Required documents
Required documents

BA program:
 

The applicants whose maturity certificate (secondary school leaving certificate) has been issued outside the Republic of Poland have to submit the following documents:

1) maturity certificate (secondary school leaving certificate) with legalisation

Legalisation is the certification of authenticity of a document, usually in the form of an additional seal. A maturity certificate (secondary school leaving certificate) is legalised by a Polish Consulate in the country of the certificate issuance.

Apostille is a type of legalisation binding in the countries who are parties to the Convention Abolishing the Requirement of Legalisation for Foreign Public Documents, concluded in The Hague, 5 October 1961 (Journal of Laws No. 112, item 983, as amended).

2) certified translation into the Polish language of the maturity certificate (secondary school leaving certificate), together with its legalisation, conducted by a sworn translator registered in the Republic of Poland

3) nostrification (recognition) of the maturity certificate (secondary school leaving certificate), if required

Nostrification (recognition) procedure is NOT required in the case of the following certificates recognised in Poland by operation of law:

  • certificates and other documents issued by a school or education institution operating within the education system of a member state of the European Union, a member state of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECF), a member state of European Free Trade Association (EFTA) – a party to the European Economic Area Agreement, providing eligibility for higher education studies in these countries (lists of the countries available on the websites of the Education Offices)
  • certificates issued by International Baccalaureate organisation in Geneva
  • certificates issued by the European Schools, in line with the Convention defining the Statute of the European Schools, concluded on 21 June 1994
  • certificates considered equal to adequate Polish certificates under international agreements (the list of agreements available on the website of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education)

Nostrification of the maturity certificate (secondary school leaving certificate) is a document issued by the Education Office determining equivalence of the certificate issued abroad with a Polish maturity certificate (secondary school leaving certificate). The procedure is performed by the Education Office having jurisdiction over the applicant’s place of residence and, in case the applicant has no such place of residence, the Education Office having jurisdiction over the head office of the higher education institution where the applicant applies for admission.

The maturity certificate (secondary school leaving certificate) should include information that a graduate is eligible for higher education studies. In case it is missing, the applicant needs to submit an additional document with the appropriate confirmation, issued by education authorities or a consulate of the country where the certificate has been issued.

The recognition procedure may take up to a few months. Then, a higher education institution enrolls the applicant on the basis of a certificate of commencement of nostrification procedure, issued by the Education Office. The nostrification of the maturity certificate (secondary school leaving certificate) must be submitted by the end of the first semester of studies at the latest. Otherwise, the student is struck from the student register.

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Additionally, the applicants who do not hold Polilsh citizenship have to submit the following documents:

1) medical certificate allowing the applicant to study within the language and literature programme and the selected mode of study (full-time programme or part-time programme)

2) copy of a health and accident insurance policy for the period of studying in Poland or a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) or an insurance certificate issued by the Polish National Health Fund (NFZ). The period of the aforementioned policies or insurance certificates must start no later than on the day when the applicant starts studying. It has to be submitted to the head office of a higher education institution on the day of the beginning of the academic year at the latest.

MA program:
 

The applicants whose BA/MA diploma has been issued outside the Republic of Poland have to submit the following documents:

1) BA/MA diploma with legalisation

Legalisation is the certification of authenticity of a document, usually in the form of an additional seal. A BA/MA diploma is legalised by a Polish Consulate in the country of the certificate issuance.

Apostille is a type of legalisation binding in the countries who are parties to the Convention Abolishing the Requirement of Legalisation for Foreign Public Documents, concluded in The Hague, 5 October 1961 (Journal of Laws No. 112, item 983, as amended).

2) certified translation into the Polish language of the BA/MA diploma, together with its legalisation, conducted by a sworn translator registered in the Republic of Poland

Additionally, the applicants who do not hold Polilsh citizenship have to submit the following documents:

1) medical certificate allowing the applicant to study within the language and literature programme and the selected mode of study (full-time programme or part-time programme)

2) copy of a health and accident insurance policy for the period of studying in Poland or a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) or an insurance certificate issued by the Polish National Health Fund (NFZ). The period of the aforementioned policies or insurance certificates must start no later than on the day when the applicant starts studying. It has to be submitted to the head office of a higher education institution on the day of the beginning of the academic year at the latest.

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