If you want to come
to study in
Academic year breaks
up into two semesters in Poland, the autumn one October
1-January 31 and the spring one February 15-June 24, with summer
and winter vacations in between. Mandatory holidays are on
November 1 (All Saints Day), November 11 (Independence Day),
January 6 (Epiphany), May 1 (Labor Day), May 3 (Constitution
Day), June 22 (Corpus Christi), plus the Christmas/New Year
break from December 22 to January 2 and the Easter break.
As a rule an examination ends every single
course. Grades result from the exams and/or papers students
write. Studies culminate in the thesis based on author’s own
research. On top of it students are to pass their final
Every student is issued with his record book (‘Indeks’ in
Polish) where all his grades and credits are being entered
throughout his studies.
Student's from the European Union
Citizens of the EU's other member states as well as those of
Switzerland, Iceland, Liechtenstein, and Norway may study in
Poland on equal footing with its legal residents. They don't
need a student visa. Also, they are entitled to enroll in
tuition-free university courses as long as they meet
standard requirements, including good command of Polish.
Foreign students from the EU, Switzerland, Iceland,
Liechtenstein, and Norway need a renewable temporary
residence card, called 'Karta pobytu obywatela UE' and valid
for one year. Plus the document, which also covers the
spouse and children, enables its bearer to get legal
employment. The residence card is issued by the Department
of Citizen Affairs and Foreigners (Wydzial
Spraw Obywatelskich i Cudzoziemcow) of the
Voivodeship Office (Polish "Malopolski Urzad Wojewodzki") at
6 ul. Przy Rondzie street
(ground floor) on Mondays from 9
a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and
Fridays between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m.
Yearly tuition starts at an equivalent of euro 2000 with
Krakow universities charging differently for various kinds
An equivalent of about 200 euro per year seems enough for books
and the like.
Dormitory rate is an equivalent of roughly 50 euros per month
(bed in a modest double room). Those who opt for living with a
Polish family might pay euro 100-150 a month for a room.
Reasonable flats in Krakow are let for
anything between 200 euros and 400 per month.
Prudent person may spend daily an equivalent of 5 euros or less
on food in Krakow.
Student pass will take you anyplace within the city proper via
Krakow’s extensive communal
transport system for an equivalent of about 12 euros a
2 means ‘failed’. 3 means ‘sufficient’. 3.5 means
‘satisfactory’. 4 means ‘good’. 4.5 means ‘very good’. 5 means
Some courses end just with a pass or failure.
Visa and residence registration
Unlike tourists, foreigners studying in Poland need a visa
from a Polish consulate in their country of residence unless
they are citizens of the European Union's member state. Once
in Krakow students should register the stay at their Polish
address either through their landlord (dormitory management)
or on their own with the municipal Census Department (Wydzial
Ewidencji Ludnosci) at 10 Powstania Warszawskiego street on
Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Fridays till 3:00 p.m.
If necessary one may extend the
visa before its expiration with the Department of Citizen
Affairs and Foreigners (Wydzial
Spraw Obywatelskich i Cudzoziemcow) 6
ul. Przy Rondzie
street (ground floor) on Mondays
from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on other weekdays between 8 a.m.
and 3 p.m. (mind your passport is valid at least 6
months beyond the date you want to stay and there is still a
blank page for another visa stamp).
facilitators of studies in Krakow.
Any following information has been provided by respective
organizations on their sole responsibility.
The Jagiellonia University
Center for Polish Language and Culture in the World
welcomes to Polish
language courses. The language curricula are complemented
with lectures on Polish literature, theatre, film, society,
history and culture. We offer:
– one-semester and one-year programs for foreigners
– one-semester and one-year preliminary programs for
students who intend to enroll in degree studies in Poland
– Master’s studies “Teaching Polish as a foreign and second
– post-graduate studies for teachers
– workshops for language educators.
Visit us at www.polishstudies.uj.edu.pl or e-mail:
The Jagiellonian University School of Polish Language and
– summer courses for adults
– summer youth camps
– intensive two-weeks courses all year round
– regular semester courses for adults and young learners
– tailored programs for universities and institutions
– preliminary programs for students who intend to enroll in
degree studies in Poland
– preparatory programs for certificate exams
– one-to-one tutoring
– on-line courses
Visit as at www.plschool.uj.edu.pl or e-mail: