1. How can I prove my knowledge of English?
To be able to study in English all students need to present a language certificate. The list of language certificates is included in the attachment.
- If you are a native speaker of English from the US, UK, Canada or Australia you do not need a language certificate.
- If all your previous education was conducted in English in the US, UK, Canada or Australia (not a few courses but the whole program) you also do not need a language certificate. A confirmation from your school will be enough.
2. What do you mean by legalization? I have already legalized my diplomas by the officials in my country, do I need any other legalization document?
Legalization is an official document which confirms that your certificates and diplomas are original and have been issued with accordance to the laws of your country. In order to present your documents for education abroad you need to legalize them and there are two ways of doing it:
- If your country has signed the Hague Convention all you need is an Apostille. If you need to get the Apostille on your documents and you don't know which office to contact check the following link.
- If, however, your country has not signed the Hague convention you will need to contact the Polish consul in your country and ask them to legalize your documents. This usually involves a separate procedure and it would mean putting a stamp and a signature on your original documents. Please consult the website of the Polish consulate/embassy to find out the details of the process. Please remember that the consul cannot refuse your request of legalizing the documents.
If your documents have been legalized by education authorities of your country this is only the first step in the process. According to Polish law the only documents that the Polish Universities can accept are the ones legalized by Polish consuls. Sometimes Polish consuls ask for the documents to be legalized by education authorities of the country first, before they legalize them themselves. Please consult the website of the Polish consulate/embassy to find out the details of the process.
3. How can I legalize my documents if I’m not in my home country.
If you are not in your home country there is a way of legalizing your documents, you can either:
- send the original documents to the Polish consul in your country asking them to legalize them,
- bring the original documents to the consul of your home country in Poland and ask them to legalize the documents.
4. Do I need any other documents?
While applying for a visa and legalizing your documents, if you apply for Bachelor level studies you need to ask the consul to issue another document which says that the High school certificate/diploma you have gives you the right to apply for University in your home country.
5. How can I get a visa?
All candidates who are non-EU citizens need to apply for a National D-type visa. As the decision process lasts about 15 days we advise students to apply for a visa at least two months before the academic year starts (cost about $75). Please consult the website of the Polish consulate/embassy to find out the details of the process.