Principles of recruitment of foreigners at the University of Opole
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 shall be admitted to the University of Opole on the basis of:
1) international agreements, according to the principles stipulated therein
2) agreements drawn between the University and foreign institutions, according to the principles stipulated therein;
3) decision of the Minister;
4) decision of the NAWA director regarding the holders of scholarship;
5) decision of the NCN director on allocation of funds for implementation of basic research in the form of a research project, traineeship or scholarship, qualified for funding in the course of competition;
6) administrative decision of the rector, PAN institute director, director of the research institute, or director of the international institute.
Place and date of application submission
After the registration in the Online Registration System (IRK), all foreigners applying for admission will find information concerning qualification on their internet accounts (no other information is sent to candidates).
Candidates qualified for admission have to submit all the required documents before the deadline specified in the Admission Schedule.
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, they file 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.
- 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.
University of Opole charges recruitment fee in the amount of 85 PLN per registration for every programme. Payment must be made to the individual bank account number generated by the Online Registration System (IRK).
Additional payment details:
Account number: PL [your individual bank account number generated by the IRK system]
Beneficiary: Uniwersytet Opolski
Beneficiary’s address: Plac Kopernika 11a, 45-040 Opole, Polska (Poland)
Bank: Santander Bank Polska
Bank address: Jana Pawła II 17, 00-854 Warszawa
Payment title: ‘Oplata rekrutacyjna’
SWIFT: WBK PP LPP
Tuition fee for undergraduate and graduate programmes amounts to 5000 PLN per one academic year. Tuition fee shall be refunded in case a candidate’s visa has been rejected upon submission of the receipt of payment and visa refusal document issued by the respective diplomatic institution.
Payment of the tuition fee for the first semester of studies is to be made to the bank account number (for candidates from outside of Poland) sent to the candidate on request.
Confirmation of payment for visa procedure is issued on request and upon submission of the payment receipt.
Tuition fee shall not be charged from the following foreigners:
1. foreigners – citizens of the European Union member-states, Switzerland or the European Agreement on Free Trade (EFTA) – parties of the European Economic Area, including the members of their families residing in the territory of Poland.
2. foreigners who have been granted a permanent residence permit or a long-term EU resident permit;
3. foreigners who have been granted a temporary residence permit in view of the circumstances stated in Art. 159 Section 1 or Art. 186 Section 1, Subsection 3 or 4 of the Act on Foreigners of 12 December, 2013 (Journal of Laws of 2017, Item 2206 and 2282, Journal of Laws of 2018, item 107, 138 and 771);
4. foreigners who hold refugee status, temporary protection or complementary protection in the territory of the Republic of Poland;
5. foreigners who are holders of the Pole’s Card (Karta Polaka) or persons with a documented confirmation of Polish origin;
6. foreigners being the spouse, ascendant or descendant of a citizen of the Republic of Poland, residing in the territory of the Republic of Poland
Foreigners can be exempt from paying the tuition fee on the basis of:
1) administrative decision of the rector, director of the PAN institute, or director of the research institute;
2) decision of the Minister or the NAWA director regarding the scholarship holders.
Foreigners who do not hold Polish citizenship may be accepted for study if:
· they 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.
· they are insured against health risks or accident for the time of their education in Poland
· they are insured in Narodowy Fundusz Zdrowia (National Health Fund or NFZ) immediately after obtaining a permament residence card – refers to the applicants who are not citizens of any member-state of the EU or EFTA
Legalization of residence for foreigners
The legalisation of foreigners’ residence in Opole is held in:
Opole Voivodeship Office (Urząd Wojewódzki)
Civil Affairs and Immigration Department for Foreigners and Citizenship
Office for International Study Programmes