The Institute’s origins go back to 2000 when its predecessor, the Department of Languages for Specific Purposes, was established. This was the first academic centre in Poland to research specialist communication in a systematic manner. 2010 saw a merger of the Department of Languages for Specific Purposes and the Department of Linguistic Theory and Language Acquisition, which resulted in the establishment of the Institute of Anthropocentric Linguistics and Culturology. In December 2013, the new name, the Institute of Specialised and Intercultural Communication, was announced. The academic staff conduct research in 5 academic divisions and 4 research labs and 7 research units. Results of our research are made public via the Institute’s own publishing initiatives as well as other avenues. Students can study applied linguistics either full-time or part-time. Three specializations – ‘specialist translation', ‘intercultural communication' and ‘foreign language teaching' – are taught across 5 languages: English, German, Italian, Russian and Spanish. The Institute also caters for aspiring young scholars, contributing to the Faculty’s PhD programme. The Institute’s postgraduate studies enable its students to obtain teaching qualifications recognized by the Ministry of Education.