On what terms can new students (non-continuing) citizens of Ukraine start studies? Free of charge,like Polish citizens?

The applicable provisions of the Law on Higher Education and Science provide that each university determines its own admission procedure. This procedure includes the verification of the achieved learning outcomes based on the rules established by the university’s governance bodies.

In the case of Ukrainian citizens whose stay in the territory of the Republic of Poland is considered legal on the basis of the Act of March 12, 2022 on Assistance to Ukrainian Citizens in Connection with the Armed Conflict, who on February 24, 2022:

  • were students at a university operating in Ukraine, 
  • declare that on that day they studied in a given year of study in a given field and level of study at a university operating in Ukraine, and 
  • do not have documents confirming periods of study, passed exams, credits or apprenticeships issued by that university, 

appropriate periods of these studies may be recognized through the verification of the learning outcomes achieved.

In the event of finding differences in the study program or learning outcomes, the university may oblige the student to pass specific examinations or undergo apprenticeships.

A public university may charge fees for educating foreigners in full-time studies in Polish.

In the case of part-time studies at public universities, the fee is the general rule.

However, in accordance with the Act on Higher Education and Science, fees related to the education of foreigners in full-time studies in Polish are not collected from a foreigner who has the refugee status granted in the Republic of Poland or enjoys temporary protection or subsidiary protection on the territory of Poland.