Studying at the University of Warsaw
Visa and residence legalisation
Students from the EU / EFTA
You do not need a visa to come to Poland. However, after beginning your studies you will be required to legalize your stay in Poland by applying for a residence permit from the voivodeship where you are living. The residence permit is valid for one year and can be extended every year until the completion of your studies. This permit also entitles you to work in Poland. You can download an information package from www.mazowieckie.pl/eng.
Students from outside the EU / EFTA
Once you are accepted as a student of our programme, you will have to apply for a Polish student visa in your country of origin. You can download an application form for a Polish visa from here. Contact a Polish consulate or embassy for complete details of the application procedure. You will find a list of Polish diplomatic missions at the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
IMPORTANT: You must apply for a residence permit in the voivodeship where you are living before your visa expiry date.
Additional information on visas and residence permits is available at the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Health insurance is mandatory for all students for the whole duration of their stay in Poland.
EU/EFTA students are eligible for free health services in Poland provided they present European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) or a replacement certificate.
Non-EU/EFTA studentsare advised to buy medical insurance in their countries of origin or in Poland. Otherwise they will have to pay for any medical service.EU citizens without health insurance in their countries of residence and non-EU/EFTA citizens can sign a health insurance agreement with the Polish National Health Fund or with one of private medical centres.For more information, please visit: http://www.nfz.gov.pl/new/index.php
ADMISSION ON EQUAL TERMS WITH POLISH CITIZENS (please check who can be admitted on equal terms with Polish citizens >>>)
1. Information for candidates about the procedure of applying for accommodation in a student dormitory:
Application for accommodation in a student dormitory with attachments by persons admitted to the first year of long master degree studies, first cycle studies and second cycle studies must be filled within 10 days of submission of the documents required for admission. The application is filled with the Stipend Committee of the university unit, either directly or through the Dean’s or Director’s office.
2. Information for students of higher years about the procedure of applying for accommodation in a student dormitory
Application for accommodation in a student dormitory by students of higher years of studies must be filled in and confirmed through the student’s USOSweb account, printed, signed and filed together with attachments to the Stipend Committee of the university unit, either directly or through the Dean’s/Director’s office.
3. Criteria for granting accommodation in student dormitories
Decisions regarding accommodation in student dormitories are made based on the financial situation of the student’s family, the distance from the student’s home to the University, as well as additional criteria such as accommodation in a student dormitory in the previous academic year, student orphanhood, half-orphanhood or single parenthood.
The student’s difficult financial situation is determined according to the criteria defined in the Rules for the determination, award and payment of financial aid to students of the University of Warsaw, as well as in Annexes No. 1 and 2 of the Rules.
The distance to the University is calculated based on a printout from Google Maps (or its counterpart), showing the route from the student’s place of residence to 26/28 Krakowskie Przedmieście, 00-927 Warszawa, by currently existing roads.
4. Disabled students
Each student may file an application for accommodation from the pool of places allotted to disabled students. Applications will be considered by the Accommodation Committee of the Office for Persons with Disabilities (OPD), and appeals will be handled by the Head of the ODP. Ranking of the persons who have been approved for accommodation will be made exclusive of Annex No. 4 to the Rules. Decisions of the Accommodation Committee will be made on an individual basis for each student.
FOREIGN STUDENTS (not admitted on equal terms with Polish citizens >>>)
1. Foreign students applying for accommodation in a student dormitory do not have to attach documents confirming their financial situation.First year students file a paper version of the application, while students of higher years apply through their USOSweb accounts.
2. Students who have been admitted to the first year of studies, particularly those admitted as holders of the scholarship of the Polish government, of the sending Party, or of the University of Warsaw will receive accommodation referrals in the Office for Students’ Affairs.
ATTENTION!! All applications by both Polish and foreign students have to be filed in the Polish language.
For more information, please contact:
Office for Students’ Affairs
- Head of the Section – Ewa Kośka (tel. +482255 20 440; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Martyna Grzyb M.A. tel.+482255-20-744
- Grażyna Kamaszewska tel. +482255 20 440
- Martyna Kujawa M.A. tel. +482255-20-744
- Paweł Nurkiewicz, M.A. tel. +482255-20-744
In case you are not assigned a place in a dormitory, you have to find suitable accommodation on your own. Prices range from 800 PLN – 1000 PLN (single room).
Warsaw offers a good public transportation network. The trams, buses and metro are reliable and allow easy access to points all around the city. Students enrolled at Polish higher education institutions who are under 26 years old are entitled to a 50% discount on public transport tickets.
For more information, please visit: http://www.ztm.waw.pl/index.php?l=2
More information on:
- coming to Poland
- legalizing your stay
- medical care and insurance
- driving license
- addresses of diplomatic missions of EU and EEA in Poland