The time of studying is a great stage of life. Then ‘it still behoves one to do many things and all things are finally lawful.’ That golden rule gains special meaning while studying philosophy. In the course of studies it is used in discussions on different topics, which are both seemingly trivial and difficult. The level and openness of those discussions makes university classes become reasons for learning about our own humanity, its depth and limits, making friends, gaining skills of arguing and convincing others as well as becoming confident that a lack of a specific answer is sometimes the most natural human attitude towards certain problems.
There is a nice opinion that repeatedly appears in the anonymous surveys, in which our students evaluate completed courses. This is that the academic staff of the Institute of Philosophy is knowledgeable and friendly, and one can count on their help also in non-academic matters. This assessment gives us a tremendous boost to the in-depth work on ourselves. It proves that those with whom we studied and solved “the most human problems” understand and appreciate the importance of “soft skills” and they are no longer satisfied with dry expert knowledge in those interpersonal relations. In that way they confirm achievement of one of the most important aims of studies in the Institute of Philosophy of the Faculty of Humanities (NCU), which was honoured with A+ category by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education in Poland in 2013.
With its unique Old Town, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Toruń is considered one of the most beautiful cities in Poland. The University makes it a city of the youth. One can spend their free time in numerous clubs, pubs, and cafés. People with artistic aspirations can develop their passions in student theaters and cabarets or a professional academic choir, where the musical interests can be very well combined with a passion to explore the world which is possible during competitions, concerts, and festivals abroad.
Every year in September we organize a free Welcome Trip for Freshmen to the NCU resort, which is beautifully located at the Bachotek Lake in Brodnica Lakeland. During studies you will be able to participate in the work of scientific associations, student conferences, and numerous events, when academic research is accompanied by a nice and friendly atmosphere.
You are welcome to join us!
The programme of studies in the Institute of Philosophy (NCU) is planned both to help our students find answers to questions which bother them as well as to let them develop skills which are always sought and valued by employers, i.e. openness, ability of formulating problems, finding original solutions, conducting multilateral analysis of complex issues, and presenting their own views. The experience which we have gained while working with several generations of students shows that knowledge and skills in the field of philosophy and programmes that are offered in the Institute pay dividends in our students’ future careers and help them in making right personal decisions.
We pay great attention that our students learn at least two foreign languages on the level which extends standard certificate requirements. Language classes and courses in translating for students are taught by experienced academic staff of the Institute, including professors of the world’s recognized expertise in the field of English and German culture. Once they gain some basic knowledge of the chosen language, the participants of those classes learn the art of translation. That skill is different from ordinary language proficiency and it is very useful in the future careers. The names of many of our students now appear on the front pages of translations of classic philosophy works of Kant, James, Kierkegaard, Jaspers, and Berkeley as well as works of prominent contemporary thinkers such as Richard Rorty, Stanley Fish, Bruno Latour, and Rosi Braidotti.
Also, we provide our students with scholarship opportunities in renowned foreign universities. With the help of Erasmus programme they can deepen their knowledge and language skills while studying at the universities of their choice, under the tutorship of outstanding professors who are often long-term friends of the academic staff of the Institute of Philosophy (NCU). Such scholarships allow getting a variety of experiences and establishing international contacts, which is very useful when looking for a job in Poland and abroad.
We strongly encourage our graduate students to continue their studies and undertake four-year PhD studies. Doctoral students prepare their dissertations. At the same time however, they gain skills while teaching classes and conducting seminars for their colleagues from BA and MA studies. Their own research conducted during doctoral studies helps them develop many new skills and deepen the already acquired ones. Completing of the programme results in a doctoral degree. Doctoral students may apply for grants for their research from multiple sources (e.g. the university, a ministerial and the EU system of grants). They can also participate in international exchanges as part of prestigious scholarship visits to the United States, France, Germany, and Italy. Currently we are also in discussions about the possibility of research visits to Brazil.