Information for candidates for studies who are not Polish nationals

LEGAL BASIS

  • Art. 43 of the Act dated 7 July 005, Law on Higher Education (Journal of Laws of 2005, no. 164 item 1365);
  • Regulation of the Minister of Science and Higher Education dated 12 October 2006 on enrolling in and completing studies and training by non-nationals and on their participation in scientific research and development works (Journal of Laws no. 2006, no. 190 item 1406);
  • Regulation of the Minister of Science and Higher Education dated 9 September 2009 amending the regulation on enrolling in and completing studies and training by non-nationals and their participation in scientific research and development works (Journal of Laws no. 009, no. 176 item 1365);
  • Regulations of Studies at Hugon Kołłątaj Agricultural University of Krakow (Rector’s ordinance no. 10/2009 of the Rector Hugon Kołłątaj Agricultural University of Krakow dated 18 May 2009 on putting the Regulations of Studies into force).
  • Regulation of the Fund of material aid for students of Hugon Kołłątaj Agricultural University of Krakow (Rector’s ordinance no. 31/2009 of the Rector of Hugon Kołłątaj Agricultural University of Krakow dated 30 September 2009 on amending the Regulation on granting material aid to AU students).

 

CONDITIONS AND MODE OF ENROLLMENT

Rules for enrolling in and completing studies by non-nationals are specified in the Regulation of the Minister of Science and Higher Education dated 12 October 2006 on enrolling in and completing by non-nationals of studies and training and on their participation in scientific research and development works (Journal of Laws no. 2006, no. 190 item 1406 as amended).
Non-nationals can be admitted to first degree studies disregarding the rules of enrollment applicable to Polish nationals, who:

  • hold a legalized or an apostille bearing certificate or other document obtained abroad which authorize them to seek admission to studies at universities of each type in the country within the system of which an institution that issued the certificate operates, recognized as equivalent to the respective Polish maturity certificate, according to the regulations on nostrification of school certificates and maturity certificates obtained abroad or recognized, under an international agreement, as authorizing to take up such studies in the Republic of Poland;
  • prove that they have specific aptitude for taking up studies in fields that require such aptitude.

Non-nationals can be admitted to second degree studies disregarding the rules of enrollment applicable to Polish nationals, who hold a legalized or apostille bearing diploma or other document of graduation from a university abroad authorizing them to take up second degree studies in the country where it was issued, recognized as equivalent to a respective Polish diploma of completion of studies according to the regulations on nostrification of diplomas of completion of studies obtained abroad or recognized, under an international agreement, as equivalent to a respective Polish diploma of completion of first degree studies or as authorizing to take up second degree studies in the Republic of Poland.

In the case when certificates, diplomas or other documents obtained abroad, are subject to recognition in the mode of nostrification, a non-national shall present a certificate confirming the equivalence to a respective Polish maturity certificate or a diploma of completion of studies no later than until the end of the first semester of studies, and in justified cases beyond the non-national’s control, also at a later date agreed by the rector or head of a scientific unit other than the university’s organizational unit.

Non-nationals can be admitted to studies if:

  • they hold a visa or a residence card or a different document authorizing them to stay within the territory of the Republic of Poland;
  • they are of good health documented by a doctor’s certificate confirming no contraindications to take up education in their chosen major or form of education;
  • they hold an insurance policy against illness or consequences of accidents for the period of their education in Poland or a European Health Insurance Card or they take out insurance at the National Health Fund immediately after they start education.

Non-nationals can be admitted to studies conducted in Polish if:

  • they complete a year-long preparatory course to take up studies in the Polish language in units indicated by the minister competent for higher education issues or
  • they hold a certificate of command of the Polish language issued by the State Certification Commission for Polish as a Foreign Language or
  • they obtain a confirmation from an admitting university that their preparation or degree of command of Polish enable him/her to take up studies in Polish.

The duration of a year-long preparatory course is included in the period of education for which a non-national was admitted. Within such period a non-national holds the rights of a person who follows studies.
Units that conduct Polish language courses include:
1) Międzynarodowe Centrum Kształcenia, Politechnika Krakowska (International Educational Centre, Krakow University of Technology)
ul. Skarżyńskiego 1, 31-866 Kraków, tel. +48 12/628-36-42,
www.educentre.info.pl, e-mail: mck@pk.edu.pl

2) Centrum Języka i Kultury Polskiej w Świecie, Uniwersytet Jagielloński w Krakowie (Polish Language and Culture Centre, Jagiellonian University in Krakow),
ul. Grodzka 64, 31-044 Kraków, tel. +48 (12) 663-18-14,
www.uj.edu.pl/Polonia, e-mail: polish.for.non-nationals@uj.edu.pl

3) Studium Języka Polskiego dla Cudzoziemców, Uniwersytet Łódzki (School of Polish for Non-nationals, University of Łódź)
ul. Matejki 21/23, 90-231 Łódź, tel. +48 42/635-47-00,
www.sjpdc.uni.lodz.pl, e-mail: sjpdc@uni.lodz.pl

Rules for enrolling and completing studies by non-nationals
under art. 43 of the Act dated 7 July 2005, Law on Higher Education (Journal of Laws of 2005, no. 164 item 1365 as amended)

I. The following persons may enroll in and complete education pursuant to the rules applicable to Polish nationals:
1) non-nationals who have been granted a permit to settle;
2) holders of a valid Polish Charter;
3) non-nationals who have the status of refugee granted in the Republic of Poland,
4) non-nationals who have been granted temporary protection in the territory of the Republic of
Poland,
5) migrant workers who are nationals of a Member State of the European Union, Swiss Confederation or a Member State of the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) – a party to the Agreement on the European Economic Area as well as members of their families if residing in the territory of the Republic of Poland,
6) non-nationals who, in the territory of the Republic of Poland, have been granted a permit for stay of a long-term resident of the European Communities;
7) non-nationals who have been granted in the territory of the Republic of Poland a permit for fixed-term residence in connection with the circumstances referred to in Article 53, section 1, subsections 7, 13 and 14 of the Act of 13 June 2003 on Aliens (Journal of LawsNo. 128,
item 1175, as amended);
8) non-nationals who have been granted supplementary protection in the territory of the Republic of Poland;
9) citizens of Member States of the European Union, Members State of the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) – a party to the Agreement on the European Economic Area or of Swiss Confederation as well as members of their families holding a permanent residence permit.

Nationals of Member States of the European Union, Swiss Confederation or Member States of the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) – parties to the Agreement on the European Economic Area and members of their families and persons who hold a valid Polish Charter, who have funds necessary to cover the maintenance costs during the period of study may enroll in and complete studies:

  • either pursuant to the rules applicable to Polish nationals, with no entitlement however to a maintenance grant, special grant for disabled persons, accommodation grant, meals grant or aid payments, or
  • pursuant to the rules applicable in third states as specified below.

II. Non-nationals who do not have the rights to study on conditions applicable to Polish nationals, may enroll in and complete education on the basis of:
1) international agreements, pursuant to the rules defined therein;
2) agreements concluded between higher education institutions and foreign entities, pursuant to the rules defined therein;
3) decisions of the minister responsible for higher education or the respective minister;
4) decisions of the rector of a higher education institution.

In such case non-nationals may enroll in and complete education:
1) as holders of scholarships awarded by the Polish party;
2) on a fee-paying basis pursuant to § 17 of the Regulation of the Minister of Science and Higher Education dated 12 October 2006 on enrolling and following studies and training by non-nationals and on their participation in scientific research and development works (J.L. of 2006, no. 190, item 1406);
3) without a fee and scholarship benefits;
4) as holders of scholarships awarded by the sending party, without paying tuition fees;
5) as holders of scholarships awarded by higher education institutions.

 

Necessary Documents

1) application generated by the ERK system during the candidate’s registration via the Internet, printed and signed;
2) evidence of an enrollment fee paid to the individual number of a bank account which will be assigned to the student during the registration via the Internet;
3) original maturity certificate;
4) translation of the maturity certificate into Polish legalized by a sworn translator;
5) certificate on nostrification of the maturity certificate from the Board of Education (a certificate confirming the equivalence with a respective Polish maturity certificate if the certificate does not indicate that it entitles its holder to take up studies);
6) up-to-date doctor’s certificate – confirming no contraindications to enrolling in the studies in a selected major;
7) four ID photographs sized 35 mm x 45 mm without a headgear in bright background;
8) a certificate confirming Polish origin if a candidate holds such a certificate;
9) certificate confirming the command of Polish or other document confirming its command;
10) a photo-copy of a personal identity card or passport;
11) a photo-copy of a visa or residence card or other document authorizing to stay in the territory of the Republic of Poland.

Candidates for second degree studies must additionally submit a copy of a diploma of completion of studies including a supplement.

 

Tuition fees for first and second degree studies for non-nationals

Non-nationals who enroll in first or second degree studies in public higher education institutions on a fee-paying basis pay a fee equivalent annually to not less than EUR 2,000.

The fees are fixed by the rector or by a head of a scientific unit other than the university’s organizational unit.

Non-nationals who meet the conditions specified in Art. 5 sections 1 – 3 of the Act dated 9 November 2000 on repatriation (J.L. of 2004, no. 53, item 532, as amended), enrolling on a fee-paying basis, in studies conducted in Polish, shall pay the fees reduced by 30%.

Non-nationals admitted to studies at public universities on a fee-paying basis, shall pay, in the first year of education, the fees increased by an equivalent of EUR 200, regardless of the number of majors taken up.

Scholarship granted to non-nationals who are holders of scholarship awarded by the Polish party and to non-nationals of Polish origin studying in the country of their residence
under Art. 43 section 3 item 1 and section 7 of the Act dated 27 July 2005, the Law on Higher Education (J. L. of 2005, no. 164, item 1365 as amended)

Scholarships are administered by:
Biuro Uznawalności Wykształcenia i Wymiany Międzynarodowej
(Bureau for Academic Recognition and International Exchange)
ul. Ogrodowa 28/30, 00-896 Warszawa, tel.+48 22/826-74-34
www.buwiwm.edu.pl, e-mail: biuro@buwiwm.edu.pl

The Bureau also implements the tasks concerning:

  • recognition of education obtained abroad;
  • education of non-nationals in Poland and Polish nationals abroad;
  • administrative and financial service of the State Certification Commission for Polish as a Foreign Language and state examination commissions.

Scholarships are awarded for particular years of studies for the period not longer than the duration of studies specified by the university’s senate. A scholarship can be also awarded for a period shorter than an academic year.
Applications from non-nationals for granting a scholarship for the first time, are handed over to the Bureau or directly to competent ministers by Polish or accredited in the Republic of Poland diplomatic or consular representations or by foreign institutions authorized to do so.
Applications for granting a scholarship for another year of education are submitted by non-nationals via the university where they study, not later than by 30 November, and in the case of applying for scholarship for a summer semester – by 31 March.

Scholarships are paid directly to scholarship holders by the units where these persons study. A scholarship is paid during months in which classes are held according to the course of studies, not longer than for 10 months within a calendar year. In justified cases a competent minister may make a decision to pay a scholarship in months when there are no classes.

In the case when a scholarship holder obtains a permit to prolong the period of education in the Republic of Poland, the minister may also award a scholarship for the remaining period of education. The minister may also prolong paying the scholarship after completion of education, however for the period not longer than 3 months.
A scholarship cannot be awarded for another year of education if a scholarship holder:
1) repeats a semester of year of studies;
2) does not hold a valid visa, residence card or other document authorizing him/her to stay within the territory of the Republic of Poland for definite time;
3) stays, within the period other than inter-semester breaks, outside the Republic of Poland for a period longer than 30 days.

A non-national who has not been awarded a scholarship for another year of education, may seek a scholarship after the reason for non-awarding a scholarship ceased to exist.

Payment of a scholarship can be suspended if a scholarship holder did not timely pass the examinations provided for in the course of studies. The payment is restored when any outstanding examinations as provided for the course of studies are passed not later than by 30 November.

A scholarship can be cancelled in the case when a scholarship holder:
1) provided false information on the basis of which he/she has been granted a scholarship;
2) many times repeats a semester or year of studies or fails to fulfill a student’s duties;
3) has been disciplinarily punished or validly sentenced by a court for an offence committed intentionally or for an intentional fiscal offence.

Students who are scholarship holders can be granted once during their entire education within the Republic of Poland:

  • a relocation allowance at the first year of studies;
  • a hardship benefit.

Scholarship holders can also be granted a benefit in connection with preparation of their diploma thesis.

Information about health insurance for non-nationals studying in Poland

Non-nationals from the EU Member States or member states of the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) – party to the Agreement on the European Economic Area can avail themselves of the services provided that they hold a valid European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) issued in the country of origin.

Non-nationals from countries which are not the EU Members or from member states of the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) – party to the Agreement on the European Economic Area may take out voluntary health insurance at the National Health Fund.

If a student has been recognized as a person of Polish origin in the meaning of the Act on repatriation and if he/she is not subject to obligatory health insurance for other reason, then a contribution is paid by the university.

More information about insurance can be found at:
www.nfz.gov.pl – dobrowolne ubezpieczenie zdrowotne
www.buwiwm.edu.pl/wym/ubezpieczenia.htm

Uniwersytet Rolniczy im. Hugona Kołłątaja w Krakowie 31-120 Kraków, Al. Mickiewicza 21, fax: 12 633 62 45, 2009-2013    Polityka cookies