International Students can study at full-time programmes on the same terms as Polish citizens if they are:
- holders of a valid Polish Card (Karta Polaka) or holders of decision on validation of his/her Polish origins;
- holders of a permanent residence permit or holders of a European Community long-term residence permit issued in Poland;
- holders of a refugee status in Poland or granted temporary or complementary protection in Poland;
- holders of a certificate confirming his/her command of Polish language at minimum C1 level, issued by the State Commission for the Certification of Proficiency in Polish as a Foreign Language;
- residing in Poland and being EU/EFTA citizens or their family members;
- holders of a temporary residence permit (fixed-term residence permit) issued:
- for the purposes of family reunification
- due to the fact that he/she is a holder of a European Community long-term residence permit issued in another EU country
- due to the fact that he/she is a member of the family of a holder of a European Community long-term residence permit issued in another EU country
- residing in Poland and being a spouse, ascendant (parent) or descendant (child) of a Polish citizen.
Article 324 section 2 of the Law on Higher Education and Science (Dziennik Ustaw [Journal of Laws] of 2018, item 1668, as amended).
At the University of Lodz, the decision about admission is made based on the results and, sometimes, on an interview in the subject related to their field of study. If a candidate chooses to study in Polish, the interview is held in Polish.
Full-time studies at public Higher Education Institutions are free of charge for Polish citizens and European Union citizens in Poland. EU and EFTA citizens can enroll for either full-time or part-time studies in the same way as Polish citizens and usually may study without being charged (only full-time BA or MA studies) or pay tuition fees applicable to Polish students, whose amount depends on the field of study.
Candidates who hold two citizenships: Polish and that of another country, will be considered as Polish citizens.
If you are a citizen of non EU/EFTA country or a holder of a temporary residence permit you can take up studies only on tuition fee basis. The tuition fee per one academic year is 2000-3000 EUR (depending on the study programme). A candidate who undertakes studies on the tuition fee basis at the University of Lodz, shall pay study fees whose amount in the first study year. The application fee is 85 PLN (~17 EUR) for one study programme.
Those who were granted scholarships, within programmes for international students offered by Polish National Agency for Academic Exchange (NAWA) can study on the basis of the Minister’s decision:
- Polish scholarship holders/ Scholarships for the Polish diaspora
- The Stefan Banach Scholarship Programme
- Poland my First Choice
Polish and international scholarship holders are admitted according to the rules stated in appropriate Polish or international agreements.
For every candidate, admission procedure includes analysing the results on certificates or diplomas obtained in another country and language proficiency. In any case, candidates are advised to contact the International Relations Office prior to their admission to UL via email: email@example.com
EUROPEAN UNION/EFTA OR POLISH ORIGIN
If you are interested in enrollment at the University of Lodz and you are citizen of EU/EFTA or you have documented Polish origin, you should sign up through the IRK online platform (link at the end of this section).
ENROLLMENT SCHEDULE FOR THE 2023/2024 ACADEMIC YEAR
Full-time first cycle and long cycle studies:
- Registration to the IRK online enrollment platform, and the application fee payment – from 05.05.2023 to 7.07.2023.
- Online publication of the lists of applicants qualified for studies – till 14.07.2023.
- Submitting the documents: 15, 17-19 July 2023.
Documents sent by post are to be submitted till 24 July 2023 (date as postmarked – 19 July 2023).
Full-time second-cycle studies:
- Registration to the IRK online enrollment platform, and the application fee payment – from 05.05.2023 to 17.07.2023.
- Entrance exams/interviews: 21 July 2023.
- Online publication of the lists of applicants qualified for studies – till 26 July 2023.
- Submitting the documents from 27-28 July 2023.
Documents sent by post are to be submitted till 2 August 2022 (date as postmarked – 28 July 2023).
OUTSIDE THE EUROPEAN UNION/EFTA
If you are interested in admission for studies at the University of Lodz and you are citizen of a country outside EU/EFTA and/or you do not have Polish origin documented, you should sign up through the admission online platform and upload the required documents. Link is given at the end of this section.
FIRST STAGE OF THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS
The candidate is required to complete a set of documents:
- an application form with attached photo
- copies of certificates and diplomas
- a copy of transcript of records
- an English language certificate
- a cover letter (how to write a cover letter)
- administrative fee of 85 PLN (~17 EUR)
and upload them to the admission online platform or on rare occasion send them to the International Relations Office. Copies/scans of the foregoing documents are allowed, since students need to bring the original documents with them after being admitted to the university. If the documents are issued in a foreign language, they need to be translated into English during the admission if Polish translation is unavailable in the candidate’s home country. Please bear in mind that the documents will have to be translated by a sworn translator into Polish after coming to Poland due to Polish law’s requirement. At this stage the candidate is asked to pay the administrative fee of 85 PLN for each study programme. The documents are considered on their merits.
SECOND STAGE OF THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS
After a positive decision is made, the candidate is asked to pay the tuition fee for studies. A proof of payment must be returned to the International Relations Office via admission platform. The candidate is sent a Confirmation Letter and asked to legalize his/her documents. In some cases, the candidate is asked to contact the Polish Embassy (or diplomatic mission) in his/her country to legalize the documents first (or obtain the stamp of Apostille) before a Confirmation Letter is made.
Candidate is asked to get an Eligibility statement saying that his/her certificate/diploma gives the right to study at the university level in the country they were issued stamped by the Higher Education Authorities or legalized by the Polish Embassy.
In order to receive a visa, the student needs to contact the Polish Embassy or Consulate appropriate for their country. The documents needed to get a visa are similar or correspond, to some degree, with those needed for the enrolment process into the university. Usually the Embassy asks to see the proof of the tuition payment and the financial statement of the funds needed to study in Poland.
Students wishing to obtain a room in the university dormitory need to fill in the Accommodation request (a place in the university dormitory in a double room costs about 80-120 Euro a month). The place cannot be guaranteed (there is a limited number of rooms, and the decision to grant a place depends on the dates of request and finishing admission process). Note: single rooms are not available.
FINAL STAGE OF THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS
Upon his/her arrival in Poland, a candidate is required to present all the original documents listed here. Only then a candidate officially becomes a student of the University of Lodz.
Every candidate who applies for the studies using the copies or scans of the documents is to be asked to sign the statement in which they agree to provide the University of Lodz with the original documents upon their arrival to Poland. Failure to comply with this requirement will result in a removal from the list of candidates.
Please bear in mind that the documents will have to be translated by a sworn translator into Polish after coming to Poland due to Polish law’s requirement.
Unless the candidate holds a grant of his/her government, there is a tuition fee that applies to different studies, both in Polish and English. Citizens of the EU member states follow the same procedure as Polish citizens. For more updated details on tuition fees, please contact the International Relations Office.