Please note! Documents listed below must be translated into Polish. The translation should be made or certified by a person entered on the list of sworn translators by the Minister of Justice of the Republic of Poland, or a person registered as a sworn translator in any EU, OECD or EEA member state, or 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, or a diplomatic representative or consular office of the state in the territory of which, or in the education system of which, the given certificate was issued, accredited in the Republic of Poland.

List of documents:

  1. Signed application form
  2. Original copy of secondary school leaving certificate – document entitling the candidate to undertake studies in the country of its issue.

DOCUMENTS RECOGNISED BY LAW IN POLAND:

  • Certificates, diplomas and other documents issued abroad by schools or educational institutions in accordance with the principles laid down in bilateral agreements on mutual diploma recognition - documents issued in: Belarus, Ukraine, China (gaozhong)
  • IB (International Baccalaureate) diplomas issued by the International Baccalaureate Organization in Geneva,
  • EB (European Baccalaureate) diplomas issued by the European Schools in accordance with the Convention defining the Statute of the European Schools.
  • Certificates, diplomas or other educational documents that confirm the completion of secondary education in the European Union, European Economic Area (EEA) or OECD member states as well as the right to apply for higher education programs in the country of issue shall be recognized in Poland by law (i.e. automatically).

This rule concerns the following countries:

                  

Australia,
Austria,
Belgium,
Bulgaria,
Canada,
Croatia,
Cyprus,
Czech Republic,
Denmark,
Estonia,
Finland,
France,
Germany,

Greece,

Hungary,
Iceland,
Ireland,
Israel,
Italy,
Japan,
Korea,
Latvia,
Liechtenstein,
Lithuania,
Luxembourg,
Malta,
Mexico,
Netherlands,

New Zealand,
Norway,
Portugal,
Romania,
Slovakia,
Slovenia,
Spain,
Sweden,
Switzerland,
Turkey,
UnitedKingdom,
USA

                    

Documents which are not recognized by law (issued in other countries than those referred to above) obligatory undergo the recognition procedure. Recognition of a certificate or the level of education is done by the Education Superintendent in a way of administrative decision.

Recognition procedure is described at: http://en.men.gov.pl/2015/10/30/recognition-of-foreign-school-certificates-and-diplomas-in-poland/  

  Before you apply for certificate recognition, make sure it is legalized or has the seal of apostille - read more. 

3. Certificate including information concerning the right to continue education at the next level in the country in which educational system a school operates, including the right to apply to higher education institution and the scope of rights appertaining issued by by the school or educational institution which issued the certificate or they should be certified by educational authorities of the country which issued the certificate or in which system of education the school operates (applies to certificates not recognized by law);

4. Legalization or Apostille of secondary school leaving certificate (applies to certificates not recognized by law);

5. Administrative decision on certificate recognition issued by Education Superintendent (applies to certificates not recognized by law);

6. Statement for non national on fulfillment of requirements for undertaking study on specific rules (available in the Candidate Service System), in the case of choosing the rules applicable to Polish citizens - a document confirming such rights;

7. Copy of the document confirming the knowledge of English;

8. Copy of a valid passport (page with photo) or other document confirming the identity of the candidate (the original document is to be presented upon arrival);

9. Copy of a document authorizing a legal stay in Poland i.e. copy of valid visa, temporary or permanent residence card, or other document confirming a residence permit, if the candidate is obliged to have it (the original document is to be presented upon arrival); candidates who do not have such a document at the application stage are required to obtain such a document no later than October 1, 2018;

10. Medical statement translated into Polish, certifying that there are no contraindications to undertake studies at the chosen field of study; after admission, the accepted canditate is directed by the Faculty authorities for additional medical examinations to the occupational medicine doctor at the Polish medical facility;

11. Copy of the document confirming insurance - read more.


Legalization/Apostille

In cases of high school leaving certificates recognized under the administrative decision of the Polish Education Superintendent, legalization is required.

Legalization is carried out by:

1) Polish consul in the country where certificate was issued or in the country in which educational system a school operates;

2) educational authorities in the country where a certificate was issued or in the country in which educational system a school operates;

3) an embassy or consulate of the country where certificate was issued or in the country in which educational system a school operates located in Poland or in other EU, EFTA or OECD country;

If a certificate was issued by a country – party to the Hague Convention of 5th October 1961 abolishing the Requirement for Legalisation for Foreign Public Documents, an certificate must be submited along with the Apostille attached to it. Check if the country in which the certificate was issued is a party to the Hague Convention:

https://www.hcch.net/en/states/hcch-members