I first came to Poland almost 2 years ago under the scholarship of Imaginarius Foundation to study at the University of Warsaw. Until now, I could say that studying here in Poland is one of the most important milestones in my life. I can not only enjoy a new life in a foreign country, get exposure to excellent academic environment, but also have a great opportunity to make new friends and open my eyes to a wider world. Regarding the study program at the University of Warsaw, I would like to have few words for students who wish to apply for the Master Program in Quantitative Finance.
Nguyen Thi Ngoc Anh
Hello! My name is Nguyen Thi Ngoc Anh. I am a student in Masters of International Economics, Faculty of Economic Sciences, University of Warsaw.
Almost two years ago, I faced a dilemma when I was offered two full master scholarships. The first one was from the Korean Government (KGPS scholarship) and the second one was from the Imaginarious Organization in Poland. I then decided to go to Poland. Now, I can absolutely say that I made the right decision. It is my honor to share with you some brief thoughts of studying here.
Regarding the programme structure, the curriculum of Masters in International Economics focuses on theoretical parts of Economics but also provides you important practical skills such as analysis skills, critical thinking, researching and working independently. The program is ideal for further studies in Economics (PhD).
If you want to apply to this master programme, I would advise you to have some basic courses at the bachelor level such as Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, Mathematical Analysis, Statistics, and Econometrics. The programme requires a high level of quantitative skills which are usually striking strengths of Vietnamese students. My previous major at Hanoi Foreign Trade University was International Business and Economics and thus I felt prepared for the syllabus here. However, if you did not study some of these courses at the bachelor level, you can still succeed at the programme with the support of professors. The professors have their own weekly office hours when you can come to ask them any questions. They are always willing to help students. For instance, my thesis supervisor, Professor. Andrzej Cieslik has been a wonderful supervisor. His guidance has been very helpful and supportive. In addition, all faculty officers always nicely assist students in any circumstances.
In terms of the study environment, the Faculty offers a very dynamic academic environment. I have had the chance to make friends with many international students. Every semester, I met new classmates from different countries, which has enabled me to learn about different cultures and lifestyles in numerous parts of the world. The programme is entirely in English and therefore you can also improve your language skills quickly. I do not know any Polish but I have never had any problems while living and studying here for almost two years. This is because Polish young people speak English very well. You also can study in other European countries, in exchange programmes, available with financial support.
I would like to gratefully and sincerely thank Imaginarius Foundation for giving me this great opportunity!
After 1.5 years staying in Warsaw, I would like to say that coming to Poland is one of the most important decision in my life. Back to student life after approximately 2 years of working in Vietnam, it encouraged me to have a deeper view about both academic and business environments. Therefore, I can find appropriate ways to apply what I learnt at the university to the real life as well as my future career.
I always believe that studying in Poland is one of the most wonderful decisions I have ever made. With well- designed curriculum and excellent education quality, our Master of Quantitative Finance has been recognized by EduUniversal Top 100 in Financial Market ranking as the 20th. It provides to students not only theoretical knowledge from the field of quantitative finance but also its practical applications in financial institutions which update the modern trends of financial world. If financial industry, especially investment is your desired career, this program should be your chosen destination.
My name is Khiem and in Jan 2015, I gained a Double Master's Degree in International Economics and European Economic Policy in a join research master's program between the Faculty of Economic Sciences, University of Warsaw (UW) and the Economic School of Louvain, Université Catholique de Louvain (UCL) in Belgium. In this short testimonial, I am going to share with you experience of my wonderful time taking part in this program in terms of academic aspects and social life.