The principles of enrolment of foreigners for studies at Opole University



Table of contents:


  1. Overview  
  2. Place and date of application submission   
  3. Documents
  4. Recognition of foreign documents
  5. Tuition-fees
  6. Insurance
  7. Legalization of residence for foreigners  

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.

Foreigners can be accepted to studies conducted in Polish, if they:

·         complete a one-year course in preparation for undertaking studies in the Polish language at centers appointed by the relevant Minister in charge of matters relating to higher education, hereafter referred to as “Minister”, or

·         have obtained a language certificate issued by the Państwowa Komisja Poświadczania Znajomości Języka Polskiego jako Obcego (Polish National Commission for the Certification of Proficiency in Polish as a Foreign Language), or

·         have obtained confirmation issued by the accepting academy that their Polish language preparation and level of command allows to study in Polish.

A foreigner may take up studies:

·         according to the rules applicable to Polish citizens,

·         according to other terms than those 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:

  1.       foreigners who have been granted the right of settlement;
  2.       foreigners who possess the status of refugee, granted in the Republic of Poland;
  3.       foreigners who are eligible for temporary protection on the territory of the Republic of  Poland;
  4.       foreigners who are eligible for complementary protection on the territory of the Republic of Poland;
  5.       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 on the territory of the Republic of Poland;
  6.       foreigners who, on the territory of the Republic of Poland, have been granted a permit of long-term resident of European Communities;
  7.       foreigners who, on the territory of the Republic of Poland, have been granted a permit of abode for defined time, in connection with circumstances described in Art. 53, Entry 1, Points 7, 13 and 14 of the Act on foreigners of 13 June, 2003 (Laws Gazette No. 128, Item 1175, Amendment 1);
  8.       Foreigners who are holders of Karta Polaka (Pole’s Card).

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 scientific research or developmental 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, benefits to cover accommodation or boarding, 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.

Foreigners 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 Polish language mark, in case of foreigners who take up studies according to recruitment principles applicable to Polish citizens, the native language mark of the country in which the certificate of secondary schools completion has been acquied will be taken under consideration instead of the Polish language. Candidates should proceed with recruitment, by registering in the system of Internet Registration of Candidates (IRK)  and submitting all required documents by the deadlines listed in the schedule of admissions.

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

  •       international agreements, according to the principles determined in these agreements;
  •       agreements drawn between foreign subjects and colleges of higher education, according to the principles determined in these agreements;
  •      decision of the Minister responsible for the higher education system or the Minister appointed in compliance with Art. 33 Entry 3 of the Act of 27 July 2005 Prawo o szkolnictwie wyższym (Dz. U. Nr 164, poz. 1365 ze zm.);
  •       decision of the Rector of the given university.

. These foreigners can undertake and continue education, as well as participate in scientific research and developmental works:

  •       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 side, without paying fees for the education;
  •       as holders of scholarships granted by the given university.

Candidates should register in Internet Registration of Candidates system (system Internetowej Rejestracji Kandydatów, IRK) and submit all required documents by the deadlines listed in the schedule of admissions.

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 in applicable Selection Boards within the period prescribed in the schedule of admissions.

Foreigners applying for admission on other principles than those applicable to Polish students, in addition to the required documents submit an application to JM Rector with the request for accepting the recruitment with omitting principles.

 

3) Documents

  •      application form signed by the candidate (printout from the programme of the online registration of candidates – IRK),
  •       application to Rector with the request for accepting the recruitment with omitting principles (download document)
  •       original of the secondary school certificate obtained abroad,
  •      in 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 centre acknowledging that the candidate’s preparation and degree of knowledge of Polish allow them to take up studies in the Polish language
  •       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 case of foreigners from outside the European Union, the Swiss Confederation or EFTA member states – of European Agreement about the free trade
  •       four photographs in accordance with requirements applied at issuing identity cards
  •      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 student is obliged to take the 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, he files 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

 

1. Opole University charges recruitment fee of 85PLN (ca. 20EUR) per registration on every specialisation. Payment must be made to a bank account generated by IRK.

2. 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).

3. Foreigners undertaking studies and trainings, not mentioned in Section 2, are obliged to pay the annual fee at the amount depending on the type of the course chosen, but not lower than:

·         for courses of the 1st or the 2nd degree, uniform Master’s degree courses - € 2,000,

·         for doctoral studies and post-graduate courses, scientific and artistic traineeships, specialization trainings, and habilitation trainings - € 3,000,

4. Foreigners admitted to the first year of regular studies, doctoral and post-graduate studies at state-run colleges of higher education, on the basis of payment of fees, pay the rates higher by € 200 than those mentioned in Section 3, independent of the number of undertaken courses.

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

 

6. The tuition fees are 30% lower for those who undertake study on the basis of payment and have Polish origins

7. In justified cases the Vice-Rector for education 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.

8. In the case when the 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 education and students affairs to have the fees lowered or be exempt from paying them at all.

9. 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):

Bank Zachodni WBK SA

Oddział w Opolu

Acc no: 88-1090- 2138-0000-0005-5600-0076

SWIFT: WBK PPLPP

 

 

6) Insurance

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

·         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. Information on access to health care in the National Health Fund during a temporary stay in Poland for those with the European Charter for Health – are available at: http://www.nfz.gov.pl/ue/?katnr=5&dzialnr=2&artnr=716&czartnr=5 (Information in Polish, English, German, Spanish, Russian).

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

·         insure in Narodowy Fundusz Zdrowia (National Health Fund or NFZ) immediately after the obtaining 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:

Law of 13 June 2003. - ustawa z dnia 13 czerwca 2003r. o cudzoziemcach (Dz.U. z 2006r. Nr 234, poz. 1694 ze zm.)

 

The legalisation of stay of foreigners in Opole is held in:

 

Opole Province Office

Civil Affairs and Immigration Department for Foreigners and Citizenship

ul. Piastowska 14, III floor, room 324

45-082 Opole

tel.48 (77) 45-24-610

 

Should you have any further questions please contact:

 

     Ms Liudmyla Kashko

e-mail: liudmyla.kashko@uni.opole.pl

 

Dział Nauczania

/Unit in charge of Curricula/

45-040 Opole

pl. Kopernika 11a

tel. +48 775415988 wew./ext./ 188, +48 775415989 wew. /ext./ 189

e-mail: dz_nauczania@uni.opole.pl



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