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Welcome to Poland, a modern and dynamic Poland’s university traditions are among member of the European Union where edu- the oldest in Europe. In 1364, King Casimir cation really counts. If you wish to learn more the Great established the Cracow Academy, about our long and rich tradition of univer- known today as Jagiellonian University. Since sity education, which offers opportunities the beginning of politicial transformation in for young people aspiring to get a European 1989 our higher education system has been degree recognized throughout the world, developing rapidly and Poland is fourth in we invite you to study in Poland. Europe (after the United Kingdom, Germany and France) in terms of the number of peo- ple taking up higher education. The total stu- dent population at almost 400 university-level schools is over 1.1 million. Polish universities offer more than 800 courses in foreign lan- guages as an integral part of the European Higher Education Area, where the level of tui- tion fees compares favourably with other EU countries. Poland plays an active part in the Bologna Process thanks to the introduction of a three-stage education and the European Credit Transfer System. Foreigners studying in Poland can easily continue their education elsewhere in the European Union. Foreign stu- dents coming to Poland can expect an attrac- tive and diversified educational curricula which meets high European standards – they can study medicine, biotechnology and engineer- ing, as well as art and business. We invite you to consider the great opportu- nities that Poland can offer. Come to the Euro- pean Union. Start in Poland!
2 TABLE OF CONTENTS WHY POLAND? TUITION FEES ENTRY REQUIREMENTS 4__5 reasons to study 44__Entry requirements for 26__ er EU citizens 6__10 things you should 32__Tuition fees 44__Entry requirements for know about Poland non-EU citzens 8__Famous Polish Scientists 46__Temporary residence LIVING & WORKING permit 34__Before you arrive HIGHER EDUCATION 37__After you arrive SYSTEM IN POLAND POLISH YOUR POLISH 10__Higher education 48__9-month preparatory institutions DEFINE YOUR STATUS Polish language courses 16__Structure of studies 40__Studying on terms 49__Polish language and applicable to Polish culture summer schools 18__ nationals 20__Admission requirements 41__Studying on terms 22__Academic calendar applicable to foreigners 22__ 42__Studying on terms 24__Diploma of your choice
4 humanities (such as ancient and modern languages, literature and philosophy). Pol- 5 REASONS ish business schools deliver world-class edu- cation in management and finance (also as double-degree programmes) and are interna- tionally accredited. TO STUDY IN POLAND See for yourself – over a million student can’t be wrong, can they? 2. Study in the centre of Europe No matter the city or the course, choosing to Poland is the place where you can earn study in Poland is a great idea. Here are just a diploma that will open the door to the best a few reasons why. companies in Europe, even some of the best in the world. The country has many other perks, 1. So many options such as the fact that its medical schools are accredited in the US and that, while studying In Poland there are more than 1.1 million in Poland, you have access to the EU’s study students studying at almost 400 universities, programmes and can do internships or train- study programmes (in English or Polish), and eeships abroad. hundreds of language classes. There is also an With top-quality, internationally recognised abundance of art colleges to choose from, as degrees, almost no other region in the world well as faculties of humanities and polytech- can set your career off to such a promising nics, complete with fully equipped laborato- start. ries and supercomputers. Do not forget that with favourable geographic While studying in Poland, you will have location and excellent transport connectivity a chance to enter a competition with NASA, the whole European Union is at your finger- or become part of a prestigious scholar- tips. ship programme for those interested in the
Ready, Study, Go! Poland 5 3. Live in a student city that’s 5. Great career opportunities bursting with different cultures Studying in Poland is just the beginning. Study in the European Capital of Culture Those wanting to start their own business, Wrocław, artistic Kraków, hipster Warsaw, mul- or find a job in an international company ticultural Lublin, academic Poznań or coastal would benefit from a longer stay. Foreign com- Gdańsk. There’s something for everyone in panies operating in Poland prefer graduates each city, from student pubs, to vegan restau- from Polish universities. Akademickie Inkuba- rants and art galleries. Mingle with the crowd tory Przedsiębiorczości (‘Academic Incubators at the Palace of Culture in Warsaw, explore of Entrepreneurship’) is a community that will Kraków’s Wawel Castle, go skiing in the Tatra help start your business, and the Technology Mountains or sail in the Masurian Lake District. Parks are also at your disposal. Additionally, there are the Warsaw Innovation Days, where 4. Ideal for a student budget start-ups can attract the attention of foreign investors. If you dream of being independent and going abroad, but worry about the cost, Poland is ideal for a student on a tight budget. Dormi- tories start from 70 USD a month per student, cinema ticket starts from 3 USD, and a lunch in the cafeteria starts from 2.50 USD. FIND OUT MORE AND APPLY No wonder Warsaw is the most affordable For the essential information about stud- European student city according to 2016 QS ying in Poland and applying for higher Best Student Cities index. education programmes visit: www.go-poland.pl or contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
6 10 THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT POLAND For students from outside the European Union who come to study in Poland, this may well be the beginning of a fascinating adventure of discovering Europe. Being invited to study in Poland means that you are invited to the European Union, of which Poland is an active member state. We encourage you to discover the Euro- pean Union, which offers not only varied and interesting cultures and the opportu- nities associated with strong, innovative economies, but it also provides the very best conditions for successful higher edu- cation study in a challenging and friendly atmosphere. With top-quality, internation- ally recognised degrees, almost no other region in the world can set your career off to such a promising start.
Ready, Study, Go! Poland 7 1. Official name: 7. Climate: Republic of Poland (shortform: Poland), Rzecz- The Polish climate is moderate continental, pospolita Polska (shortform in Polish: Polska) with relatively cold winters (from December to March) and hot summers which extend from 2. Official Language: June to August. January temperatures average Polish -1°C (30°F) to -5°C (23°F). July and August aver- age temperatures range from 16.5°C (62°F) to 3. Location: 19°C (65°F), though some days the tempera- Central Europe. Poland borders Germany, ture can reach even 35°C (95°F). the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Ukraine, Belarus, Lithuania and Russia (the Kaliningrad exclave). 8. Currency: Its northern border (440 km long) runs along 1 zloty (PLN) = 100 groszy (actual exchange the Baltic Sea coast. rates: www.nbp.pl) 4. Capital city: 9. Calling code: Warszawa (Warsaw: population 1.7 million / + 48; Internet domain: .pl Warsaw agglomeration: 2.5 million) 10. International organizations: 5. Population: Poland is a member of the European Union 38 million. Poland has the seventh largest pop- (EU), the Schengen Area, North Atlantic Treaty ulation in Europe and the sixth largest in the Organisation (NATO), United Nations (UN), European Union. International Monetary Fund (IMF), United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural 6. Time zone: Organisation (UNESCO), United Nations Inter- Poland belongs to the Central European national Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF), time zone (GMT +1 hour / UTC +1 hour), World Health Organisation (WHO), World except for between the last Sunday in Trade Organisation (WTO), Organisation for March and the last Sunday in October when Cooperation and Development (OECD) and it switches to daylight saving time. many others.
Ready, Study, Go! Poland 8 FAMOUS POLISH SCIENTISTS Polish students are among the best teams in the University Rover Challenge (prestigious international competition of Mars rovers) Nicolaus Copernicus Stefan Banach was a Renaissance astronomer and the first was an outstanding Polish mathematician, European to contend that it is the Sun, not the co-founder of the Lvov School of Mathema Earth, that is at the centre of the Solar System. tics and functional analysis (branch of mathe- matics) – a colorful and intriguing personality Maria Skłodowska-Curie whose contribution to the world science is indisputable. was a physicist-chemist famous for her pio- neering research on radioactivity, she remains the only woman who received two Nobel Ignacy Łukasiewicz Prizes, and the only scientist in history to be was a prominent Polish scientist, pharmacist, awarded two Nobel Prizes in two different oil industry pioneer and the inventor of the fields of study (physics in 1903 and chemistry kerosene lamp. in 1911).
Ready, Study, Go! Poland 9 HIGHER EDUCATION SYSTEM in poland
10 UNIVERSITIES HIGHER • Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan www.amu.edu.pl • Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University in Warsaw EDUCATION www.uksw.edu.pl • Jagiellonian University in Krakow www.uj.edu.pl • Jan Kochanowski University in Kielce INSTITUTIONS IN POLAND www.ujk.edu.pl • John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin www.kul.pl • Kazimierz Wielki University in Bydgoszcz The Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) www.ukw.edu.pl in Poland are divided into state (public) and • Maria Curie-Sklodowska University in Lublin private (non-public) institutions. There are www.umcs.pl two main categories of higher education insti- • Nicolaus Copernicus University in Torun tutions: university-type and non-university www.umk.pl institutions. In the university-type HEIs, at least • University of Białystok www.uwb.edu.pl one unit is authorised to confer the academic • University of Gdansk www.univ.gda.pl degree of doctor (PhD), i.e. it offers at least one • University of Lodz www.uni.lodz.pl doctoral programme. The Degrees and Titles • University of Opole www.uni.opole.pl Committee grants this authorization assess- • University of Rzeszów www.ur.edu.pl ing i.a. unit research activities, achievements • University of Silesia in Katowice with regard to training of faculty staff, scien- www.us.edu.pl tific achievements, research base, as well as • University of Szczecin www.us.szc.pl the quality of education (a separate opinion of • University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn the Polish Accreditation Committee on the qual- www.uwm.edu.pl ity of education at the unit is required). Below, • University of Warsaw www.uw.edu.pl we present the list of public and universi- • University of Wrocław www.uni.wroc.pl ty-type non-public HEIs. • University of Zielona Góra www.uz.zgora.pl
Ready, Study, Go! Poland 11 UNIVERSITIES OF TECHNOLOGY • Warsaw University of Technology • AGH University of Science and Technology www.pw.edu.pl in Krakow www.agh.edu.pl • West Pomeranian University of Technology • Bialystok University of Technology in Szczecin www.zut.edu.pl www.pb.edu.pl • Wrocław University of Science and Technology • Czestochowa University of Technology www.pwr.edu.pl www.pcz.pl MEDICAL UNIVERSITIES • Gdansk University of Technology • Jagiellonian University Medical College www.pg.edu.pl in Krakow www.cm-uj.krakow.pl • Kazimierz Pulaski University of Technology • Medical University of Bialystok and Humanities in Radom www.umb.edu.pl www.uniwersytetradom.pl • Medical University of Gdansk • Kielce University of Technology www.gumed.edu.pl www.tu.kielce.pl • Medical University of Lodz www.umed.pl • Koszalin University of Technology • Medical University of Lublin www.umlub.pl www.tu.koszalin.pl • Medical University of Silesia in Katowice • Lodz University of Technology www.p.lodz.pl www.sum.edu.pl • Lublin University of Technology • Medical University of Warsaw www.wum.edu.pl www.pollub.pl • Nicolaus Copernicus University – Ludwik • Opole University of Technology Rydygier Collegium Medicum in Bydgoszcz www.po.opole.pl www.cm.umk.pl • Poznan University of Technology • Pomeranian Medical University in Szczecin www.put.poznan.pl www.pam.szczecin.pl • Rzeszow University of Technology • Poznan University of Medical Sciences www.prz.rzeszow.pl www.ump.edu.pl • Silesian University of Technology in Gliwice • Wroclaw Medical University www.polsl.pl www.umed.wroc.pl • Cracow University of Technology • School of Medicine Collegium Medicum www.pk.edu.pl University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn • University of Bielsko-Biala www.ath.bielsko.pl www.uwm.edu.pl
Ready, Study, Go! Poland 12 UNIVERSITIES OF ECONOMICS • Maria Grzegorzewska University in Warsaw • Cracow University of Economics www.aps.edu.pl www.uek.krakow.pl • Pedagogical University of Cracow • Poznan University of Economics and Business www.up.krakow.pl www.ue.poznan.pl • Pomeranian University in Słupsk • University of Economics in Katowice www.apsl.edu.pl www.ue.katowice.pl • Siedlce University of Natural Sciences • Warsaw School of Economics and Humanities www.sgh.waw.pl www.uph.edu.pl • Wrocław University of Economics UNIVERSITIES OF ARTS www.ue.wroc.pl • Academy of Art in Szczecin UNIVERSITIES OF AGRICULTURE www.akademiasztuki.eu AND LIFE SCIENCES • Academy of Fine Arts in Gdansk • Poznań University of Life Sciences www.asp.gda.pl www.up.poznan.pl • Academy of Fine Arts in Katowice • University of Agriculture in Krakow www.asp.katowice.pl www.urk.edu.pl • Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw • University of Life Sciences in Lublin www.asp.waw.pl www.up.lublin.pl • Academy of Music in Kraków • UTP University of Science and Technology www.amuz.krakow.pl in Bydgoszcz www.utp.edu.pl • Aleksander Zelwerowicz National Academy • Warsaw University of Life Sciences – SGGW- of Dramatic Art in Warsaw www.sggw.pl www.at.edu.pl • Wrocław University of Environmental and • Eugeniusz Geppert Academy of Art and Design Life Sciences in Wroclaw www.asp.wroc.pl www.upwr.edu.pl • Feliks Nowowiejski Academy of Music in Bydgoszcz UNIVERSITIES OF PEDAGOGY www.amuz.bydgoszcz.pl • Jan Dlugosz University in Czestochowa • Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw www.ujd.edu.pl www.chopin.edu.pl
Ready, Study, Go! Poland 13 • Grazyna and Kiejstut Bacewicz Academy • Poznan University of Physical Eduacation of Music in Łódź www.amuz.lodz.pl www.awf.poznan.pl • Ignacy Jan Paderewski Academy of Music • University School of Physical Education in Poznań www.amuz.edu.pl in Wroclaw www.awf.wroc.pl • Jan Matejko Academy of Fine Art in Krakow MARITIME UNIVERSITIES www.asp.krakow.pl • Gdynia Maritime University www.am.gdynia.pl • Karol Lipiński Academy of Music in Wrocław • Maritime University of Szczecin www.amuz.wroc.pl www.am.szczecin.pl • Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice www.am.katowice.pl MILITARY HEIs • AST National Academy of Theatre Arts • General Tadeusz Kosciuszko Military in Krakow www.ast.krakow.pl University of Land Forces in Wrocław • Polish National Film, Television And Theatre www.awl.edu.pl School in Łódź www.filmschool.lodz.pl • Military University of Technology in Warsaw • Stanisław Moniuszko Academy of Music www.wat.edu.pl in Gdansk www.amuz.gda.pl • War Studies University in Warsaw • Strzemiński Academy of Art Łódź www.akademia.mil.pl www.asp.lodz.pl • Polish Air Force Academy in Dęblin • University of Arts in Poznań www.wsosp.pl www.uap.edu.pl • Polish Naval Academy of the Heroes of West- UNIVERSITIES OF PHYSICAL EDUCATION erplatte in Gdynia www.amw.gdynia.pl • Jerzy Kukuczka Academy of Physical GOVERNMENT SERVICE HEIs Education in Katowice www.awf.katowice.pl • Main School of Fire Service in Warsaw • Jędrzej Śniadecki Academy of Physical Edu- www.sgsp.edu.pl cation and Sport in Gdańsk • Police Academy in Szczytno www.wspol.edu.pl www.awf.gda.pl HIGHER SCHOOLS OF PROFESSIONAL • Józef Piłsudski University of Physical EDUCATION Education in Warsaw www.awf.edu.pl • The Angelus Silesius University of Applied • University School of Physical Education Sciences in Wałbrzych www.pwsz.com.pl in Krakow www.awf.krakow.pl
Ready, Study, Go! Poland 14 • Bronisław Markiewicz State Higher School • University of Applied Sciences in Nysa of Technology and Economics in Jarosław www.pwsz.nysa.pl www.pwste.edu.pl • Stanisław Staszic State School of Higher • East State Higher School in Przemyśl Vocational Education in Piła www.pwsz.pila.pl www.pwsw.pl • Lomza State University of Applied Sciences • Higher Vocational School in Suwałki www.pwsip.edu.pl www.pwsz.suwalki.pl • State Higher School of Vocational Education • Higher Vocational School in Tarnów in Ciechanów www.pwszciechanow.edu.pl www.pwsztar.edu.pl • State Higher School of Vocational Education • Higher Vocational State School in Włocławek in Zamość www.pwszzamosc.pl www.pwsz.wloclawek.pl • State Higher Vocational School in Głogów • The Jacob of Paradies University in Gorzów www.pwsz.glogow.pl Wielkopolski www.pwsz.pl • State Higher Vocational School in Gniezno • Jan Amos Komienski State School of Higher www.pwsz-gniezno.edu.pl Vocational Education in Leszno • State Higher Vocational School in Koszalin www.pwsz.edu.pl www.pwsz-koszalin.pl • Jan Grodek Higher Vocational State School • State Higher Vocational School in Krosno in Sanok www.pwsz-sanok.edu.pl www.pwsz.krosno.pl • Karkonosze State Higher School in Jelenia Góra • State Higher Vocational School in Nowy Sącz www.kpswjg.pl www.pwsz-ns.edu.pl • Pope John Paul II State School of Higher Edu- • State Higher Vocational School in Racibórz cation in Biała Podlaska www.pswbp.pl www.pwsz.raciborz.edu.pl • President Stanislaw Wojciechowski State • State Higher Vocational School in Skierniewice Univeristy of Applied Sciences in Kalisz www.pwsz.skierniewice.pl www.pwsz.kalisz.pl • State Higher Vocational School in Sulechów • Prof. Stanislaw Tarnowski Public High www.pwsz.sulechow.pl Vocational School in Tarnobrzeg • State Higher Vocational School in Wałcz www.pwsz.tarnobrzeg.pl www.pwsz.eu • Public Higher Medical Vocational School • State Higher Vocational School of Podhale in Opole www.wsm.opole.pl in Nowy Targ www.ppwsz.edu.pl
Ready, Study, Go! Poland 15 • State School of Higher Education in Chełm • Katowice School of Economics www.gwsh.pl www.pwszchelm.edu.pl • Kozminski University www.kozminski.edu.pl • State School of Higher Education in Oświęcim • Łazarski University www.lazarski.pl www.uczelnia.pwsz-oswiecim.edu.pl • Higher School of Social Sciences in Warsaw • State School of Higher Professional Education www.pedagogium.pl in Elbląg www.pwsz.elblag.pl • Philological School of Higher Education • State School of Higher Professional Education in Wrocław www.wsf.edu.pl in Konin www.pwsz.konin.edu.pl • Polish-Japanese Academy of lnformation • State School of Higher Professional Education Technology www.pja.edu.pl in Płock www.pwszplock.pl • Pułtusk Academy of Humanities www.ah.edu.pl • Witelon University of Applied Sciences in • University of Law and Public Administration Legnica www.pwsz.legnica.edu.pl in Przemyśl www.wspia.eu CHURCH HIGHER SCHOOLS • University of Social Sciences www.san.edu.pl • University of Finance and Management • Christian Theology Academy in Warsaw in Warsaw www.vizja.pl www.chat.edu.pl • University of Humanities and Economics • Jesuit University lgnatianum in Krakow in Lodz www.ahe.lodz.pl www.ignatianum.edu.pl • University of lnformation Technology and • Orthodox Theological Seminary Management in Rzeszow www.psd.edu.pl www.wsiz.rzeszow.pl • Pontifical Faculty of Theology in Warsaw • University of Lower Silesia www.dsw.edu.pl www.pwtw.pl • SWPS University of Social Sciences and • Pontifical Faculty of Theology in Wrocław Humanities www.swps.pl www.pwt.wroc.pl • Vistula University www.vistula.edu.pl • Pontifical University of John Paul li in Cracow • WSB Universities www.wsb.pl www.upjp2.edu.pl UNIVERSITY-TYPE NON-PUBLIC HEls • Andrzej Frycz Modrzewski Krakow University Full offer of programmes offered in English www.ka.edu.pl by those universities is available on-line • Collegium Civitas www.civitas.edu.pl through “Studyfinder” tool at www.go-poland.pl
16 - STRUCTURE 3rd Cycle DOCTORAL studies (PhD) OF STUDIES MASTER (Magister) 2nd Cycle 90-120 ECTS MASTER (Magister) IN POLAND BACHELOR (Licencjat/inżynier) Long cycle 1 st Cycle 180-240 ECTS 270-360 ECTS years of MATURA CERTIFICATE education (or equivalent) Higher education institutions run full- been successfully implemented together time, extramural, evening and external with the European Credit Transfer and Accu- courses. Full-time courses are defined as the mulation System (ECTS). The European basic type of studies. Poland conforms to standard in higher education makes it easier the guidelines from the Bologna Process in for students to obtain recognition of their European higher education. The degree sys- qualifications in other countries. tem based on the three cycle structure has
Ready, Study, Go! Poland 17 1st Cycle law, medical analysis, medicine, production First cycle studies (3 to 4 years) leading to the and photography, pharmacy, physiotherapy, professional title of a licencjat or inżynier (Engi- psychology, pedagogy, scenography, fine arts, neer, in the field of engineering, agriculture or theology and veterinary medicine, offer long economics). This is the Polish equivalent of the cycle programmes only. Long cycle studies – Bachelor’s degree. It is focused on preparing Master’s degree programme (4.5 to 6 years) students for future employment or for contin- leading to the professional title of Master ued education within a Master’s degree pro- (magister), or an equivalent degree depending gramme. To obtain this degree, students must on the course profile). To obtain this degree, earn 180-240 ECTS credits. students must earn 270-360 ECTS credits. Such single long cycle studies are based on an integrated study programme containing 2nd Cycle both basic studies and in-depth specialisa- Second cycle studies – Master’s degree pro- tion. Completion of this degree will provide gramme (1.5 to 2.5 years) following the first a qualification corresponding to a second cycle cycle studies and leading to the professional Master’s degree. title of Master (magister, or an equivalent degree depending on the course profile). 3rd Cycle It is focused on theoretical knowledge as well as the application and development of creative Third cycle studies – Doctoral degree pro- skills. In arts disciplines, the focus is on the devel- grammes (normally 3 to 4 years) accessible opment of creativity and talents. Master’s degree for graduates of Master’s degree programme, holders may enter a doctoral programme (third leading to a PhD degree, offered by the univer- cycle studies). To obtain the degree, students sity type schools as well as some research insti- must earn 90-120 ECTS credits. tutions (departments of the Polish Academy of Sciences as well as research and develop- ment institutions). The PhD degree is awarded Long Cycle Studies to candidates who submit and successfully In addition to the general structure, 11 fields defend a doctoral dissertation before the the- of study including e.g. acting, art conserva- sis committee and pass the doctoral examina- tion and restoration, canon law, dentistry, tion.
18 equivalent to a Polish diploma. After successful RECOGNITION nostrification an appropriate Polish academic degree can be used. The competent authorities to conduct the nostrification procedure with OF DEGREES regard to higher education diplomas (univer- sity degrees) are organisational units of higher education institutions authorised to confer the academic degree of a doktor (doctor) in a given Recognition of Foreign Higher field of science or in a given field of art. Education Degrees in Poland Recognition for the purpose of further studies A foreign degree giving access to further stud- General information ies or the right to start doctoral proceedings A degree awarded by an institution operat- in the country where it was awarded, gives its ing in the education system of an EU, OECD or holder access to second cycle studies, doctoral EFTA country, upon completion of: school or the right to start doctoral proceedings • 3-year studies or first cycle studies with the in Poland. nominal duration of min. 3 years – con- A foreign degree may also be recognised for firms possession of a first cycle degree in the purpose of further education on the basis Poland; of an international agreement. For the purpose • second cycle studies or long cycle studies of further studies nostrification procedure is with the nominal duration of min. 4 years not needed. – confirms possession of a second cycle Information concerning recognition of matu- degree in Poland. rity certificates can be obtained at the Ministry A foreign degree awarded by an institution of National Education (Department of Interna- operating in another country may be recog- tional Cooperation). nised as equivalent to a Polish one either on the basis of an international agreement or (if there are no such agreements) by way of nostrification. Nostrification is a procedure aimed at recognising a foreign diploma as an
Ready, Study, Go! Poland 19 Recognition of Foreign Scientific according to the rules set by those countries. In Degrees in Poland other countries, Polish degrees are recognised in accordance with the regulations on the aca- demic recognition of foreign qualifications in A scientific degree awarded by an authorised force in a given country. lnformation on the institution operating in the education system recognition of Polish degrees can be obtained of one of the EU, EFTA, OECD countries is rec- in an ENIC/NARIC centre or the ministry of edu- ognised as equivalent to the appropriate Polish cation of a given country: one. A scientific degree acquired in other coun- www.enic-naric.net try may be recognised as equivalent to a Pol- ish one either on the basis of an international ENIC – European Network of National lnfor- agreement or (if there are no such agreements) mation Centres for Academic Recognition and by way of nostrification. A holder of a scientific Mobility established by the Council of Europe degree acquired in a country – party to the Lis- and UNESCO for the European Region. bon Convention who wishes to start habilita- NARIC – National Academic Recognition and tion proceedings in Poland may be exempted Recognition Centres is a network set up by the from nostrification. The competent authorities European Commission in order to establish effec- to conduct the nostrification procedure with tive and close cooperation between EU member regard to scientific degrees are councils of the states in terms of academic recognition and they organisational unit authorised to confer an support the system for professional recognition. academic degree of doktor habilitowany (doc- tor habilitatus) in a given academic field or in a given field of art within the scope of a given Contact the Polish ENIC-NARIC centre: academic discipline or of a given arts discipline ENIC-NARIC Polska Department for Recognition concerned with the academic degree. of Education and Authentication of Documents Polish National Agency for Academic Exchange Polna 40, 00-635 Warszawa Recognition of Polish Degrees Abroad Phone: +48 22 390 35 60 e-mail: email@example.com In countries with which Poland has signed www.nawa.gov.pl/en/recognition agreements, Polish degrees are recognised
20 Access to the First cycle Studies ADMISSION Access to first cycle studies, leading to the pro- fessional title of licencjat or inżynier (Engineer), as well as long cycle studies, leading to a Mas- REQUIREMENTS ter’s degree (magister or an equivalent degree), is open to holders of an upper secondary school certificate (Matura certificate) or an equivalent entitling the holder to enrol in such programmes in Poland. Additional entrance examinations may be conducted by HEIs only Admissions to the study programmes are if this is necessary to assess knowledge or skills administrated by the institutions of higher that are not assessed by the Matura examina- education, and candidates apply directly to tion or the applicant holds an upper secondary the institution of their choice. It is best to school certificate obtained abroad. contact the university well before the course starts in order to find out all the necessary Access to the Second cycle Studies details about the application procedures and Access to the second cycle studies is open other important information. to holders of a licencjat or inżynier (Engi- neer) degree, a Master’s degree (magister or General Requirements an equivalent degree) or a foreign first cycle General requirements for admission to degree degree recognised in Poland. programmes offered by higher education institutions in Poland are the same for both Access to the Doctoral Programmes university-type and non-university HEIs. The Access to the doctoral programmes is open candidate must hold a matriculation certificate to applicants who hold a Master’s degree (the Matura certificate) or another equivalent (magister or an equivalent degree) or a for- document attesting that the holder is eligible eign second cycle degree recognised in for admission to higher education in the coun- Poland, and who meet the admission con- try in which he or she completed secondary ditions laid down by the specific institution. school. The detailed admission conditions are laid
Ready, Study, Go! Poland 21 down by the board of the entity authorised to • are migrant workers – EU/EEA national, for- offer doctoral programmes within an institution. merly or currently employed in Poland; While respecting such general admission this right extends also to members of their requirements, each HEI may define its own families if residing in the territory of the additional admission conditions and proce- Republic of Poland, dures, including the number of places avail- • citizens of the EU Member States or the EFTA able to students, except in the medical fields States that are members of the European of study (limited number of places). The admis- Economic Area Treaty, as well as members sion conditions and procedures may be similar of their families, who have means sufficient across a HEI or may vary according to the field to cover their living costs during the period of study. Different conditions and procedures of study; however, they are not eligible for may be applied by different HEIs for the same need-based scholarships. fields of study. The admission conditions and- procedures must be published by each HEI See more on page 40. not later than 5 months before the admission process starts. There are two paths to obtain a doctorate: doctoral college and individual doc- torate. In doctoral colleges, each doctoral student will receive a scholarship, regardless of their citizenship. All doctoral colleges are tution-free, also for foreigners. A foreign degree giving access to second cycle or doctoral programmes in a coun- Foreigners are free to take up and continue try where it was obtained gives the same studies and participate in scientific research right in Poland. and training projects and schemes on the same terms as Polish citizens if they: • hold a residence permit, • have refugee status granted by the Republic of Poland, • have been granted temporary protection in the territory of the Republic of Poland,
22 ACADEMIC EXAMINATIONS CALENDAR & GRADING The academic year in Poland is divided into All higher education institutions are required two semesters of 15 weeks each – the winter to end their courses with examinations. There and the summer semester. The winter semes- may be several independent examinations or ter starts in October and ends in mid-February, tests in separate parts of a subject. Usually, oral with a break of about ten days for the Christ- and written examinations are held at the end mas holidays. The examination session usually of each semester during the examination ses- takes two or three weeks, beginning in Janu- sion. Students sit examinations on each sub- ary. The summer semester starts in mid-Febru- ject separately. The performance assessment ary and ends in June, with a one-week break period covers either one semester or one aca- for Easter. Summer holidays last for three demic year. To successfully complete a semes- months from the beginning of July to the end ter (or a year), a student must attain a pass mark of September, but only for those students who (at least “satisfactory”) for all assessments and passed all exams within the summer examina- examinations in the subjects covered by the tion session (two-three weeks in June). Those curriculum and obtain performance assess- who failed take the exams again in September. ment credits for all integrated placements.
Ready, Study, Go! Poland 23 GRADING: In addition to the grading scale, the Euro- pean Credit Transfer System (ECTS) under which a certain number of credits are allo- cated to a given subject, independently of the grade awarded. To complete a year successfully, a student has to collect 60 credits (30 per semester). Each HEI identifies its grading scale in its Study Rules. The most common scale comprises the following marks: • 5 very good (bardzo dobry) • 4 good (dobry) • 3 satisfactory (dostateczny) • 2 unsatisfactory/fail (niedostateczny) • credit/pass (zaliczenie) For more information on the adjustment to the Bologna Process and ECTS credits please visit European Higher Education Area: www.ehea.info
Ready, Study, Go! Poland 24 DIPLOMA In order to graduate, students are required to: • present, at an appointed date, a diploma pro- • pass a performance assessment for all sub- ject and attain a pass mark for that project; jects, integrated placements and practical • pass the diploma examination. work sessions, and pass all examinations cov- ered by the study programme set for a given Upon graduation, a student receives a diploma field of study; of completion of studies in a specific field of study together with a Diploma Supplement and – upon request – official copy of the diploma translated into a foreign language. Poland: Europe's new higher education destination for international students 80000 Number of international students in last years 75000 70000 65000 60000 55000 50000 45000 40000 35000 30000 25000 20000 15000 10000 13 021 15 862 17 000 21 474 24 253 29 172 35 983 46 101 57 119 65 793 72 743 78 249 5000 0 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 According to the Polish government’s Human Capital Development Strategy, share of international students in the total number of students should reach 5% until 2020.
TUITION FEES & SCHOLARSHIPS
26 Erasmus+ Programme SCHOLARSHIP Erasmus+ is the European Union (EU) pro- gramme which supports projects, partnerships, OFFER events and mobility in the areas of education, training, youth and sport. The Programme, which runs from 2014 to 2020, provides funding opportunities in all these areas. Erasmus+ Higher Education is mainly a student exchange programme which also includes Scholarships within bilateral work placements in companies abroad and agreements academic staff mobility. lt operates in the framework of the EU Erasmus+ Programme There are a number of scholarships available which continues the good tradition of the Life- within the limits defined in bilateral agree- long Learning Programme (LLP) and involves ments. They are financed either by the Polish all EU countries as well as lceland, Liechten- or the foreign partner’s government, often stein, Norway and Turkey. Erasmus+ Higher with the aim to enhance exchange within Education allows students to undertake a a specific field of study. The amount of a schol- part of their studies in another country with- arship depends on the type of study under- out additional costs of tuition, registration or taken.You can find more information on the examination. Students obtain a scholarship website of Polish National Agency for Aca- that covers the costs of living abroad. The time demic Exchange (NAWA) www.nawa.gov.pl spent studying abroad as well as the courses completed in accordance with the rules of the lt is also advisable to check with local author- programme have to be accepted by the home ities if they have a scholarship programme institution. that includes studies in Poland. For more information check the European Commission website: https://ec.europa.eu/programmes/eras- mus-plus/node_en
Ready, Study, Go! Poland 27 CEEPUS exchange programme with Visegrad Scholarship Programme Central and Eastern Europe The International Visegrad Fund offers Mas- The CEEPUS (Central European Exchange Pro- ter and Post-Master scholarships awarded to gramme for University Studies) is a multilateral selected students for 1 or 2 semesters (for MA exchange programme with Central and East- scholarships within the incoming scheme ern Europe. It is a transnational Central Euro- 1 to 4-semester scholarships can be awarded). pean university network that provides a plat- Citizens of the following countries and territo- form for individual subject-specific networks. ries can apply: Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, At present, CEEPUS unites universities from Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, 16 Central and Eastern European countries Kosovo, Moldova, Montenegro, North Mac- (Albania, Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bul- edonia, Serbia and Ukraine. On applying, garia, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, all applicants must have completed at least Kosovo, Moldova, Montenegro, North Ma- 4 semesters of university study. There are var- cedonia, Poland, Romania, Serbia, the Slovak ious scholarship schemes available. Republic and Slovenia) within networks con- Further information is accessible on the Viseg- sisting of at least three higher education insti- rad Fund website: tutions from at least two different contractual www.visegradfund.org/scholarships/ countries. Student exchange within CEEPUS lasts from 3 to 10 months. Within a network incoming students are exempted from paying tuition fees and receive a comprehensive grant from the host country which depends on the living costs in the country. To be eligible for scholarships, exchange students have to be nationals of a CEEPUS country. Further information including a list of the cur- rent networks can be found at www.ceepus.info
Ready, Study, Go! Poland 28 Scholarships for students from East- a scholarship, preceding the studies in Poland. ern Partnership and from post-Soviet More information: https://nawa.gov.pl/en/stu- countries dents/foreign-students Scholarships for citizens from Stefan Banach Scholarship Programme developing countries The aim of the programme is to support the social and economic growth of Eastern The Ignacy Łukasiewicz Programme concerns Partnership countries (Armenia, Azerbaijan, second cycle studies at public (tuition-free) Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine) and and non-public universities in Poland super- Central-Asian countries (Kazakhstan, Uzbek- vised by the Ministry of Science and Higher istan, Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajik- Education, in the following fields: engineering istan) as well as the following Western Balkan and technical, agricultural, applied and life countries: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, sciences. Master studies are preceded by the Montenegro, Kosovo, North Macedonia and preparatory course to facilitate undertaking Serbia by improving the level of education study in Poland, which is also covered by the and professional skills of their citizens. Fur- scholarship. thermore the participation in the programme The programme is designed for citizens of is a great opportunity to learn the Polish developing countries (excluding European language and culture. It also gives possibil- and Central Asian countries). Scholarship hold- ity to meet Polish students and academics. ers will be first recruited from: Angola, Colom- Scholarships offered within the programme bia, Ethiopia, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Lebanon, include II degree studies conducted at public Mexico, Myanmar, Nigeria, Palestine, Peru, (tuition-free) and non-public universities super- The Republic of South Africa, The Philippines, vised by the minister responsible for higher Senegal, Tanzania, Uganda and Vietnam. education in the fields of: engineering and More information: https://nawa.gov.pl/en/stu- technical, agricultural, applied and life sciences. dents/foreign-students Knowledge of Polish language is necessary. The The Anders Scholarship Programme Programme covers also an obligatory 1-month language and adaptation course with a schol- The Programme for the Polish diaspora is arship or a 1-year preparatory course with addressed to young people of Polish origin -
Ready, Study, Go! Poland 29 nationals of: Belarus, Bulgaria, Czech, Estonia, Approved candidates may participate in 1-year Lithuania, Latvia, Moldova, Romania, Slova- preparatory course preceding their studies in kia, Hungary, countries of former Yugoslavia, Poland. Ukraine, Russia and countries of Central Asia More information: https://nawa.gov.pl/en/stu- and Caucasus, Latin America and Africa. For- dents/foreign-students eigners who have documented their Polish ori- gin and holders of the Polish Card are eligible The Poland My First Choice to start their I, II and III degree studies as well as Scholarship Programme single master degree studies at public universi- ties supervised by the minister responsible for higher education. The programme provides The Poland My First Choice scholarship pro- the participants with an opportunity to study gramme aims to encourage young talented in Polish language. people from the European Economic Area, North America, Australia and other developed WITH MORE THAN 800 CHOICES, HOW WILL YOU SELECT THE BEST PROGRAMME IN ENGLISH THAT’S RIGHT FOR YOU? * www.go-poland.pl/studyfinder * STUDYFINDER IS CURRENTLY THE MOST COMPREHENSIVE WEB TOOL THAT COVERS FULL OFFER OF THE LEADING POLISH UNIVERSITIES
Ready, Study, Go! Poland 30 countries to pursue studies at the best Polish ships to study, conduct research, or exercise universities. their talents abroad and citizens of other coun- The programme offers an opportunity to pur- tries may qualify to do the same in the United sue full-time second-cycle studies at public and States. non-public universities on all fields of study The Fulbright Programme is one of the most offered by institutions offering education at prestigious awards programmes worldwide, highest level – i.e. those classified to the A and operating in over 155 countries. In Poland it A+ category under the latest parametric evalu- was initiated in 1959 and as of today it is one ation – subordinate to the Minister of Science of the largest in Central and Eastern Europe and Higher Education, with a monthly NAWA as well as the most prestigious and continu- scholarship to cover the living allowance dur- ous academic exchange programme between ing the period of education in Poland. In the Poland and the United States. case of public universities, the programme also With contributions from both governments offers an exemption from education fees. The the Fulbright Programme in Poland is adminis- programme provides the participants with an tered by the Polish-U.S. Fulbright Commission. opportunity to study in Polish or in another Through its various exchange programmes language. the commission supports studies, research, More information: https://nawa.gov.pl/en/stu- instruction and other educational activities dents/foreign-students of Polish and American educators, scholars, and institutions; it also administers visits and Fulbright Programme exchanges between Poland and the United States for students, trainees, scholars, teachers, instructors and professors. Detailed informa- The Fulbright Programme is a programme of tion about current programmes can be found highly competitive, merit-based grants for on the website of the Bureau of Educational international educational exchange for stu- and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of dents, scholars, teachers, professionals, sci- State: entists and artists, founded by United States www.eca.state.gov/fulbright Senator J. William Fulbright in 1946. Under the Fulbright Programme, competitively selected U.S. citizens may become eligible for scholar-
Ready, Study, Go! Poland 31 Programme of Fellowships under Programme under the Polish National Com- the Polish National Commission mission for UNESCO Scheme; their applica- tions will not be considered. for UNESCO Information available at: www.unesco.pl The Polish National Commission for UNESCO in collaboration with the Ministry of Science and Lane Kirkland Scholarship Programme Higher Education carries out a programme of fellowships for young scientists from Central and Eastern European countries and develop- The programme is addressed to university ing countries. graduates who already have at least two Except from general offer there are also fellow- years of professional experience, coming from ship programmes in archeology and engineer- Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakh- ing that are co-sponsored by the selected Pol- stan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, ish Universities. Fellowships are of short-term Ukraine and Uzbekistan and are determined type lasting from 1 to 8 months. The fellow to be actively involved in the development of must carry out research in a hosting institution democracy, economy and civil society in their subordinated to the Ministry of Science and countries and the region. The programme Higher Education, under the auspices of an offers two-semester supplementary studies academic supervisor. Confirmation of accept- in the fields of economics and management, ance from the academic supervisor is impera- administration/ management (business, NGOs, tive. culture, environment, health), public admin- A monthly research grant 500 USD /net/ which istration (state and local), law, social sciences is approximately the equivalent of a salary paid (sociology, social psychology), political science to a local junior research fellow. Thus, all living and international relations, development pol- expenses in Poland are supposed to be cov- icy and humanitarian aid. Studies are supple- ered by the fellow himself. mented by at least a two-week internship at All applications should be submitted to the Polish institutions. Polish National Commission for UNESCO. For more information, please visit: Polish Card and Residence Permit holders can- www.kirkland.edu.pl not become beneficiaries of the Fellowships
32 TUITION FEES Full-time studies (in Polish language) at public Fees at public and non-public HEIs are estab- higher education institutions (HEIs) are free lished by the institution itself under the condi- of charge for Polish students – plus interna- tion that they cannot be lower than the costs of tional students who are citizens of the EU/EEA education process. The tuition fees range from or holders of the Polish Card (Karta Polaka). 2300 USD to 7000 USD per year and depend on All other international students are required the institution and study programme (for MBA to pay tuition fees that on average are the fol- programmes: about 9300-14000 USD per year). lowing: • 2300 USD per year for first, second and long Doctoral colleges are a notable exception, as cycle studies, not only do they offer tuition-free education • 2300 USD per year for an annual preparatory but they also provide a scholarship for all doc- Polish language course to commence stud- toral candidates enrolled in a full-time pro- ies in Polish. gramme.
LIVING & WORKING
34 the friendly and helpful atmosphere in the stu- BEFORE YOU dent houses. Private housing ARRIVE It is quite common in Poland to rent a room in a bigger apartment. Most of the out-of-town students share flats in this way. The cost var- ies between cities and it depends greatly on the location of the apartment as well as the Accommodation size and quality of the room. The monthly rent is usually between 175 USD and 230 USD. Some landlords may require a deposit of a There are many different options for arranging similar amount. Don’t worry if you don’t have student accommodation in Poland. They vary friends to live with. Sharing a flat with locals is depending on the city and higher education an amazing opportunity: you can pay for the institution you choose. Many Polish HEIs have accommodation and get great friends for free! their own dormitories, which are usually the And if you really don’t like to share, you can cheapest option available. However, most Pol- find an independent apartment. The rent for ish students prefer to rent a room in a private the smallest, one-room apartment starts from apartment. about 350 USD (in Warsaw). Student houses and dormitories The pricing of the student houses depends on Health insurance the particular HEI. Usually the cost of accom- modation in a dormitory is around 70–95 Students from the EU/EEA countries USD monthly for a shared room and between Healthcare in Poland is available for students 115–175 USD for a single room. However, the from EU/EEA countries, provided that they hold standard of the dormitories may differ greatly valid medical insurance in the national insur- even between various student houses of the ance system of their country. A valid passport, same HEI, so it’s good to do some research student identity card or doctoral student iden- before the final decision. What doesn’t differ is tity card and a valid European Health Insurance
Ready, Study, Go! Poland 35 Card (Europejska Karta Ubezpieczenia Zdrowot- don’t be surprised when the summer turns out nego) entitles its holder to medical care free of to be quite hot or quite rainy. Winters are usu- charge in Poland. Detailed information on the ally cold, with temperatures well below freez- health care for EU/EEA citizens can be found on ing, and more or less snowy. If you come from the website of the National Health Fund: a warmer climate, make sure you have proper www.ekuz.nfz.gov.pl clothing. Students from outside the EU/EEA If possible it is recommended that students from non-EU/EEA countries purchase their own international medical insurance prior to their arrival in Poland. Otherwise they are required to sign a voluntary health insurance High (˚C) agreement with the National Health Fund Average temperature Low (˚C) (Narodowy Fundusz Zdrowia – NFZ) and pay -3 0 3 6 9 12 15 18 21 24 their own insurance fees, which amount to JAN about 18 USD a month. Under this insurance FEB scheme, students are entitled to free medical care and can use university health care clinics MAR and health centres. Also, all foreign students APR have the option of purchasing additional acci- MAY dent insurance. For detailed information visit JUN the website of the National Health Fund: JUL www.nfz.gov.pl AUG Climate SEP NOV Poland has a moderate climate with both mar- OCT itime and continental elements. You can count DEC on many sunny days and many rainy days and
Ready, Study, Go! Poland 36 Cost of living in Poland at their monthly disposal. Average costs of stu- dent living range from 410 USD up to 640 USD. In comparison to other European countries, Please remember, that to be able to study in Poland is a relatively affordable place to live Poland non-EU/EEA students have to possess and study. Prices depend greatly on the city, sufficient means to cover the living costs. but a student can get by with about 350 USD LIVING COSTS Prices for students* *may vary depend on the city from from from from from 70 USD/month 120 USD/month 10 USD/month 10 USD/month 3 USD DORMITORY RENTED ROOM FITNESS CLUB PUBLIC TRANSPORT HAIRDRESSER from from from from from 2.5 USD 1.5 USD 1 USD 3 USD 0 USD LUNCH AT CANTEEN COFFEE IN A CAFE BEER IN A PUB CINEMA TICKET MUSEUM TICKET from from 0 USD 10 USD/month www.go-poland.pl DANCING CLUB UNLIMITED INTERNET ENTRY ACCESS
Ready, Study, Go! Poland 37 city, they include buses, trams, trolley buses, AFTER YOU trains and underground trains. It is usually a good idea to buy a longterm ticket, as it’s hard to avoid public transport. Even if you manage ARRIVE to find accommodation close to the university, its separate faculties or facilities may not be within walking distance. More and more cities offer car, bike and scooters rental which helps to travel even faster within the cities. Student Card Leisure The student card is the size of a credit card, but There is a wide range of leisure activities availa- it can change your life. Not only does it con- ble in Poland. Whatever you enjoy, you’ll prob- firm your student status and allows access to ably find it here! Those who like to be active libraries and other HEI facilities, but it also enti- can use one of well-equipped sport facilities tles you to all kinds of student discounts, most or explore beautiful Polish landscapes while important of them being a 50% discount on cycling, hiking, horse riding, sailing, canoe- public transport. There is also – up to the age ing, ballooning or in any other way they want. of 26 – a 37% discount on national railways, Those who like sightseeing should visit the allowing you to travel all around the country churches, castles, museums and many other for less. Some other transport companies, as attractions. The culture-oriented can choose well as theatres, museums and cinemas, even between many theatres and galleries as well restaurants, have special prices for students. as philharmonics, concerts and music clubs. In some HEIs, the student union provides addi- Check out the website: www.polska.pl tional discounts for students. So get your stu- dent card and enjoy the city! Transportation Most Polish cities have well-developed net- works of public transport. Depending on a
Ready, Study, Go! Poland 38 Working Work during the academic year Work during studies It’s not easy to work and study at the same time, To be able to study in Poland, a non-EU/EEA but it can be done, especially if you’ve chosen students must demonstrate that they possess evening or weekend courses. Nevertheless, sufficient means to cover the costs of living in think carefully about whether this is in your Poland. Still, some students may wish to com- best interest, as it may affect your academic bine studies with work. In this case, non-EU/ performance. Most universities have academic EEA students who stay in Poland with a visa career centres, where you can find information generally need to apply for a work permit, about jobs, internships and trainings. You can which is granted only if non-EU citizen can fill also find job offers at the nearest labour office. the position. Some forms of work (vocational training, summer student jobs programmes) Work after graduation do not require a permit. All full-time students It may be really hard to leave such a beautiful who possess a student visa or a temporary country after you complete your education residence permit, EU/EEA citizens and holders here. Don’t worry if you prefer to stay and work of the Polish Card do not need a work permit at in Poland. As a graduate of a Polish higher edu- all. For more information, please visit the web- cation institution full-time programme, you site Office for Foreigners don’t need a permit to work here. Just make www.udsc.gov.pl sure your temporary residence permit is in order. Summer job The three-month long academic holidays are a great opportunity to earn extra money and get some work experience. Admittedly, all full- time students can work all year long without a permit, but it is a good idea to find a job or an internship especially during the holidays. Some companies organise very interesting internship programmes that can really help your future career. It’s definitely worth trying!
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