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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!
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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
20__Admission requirements
                              41__Studying on terms
22__Academic calendar             applicable to foreigners
22__                          42__Studying on terms
24__Diploma                       of your choice
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                                                 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-
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-
ship programme for those interested in the
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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
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:
                                                    or contact:
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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.
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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:

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.
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                                           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
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).
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           SYSTEM in poland

HIGHER                                                • Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan
                                                      • Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University in Warsaw

                                                      • Jagiellonian University in Krakow
                                                      • Jan Kochanowski University in Kielce
INSTITUTIONS IN POLAND                        
                                                      • John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin
                                                      • Kazimierz Wielki University in Bydgoszcz
The Higher Education Institutions (HEIs)      
in Poland are divided into state (public) and         • Maria Curie-Sklodowska University in Lublin
private (non-public) institutions. There are  
two main categories of higher education insti-        • Nicolaus Copernicus University in Torun
tutions: university-type and non-university   
institutions. In the university-type HEIs, at least   • University of Białystok
one unit is authorised to confer the academic         • University of Gdansk
degree of doctor (PhD), i.e. it offers at least one   • University of Lodz
doctoral programme. The Degrees and Titles            • University of Opole
Committee grants this authorization assess-           • University of Rzeszów
ing i.a. unit research activities, achievements       • University of Silesia in Katowice
with regard to training of faculty staff, scien-
tific achievements, research base, as well as         • University of Szczecin
the quality of education (a separate opinion of       • University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn
the Polish Accreditation Committee on the qual-
ity of education at the unit is required). Below,     • University of Warsaw
we present the list of public and universi-           • University of Wrocław
ty-type non-public HEIs.                              • University of Zielona Góra
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UNIVERSITIES OF TECHNOLOGY                         • Warsaw University of Technology
• AGH University of Science and Technology 
  in Krakow                         • West Pomeranian University of Technology
• Bialystok University of Technology                 in Szczecin                                    • Wrocław University of Science and Technology
• Czestochowa University of Technology                                            MEDICAL UNIVERSITIES
• Gdansk University of Technology                  • Jagiellonian University Medical College                                      in Krakow
• Kazimierz Pulaski University of Technology       • Medical University of Bialystok
  and Humanities in Radom                                            • Medical University of Gdansk
• Kielce University of Technology                                           • Medical University of Lodz
• Koszalin University of Technology                • Medical University of Lublin                               • Medical University of Silesia in Katowice
• Lodz University of Technology
• Lublin University of Technology                  • Medical University of Warsaw                                    • Nicolaus Copernicus University – Ludwik
• Opole University of Technology                     Rydygier Collegium Medicum in Bydgoszcz                          
• Poznan University of Technology                  • Pomeranian Medical University in Szczecin                        
• Rzeszow University of Technology                 • Poznan University of Medical Sciences                       
• Silesian University of Technology in Gliwice     • Wroclaw Medical University                             
• Cracow University of Technology                  • School of Medicine Collegium Medicum                                      University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn
• University of Bielsko-Biala
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UNIVERSITIES OF ECONOMICS                       • Maria Grzegorzewska University in Warsaw
• Cracow University of Economics                                     • Pedagogical University of Cracow
• Poznan University of Economics and Business                              • Pomeranian University in Słupsk
• University of Economics in Katowice                               • Siedlce University of Natural Sciences
• Warsaw School of Economics                      and Humanities                        
• Wrocław University of Economics               UNIVERSITIES OF ARTS                                • Academy of Art in Szczecin
AND LIFE SCIENCES                               • Academy of Fine Arts in Gdansk
• Poznań University of Life Sciences                                  • Academy of Fine Arts in Katowice
• University of Agriculture in Krakow                                   • Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw
• University of Life Sciences in Lublin                               • Academy of Music in Kraków
• UTP University of Science and Technology
  in Bydgoszcz                   • Aleksander Zelwerowicz National Academy
• Warsaw University of Life Sciences – SGGW-      of Dramatic Art in Warsaw                           
• Wrocław University of Environmental and       • Eugeniusz Geppert Academy of Art and Design
  Life Sciences                                   in Wroclaw                               • Feliks Nowowiejski Academy of Music
                                                  in Bydgoszcz
• Jan Dlugosz University in Czestochowa         • Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw                        
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• Grazyna and Kiejstut Bacewicz Academy          • Poznan University of Physical Eduacation
  of Music in Łódź      
• Ignacy Jan Paderewski Academy of Music         • University School of Physical Education
  in Poznań                        in Wroclaw
• Jan Matejko Academy of Fine Art in Krakow      MARITIME UNIVERSITIES
                                                 • Gdynia Maritime University
• Karol Lipiński Academy of Music in Wrocław
                                                 • Maritime University of Szczecin
• Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music
  in Katowice                 MILITARY HEIs
• AST National Academy of Theatre Arts           • General Tadeusz Kosciuszko Military
  in Krakow                      University of Land Forces in Wrocław
• Polish National Film, Television And Theatre
  School in Łódź          • Military University of Technology in Warsaw
• Stanisław Moniuszko Academy of Music   
  in Gdansk                      • War Studies University in Warsaw
• Strzemiński Academy of Art Łódź                                        • Polish Air Force Academy in Dęblin
• University of Arts in Poznań                                            • Polish Naval Academy of the Heroes of West-
UNIVERSITIES OF PHYSICAL EDUCATION                 erplatte in Gdynia
• Jerzy Kukuczka Academy of Physical             GOVERNMENT SERVICE HEIs
  Education in Katowice      • Main School of Fire Service in Warsaw
• Jędrzej Śniadecki Academy of Physical Edu-
  cation and Sport in Gdańsk                     • Police Academy in Szczytno                                 HIGHER SCHOOLS OF PROFESSIONAL
• Józef Piłsudski University of Physical         EDUCATION
  Education in Warsaw             • The Angelus Silesius University of Applied
• University School of Physical Education          Sciences in Wałbrzych
  in Krakow
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• Bronisław Markiewicz State Higher School         • University of Applied Sciences in Nysa
  of Technology and Economics in Jarosław                                   • Stanisław Staszic State School of Higher
• East State Higher School in Przemyśl               Vocational Education in Piła                                      • Lomza State University of Applied Sciences
• Higher Vocational School in Suwałki                                    • State Higher School of Vocational Education
• Higher Vocational School in Tarnów                 in Ciechanów                               • State Higher School of Vocational Education
• Higher Vocational State School in Włocławek        in Zamość                            • State Higher Vocational School in Głogów
• The Jacob of Paradies University in Gorzów
  Wielkopolski                         • State Higher Vocational School in Gniezno
• Jan Amos Komienski State School of Higher
  Vocational Education in Leszno                   • State Higher Vocational School in Koszalin                          
• Jan Grodek Higher Vocational State School        • State Higher Vocational School in Krosno
  in Sanok           
• Karkonosze State Higher School in Jelenia Góra   • State Higher Vocational School in Nowy Sącz                            
• Pope John Paul II State School of Higher Edu-    • State Higher Vocational School in Racibórz
  cation in Biała Podlaska    
• President Stanislaw Wojciechowski State          • State Higher Vocational School in Skierniewice
  Univeristy of Applied Sciences in Kalisz                                • State Higher Vocational School in Sulechów
• Prof. Stanislaw Tarnowski Public High    
  Vocational School in Tarnobrzeg                  • State Higher Vocational School in Wałcz                   
• Public Higher Medical Vocational School          • State Higher Vocational School of Podhale
  in Opole                          in Nowy Targ
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• State School of Higher Education in Chełm         • Katowice School of Economics                              • Kozminski University
• State School of Higher Education in Oświęcim      • Łazarski University                 • Higher School of Social Sciences in Warsaw
• State School of Higher Professional Education
  in Elbląg                      • Philological School of Higher Education
• State School of Higher Professional Education       in Wrocław
  in Konin                    • Polish-Japanese Academy of lnformation
• State School of Higher Professional Education       Technology
  in Płock                         • Pułtusk Academy of Humanities
• Witelon University of Applied Sciences in         • University of Law and Public Administration
  Legnica                     in Przemyśl
CHURCH HIGHER SCHOOLS                               • University of Social Sciences
                                                    • University of Finance and Management
• Christian Theology Academy in Warsaw
                                                      in Warsaw
                                                    • University of Humanities and Economics
• Jesuit University lgnatianum in Krakow
                                                      in Lodz
                                                    • University of lnformation Technology and
• Orthodox Theological Seminary
                                                      Management in Rzeszow
• Pontifical Faculty of Theology in Warsaw
                                                    • University of Lower Silesia
                                                    • SWPS University of Social Sciences and
• Pontifical Faculty of Theology in Wrocław
                                                    • Vistula University
• Pontifical University of John Paul li in Cracow
                                                    • WSB Universities
• Andrzej Frycz Modrzewski Krakow University          Full offer of programmes offered in English                                       by those universities is available on-line
• Collegium Civitas                through “Studyfinder” tool at


STRUCTURE                                      3rd Cycle       DOCTORAL studies (PhD)

OF STUDIES                                        MASTER (Magister)
                                               2nd Cycle  90-120 ECTS

IN POLAND                                             BACHELOR
                                                                                 Long cycle

                                               1 st Cycle   180-240 ECTS        270-360 ECTS

                                    years of                    MATURA CERTIFICATE
                                                                   (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
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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.
                                                      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
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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-
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
In countries with which Poland has signed   
agreements, Polish degrees are recognised
                                                  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.
                                                  The detailed admission conditions are laid
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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,

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.
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  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:
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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
                                                Number of international students in last years
                   13 021

                            15 862

                                     17 000

                                              21 474

                                                       24 253

                                                                 29 172

                                                                          35 983

                                                                                   46 101

                                                                                            57 119

                                                                                                     65 793

                                                                                                              72 743

                                                                                                                       78 249

                   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.

                                                    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)               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:
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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
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
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Scholarships for students from East-                  a scholarship, preceding the studies in Poland.
ern Partnership and from post-Soviet                  More information:
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:
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 -
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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:
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

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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:        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-
entists and artists, founded by United States
Senator J. William Fulbright in 1946. Under the
Fulbright Programme, competitively selected
U.S. citizens may become eligible for scholar-
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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:
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-
not become beneficiaries of the Fellowships

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).
 • 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.
                                                    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
                                                    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
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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                                 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
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:

Climate                                                SEP
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
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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

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             2.5 USD                         1.5 USD             1 USD               3 USD             0 USD


               from                          from
              0 USD                      10 USD/month

         DANCING CLUB                   UNLIMITED INTERNET
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                                                        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:
tional discounts for students. So get your stu-
dent card and enjoy the city!

Most Polish cities have well-developed net-
works of public transport. Depending on a
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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                                     sure your temporary residence permit is in
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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