Admission Rules

1) General Information

Individuals who are not citizens of Poland, hereinafter referred to as "foreigners" can be accepted for first degree, second degree studies, doctoral and postgraduate studies if they: 

·         have acquired visa or a residence card or other document authorizing them to stay in the Polish Republic territory,

·         are insured against health risks or accident for the time of their education in Poland or have obtained the European Health Insurance Card or insurance at the Narodowy Fundusz Zdrowia (National Health Fund or NFZ) immediately after the start of education.

 
A foreigner may take up studies:

·   pursuant to the principles applicable to Polish citizens, 

·   pursuant to the principles other than those applicable to Polish citizens

 

Foreigners taking up studies pursuant to the principles applicable to Polish citizens:

The individuals listed below can be eligible for undertaking and continuing education, and participation in scientific research or developmental works on the basis of the principles applicable to citizens of Poland:

  • foreigners who have been granted a permanent residence permit;
  • foreigners who are holders of  the Pole’s Card (Karta Polaka).
  • foreigners who hold refugee status as granted by the Republic of Poland;
  • foreigners who have been granted temporary protection in the territory of the Republic of  Poland;
  • foreigners who have been granted complementary protection in the territory of the Republic of Poland;
  • migrating employees, being citizens of a member state of the European Union or of a member state of the European Free Trade Agreement (EFTA) – the sides of the agreement on European Economic Area, if they are or were employed in Poland, including members of their families, if they abide in the territory of the Republic of Poland;
  • foreigners who, in the territory of the Republic of Poland, have been granted a long-term EU resident permit;
  • foreigners who, in the territory of the Republic of Poland, have been granted a temporary residence permit due to circumstances stated in Art. 127, Art. 159 Section 1 or Art. 186 Section 1, Subsection 3 or 4 of the Act on Foreigners of 12 December, 2013 (Journal of Laws Item 1650);

Foreigners who have a residence card with the annotation "access to labour market", a Schengen visa or a national visa issued with a purpose of performing work in the Republic of Poland can undertake and continue regular studies, doctoral studies and other forms of education, or participate in research and development work on a tuition fee-paying basis. They are not entitled to a maintenance grant, special grant for disabled persons and assistance grants.

Citizens of the member states of the European Union, Switzerland or the ones being the members of the European Agreement on Free Trade (EFTA) – the sides of the European Economic Area, inclusive of the members of their families, who possess financial means indispensable to cover costs of maintenance during studies, can undertake and continue regular studies, doctoral studies, as well as other forms of education, and can also participate in research or development works according to the principles relating to citizens of Poland, with the provision that the above-mentioned are not eligible for receiving social benefits, special benefits for the disabled and other financial grants, or on the basis of the principles determined for foreigners who are citizens of non-member states of the above listed organizations.

The holders of a valid Pole’s Card (Karta Polaka) may pursue degree level education, doctoral programmes and other types of education and training, as well as participate in research and development work, in compliance with either the rules applicable to Polish nationals, which also means they are entitled to apply for all kinds of grants available to Polish students, or with the rules not applicable to Polish citizens. Foreigners undertaking and continuing studies on the basis of the rules not applicable to Polish citizens are not entitled to applying for maintenance grants.

Foreigners pursuing their study programmes in compliance with the rules applicable to Polish citizens are subject to the same principles of recruitment as those referring to candidates holding the old format of certificate of secondary school completion according to the criteria of admission determined for the chosen field of study. In the fields/disciplines in which the principles of qualification involve the requirement of the Polish language grade, in the case of foreigners who take up studies according to recruitment principles applicable to Polish citizens, the native language grade of the country in which the certificate of secondary schools completion has been acquired will be taken under consideration instead of the Polish language grade. Candidates should proceed with recruitment, by registering in the system of Online Registration System (IRK) and submitting all required documents by the deadlines listed in the admission schedule. Ifthere are special skills or abilities required for a given study programme foreign candidates also have to display such skills and abilities.     

Foreigners may pursue studies on other principles than applying to Polish citizens, on the basis of:

  • international agreements, according to the principles stipulated therein;
  • agreements drawn between the University and foreign institutions, according to the principles stipulated therein;
  • decisions of the Minister responsible for the higher education system or the Minister referred to in Art. 33 Section 3 of the Act of 27 July 2005 Law on Higher Education (Journal of Laws of 2005, No. 164, Item 1365, as amended);
  • decisions of the Rector of a given university:
  • as holders of scholarships granted by the Polish side;
  • upon payment of due fees;
  • without paying fees or receiving scholarship-related benefits;
  • as holders of scholarships granted by the sending party, without paying fees for the education;
  • as holders of scholarships granted by a given university.
 

Candidates should proceed with recruitment, by registering in the system of Online Registration System (IRK) and submitting all required documents by the deadlines listed in the admission schedule.

Legislation:
2) Place and date of application submission    

After registration in IRK system, all foreigners applying for admission, will find information about qualification on your Internet accounts (no other information). Candidates qualified for admission submit all required documents to given Faculty or Institute Admission Boards within the period set in the schedule of admissions.

Foreigners applying for admission pursuant to the rules other than those applicable to Polish citizens, in addition to the required documents submit an application to HM Rector with the request for being accepted with no regular admission procedures.

Foreigners applying for admission pursuant to the rules applicable to Polish citizens submit a proper document confirming the entitlement (it can be a photocopy confirmed by the University):

·         valid Pole’s Card

·         passport or an ID in the case of citizens of countries belonging to the EU and EFTA (the Swiss Confederation citizens - passport only) or a document confirming being a family member of such a person.

·         valid permanent residence permit

·         document confirming a refugee status granted by the Republic of Poland

·         document confirming their status of being under temporary protection in the territory of Poland

·         document confirming that they are migrating employees and citizens of a member state of the European Union or the European Free Trade Agreement (EFTA) – the sides of the agreement on European Economic Area or the Swiss Confederation or they are family members of such persons

·         long-term EU resident permit

·         temporary Polish residence permit issued due to circumstances stated in Art. 127, Art. 159 section 1 or Art. 186 Section 1 Subsection 3 or 4 of the Act on Foreigners of 12 December, 2013 (Journal of Laws No. 1650)

·         document they are under complementary protection in the territory of the Republic of Poland

3) Documents
  • an application form signed by the candidate (printout from Online Registration System IRK)
  • an application to Rector with the request for being accepted without following regular admission procedures (download document)
  • an application to a given Admission Board and documents confirming the entitlement to study pursuant to the rules applicable to Polish citizens if the candidate may (and want to) follow this course of enrolment (download document)
  •  original of the secondary school certificate obtained abroad,
  • in the case of second degree studies: the degree certificate confirming the graduation of bachelor level studies or uniform master’s degree studies
  • certificate of nostrification of secondary school certificate or degree certificate
  • certificate of knowledge of Polish language or confirmation from the host academic institution acknowledging that the candidate’s preparation and degree of knowledge of Polish allow them to take up studies in the Polish language
  • a document confirming the legally binding statement of Polish origin in accordance with the provisions of the Act of November 09, 2000 on Repatriation (Journal of Laws 2004 No. 53, Item 532 with amendments) – with the exception of holders of valid Pole’s Cards (only candidates who are going to apply for a 30% tuition discount.
  • insurance policy against health risks or accident for the time of education in Poland or the European Health Insurance Card
  • photocopy of passport, visa, residence card or other document authorizing the stay in the Republic of Poland – in the case of foreigners from outside the European Union, the Swiss Confederation or EFTA member states – of European Agreement about the free trade
  • four photographs (including one digital image) in accordance with requirements applied at issuing identity cards (35x45 mm)
  • all required documents issued in a foreign language should be translated by a certified translator into Polish
  • if an additional exam is the condition of admission to certain specializations then the candidate is obliged to take such an exam
  • candidates who are the Ministry of Education grant holders are accepted on the basis of documents sent by the Ministry of Education
 
4) Recognition of foreign documents

Foreign school leaving certificates and studies diplomas are legalized in Polish diplomatic posts of countries which issued the documents.

Documents relating to education, issued outside Polish borders are recognized either on the basis of international agreements or through the procedure of nostrification. Documents are subject to nostrification, if they have been issued by a country with which Poland has not signed agreements on mutual recognition of educational documents or this agreement ceased to apply.

Nostrification of school and secondary school certificates issued abroad:

Nostrification of school certificates obtained abroad shall be conducted by the School Superintendent having jurisdiction over the applicant’s place of residence and, should the applicant have no such place of residence, the Superintendent of Schools having jurisdiction over the head office of the institution where the applicant intends to submit his/her school certificate obtained abroad.

Appropriate authorities for Opole: Superintendent of Schools Office in Opole, ul. Piastowska 14, 45-082 Opole, tel. (77) 45-24-568

What shall be recognized as equivalent to a Polish maturity certificate is a secondary school-leaving certificate or maturity certificate obtained abroad if it authorizes its holder to seek admission to any category of higher education institutions in the country within the education system of which the institution that issued the certificate operates.

A person seeking nostrification of his/her school certificate obtained abroad needs to submit the following documents at the Superintendent of Schools Office:

  • an application for conducting the nostrification procedure,
  •  the original certificate or its duplicate legalized by the Consul of the Republic of Poland appointed for the country in which the document was issued. Should a school certificate obtained abroad be issued by an institution operating within the education system of a country being a party to the Hague Convention of 5th October, 1961, Abolishing the Requirement of Legalization for Foreign Public Documents (Journal of Laws of 2005, No. 112 items 938 and 939), a person applying for nostrification of his/her school certificate obtained abroad shall enclose with the application the original of his/her school certificate or its duplicate, or its true notarized copy with an apostille provided on the document or attached to it. Should a person choose to submit a true notarized copy of his/her school certificate, he/she must also present to the nostrifying authority, for viewing purposes, the original of the school certificate, or its duplicate.
  • Declaration that the submitted certificate has not been so far a subject of nostrification procedure in Poland
  • Polish translation of the certificate / diploma and other documents made out in a foreign language, made by:

·         sworn translator entered on the list of sworn translators kept by the Minister of Justice, or

·         consul of the Republic of Poland appointed for the country in which education system the document has been issued

·         a photocopy of the document confirming the identity of the applicant,

·         in the case where the petitioner is acting by the statutory representative (parent, carer) or proxy, they file a document confirming the action on behalf of the applicant, in particular the authorization

Depending on the type of certificate applicant may also need to submit other documents:

1) a certificate stating that the certificate entitles to apply for admission to higher education of all types of higher education college in the country issuing the certificate if the person is applying for nostrification of matriculation certificate, on which there is no such endorsement.

Such a certificate may be issued by:
  • ​​the educational authorities of the country in which education system the document has been issued – accredited in the Republic of Poland diplomatic mission or consular office of the country in which education system the document has been issued
  • the consul of Republic of Poland in country in which education system the document has been issued

2) a document outlining the curriculum, covering in particular the list of classes indicating the ratings obtained from them and the number of hours worked on the lessons, if the person is applying for recognition of foreign certificates as equivalent to a Polish certificate of completion of a public vocational school, public high school, upper secondary school, technical college or public high school.

3) document certifying that the planned curriculum for primary school education abroad is at least 6 years, in junior high school 3 years - at least 9 years altogether, assuming that the start of education has been no earlier than at 6 years of age if the person is applying for recognition of foreign certificates of completion of public elementary school and middle school as equivalent to Polish certificates

 Recognition of diplomas issued by foreign universities:

  • If the diploma is not recognized under an international agreement on recognition of equivalence in the training, then one should apply according to the principles of nostrification.
  • A diploma must be nostrificated according to Ministry of Education regulation of 24 February 2006 (Journal of Laws nr 37, items 255). Faculty councils which are entitled to award doctoral degrees in a specific area or discipline of science are also entitled to nostrificate diplomas issued by foreign universities. The applicant can independently choose the department which will at his/her request conduct the nostrification procedures. The request should be addressed to the faculty council. The application ought to be accompanied with declaration that the document has not been so far a subject of nostrification procedure in Poland. The process of nostrification involves comparison of Polish curriculum with the one that has been undergone abroad. Should these programmes be stated as not equivalent the university may decide to request the university curriculum completion by passing additional exams or credits.
  • There is a possibility of exemption from the diploma nostrification – the release of the recognition is intended only to recognize entitlement to further education, and only at the university, which released the applicant from the nostrification duty.
 
5) Tuition fees

·         Opole University charges recruitment fee of 85PLN per registration for every programme. Payment must be made to a bank account generated by the Internet Recruitment System (IRK). Recruitment fee can also be paid in euros – 21 EUR to Bank Account: Bank Zachodni WBK S.A., PL88 1090 2138 0000 0005 5600 0076 or Bank PEKAO S.A., PL36 1240 3103 1978 0010 4047 1074), in US dollars - 22 USD - BankZachodni WBK S.A., PL45 1090 2138 0000 0005 5600 0074 or Bank PEKAO S.A., PL52 1240 3103 1787 0010 4047 1218. Bank charges are paid by the candidate.

·         Citizens of the member states of the European Union or the ones being the members of the European Agreement on Free Trade (EFTA) – the sides of the European Economic Area, inclusive of the members of their families as well as the holders of valid Pole’s Card, who possess financial means indispensable to cover costs of maintenance during studies, can undertake and continue regular studies, doctoral studies, as well as other forms of education, and can also participate in scientific research or developmental works according to the principles in force relating to citizens of Poland, with the provision that the above-mentioned are not eligible for receiving social benefits, special benefits for the disabled, benefits to cover accommodation or boarding, and other financial grants (not applicable to students with the Pole’s Card).

·         Foreigners undertaking studies and trainings, on a tuition fee-paying basis mentioned in Section 2, are obliged to pay the annual fee at the amount depending on the type of the programme chosen, but not lower than:

·         for first-cycle and second-cycle programmes and uniform Master’s degree programmes - € 1,160,

·         for doctoral studies - € 1,200

·         The tuition fees cannot be lower than the planned cost of education.

·         In justified cases the Vice-Rector for Academic and Students Affairs may extend the deadline for payment of fees or agree to payment of a fee in installments, separately for each academic year or semester.

·         In the case when a foreign student faces a difficult material situation or begins another course of studies, or education in a different form, on the fee-paying basis, they can apply to the Vice-Rector for Academic and Student Affairs to have the fees lowered or be exempt from paying them at all.

·         Payments should be made to the following bank account (except for recruitment fees as these must be made to a bank account generated by IRK):

UO Bank Account Details:
 
Bank Zachodni WBK SA
I Oddział w Opolu
Account No.: 88 1090 2138 0000 0005 5600 0076
SWIFT Code: WBK PPLPP
 
6) Insurance

Foreigners who do not hold Polish citizenship may be accepted for study if:

·         they are in hold of the European Health Insurance Card or insurance at the Narodowy Fundusz Zdrowia (National Health Fund or NFZ – this refers to any member-state of the EU or EFTA citizen.

·         they are insured against health risks or accident for the time of their education in Poland

·         they are insured in Narodowy Fundusz Zdrowia (National Health Fund or NFZ) immediately after obtaining a permament residence card – refers to the applicants who are not citizens of any member-state of the EU or EFTA

7) Legalization of residence for foreigners
Legislation:
Act on Foreigners of 12 December, 2013. (Ustawa z dnia 13 czerwca 2003r. o cudzoziemcach, Dz.U. poz. 1650)
 

The legalisation of foreigners’ residence in Opole is held in:

Opole Voivodeship Office (Urząd Wojewódzki)

Civil Affairs and Immigration Department for Foreigners and Citizenship

Piastowska 14, Room: 324
45-082 Opole
Tel.: +48 774524610
 
Contact:
Foreigners who want to study in Polish, please contact:
Centre for Eastern Partnership
Collegium Civitas, Room 326
Katowicka 64
45-061 Opole, Poland
Tel: + 48 77 452 74 96
E-mail: cpw@uni.opole.pl
Website: cpw.uni.opole.pl
 
Foreigners who want to study in English, please contact:

Office for International Study Programmes

"Niechcic" Hall of Residence, Room 1,
Katowicka 87B,
45-061 Opole, Poland
Tel. :+48 77 452 72 92
E-mail: hello@uni.opole.pl
Website: hello.uni.opole.pl