A foreigner, accordingly to Polish law, is any person who does not have Polish citizenship (if you hold two citizenships: of Poland and of another country, you will be considered as a Polish citizen).
Foreigners may undertake and pursue degree level education, doctoral programmes and other types of education or training, as well as participate in research and development work:
- on the terms applicable to Polish nationals
- non-Polish nationals who have been granted a permanent residence permit (settlement permit)
- persons who hold a refugee status granted by the Republic of Poland
- foreigners who have been granted temporary protection in the territory of Poland
- migrant workers who are 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 live in the territory of Poland and have been granted a permanent residence permit of the EU
- non-Polish nationals who have been granted a temporary residence permit in the territory of Poland (residence permit for a fixed period) pursuant to some special circumstances, referred to in Articles: 127, 159 section 1, or Article 186 section 1 subsections 3 or 4 of the Act of 12 December 2013 on foreigners (legal basis given in the decision on issuance of a temporary residence permit)
- non-Polish nationals who have been granted subsidiary protection in the territory of Poland
- citizens of EU or EFTA countries and members of their families who have the right of permanent residence
- holders of the valid Pole’s Card (pol. Karta Polaka) (they may also be admitted and study on other rules than applicable to Polish nationals, e.g. as Polish scholarship holders – see rules below)
- citizens of EU or EFTA countries and members of their families provided that they have financial resources necessary to cover cost of studying in Poland (Please note that such students are not entitled to receive a maintenance grant, special grant for disabled persons and assistance grants, but they may receive scholarships for outstanding learning achievements/sport achievements.) They may also be admitted to study under different terms, e.g. as Polish scholarship holders – see rules below.
- on the terms different than those applicable to Polish nationals
- citizens of non-EU or EFTA member countries, who do not meet the requirements to undertake and pursue studies on the terms applicable to Polish citizens (above)
- citizens of EU or EFTA countries and members of their families, who decided to undertake studies in Poland on other terms than applicable to Polish citizens (e.g. as Polish scholarship holders)
- holders of the valid Pole’s Card (pol. Karta Polaka) who did not apply for studies under the terms applicable to Polish citizens (e.g. they will study as Polish scholarship holders)
- on a payment basis
- as Polish scholarship holders
- subject to tuition waiver
- as holders of scholarships awarded by the sending partner and subject to a tuition waiver
- as holders of scholarships from an educational institution
To learn more about admission process, please visit the Admissions Office website
Here you can find more on the rules of studies at UW as well as other important documents.