum-vitae);
  • cover letter in a foreign language following the Europass format addressed to Mirosława Wojciechowska-Szepczyńska, Director of the Centre for Foreign Language Teaching located at ul. Nowy Świat 69, 00-046 Warszawa, which should include information regarding the student’s educational background, the university for which the student is applying, reasons for choosing this university; specific courses to be taken; the impact of the foreign exchange program on the student’s future academic or professional career, and benefits to the university;
  • summary of a scholarly article on a topic related to the student’s major from a scholarly magazine or a website of such in a foreign language written by the student on his or her own. The article should consist of 2-5 A4 pages. The copy of the article should be included in the Portfolio. The word limit of the summary is 300 – 350. Please provide the number of words and source (or website);
  • statement confirmation that the student has written the summary on his or her own [download];
  • Intercultural Language Experience and Cross-cultural Communication component [doc] [pdf].

The interview with the student will be carried out provided that a diligently completed portfolio has been submitted.Notice: students keep the portfolio after the interview.

INTERVIEW

The interview takes place at the Centre for Foreign Language Teaching located at ul. Nowy Świat 69, 00-046 Warszawa, tel./fax 022 55 20 128 or ul. Krakowskie Przedmieście 26/28, 00-927 Warszawa, tel./fax 022 55 20 523.

Students are informed about the exact time and place of the interview in advance. The interview is conducted by the committee of the Centre for Foreign Language Teaching consisting of two examiners. The interview lasts from 15 to 20 minutes and consists of two parts:

  1. in the first part of the interview, the student applying for the certificate presents his or her academic interests and achievements as well as describes the foreign exchange program he or she applies for. The student presents the plan of his or her stay at the university of their choice; similarities and differences between the foreign exchange program and the current course of studies, and the benefits that the foreign exchange program will bring to the student and the university;
  2. the second part of the interview consists of a conversation on everyday issues e.g. travelling, culture of a given country, living abroad, a visit to the doctor’s office, immigration office, dean’s office, in which the student shows sufficient command of a foreign language to communicate outside the academic environment.

The language proficiency level needed to successfully complete the interview is B2 in accordance with the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. Specific language skills at B2 level are described below:

  • Understanding | Listening: I can understand the main points of long contributions and speeches even in situations when they are expressed by means of difficult language. I can understand most films, television and radio programs.|| Reading: I can understand articles about contemporary problems, where the authors express specific opinions. I can read contemporary literary prose.
  • Speaking | Spoken interaction: I can hold a spontaneous conversation with native speakers. I can express opinions, justify them and defend my views.|| Spoken production: I can talk about topics related to my field of interest in a clear and detailed way. I can discuss the advantages and disadvantages of different solutions using appropriate argumentation.
  • Writing: I can write a longer text on topics related to my field of interest. I can write an essay in which I present the pros and cons. I can express feelings/opinions in a personal letter.

Specific language skills on different levels are available at:http://europass.cedefop.europa.eu/en/resources/european-language-levels-cefr

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