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The objective of Study PL Program is to inform the young English-speaking people about the opportunities to study in Poland.

Our ambition is to provide to the readers of this website the best information available about the higher education and scientific research in Poland.

In brief, we would like you to discover its richness: tradition, modernity, innovation, competence and experience.

Even if the virtual world is the privileged place of our action, you can also meet us in the "real" world as organizers of conferences, promotional and cultural events.

We are passionate about our country and Europe, passionate about the dialogue between cultures and different mentalities.

We invite you to interact with us, bring your testimonies and opinions.

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Admission requirements

Admissions to the study programmes are executed by institutions of higher education, and candidates apply directly to the institution of their choice. It is best to contact the international relations office well before the course starts in order to find out all the necessary details about the application procedures and other important information.

General requirements for admission to degree programmes offered by higher education institutions in Poland are the same for both university-type and non-university HEIs. The candidate must hold a matriculation certificate (the Matura certificate) or another equivalent document attesting that the holder is eligible for admission to higher education in the country in which he or she completed secondary school.

First cycle studies, leading to the academic degree of licencjat (Bachelor) or inzynier (Bachelor on Engineering) as well as long-cycle studies, leading to a Master’s degree (magister or an equivalent degree), can be openly accessed by holders of an upper secondary school certificate (Matura certificate), or an equivalent entitling the holder to enroll in higher study programmes in Poland. Additional entrance examinations may be conducted by HEIs only if this is necessary to assess knowledge or skills that are not assessed by the Matura examination or the applicant holds an upper secondary school certificate obtained abroad.

Access to the second cycle studies is open to holders of licencjat or inżynier (Engineer) degree, the Master’s degree (magister or an equivalent degree) or the equivalent of the Polish higher education diploma entitling the holder to enroll in such programmes in Poland.

Access to the doctoral programmes is open to applicants who hold the Master’s degree (magister or an equivalent degree) or the equivalent of the Polish higher education diploma entitling the holder to enroll in such programmes in Poland, and who meet the admission conditions laid down by a specific institution. Within each institution, detailed admission conditions are laid down by the board of the entity (organizational unit) authorised to offer doctoral programmes. While respecting certain general admission requirements, each HEI may define its own additional admission conditions and procedures, including the number of places available to students, except in the medical fields of study (where numerus clausus is set). The admission conditions and procedures may be similar across an HEI or may vary according to the field of study. Different conditions and procedures may be applied by different HEIs for the same fields of study. The admission conditions and procedures must be published by each HEI not later than by 31 May of the year preceding the academic year to which they refer.

As of 1 May 2004, foreigners are free to take up and continue studies and participate in scientific research 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,
  • enjoy temporary protection in the territory of the Republic of Poland,
  • are migrating employees – citizens of an EU Member State or of an EFTA State being a member of the European Economic Area Treaty, formerly or currently employed in Poland; this right extends also to members of their families, if residing in the territory of the Republic of Poland,
  • citizens of the EU Member States or the EFTA States that are members of the European Economic Area Treaty, as well as members of their families, who have means sufficient to cover their living costs during the period of study; however, they are not eligible for low-income scholarships.

Foreign certificates of education may be recognised in Poland on the basis of international agreements or – in the absence of such agreements – according to the regulations on nostrification. International agreements, to which the Republic of Poland is a party, regulating the legalisation of foreign diplomas can be found here:   http://www.nauka.gov.pl/higher-education/recognition-of-foreign-qualifications/

Nostrification recognition

According to the Regulation of the Minister of Science and Higher Education, any school certificate obtained abroad must be legalised in the country in which it was issued and then submitted to the local educational authority (kuratorium oświaty) in Poland in order to be nostrified (recognised). The documents must contain a clause confirming that their holders have access to higher education institutions in their own countries. Nostrification of the certificate obtained abroad can be performed only once. The nostrification certificate is valid only if accompanied by the original certificate obtained abroad or its duplicate. Holders of foreign diplomas who want to study in Poland need to make sure that their diploma can be recognised as the equivalent of a Polish diploma or else the recognition procedure is required. The agency responsible for the recognition of foreign credentials for academic purposes is the national information centre ENIC-NARIC Poland, operating within the Department of Higher Education Organization and Supervision of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education.


http://www.nauka.gov.pl/higher-education/higher-education-in-poland/admission-requirements/ (Website of Ministry of Science end Higher Education of the Republic of Poland)


Editor (MK)

Karol Kasiński (Correction)

International Relations Office
University of Lodz