University of Warsaw (UW), Poland – Full Information for International Students

The University of Warsaw (UW), established in 1816, is Poland’s largest and finest university. From its beginning the UW has played a major role in the intellectual, political and cultural life of Poland, and has been recognized throughout the world as a leading academic centre in this part of Europe.

Application for long-term studies at the University of Warsaw may be done only via internet. It is the first step of admission procedure obligatory for all candidates.

The University of Warsaw offers a rich selection of postgraduate courses, MBA programmes and courses for non-students.

This offer is also extended to foreign citizens. Those who are proficient in Polish language are unrestricted in their choice of courses, others may participate in courses which are delivered in languages other than Polish, mainly in English.


Why you should choose University of Warsaw

  • Approximately 47,600 people study at the University of Warsaw every year.
  • The candidates are offered a very broad range of courses in the fields of humanities, social sciences and natural sciences, as well as many interdisciplinary courses combining knowledge and skills of many disciplines
  • A wide choice of programmes of 1st, 2nd cycle studies, and long cycle (uniform) Master’s studies,
  • 35 programmes of doctoral studies (3rd cycle),
  • 3 MBA programmes,
  • Over 130 postgraduate programmes,
  • Over 25 English-language programmes,
  • Courses in 37 languages.
  • Available scholarship options.


How to Apply

  • Register on-line
  • Participate in the qualification procedure
  • Check qualification results
  • Submit required documents
  • Receive decision on admission


Study in English

As a student from outside Poland, you can be admitted to a course run in a foreign language if you have a document to confirm that you know the language of your prospective course.


Study in Polish

If you want to study in the Polish language, you should fulfil one of the following three criteria:

  1. Complete a one-year course of Polish language at one of the education institutions approved by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education 
  2. Have a certificate issued by the State Commission for the Certification of Proficiency in Polish as a Foreign Language 
  3. Receive a certificate from the University of Warsaw confirming that your preparation and level of proficiency in Polish allows you to undertake the studies. The language proficiency may be confirmed during an interview, in an additional exam or basing on a language proficiency certificate.


Tuition fees

Tuition fees differ depending on the terms of being admitted to studies and language of studies.

Foreign students must pay tuition fees, which are at the University of Warsaw not lower than the equivalent of:

  • 2000 euro per year – for vocational (first-cycle), uniform master’s degree and post-bachelor master’s degree (second-cycle) studies

In the first year the students are also obliged to pay additional 200 euro one-off fee. On the student’s request, heads of particular University of Warsaw units may, in justified cases, give partial or full exemption from payment of tuition fees.


Required Documents

Before qualification for studies candidates are obliged to attach (or send by email directly to the faculty/institute) scanned copies of required documents.
Upon arrival to Poland, candidates must submit originals of required documents directly to the appropriate faculty or institute.

  • In case of application to first (BA) or long-cycle (MA) studies – the original of secondary school (maturity) certificate or another document (with a full list of final grades), entitling to undertake university-level study in country in which the certificate / document was issued
  • In case of application to second-cycle (MA) studies – the higher education diploma (MA, BA, engineer diploma or equivalent) with a full list of grades obtained during the course of study, entitling to continue university-level study in country in which the diploma was issued
  • A legalisation / authorisation of above-mentioned documents 
  • A document stating that the certificate / diploma entitles to undertake or continue university-level study in country in which the certificate / diploma was issued (such proof should be issued or certified by the school or educational institution which issued the certificate / diploma or by educational authorities of the country which issued the certificate / diploma or in which system of education the school operates)
  • Original sworn translations into Polish language (or English language if a candidate undertakes studies provided in English) of all the documents listed above, made by a Polish (English) sworn translator (a list of sworn translators at the website of Ministry of Justice), or a sworn translator registered in any of EU, EFTA or OECD country, or a Polish consul in the country where the documents were issued, or an embassy or consulate of the country which issued the documents or in which educational system the school operates located on the territory of Poland
  • A certificate of recognition (nostrification) of secondary school (maturity) certificate / higher education diploma, if applicable.
  • An application for admission printed out from candidate’s individual registration account in the Candidate’s Registration System and signed up by the candidate
    a photocopy of an id (passport’s personal data page and page with visa). A copy must be certified by the UW upon your arrival to Poland
  • A colour photo (such requirements as for passport photo)
  • An application for issuing student’s id printed out from candidate’s individual registration account in the Candidate’s Registration System (it is necessary to attach a digital photo first)
  • A proof of student’s id payment; in case of foreign nationals residing abroad who cannot make the transfer, proof of payment for the student’s id can be delivered upon arrival to Poland.
  • If applicable, a health certificate stating that there are no objections to undertake studies by a foreign candidate (if the health certificate was issued in a foreign language, a sworn translation into Polish language)
  • A certificate of proficiency in English (equivalent at least to the level B2).

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    1. To apply for a master’s degree, you need to visit the university’s link that is at the bottom of this article, register with the institution first via their portal and then proceed to your application.

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