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THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF ENROLLING IN STUDIES BY NON-POLISH CITIZENS AT PUBLIC HIGHER EDUCATION PROGRAMMES IN POLAND 

Applying to study at the Pedagogical University of Cracow

The non-Polish citizens, who are hereinafter referred to as "foreigners" can be enrolled in the first-cycle degree, second-cycle degree or postgraduate studies provided that they are:

1. holders of a visa or a residence permit or any other document stating granted settlement permit in the territory of the Republic of Poland

2. holders of a health certificate stating that there are no objections to undertake the chosen field of studies and the form of education

3. holders of health insurance against sickness or accident for the period of training in Poland, the European Health Insurance Card or insurance certificate from the National Health Fund (Narodowy Fundusz Zdrowia), obtained immediately at the beginning of educational training

Foreigners can be admitted for studies conducted in Polish on the following conditions:

* complete an annual course of Polish as a foreign language in the units appointed by the Minister of Higher Education, preparing to study in Polish or;

* hold a certificate of Polish as a foreign language issued by the State Commission for the Certification of Proficiency in Polish as a Foreign Language, or;

* obtain a confirmation from the host university stating that their preparation and degree of proficiency in Polish as a foreign language enables them to study in Polish 

Foreigners are free to take up studies on equal terms as Polish citizens on the condition that they:

* hold the residence permit in the territory of the Republic of Poland

* hold a valid Card of the Pole

* have a refugee status granted in the Republic of Poland

* have the temporary protection in the territory of the Republic of Poland

* are migrating employees with a citizenship in one of the EU Member States, the Swiss Confederation, EFTA States, or a member party of the European Economic Area Treaty, which extends to their family members provided that they also reside in the territory of the Republic of Poland

* have been issued a long-term residence permit of the European Community in the territory of the Republic of Poland

* have been issued a residence permit for a defined period of time (see Article 53.1, item 7, 13 and 14 of the Act of Law of 13 June 2003 on foreign citizens)

* have been granted subsidiary protection in the territory of the Republic of Poland

* are citizens of one of the EU Member States or the EFTA States, that are members of the European Economic Area Treaty, or the Swiss Confederation, which extends to their family members provided that they also reside in the territory of the Republic of Poland

Citizens of EU Member States, the Swiss Confederation or Member States of the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) - parties to the European Economic Area, and their family members, as well as the individuals who have a valid Card of the Pole, and who have the means sufficient to cover their cost of living during their period of stay, can take up and pursue further studies, doctoral studies and other forms of education, and participate in research and development work on the terms applicable to Polish citizens, provided that they are not entitled to social grants, grants for the disabled, accommodation grants, grants on food and social maintenance, or on the conditions applied to the foreigners who are not the citizens of the above mentioned organization.

Foreign candidates who apply for the studies at the Pedagogical University of Cracow on the same principles as the Polish citizens are admitted according to the procedures applied for the candidates who hold the former secondary school leaving certificate (Stara Matura) according to the admission criteria applied at the chosen field of study. This means, that if the candidates for a given field of study are admitted on the basis of the results of the  secondary school leaving certificate and an additional entrance examination – the foreign candidates are obliged to proceed according to the rules appointed by the University. In the fields / specializations where Polish language is required, the foreigners who enroll on the equal conditions as the Polish citizens, may take the required examinations in the native language of the country in which they had passed their secondary school leaving certificate, instead of Polish. The candidates are to apply for a given field of study by registering in the system (http://rekrutacja.up.krakow.pl/), and submitting all the required documents by the deadlines listed in the schedule of admissions.

Foreign nationals may undertake studies and pursue the program of studies on other conditions than those applicable to Polish citizens, namely;

1). International agreements, on terms specified in these agreements. The list of international agreements is available on the of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education.

2). Agreements concluded with foreign entities by universities, under the terms of these agreements.

3) Decision of the Minister in charge of higher education or the appropriate Minister, referred to in , Article 33.
    
4).Decision of the Rector of the University in case of:

a).Polish scholarship holders

b). commercial basis.

Other foreign students are obliged to pay the full tuition fee according to the regulation of the Minister of Science and Higher Education of 12 October 2006, on enrolling and pursuing the higher education programs by foreigners, which are the following:

* not lower than 2000 euro per year of studies

* 200 euro admission fee in the first year of studies

paid on a set date according to the up-to-date exchange rate of EUR to PLN.

Admission fee is not refundable.

* free from tuition fee and scholarship

* as the holders of scholarship from their country of origin (free-from-tuition fee)

* as the holders of scholarship from a higher education institution

It is necessary to submit the following documents by the applicants – foreigners:

1. a copy (along with the original available for inspection) of an upper-secondary school diploma (maturity certificate) / legalized diploma or a diploma with apostille, or other document obtained abroad, entitling to apply to study at every type of university in the country in which the institution issuing the certificate/diploma is active in the system of education, together with a translation of the certificate/diploma into Polish certified by a notary and the nostrification- (except countries with which Poland has signed an international agreement),

2. application for admission on the form required at the higher education institution

3. health certificate

4. a copy of an insurance policy (along with the original available for inspection), in case of disease or accident for a period of higher education degree training in Poland or the European Health Insurance Card

5. four photographs (35x45mm)

6. photocopy of the passport - page with photo and visa (along with the original for inspection)

7. people of Polish origin should hold a certificate from the consulate confirming their Polish origin

8.  a photocopy of Card of the Pole (along with the original available for inspection) - concerns people who hold it

9. photocopy of a visa or a temporary residence card, or other document authorizing the applicant to stay in the territory of the Republic of Poland (along with the original available for inspection), the European Union citizens - a certificate of register of an EU citizen


The Rector decides upon the approval of a foreign candidate into the university.

Recognition of school certificates and secondary school leaving certificate issued abroad:

The recognition of school certificates and secondary school leaving certificate issued abroad is done by the local educational authority having jurisdiction over the applicant’s place of residence, or in case the applicant has no place of residence in Poland, it should be issued by the local educational authorities having jurisdiction over the head office of the institution where  the required documents are to be submitted by the applicant. In Krakow, the Board of Education (Kuratorium Oświaty) is located at ul. Basztowa 22. The school certificate or the secondary school leaving certificate will be considered equivalent to Polish secondary school leaving certificate, if it entitles the to apply for the higher education courses in the country in which the institution issuing the certificate is active in the system of education.

To obtain the certificate of recognition, the following documents are to be submitted in a local educational authority i.e. the Board of Education:

•    request for recognition procedure

•    the original or a duplicate of the certificate obtained abroad

•    a statement that the applicant had not been trying to obtain the recognition of his/her certificate before

•    confirmation that the certificate entitles the candidate to apply for admission to higher education programme in each type of higher education institutions (if there is no similar entry in the document)
•    sworn translation of the certificate into Polish

The certificate or its duplicate submitted with the application form for recognition procedure should be legalized by the Consul of the Republic of Poland appointed for the country which issued the document.

Recognition of the diplomas issued in foreign universities:

Recognition of the diplomas issued in foreign universities:
If the diploma is not recognized on the basis of the recognition of equivalence of education, then one should apply according to the recognition procedures.

Note: Recognition applies only to the diplomas and professional titles obtained at the end of higher education programmes, school leaving certificates and secondary school leaving certificates. It may not be applied to language certificates.
In Poland, most public higher education institutions faculties carry out the process of recognition. At the same time, the faculty must have the field of study, which the document refers to. The applicant may chose the faculty individually, which upon his/her request will conduct the recognition procedure. The request must be addressed to the Faculty Council. All the university faculties which have the right to confer Polish doctoral degree, have the entitlement to recognize the degree diplomas at the level of Polish first-cycle and second-cycle diplomas. In the process of recognition, the national and foreign curricula are compared. If the programmes are not equivalent, the university may decide that the applicant is to complete the differences and pass additional exams or credits.






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DESCRIPTION OF NATIONAL HIGHER EDUCATION SYSTEM


Higher education access criteria

The total duration of education until completion of a school which offers the possibility of taking the secondary school leaving examination (maturity examination) is 12-15 years. Having passed successfully the secondary school leaving examination (maturity examination), graduates are awarded a secondary school leaving certificate (maturity certificate) which entitles them to apply for admission to a higher education institution.
 
Higher education system

The higher education system and the rules of its functioning are based on the Higher Education Act of 27th July, 2005. The regulations based on the above mentioned Law are applied both to State (public) and non-State (non-public) higher education institutions. Moreover, the programmes are completed according to the same regulations and having fulfilled the same requirements.

The higher education establishments, regardless of their status, are divided into higher education institutions (uczelnie akademickie) and schools of higher vocational education (uczelnie zawodowe).

The  higher education institution (uczelnia akademicka) is an institution in which at least one organisational unit is entitled to award the academic degree of doktor.

The school of higher vocational education (uczelnia zawodowa) is an institution which delivers first-cycle degree studies or second-cycle degree studies, or one-cycle Master’s degree studies but is not entitled to award the academic degree of doktor. 

The studies/degree courses at higher education establishments are delivered as first-cycle degree programme or second-cycle degree programme, or one-cycle Master’s degree programme, as well as third-cycle degree programme i.e. doctoral studies.

The first-cycle degree studies i.e. Bachelor’s degree studies, namely; Licencjat last six to eight semesters, and Inżynier last seven or eight semesters.

The second-cycle degree programme i.e. Master’s degree studies last three or four semesters, and one-cycle Master’s degree studies last nine to twelve semesters.

Doctoral studies i.e. PhD degree studies last no longer than four years and their participants receive a doctoral studies certificate. The academic degree of doktor or kwalifikacje pierwszego stopnia (in the field of art), are awarded according to a separate procedure.

Higher education and doctoral studies might be provided as full-time or extramural courses.  

Degrees (“professional titles”) awarded to graduates of higher education institution

On completing the first-cycle degree programme the following degrees might be obtained: licencjat, licencjat pielęgniarstwa or licencjat położnictwa, inżynier, inżynier pożarnictwa, inżynier architekt and inżynier architekt krajobrazu.

On completing the second-cycle degree the Master’s degree or equivalent degrees might be obtained: magister sztuki, magister farmacji, magister inżynier, magister inżynier architekt, magister inżynier architekt krajobrazu, magister inżynier pożarnictwa, magister pielęgniarstwa, magister położnictwa, lekarz, lekarz dentysta, lekarz weterynarii.

Credits

The number of ECTS points resulting from the programme of studies for a semester equals 27-33. However, for a year of studies it equals 60. The number of ECTS points for the first-cycle degree studies equals 180-240, for the second-cycle degree studies 90-120 and for the one-cycle Master’s degree studies 270-360. 


Higher-level degrees (“academic degrees” and “academic title”)

The academic degrees are the degrees of doktor and doktor habilitowany of a specific area of science in a given scientific discipline.

The degrees awarded in arts are the degrees of doktor and doktor habilitowany of a specific area of arts in a given artistic discipline. The academic degrees are awarded by higher education units, the Polish Academy of Sciences, and research institutes, according to separate procedure.

The academic title is the degree of profesor of a specific area of science, while the equivalent degree in arts is the degree of profesor of a specific area of arts. The degree of profesor is conferred by the President of the Republic of Poland.


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