The Institute of History’s international cooperation is carried out under bilateral agreements between the University of Warsaw and universities in other countries; through participation in international programmes like ERASMUS+ and CEEPUS, and in international research and education projects. The Institute has a strategic partnership with École des hautes études en sciences sociales (EHESS) in Paris. Professional and personal contacts between members of staff of both these institutions – which began as early as the 1960s – concern primarily historians of the Middle Ages, Antiquity and the 20th century.
The Institute’s other strategic partners include the Kiev-Mohyla Academy, Centre d'Études Supérieures de Civilisation médiévale (CESCM) in Poitiers, Université Lumière - Lyon 2, University of Bologna, University of Konstanz, Lomonosov Moscow State University and the State Pedagogical University of Novosibirsk.
Under the ERASMUS+ programme, the Institute has been collaborating with a dozen or so universities in France, Germany, Italy, United Kingdom, Austria, Belgium, Holland, Spain, Denmark, Czech Republic, Slovenia, Portugal, Romania, Lithuania, Latvia, Hungary and Turkey.
The Institute of History is a member of the Histarmed international consortium, created by Université Lumière - Lyon 2, University of Bologna, University of Granada and University of Warsaw, which offers inter-university MA programmes in medieval history and medieval archaeology (Joint Master Degree); as well as the international network CEEPUS, Questions to the History of Central and East-Central Europe in the Middle Ages and the Early Modern Period (CIII-SK-0705-03-1415), coordinated by the Faculty of Philosophy, Comenius University in Bratislava, and formed by St. Cyril and St. Methodius University of Veliko Turnovo, Masaryk University of Brno, Palacký University of Olomouc, University of Zagreb, Central European University, Loránd Eötvös University, Peter Pázmáňy Catholic University in Budapest, Babeş-Bolyai University of Cluj, University of Novi Sad, University of Belgrade and Jagiellonian University.
Thanks to programmes financed by the Polish National Commission for UNESCO, Visegrad Fund and Polish History Museum, every year the Institute of History hosts young academics and doctoral students from Central and Eastern Europe. In addition, together with the Northeastern University of Boston the Institute of History organises a summer school for American students: Poland: From Occupation to Resistance.
Erasmus+ Coordinator in the Institute of History in charge of student affairs is Dr Mateusz Wilk, acting as Dean's Representative in the IH UW in all matters concerning the organization of Foreign students' mobility to the Institute of History, its students' mobility abroad and the coordinator for foreign language lectures offrered at IH UW.
From September 1st, 2012, Assistant Director for Liaison is Dr hab. Jerzy Pysiak, at the same time acting as the Dean's Representative for Mobility at the Faculty of History and Erasmus+ Coordinator in the Institute of History, in charge of negotiating and concluding bilateral Erasmus+ agreements between IH UW and foreign universities, multilateral Erasmus+ agreements between Institutes forming the Faculty of History and foreign universities, and of the teaching and research mobility of the academic and administrative staff in the Institute of History.