Admission Requirement to Doctorate Degrees in Poland

Applications to enrol into a PhD in any of the Poland Universities should be made to individual institutes. If applying from a nation outside the EU or EEA, you must aim to apply timely in order to allow adequate time for visa request and immigration dealings. Admission for the Ph.D. Program in most fields takes place once for every academic year (which begins in June and ends in September). 

Mandatory Documents

Application for full-time and part-time PhD programs at Polish University must include:
  • Duly filled application
  • Well prepared CV
  • Personal survey
  • Original Master credential or equivalent
  • Three present-day passport photographs
  • Features of the fields of scientific interests
  • Documentation confirming understanding of English at B2 level
  • Replica of the national ID or a visa

Admission Criteria

Admittance to a Polish PhD programme will generally require you to hold a Master’s gradation in a relevant field, but additional specific requirements could be set by individual institutes. As a general regulation, you ought to expect to provide educational references alongside an apt research proposal and personal declaration.
As a result of Poland's participation in the European Upper Education Area, acknowledgement of qualifications gained in new European countries are not ordinarily a problem. Degrees given by universities outside EU may be subject to further investigation, but this is not a major problem as the Polish higher education scheme is keen to welcome global students. More info on the recognition of foreign qualifications is offered from Poland's Bureau for Educational Recognition and Intercontinental Exchange. If in uncertainty, you should seek out advice from your potential institution.
Admission is based on:
  • Open characteristics of the fields of technical interests of the applicant
  • Marks of the competence test
  • Assessment of knowledge of overseas languages counting English (based on a exam or certificates)
  • Prerequisite interview

Language Requirements

Many Polish universities are approving English language teaching, nonetheless this will vary among institutions and between separate departments within institutes. When a programme is imparted in English, non-native orators may need to prove proficiency through an accepted English language test; and wherever programmes are carried in Polish, you may be required to start relevant training and preparation ahead of your degree or as a subsequent situation of enrolment.

Whatsoever the requirements of your course, evolving some polish language skills will improve your time in the country and enhance  your CV, if you go on to chase an academic or professional occupation in Poland itself. Information on Polish language courses and prerequisites are available from Polonicum, also known as the Centre of Polish Language and Culture for Foreigners.

Visas and Immigration

If you are a resident of a country within EU, EEA or Stengel Area, you will not require a visa so as to enter Poland, but may need to put on for a residence permit in order to stay in the country longer than ninety days. Residents of other countries will generally need to communicate the Polish Embassy or Consulate in their own country and apply for an undergraduate visa in advance. This will enable you to continue in Poland for more than three months, but can be protracted by applying to a local clerical centre (a 'Voivodeship Office') inside the country; you should see to this with at least 45 days left over on your original visa.

Additional detailed information on entering and living in Poland as an imported national and the regulations prevailing citizens of different countries is obtainable from the Polish Ministry of Foreign Businesses. The international office at your potential higher education institute should also be able to help if you have any additional questions.
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