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Poland - Education system

INSTITUTION TYPES & CREDENTIALS
Types of higher education institutions: Uniwe sytety !Uni"e sity# Politec$ni%i !Tec$nical Uni"e sity# A%ademie &edyc'ne !Academy o( &edicine# A%ademie Peda)o)ic'ne !Teac$e T ainin) Academy# A%ademie Rolnic'e !Academy o( A) icultu e# A%ademie E%onomic'ne !Academy o( Economics# A%ademie &u'yc'ne* S'tu% Pi+%nyc$*Teat alne i ,ilmowe !Academy o( &usic* ,ine A ts*T$eat e*and Cinemato) a-$y# .y/s'e S'%o0y Peda)o)ic'ne !Teac$e T ainin) Sc$ool# A%ademie .yc$owania ,i'yc'ne)o !Academy o( P$ysical Education# A%ademie Teolo)ic'ne !Academy o( T$eolo)y# S'%o0y &o s%ie !&e c$ant Na"y Sc$ool# S'%o0y .o1s%owe !&ilita y Sc$ool# Sc$ools su-e "ised 2y t$e &inist y o( Inte nal A((ai s and Administ ation Pa3stwowe .y/s'e S'%o0y 4awodowe !State Sc$ool o( 5i)$e P o(essional Education# Nie-a3stwowe S'%o0y .y/s'e !Non-State Sc$ool# Nie-a3stwowe .y/s'e S'%o0y 4awodowe !Non-State Sc$ool o( 5i)$e P o(essional Education#

School leaving and higher education credentials: 6wiadectwo do1 'a0o7ci 6wiadectwo u%o3c'enia !o( a )i"en %ind o( seconda y sc$ool# Dy-lom u%o3c'enia s'%o0y -omatu alne1 Dy-lom u'ys%ania tytu0u 'awodowe)o 6wiadectwo u%o3c'enia s'%o0y -olicealne1 Dy-lom u%o3c'enia studi8w wy/s'yc$ 'awodowyc$ In/ynie In/ynie a c$ite%t Licenc1at Licenc1at -iel+)nia stwa

EDUCATION SYSTE& Pre-higher education: Du ation o( com-ulso y education< A)e o( ent y< = A)e o( e>it< ?@ St uctu e o( sc$ool system< Pre-Primary Ty-e o( sc$ool .o) am in yea s< = .o) am in yea s< ? A)e le"el ( om< = to< A Primary Ty-e o( sc$ool .wali(i%ac1e -ie ws'e)o sto-nia Do%to $a2ilitowany Do%to $a2ilitowany s'tu%i .wali(i%ac1e d u)ie)o sto-nia STRUCTURE O.o"idin) t$is education< Nu se y Sc$ool !P 'eds'%ole# o Nu se y Di"ision at P ima y Sc$ools Len)t$ o( .o"idin) t$is education< P ima y Sc$ool !S'%o0a Podstawowa# Len)t$ o( .Licenc1at -o0o/nictwa Dy-lom u%o3c'enia 1ednolityc$ studi8w ma)iste s%ic$ Dy-lom u%o3c'enia studi8w wy/s'yc$ Le%a ' Le%a ' dentysta Le%a ' stomatolo) Le%a ' wete yna ii &a)iste &a)iste edu%ac1i &a)iste in/ynie &a)iste in/ynie a c$ite%t &a)iste -iel+)nia stwa &a)iste -o0o9nictwa &a)iste s'tu%i Dy-lom u%o3c'enia u'u-e0nia1:cyc$ studi8w ma)iste s%ic$ 6wiadectwo u%o3c'enia studi8w -ody-lomowyc$ Do%to Do%to s'tu%i .

o"ided in t$e (ou -yea )ene al lyceum !liceum o)8lno%s'ta0c:ce#K Seconda y "ocational education was .ima y sc$ools and B-yea )ymnasia we e int oducedK Seconda y education is .o"ided 2y a an)e o( sc$ools * iKeK (ou yea liceum ! lyceum#* liceum 'awodowe !"ocational lyceum#* liceum tec$nic'ne !tec$nical lyceum# and a L-yea tec$ni%um !seconda y tec$nical sc$ool#K T$e ) aduates o( all seconda y sc$ools we e awa ded eit$e t$e 7wiadectwo do1 'a0o7ci !&atu ity Ce ti(icate o( a )i"en %ind o( seconda y sc$ool# o t$e 7wiadectwo u%o3c'enia !Ce ti(icate o( Com-letion o( Education in t$e )i"en %ind o( seconda y sc$ool#K In addition* t$e e we e 2asic "ocational sc$ools !'asadnic'a s%ola 'awodowa# w$ose ) aduates o2tained t$e 7wiadectwo u%o3c'enia s'%oly 'asadnic'e1 !Ce ti(icate o( Com-letion o( Education in t$e 2asic "ocational sc$ool#K A(te t$e ?JJJ e(o m* =yea .o"ided in B-yea )ene al lyceums !liceum o)8lno%s'ta0c:ce# o in "ocational seconda y sc$ools suc$ as t$e B-yea liceum .o(ilowane)o !&atu ity Ce ti(icate o( t$e S-eciali'ed Lyceum# o 7wiadectwo u%o3c'enia liceum .o) am in yea s< B A)e le"el ( om< ?= to< ?J Ce ti(icateCdi-loma awa ded< 6wiadectwo do1 'alo7ci liceum o)8lno%s'ta0c:ce)o !&atu ity Ceti(icate o( t$e Gene al Lyceum# o 7wiadectwo u%o3c'enia liceum o)8lno%s'ta0c:ce)o !Ce ti(icate o( Com-letion o( Education in t$e Gene al Lyceum# Vocational Secondary Ty-e o( sc$ool .o"idin) t$is education< Gene al Lyceum !Liceum O)8lno%s'ta0c:ce# Len)t$ o( .A)e le"el ( om< A to< ?B Ce ti(icateCdi-loma awa ded< 6wiadectwo u%o3c'enia s'%o0y -odstawowe1 .o(ilowane !s-eciali'ed lyceum# and H-yea tec$ni%um !seconda y tec$nical sc$ool#K In addition* t$e e a e F-B-yea 2asic "ocational sc$ools !'asdnic'a s'%o0a 'awodowa# w$ose ) aduates o2tain t$e 7wiadectwo u%onc'enia 'asadnic'e1 s'%o0y 'awodowe1 !Ce ti(icate o( .Ce ti(icate o( Com-letion o( P ima y Sc$ool Education Basic Vocational Ty-e o( sc$ool .o) am in yea s< B A)e le"el ( om< ?B to< ?= Ce ti(icateCdi-loma awa ded< 6wiadectwo u%o3c'enia )imna'1um !Ce ti(icate o( Com-letion o( Education in t$e Gymnasium# Technical Secondary Ty-e o( sc$ool .o) am in yea s< B A)e le"el ( om< ?= to< ?J Ce ti(icateCdi-loma awa ded< 6wiadectwo do1 'a0o7ci liceum .o) am in yea s< F A)e le"el ( om< ?= to< ?@ Ce ti(icateCdi-loma awa ded< 6wiadectwo u%o3c'enia s'%o0y 'asadnic'e1 !Ce ti(icate o( Com-letion o( Education in t$e Dasic Eocational Sc$ool# Lower Secondary Ty-e o( sc$ool .o(ilowane)o !Ce ti(icate o( Com-letion o( Education in t$e S-eciali'ed Lyceum# School education: De(o e t$e ?JJJ e(o m* .o"idin) t$is education< Dasic Eocational Sc$ool !4asadnic'a S'%o0a 4awodowa# Len)t$ o( .o"idin) t$is education< Tec$nical Seconda y Sc$ool !Tec$ni%um# Len)t$ o( .o"idin) t$is education< S-eciali'ed Lyceum !Liceum P o(ilowane# Len)t$ o( .o"idin) t$is education< Gymnasium !Gimna'1um# Len)t$ o( .o) am in yea s< H A)e le"el ( om< ?= to< FI Ce ti(icateCdi-loma awa ded< 6wiadectwo do1 'alo7ci tec$ni%um !&atu ity Ce ti(icate o( t$e Tec$nical Seconda y Sc$ool# o 7wiadectwo u%o3c'enia tec$ni%um !Ce ti(icate o( Com-letion o( Education in t$e Tec$nical Seconda y Sc$ool# Upper Secondary Ty-e o( sc$ool .ima y education lasted (o @ yea s and led to t$e 7wiadectwo u%onc'enia s'%oly -odstawowe1 !Ce ti(icate o( Com-letion o( P ima y Sc$ool Education#K Seconda y )ene al education was .

esent* t$e e a e 2ot$ uni"e sity-ty-e and non-uni"e sity ty-e !.Com-letion o( Education in t$e Dasic Eocational Sc$ool#K T$e seconda y sc$ool c edentials o( t$e (o me system will 2e issued until FIILK In t$e t ansition -e iod* 2ot$ t$e (o me and t$e new ty-es o( seconda y sc$ool will co-e>istK T$e c edential t$at )i"es i)$t to access $i)$e education 2e(o e and a(te t$e e(o m is t$e 7wiadectwo do1 'a0o7ci issued a(te com-letion o( education in a seconda y sc$ool and -assin) t$e &atu ity e>amination !e)'amin do1 'a0o7ciCmatu a#KT$e only ty-e o( -ost-.o(essional education# institutions in PolandK G aduates o( t$e (i st le"el cou ses !studia -ie ws'e)o sto-nia# a e awa ded t$e .ises 2ot$ -u2lic and non--u2lic institutionsK De(o e ?JJI* t$e e we e only state $i)$e education institutions !wit$ t$e e>ce-tion o( t$e Cat$olic Uni"e sity o( Lu2lin#K T$e 5i)$e Education Act* int oduced in ?JJI* ena2led t$e c eation o( non-state $i)$e education institutionsK .ollowin) com-letion o( education in t$ese sc$ools t$ey can -ass t$e matu ity e>amination and o2tain a &atu ity Ce ti(icate and t$us 2ecome eli)i2le (o ent ance to $i)$e education Higher education: T$e .ine A ts* T$eat e* and .esent o )ani'ation o( $i)$e education is 2ased on t$e law on $i)$e education o( Muly FAt$* FIILK T$e $i)$e education system com.ima y sc$ool t$at does not )i"e access to $i)$e education is t$e 2asic "ocational sc$ool* 2ot$ in t$e old and new systemK T$e ) aduates o( t$ese sc$ools may continue t$ei education in di((e ent ty-es o( com-lementa y seconda y sc$ools< liceum u'u-e0nia1:ce !com-lementa y lyceum# o tec$ni%um u'u-e0nia1:ce !com-lementa y tec$nical seconda y sc$ool#K .ilm Studies#K T$e e a e also sc$ools t$at a e su-e "ised 2y t$e &inist y o( National De(ence !milita y sc$ools#* t$e &inist y o( Inte nal A((ai s and Administ ation !main sc$ool o( (i e se "ice* sc$ool o( -olice# and t$e &inist y o( In( ast uctu e !me c$ant na"y sc$ools#KT$e total num2e o( state $i)$e education institutions is ?FJ and t$e e a e BIB non-state $i)$e education institutionsK T$e c edential )i"in) access to $i)$e education is t$e 7wiadectwo do1 'a0o7ci !&atu ity Ce ti(icate# o( a )i"en %ind o( seconda y sc$oolK Admission to $i)$e education is 2ased on t$e esult o( t$e &atu ity e>aminationK 5i)$e education institutions may also o )ani'e ent ance e>aminations and c$ec% t$e %nowled)e and a2ilities w$ic$ we e not tested in t$e &atu ity e>aminationK Main laws/decrees governing higher education: Dec ee< Act on Academic Titles and De) ees o( ?Ht$ &a c$ Yea < FIIB Conce ns< ReNui ements (o awa din) t$e academic de) ees o( Do%to * Do%to 5a2ilitowany* Do%to s'tu%i* Do%to $a2ilitowany s'tu%i and t$e academic title o( P o(eso K Dec ee< Law on 5i)$e Education o( Muly FAt$ Yea < FIIL Conce ns< Ci"ilian* state $i)$e sc$oolsP non--u2lic sc$ools Academic year: Classes ( om< Oct to< Mun Lon) "acation ( om< ? Mul to< BI SeLanguages of instruction: Polis$ Stages of studies: Non-uni"e sity le"el -ost-seconda y studies !tec$nicalC"ocational ty-e#< Non-uni"e sity le"el< Non-uni"e sity le"el education in Poland is .o(essional title o( licenc1at o in/ynie !o eNui"alent# a(te B-H yea sO studyK G aduates o( t$e second le"el cou ses !studia d u)ie)o sto-nia# a e awa ded t$e .o"ided 2y s'%o0y -olicealne and s'%o0y .$en t$e Sc$ools o( 5i)$e P o(essional Education Act came into (o ce in ?JJA* cou ses o( $i)$e .o(essional title o( ma)iste o eNui"alent a(te ?KL to F-yea com-lementa y ma)iste le"el cou sesK T$e e a e also uni(o m Lyea ma)iste le"el cou ses !1ednolite studia ma)iste s%ie#K &ost $i)$e education institutions a e unde t$e es-onsi2ility o( t$e &inist y o( National Education and ScienceK Some* $owe"e * a e unde t$e cont ol o( ot$e com-etent &inist ies< &inist y o( 5ealt$ !Academies o( &edicine# and &inist y o( Cultu e !Academies o( &usic* .o(essional education we e c eatedK T$us* at .

o(essional wo % wit$ academic esea c$ and t$e ela2o ation o( a disse tationK All candidates must $old t$e .o(essional title o( ma)iste o eNui"alentK To 2e awa ded t$e de) ee o( do%to * t$e candidate must su2mit and success(ully de(end a docto al disse tation t$at is assessed -ositi"ely 2y two su-e "iso s and -ass docto ate e>aminationsKT$e de) ee o( do%to can 2e con(e ed eit$e 2y $i)$e education institutions o 2y esea c$ institutes entitled to awa d itK Since &a c$ FIIB* t$e name o( t$e Nuali(ication awa ded as an eNui"alent to t$e de) ee o( do%to in a tistic disci-lines is do%to s'tu%i !(o me name< %wali(i%ac1e -ie ws'e)o sto-nia#K Uni"e sity le"el (ou t$ sta)e: Do%to $a2ilitowany< T$e de) ee o( do%to $a2ilitowany is awa ded to candidates w$o al eady $old t$e de) ee o( .o(essional studies#K T$e ) aduates can continue t$ei education at uni"e sity-ty-e institutions and non-uni"e sity-ty-e institutions in com-lementa y cou ses o( t$e second le"el and o2tain t$e title o( ma)iste o eNui"alentK T$e .o(essional studies in a c$itectu e a e awa ded t$e title o( in/ynie a c$ite%tK&ilita y sc$ools and t$e Sc$ool o( Police awa d t$e title o( o(ice dy-lomowany to t$e ) aduates o( (i st le"el studiesK T$e &ain Sc$ool o( .o(essional titles t$at a e eNui"alent to t$e title o( ma)iste a e awa ded 2y di((e ent %inds o( second le"el $i)$e education a(te studies usually lastin) (o L yea sK Uni"e sity le"el t$i d sta)e< T$e academic de) ee o( do%to can 2e o2tained in two ways< 2y students o( t$i d le"el !-ost) aduate# studies t$at usually last (o B-H yea s* o 2y -e sons w$o com2ine t$ei .o(essional studies in midwi(e y and t$e title o( licenc1at -iel+)nia stwa in nu sin)K T$e ) aduates o( $i)$e .-omatu alneK T$e s'%o0y -olicealne t ain students in a "a iety o( "ocational (ieldsK T$e ) aduates o2tain t$e 7wiadectwo u%o3c'enia s'%o0y -olicealne1 !ce ti(icate o( com-letion o( education in -ost-seconda y sc$ool#* and can t$en ta%e a "ocational e>amination and o2tain t$e dy-lom u'ys%ania tytu0u 'awodowe)o !"ocational title di-loma#K T$e "ocational t ainin) in t$is ty-e o( sc$ools lasts 2etween ? and FKL yea s* de-endin) on t$e (ield o( studiesK T$e s'%o0y -omatu alne t ain only nu ses and midwi"es* and t$e ) aduates a e awa ded t$e dy-lom u%o3c'enia s'%o0y -omatu alne1 !di-loma o( com-letion o( education in t$e -ost-seconda y sc$ool#K T$e du ation o( education is FKL yea sK Since ?JJJ t$e t ainin) o( nu ses and midwi"es is o )ani'ed as $i)$e studiesK Uni"e sity le"el studies< Uni"e sity le"el (i st sta)e< .o(essional education !wy/s'e s'%o0y 'awodowe#K T$e ) aduates a e awa ded t$e .o(essional title o( licenc1at !a(te B yea s o( study# o in/ynie !a(te BKH o L yea s o( study# (ollowin) a t$esis o di-loma .i st le"el studies a e o )ani'ed 2ot$ 2y uni"e sity-ty-e $i)$e education institutions and t$e institutions o( $i)$e .o1ectK Until FIIH* t$ey o2tained t$e dy-lom u%o3c'enia studi8w wy/s'yc$ !di-loma o( com-letion o( $i)$e studies#K Since FIIL t$e name o( t$e Nuali(ication awa ded is dy-lom u%o3c'enia wy/s'yc$ studi8w 'awodowyc$ !di-loma o( com-letion o( $i)$e .i e Se "ice ) ants t$em t$e title o( in/ynie -o/a nictwaK Uni"e sity le"el second sta)e< T$e studies o( t$e second sta)e a e o )ani'ed in t$e uni"e sity-ty-e and non-uni"e sity-ty-e $i)$e education institutions as uni(o m studies lastin) (o L-= yea s o as com-lementa y studies lastin) (o ?KL .o(essional titles o( licenc1at o in/ynie o eNui"alentK T$e ) aduates a e awa ded t$e title o( ma)iste o one o( its eNui"alents a(te su2mittin) and de(endin) a t$esis o a di-loma .o1ect !wit$ t$e e>ce-tion o( studies in medicine#K Until FIIH* t$e ) aduates o( ma)iste -le"el cou ses o2tained t$e dy-lom u%o3c'enia studi8w wy/s'yc$ !di-loma o( com-letion o( $i)$e studies#K Since FIIL* t$e ) aduates o( uni(o m ma)iste -le"el studies o2tain t$e dy-lom 1ednolityc$ studi8w ma)iste s%ic$ !di-loma o( com-letion o( uni(o m maste -le"el studies# and t$e ) aduates o( com-lementa y ma)iste -le"el cou ses o2tain t$e dy-lom u%o3c'enia u'u-e0nia1:cyc$ studi8w ma)iste s%ic$ !di-loma o( com-letion o( com-lementa y ma)iste -le"el studies#K T$e $olde s o( t$e title o( ma)iste o its eNui"alent may continue t$ei education at -ost) aduate le"elKT$e .F yea sK T$ey a e o((e ed to $olde s o( t$e .o(essional title o( licenc1at $as 2een awa ded since ?JJFK Additionally* since FIIL t$e title o( licenc1at -o0o/nictwa is awa ded to ) aduates o( $i)$e .

ima y teac$e s was o )ani'ed in a an)e o( seconda yC-ostseconda y teac$e t ainin) sc$oolsK T$e Nuali(ication awa ded was 7wiadectwo do1 'a0o7ci !matu ity ce ti(icate# andCo dy-lom u%o3c'enia Q o( a )i"en %ind o( sc$ool !di-loma o( com-letion o( education in QK institute#K T$e education o( t$e ) aduates o( .'eds'%olne)o !.o(essional title o( licenc1at !con(e ed 2y t$e $i)$e education institution w$ic$ su-e "ises t$e )i"en colle)e#KDe(o e ?JJI* t$e education o( .ima y education institute#* studium nauc'ania -oc':t%owe)o !2e)innin) lea nin) institute#* -eda)o)ic'ne studium tec$nic'ne !tec$nical teac$e t ainin) institute#K T ainin) o( seconda y sc$ool teac$e s .o(essional o academic %nowled)eK G aduates o( t$ese cou ses a e awa ded t$e 7wiadectwo u%o3c'enia studi8w -ody-lomowyc$ !ce ti(icate o( com-letion o( -ost) aduate studies#K T$e du ation o( t$e .ima y sc$ools w$o wanted to 2ecome teac$e s lasted ( om H to = yea s* and t$at o( ) aduates o( seconda y sc$ools F o B yea sK T$e names o( t$ose teac$e t ainin) sc$ools and institutes a e< liceum -eda)o)ic'ne !teac$e t ainin) lyceum#* studium nauc'yciels%ie !teac$e -t ainin) institute#* studium wyc$owania .o seconda y sc$ool teac$e s* $olde s o( t$e de) ee o( ma)iste o its eNui"alent w$o $a"e -u sued a -eda)o)ical cou se a e eli)i2leK Since ?JJI seconda y sc$ool (o ei)n lan)ua)e teac$e s can also 2e t ained in (o ei)n lan)ua)e teac$e t ainin) colle)es !nauc'yciels%ie %ole)ium 1+'y%8w o2cyc$#K T$e ) aduates a e awa ded t$e dy-lom u%o3c'enia %ole)ium nauc'yciels%ie)o and t$e .ima yC2asic sc$ool teac$e s Since ?JJI* teac$e t ainin) in Poland $as 2een o )ani'ed as te tia y educationK P ima y sc$ool and )ymnasium teac$e s a e t ained in a %ole)ium nauc'yciels%ie !teac$e t ainin) colle)e#K T$e e a e also (o ei)n lan)ua)e teac$e t ainin) colle)es !nauc'yciels%ie %ole)ium 1+'y%8w o2cyc$#K T$e ) aduates a e awa ded t$e dy-lom u%o3c'enia %ole)ium nauc'yciels%ie)o and t$e .e-.o) amme de-ends on t$e (ield o( study and t$e institutionK .t$ei .e-.e-a in) (o t$e docto ateK Non-t aditional studies< Li(elon) $i)$e education 5i)$e education institutions and esea c$ institutes can o )ani'e cou ses (o $olde s o( $i)$e education di-lomas !ma)iste eNui"alent#* t$e aim o( w$ic$ is to u-date o de"elo.ima y and .o(esso at $i)$e education institutions and can 2e awa ded t$e academic title o( .do%to K It can 2e o2tained eit$e 2y academic sta(( o( $i)$e education institutions and esea c$ units* o 2y -e sons w$o com2ine t$ei esea c$ wo % wit$ ot$e .o(essional title o( licenc1at !con(e ed 2y t$e $i)$e education institution w$ic$ su-e "ises a )i"en colle)e#K T ainin) o( $i)$e education teac$e s Academic teac$e s a e ec uited amon) t$e $olde s o( t$e do%to and do%to $a2ilitowany de) eesK T$e academic teac$e s o( lowe ) ade can 2e ) aduates o( $i)$e education institutions* iKeK $olde s o( t$e de) ee o( ma)iste o its eNui"alent* w$o a e .ima y and .o(eso con(e ed 2y t$e P esident o( t$e Re-u2lic o( PolandK Teac$e education< T ainin) o( .e-.o(essional acti"itiesK To 2e awa ded t$e academic de) ee o( do%to $a2ilitowany t$e candidate must< $a"e ema %a2le scienti(ic o a tistic ac$ie"ementsP su2mit a $a2ilitation disse tation w$ic$ cont i2utes to t$e de"elo-ment o( a )i"en scienti(ic disci-lineP ecei"e a (a"ou a2le assessment o( $isC$e disse tation ( om t$ ee su-e "iso sP -ass a $a2ilitation e>amination and deli"e a (a"ou a2ly assessed $a2ilitation lectu eKSince &a c$ FIIB* t$e name o( t$e Nuali(ication awa ded in a tistic disci-lines as an eNui"alent to t$e de) ee o( do%to $a2ilitowany is do%to $a2ilitowany s'tu%i !(o me name< %wali(i%ac1e d u)ie)o sto-nia#KT$e $olde s o( t$e do%to $a2ilitowany de) ee a e eli)i2le (o t$e academic -ost o( .

ac0aw Soc$a* Sec eta y ulK 9u awia BFCBH II-L?L ..RASP Ma)iellonian Uni"e sity ulK St as'ews%ie)o FA B?-??B ..a>< RH@!FF# =F?@HA@ E&ail< 'ec'ni%?Sauto) a(K-l .a s'awa Poland Tel< RH@!FF# =F?@HA@ .< $tt-<CCwwwKmenK)o"K-l Role o( )o"e nin) 2ody< Ela2o atin) educational -olicies at t$e national le"el* coo dinatin) ot$e )o"e nin) 2odies* cont ollin) $i)$e education institutions su-e "ised 2y t$is &inist yK .< $tt-<CCwwwK )swKeduK-l Role o( )o"e nin) 2ody< Coo-e ates wit$ t$e &iniste o( National Education and t$e ot$e national 2odies in t$e im-lementation o( tas%s conce nin) $i)$e educationP in -a ticula * de(ines t$e eNui ements (o o )ani'in) new (ields o( study an t$e con(e in) o( .a s'awa Poland Tel< RH@!FF# LFFH?II ..a>< RH@!FF# =F@BLIH E&ail< ministe SmenisK)o"K-l .RASP !Con(e ence o( Recto s o( Academic Sc$ools in Poland# 5ead< Tadeus' Luty* P esident Administ ati"e o((ice < And 'e1 .omis1a A% edytacy1na !State Acc editation Commission# 5ead< 42i)niew &a cinia%* P esident Administ ati"e o((ice < &iec'ys0aw . aTniews%i* Sec eta y-Gene al Diu o . a%8w Poland Tel< RH@!?F# HF?@FJI .a s'awa .a>< RH@!?F# HF?@FJI E&ail< 2iu oS% as-Ku1KeduK-lP e%to SadmKu1KeduK-l ..y/s'e)o !Cent al Council o( 5i)$e Education# 5ead< Me 'y D0a/e1ows%i* P esident alK S'uc$a FL II-J?@ ..< $tt-<CCwwwK% as-Ko )K-l Rada G08wna S'%olnictwa .o(essional titles* as well as minimum cu iculum eNui ements (o eac$ (ield o( studyK Pa3stwowa ..NATIONAL DODIES Administration co-ordination: Res-onsi2le aut$o ities< &iniste stwo Edu%ac1i i Nau%i !&inist y o( Education and Science# 5ead< &ic$a0 Sewe y3s%i* &iniste alK S'uc$a FL II-J?@ .

ultu y i Nau%i -lK De(ilad ? II-JI? .< $tt-<CCwwwK-%aKeduK-lC Role o( )o"e nin) 2ody< Uuality assu ance* ad"iso y and cont ollin) tas%s in esta2lis$in) new $i)$e education institutions and awa d o( licences to o )ani'e new (ields o( study in t$e e>istin) onesK Cent alna .aw Sto-ni Nau%owyc$ i Tytulu Nau%owe)o !Cent al Commission (o Academic De) ees and Titles# 5ead< Manus' Ta'2i * P esident Administ ati"e o((ice < Osman Ac$matowic'* Sec eta y Pa0ac ..omis1a do S.o(ession must (i st 2e asce tainedK Admission to university-level studies Name o( seconda y sc$ool c edential eNui ed< 6wiadectwo do1 'a0o7ci &inimum sco eC eNui ement< BIV in t$e ) adin) system int oduced in FIIL !) ade F 2e(o e# .a s'awa Poland Tel< RH@!FF# @F=@FB@C =FIBBFH .a>< RH@!FF# =F??L@H .Poland Tel< RH@!FF# =FFIA?@ ..edis-osition o( candidate to e>e cise a )i"en ...a>< RH@!FF# =FIBBFH E&ail< 2c%S-anK-l .o ent y to< S'%o0a -olicealna Ent ance e>ams eNui ed< T$e e is an ent ance e>amination (o some cou ses !acco din) to t$e institution#K Some institutions also $a"e Nuali(yin) tests o Nuali(yin) inte "iews (o access to some o( t$ei cou sesK Ot$e admission eNui ements< Sometimes t$e -$ysical and mental .< $tt-<CCwwwK-anK-lCc%C Role o( )o"e nin) 2ody< Su-e "ises t$e con(e in) o( t$e academic de) ees o( Do%to and Do%to $a2ilitowanyP entitles t$e (aculties o( t$e $i)$e education institutions and esea c$ units to awa d t$ese academic de) eesK AD&ISSIONS TO 5IG5ER EDUCATION Admission to non university higher education studies Name o( seconda y sc$ool c edential eNui ed< 6wiadectwo do1 'a0o7ci &inimum sco eC eNui ement< BIV in t$e ) adin) system int oduced in FIIL !) ade F 2e(o e# .o ent y to< S'%o0a -omatu alna Name o( seconda y sc$ool c edential eNui ed< 6wiadectwo u%o3c'enia !o( a )i"en %ind o( seconda y sc$ool# &inimum sco eC eNui ement< BIV in t$e ) adin) system int oduced in FIIL !) ade F 2e(o e# .

a>< RH@!FF# @F=F@FB E&ail< 2iu oS2uwiwmKeduK-l .o) ammes o( $i)$e education institutions must (ul(il t$e eNui ements o( t$e Cent al Council o( 5i)$e EducationK T$e &iniste o( Education decides on t$e 2asis o( t$e State Acc editation Commission statementK Studies -u sued in (o ei)n count ies !2odies dealin) wit$ eco)nition o( (o ei)n c edentials#< .< $tt-<CCwwwK2uwiwmKeduK-l A--lication closin) dates< .o ad"ancedCdocto al studies< ?L Mun "ecognition of studies #ualifications: Studies -u sued in $ome count y !System o( eco)nitionCacc editation#< T$e State Acc editation Commission !Pa3stwowa .o"e t$ey -ossess t$emK Ent y e)ulations< Students must 2e in -ossession o( a "alid -ass-o t and a student "isa o ot$e document entitlin) t$em to stay in PolandK Polis$ di-lomatic missions a2 oad o((e in(o mation on studies in Poland !a--lication (o ms# and assistance in a--lyin)K 5ealt$ eNui ements< Candidates see%in) to 2e admitted to $i)$e studies s$ould su2mit a $ealt$ ce ti(icate ena2lin) t$em to study in t$e selected disci-lineK Lan)ua)e eNui ements< Candidates must attend a Polis$ lan)ua)e cou se .a s'awa Poland Tel< RH@!FF# @F=AHBH ...ymiany &i+d'yna odowe1 C Du eau (o Academic Reco)nition and Inte national E>c$an)e "ia Em2assyCConsulate Smolna ?B II-BAL .omis1a A% edytacy1na# is es-onsi2le (o Nuality assu ance* t$e su-e "ision o( t$e (oundation o( new $i)$e education institutions and 2 anc$ cam-uses o( t$e e>istin) onesK Study .y%s'ta0cenian i ..o ent y to< all institutions o( $i)$e education Ent ance e>ams eNui ed< T$e e is an ent ance e>amination (o some cou ses !acco din) to t$e institution#K Some institutions also $a"e Nuali(yin) tests o Nuali(yin) inte "iews (o access to some o( t$ei cou sesK S-eci(ic a2ility eNui ements a e demanded (o a tistic studies* -$ysical education and a c$itectu e* as well as (o milita y and -olice sc$oolsK Nume us claususC est ictions< 5i)$e education institutions a e autonomous in t$is matte K T$e num2e o( students is decided 2y t$e senate o( eac$ institutionK Ot$e admission eNui ements< P i'e-winne s o( national com-etitions !olim-iada# in "a ious seconda y-sc$ool su21ects a e e>em-t ( om ent ance e>aminationsK !oreign students admission De(inition o( (o ei)n student< A -e son en olled at a Polis$ $i)$e education institution w$o is not a -e manent esident o( Poland Admission eNui ements< Candidates must $old a Seconda y Sc$ool-lea"in) Ce ti(icate entitlin) t$em to ente $i)$e education in t$ei count yK It must 2e o((icially eco)ni'ed as 2ein) eNui"alent to a Polis$ &atu ity Ce ti(icate 2y Polis$ local educational aut$o ities o on t$e 2asis o( a 2ilate al a) eement on eco)nitionK T$e e a e no ent ance e>aminations (o (o ei)n studentsK 5owe"e * in t$e case o( (ields o( study in w$ic$ s-ecial a2ilities a e eNui ed* a--licants must .e-a in) (o $i)$e studies o )ani'ed 2y one o( t$e institutions ecommended 2y t$e &iniste o( National Education and S-o t o o2tain con(i mation o( t$e $ost institution t$at t$ei command o( Polis$ is su((icient to en olK Some (aculties also o((e cou ses in (o ei)n lan)ua)es !mostly En)lis$ o Ge man#K Application procedures: A--ly to< Diu o U'nawalno7ci .o non-uni"e sity le"el !tec$nicalC"ocational ty-e# studies< ?L Mun .o uni"e sity le"el studies< ?L Mun .

o access to non-uni"e sity -ost-seconda y studies< All a--licants must su2mit a seconda ylea"in) ce ti(icate eco)nised as eNui"alent to Polis$ matu ity ce ti(icate o wit$ Polis$ ce ti(icate o( com-letion o( education in a seconda y sc$oolK Local educational aut$o ities .o.ocedu e is eNui ed* t$ou)$ t$e $olde o( a (o ei)n c edential issued in one o( t$ese count ies can o2tain a con(i mation o( t$e eco)nition o( $isC$e Nuali(ications in t$e a-.< $tt-<CCwwwK2uwiwmKeduK-l Deals wit$ c edential eco)nition (o ent y to< Uni"e sity and P o(ession Se "ices .ocedu e and will 2e acce-ted 2y t$e education institutions as eNui"alent to t$e Polis$ onesK .De-a tment o( Inte national Coo-e ation* &inist y o( Education and Science 5ead< 5an%a &atus'a%* Di ecto alK S'uc$a FL II-J?@ ..$en suc$ an a) eement e>ists* no (o mal eco)nition .o"ide t$e eco)nition o( (o ei)n ce ti(icates ( om t$e count ies wit$ w$ic$ Poland $as not si)ned any 2ilate alCmultilate al a) eements on t$e mutual eco)nition o( education c edentialsK C edentials issued in t$e latte count ies do not need to 2e su2mitted to any eco)nition .o"ided & students dealt wit$< In(o mation and )uidanceP con(i mation o( eco)nition o( c edentials issued 2y $i)$e education institutions ( om count ies wit$ w$ic$ Poland $as si)ned 2ilate alCmultilate al a) eements on mutual eco)nition o( studies Ot$e in(o mation sou ces on eco)nition o( (o ei)n studies< T$e 2odies es-onsi2le (o t$e eco)nition o( (o ei)n c edentials !$i)$e education di-lomas# a e $i)$e education institutions* and -a ticula ly t$e councils o( (aculties entitled to con(e t$e academic de) ee o( do%to K T$e eco)nition o( (o ei)n academic de) ees can also 2e o2tained in a $i)$e education institution< t$ese i)$ts a e )i"en to a council o( (aculty entitled to awa d t$e academic de) ee o( do%to $a2ilitowanyK T$e a2o"e e(e s to cases o( c edentials o2tained in t$e count ies wit$ w$ic$ Poland $as not si)ned 2ilate al a) eements on eco)nition o( educationK .o"ided & students dealt wit$< Con(i mation o( eco)nition o( c edentials issued 2y $i)$e education institutions ( om count ies wit$ w$ic$ Poland $as si)ned 2ilate alCmultilate al a) eements on mutual eco)nition* de(inition o( t$e -olicy in t$e (ield o( eco)nition o( education* c eation o( t$e system (o t$e eco)nition o( (o ei)n c edentials 2y ne)otiatin) 2ilate al and multilate al a) eements* coo dination o( t$e )ene al system (o eco)nition o( EUCEEA .o access to uni"e sity le"el studies< All a--licants must su2mit a seconda y-lea"in) ce ti(icate eco)nised as eNui"alent wit$ Polis$ matu ity ce ti(icate* eit$e on t$e 2asis o( a .a s'awa Poland Tel< RH@!FF# LFFH?II Deals wit$ c edential eco)nition (o ent y to< Uni"e sity and P o(ession Se "ices .a>< RH@!FF# @F=F@FB E&ail< 2iu oS2uwiwmKeduK-l .o(essional Nuali(icationsK ENICCNARIC* Du eau (o Academic Reco)nition and Inte national E>c$an)e 5ead< Ewa &a1dows%a ulK Smolna ?B II-BAL ..a s'awa Poland Tel< RH@!FF# @F@AHBH .iate minist y !de-endin) on t$e (ields o( study#< in a tistic disci-lines W &inist y o( Cultu e and National 5e ita)eP medical studies W &inist y o( 5ealt$P me c$ant na"y sc$ools W &inist y o( In( ast uctu eP milita y sc$ools W &inist y o( National De(ence etcK Ot$e ) aduates s$ould a--ly to t$e &inist y o( Education and Science "ia Polis$ ENICCNARICK Special provisions for recognition: .

o.o.2ilate alCmultilate al a) eement on mutual eco)nition o( sc$ool c edentials* o i( suc$ an a) eement does not e>ist t$e ce ti(icate must 2e eco)nised 2y t$e a-.o(essional 2ody con(e in) i)$ts to e>e cise t$e )i"en .o"isionsK T$e ) aduates ( om ot$e count ies must $a"e t$ei c edentials eco)ni'ed at a $i)$e education institution (i st* and t$en (ul(il t$e eNui ements o( .iate &inist y !see a2o"e#* and in some cases !eK)K medical .o(essions# (ul(il t$e eNui ements o( t$e .ocedu e .o(essionK In case o( e)ulated .o access to com-lementa y ma)iste -le"el cou ses* t$e a--licant can 2e e>em-ted ( om t$e eco)nition .esent ele"ant documents to t$e a-.iate local educational aut$o ity W %u ato ium o7wiatyK .ocedu eK .o t$e e>e cise o( a .o(essions* t$e Nuali(ications o( EUCEEA citi'ens a e eco)ni'ed unde t$e s-ecial EU eco)nition .o access to ad"anced studies and esea c$< All a--licants must su2mit com-lete o((icial academic documents to)et$e wit$ t$ei a--lication (o m to t$e $i)$e education institution o esea c$ instituteK In case t$e e is no 2ilate al a) eement 2etween Poland and t$e count y in w$ic$ t$e c edentials we e issued* $isC$e studies must (i st 2e eco)nised as eNui"alent wit$ a )i"en %ind o( studies in PolandK .o"ided t$ei c edentials )i"e i)$t to access simila studies in t$ei $ome count yK .o(ession< In t$e case o( ) aduates ( om count ies wit$ w$ic$ Poland $as si)ned 2ilate al a) eements on mutual eco)nition o( education* t$e a--licants must .o access to docto al studies* only t$e a--licants ( om EUCEEA can 2e e>em-ted ( om eco)nition .o(essional 2odiesK Multilateral agreements concerning recognition of foreign studies Name o( a) eement< Eu o-ean Con"ention on t$e Academic Reco)nition o( Uni"e sity Uuali(ications Yea o( si)natu e< ?JJH Name o( a) eement< Eu o-ean Con"ention on t$e ENui"alence o( Di-lomas Leadin) to Admission to Uni"e sities Yea o( si)natu e< ?JJH Name o( a) eement< Eu o-ean Con"ention on t$e ENui"alence o( Pe iods o( Uni"e sity Studies Yea o( si)natu e< ?JJH Name o( a) eement< Lis2on Con"entionK Con"ention on t$e Reco)nition o( Uuali(ications Conce nin) 5i)$e Education in t$e Eu o-ean Re)ion !in (o ce since ?st &ay FIIH# Yea o( si)natu e< ?JJA Name o( a) eement< Pa is Con"entionK Con"ention on t$e Reco)nition o( Studies* Di-lomas and De) ees Conce nin) 5i)$e Education in t$e States Delon)in) To t$e Eu o-e Re)ionK Yea o( si)natu e< ?JAJ Name o( a) eement< Rome Con"entionK Eu o-ean Con"ention on t$e Gene al ENui"alence o( Pe iods o( Uni"e sity Study Yea o( si)natu e< ?JJH $ilateral agreements concerning recognition of foreign credentials Name o( a) eement< A) eement 2etween t$e )o"e nments o( Poland and Aust ia on eNui"alences in $i)$e education Yea o( si)natu e< ?JJL Count yCstate in"ol"ed< Aust ia Name o( a) eement< A) eement 2etween t$e )o"e nments o( Poland and Ge many on eNui"alences in $i)$e education Yea o( si)natu e< ?JJA Count yCstate in"ol"ed< Ge many .

E Main student services at national level Polis$ National Ca ee Se "ices Netwo % ulK 4wie 'yniec%a A c =I-@?B Po'na3 Poland .y )y'stan Name o( a) eement< A) eement on Cultu al and Scienti(ic Coo-e ation Yea o( si)natu e< ?JJ@ Count yCstate in"ol"ed< A menia Name o( a) eement< P otocol on &utual Reco)nition o( ENui"alence o( Documents o( Com-letion o( Education in Seconda y Sc$ools* Seconda y Eocational Sc$ools and 5i)$e Education Institutions* as well as Academic De) ees and Titles Yea o( si)natu e< ?JJF Count yCstate in"ol"ed< Lat"ia Name o( a) eement< P otocol on &utual Reco)nition o( ENui"alence o( Documents o( Com-letion o( Education in Seconda y Sc$ools* Seconda y Eocational Sc$ools and 5i)$e Education Institutions* as well as Academic De) ees and Titles Yea o( si)natu e< ?JJF Count yCstate in"ol"ed< Estonia STUDENT LI.ede al Re-u2lic on t$e eNui"alence o( documents on education and academic de) ees and titles Yea o( si)natu e< ?J@A Count yCstate in"ol"ed< C'ec$oslo"a%ia Name o( a) eement< A) eement on Cultu al and Scienti(ic Coo-e ation Yea o( si)natu e< ?JJB Count yCstate in"ol"ed< .Name o( a) eement< A) eement 2etween t$e )o"e nments o( Poland and Li2ya on t$e mutual Reco)nition o( Studies* Ce ti(icates* Di-lomas and Academic de) ees Yea o( si)natu e< ?J@A Count yCstate in"ol"ed< Li2yan A a2 Mama$i iya Name o( a) eement< A) eement 2etween t$e )o"e nments o( Poland and Lit$uania on t$e mutual eco)nition o( t$e docuemnts )i"in) admission to $i)$e studies and t$e -e iods o( studies* .o(essional titles* academic de) ees and de) ees awa ded in t$e (ield o( A tsK Yea o( si)natu e< FIIL Count yCstate in"ol"ed< Lit$uania Name o( a) eement< A) eement 2etween t$e )o"e nments o( Poland and t$e A a2 Re-u2lic o( Sy ia on t$e mutual Reco)nition o( Studies* Di-lomas and Academic De) ees Yea o( si)natu e< ?J@L Count yCstate in"ol"ed< Sy ia Name o( a) eement< A) eement 2etween t$e )o"e nments o( Poland and t$e C'ec$ Socialist .

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