A list of required documents for the academic year 2020-2021
An application form and a statement on the delivery of letters in electronic form signed by the candidate (printouts from the Online Registration System (IRK)
These documents have to be printed out from candidate’s account in the IRK system and signed.
Secondary school leaving certificate or matura exam (candidates for BA programmes) / Original BA or MA diploma (candidates for MA programmes) and supplement with grades
In case of application to first (BA) or long-cycle (MA) studies – the original of secondary school (maturity) certificate or another document (with a full list of final grades), entitling to undertake university-level study in country in which the certificate / document was issued.
In case of application to second-cycle (MA) studies – the higher education diploma (MA, BA, engineer diploma or equivalent) with a full list of grades obtained during the course of study, entitling to continue university-level study in country in which the diploma was issued
Legalization (or apostille) and recognition of documents, issued outside of Poland
You must have your high school certificate/diploma legalised (authorised) and recognised in Poland.
Legalization / Apostille is the official confirmation that a signature, seal or stamp on a public document is genuine.
if a country in which a given document was issued is a party to the Convention Abolishing the Requirement of Legalisation for Foreign Public Documents, concluded in The Hague, 5 October 1961, the document’s legalisation is replaced by an Apostille certificate attached to it. The list of countries – parties to the Convention and the institutions authorised to issue the Apostille is available here.
Legalization is need to be made in the case of documents issued in states that are not parties to the Hague Convention of 5 October 1961.
The legalization is done by the consul of the Republic of Poland having jurisdiction with respect to the state in the territory of which, or in the education system of which, the given certificate was issued.
Non-legalized documents will not be accepted.
Applying for admission to first cycle studies – (BA) or long-cycle (MA) studies
Foreign school certificates may be recognized in Poland automatically or in a result of an administrative recognition procedure done by a province education superintendent.
The recognition by operation of low (automatic recognition) means that the owners of certificates, diplomas or other documents that are recognized in Poland by operation of law may be filed directly with a university, HE institution or employer without being asked by a Polish authority for an additional recognition confirmation or proceedings.
If your school certificate may not be automatically recognized, it needs to proceed to the recognition procedure.
Applying for admission to second cycle studies
Your degree gives access to second cycle programmes if it fulfills at least one of the below listed criteria:
- gives access to second cycle programmes in the country where it was obtained
- confirms completion of a joint programme provided by foreign higher education institutions and gives access to second cycle programmes in at least one of the country in the education of which it was provided
- is recognised on the basis of an international agreement.
If your diploma fulfills at least one of the above listed criteria, your diploma is recognized automatically (applies only for candidates for second cycle studies). For more information check NAWA web-site.
Please note, that some candidates may be asked to provide an eligibility statement saying their diploma gives the right to continue education on Master’s level in the country it was issued stamped by the Higher Education Authorities or legalized by the Polish Embassy.
Certified translation into English or Polish of all documents issued in a language other than English / Polish
Original cerified translations into Polish language (or English language if a candidate undertakes studies provided in English) of all the documents listed issued in a language other than English / Polish.
Please note! If you school certificate needs to be recognized by province education superintendents, it should be translated to Polish!
A digital photo in the IRK system
English / Polish language proficiency certificate (if required)
List of documents certifying the knowledge of English (for English language study programs) is available here.
List of documents certifying the knowledge of Polish (for study programs conducted in Polish) is available here.
If the candidate does not have an English/Polish language certificate or diploma, an oral exam is scheduled online or in-person.
Dates of exams: August, 28 and September, 24
+ optional, if required
The document confirming the candidate’s right to study without tuition fee payment
Tuition fee for full-time studies conducted in Polish language is not charged in case of:
- holders of the valid Pole’s Card
- holders of the formal decision on Polish origin
- citizens of the European Union (EU) or European Free Trade Association (EFTA) countries and members of their families, if residing in the territory of Poland
- foreigners who have been granted a permanent residence permit (settlement permit) or long-term residence permit of the EU
- foreigners who in the territory of Poland have been granted a temporary residence permit (residence permit for a fixed period) pursuant to some special circumstances, referred to in Articles: 159 section 1, or Article 186 section 1 subsections 3 or 4 of the Act of 12 December 2013 on foreigners
- foreigners who hold refugee status granted by the Republic of Poland
- foreigners who have been granted temporary / subsidiary protection in the territory of Poland
- holders of the C1 level certificate in Polish language issued by the State Commission for the Certification of Proficiency in Polish as a Foreign Language
- spouses, children and parents of the Polish citizen, if they reside in the territory of Poland
- foreigners who in the territory of Poland have been granted a temporary residence permit (residence permit for a fixed period) pursuant to circumstances, referred to in Articles: 151 section 1 (for purpose of scientific research), or Article 151b section 1 (for long-term mobility of scientist) of the Act of 12 December 2013 on foreigners or stay in territory of the Republic of Poland in accordance to short-term mobility of scientist on terms specified in Article 156b section 1 of the Act on Foreigners of 12 December 2013 or hold national visa issued for the purpose of scientific research or development work
Please note: Foreigner can be exempted from tuition fee payment on the basis of the decision of the minister or the director of Polish National Agency for Academic Exchange on granting a scholarship. For more information about scholarship programmes, please visit NAWA web-page.
Declaration of parents/legal guardians in respect of minors undertaking studies at the University of Opole
● all the documents (paper versions) have to be submitted to the Admission Office before the September 25, 2020
● Decision on admission issued on the basis of the document scans attached in the system is considered to be CONDITIONAL, and will be revoked should any of the required documents is missing before the Admission Deadline.