Admission terms for candidates

ADMISSION TERMS AND PROCEDURES FOR CANDIDATES WITH A MATRICULATION OBTAINED ABROAD OR A FOREIGN DIPLOMA

§ 1

1. First-cycle and long-cycle programmes are open to candidates holding a legalised or  Apostille-embossed matriculation certificate obtained abroad which confirms that a given person is entitled to apply for higher education studies in the country where the certificate is issued, or this certificate is accompanied by a document issued by a Polish consulate, school or educational authority of the relevant country, confirming the right to apply for higher education studies in the country in which the certificate is issued.

2. Second-cycle programmes are open to candidates who holding a legalised or Apostille-embossed diploma or another higher education diploma from abroad entitling them to pursue a second-cycle programme in the country in which it is issued and subsequently recognised, by nostrification or in accordance with a relevant international agreement, as equivalent to a Polish diploma.

3. The candidates referred to in art. 1 and 2, both those who are not Polish citizens, hereinafter referred to as "foreigners" as well as those who are Polish citizens, are subject to the qualification procedure according to the rules set out in § 3.

4. The provisions of art. 3 do not apply to foreigners admitted to studies based on a decision of the Director of the Polish National Agency for Academic Exchange in respect of its scholarship holders.

§ 2

In case diplomas or other documents obtained abroad are subject to recognition under the nostrification procedure, the candidate is obliged to present a certificate confirming the equivalence with a higher education diploma not later than by the end of the first semester of studies if the major is conducted in a semester system, or by the end of the first trimester of studies if the course is conducted in a trimester system.

§ 3

1. Candidates for majors of full-time first-cycle and long-cycle studies holding a matriculation certificate obtained abroad, with the exception of Medicine and Nursing (studies in English) and candidates for extramural studies: Education, Preschool and Early School Education, Special Pedagogy, Psychology - both Polish citizens and foreigners - are subject to the qualification procedure according to the rules applicable to candidates who have passed the so-called “new matura” as long as the results obtained on the foreign matriculation examination allow for conversion into points, i.e., only if the candidate has taken a set of subjects at the foreign matriculation examination which is sufficient for a candidate taking the matriculation examination in Poland to apply for a specific field of study, subject to art. 2, 3, 4

2. Conversion of the points from the subjects included in matriculation certificate (foreign) into the points of the “new matura” is done according to the tables:

A grade in the matriculation certificate in Ukraine

A grade in the matriculation certificate in Belarus

Polish grading scale of „new matura”

                               12

10

100

11

9

90

10

8

80

9

7

70

8

6

60

7

5

50

6

4

40

5

3

30

 

A matriculation certificate obtained in Austria, Germany, the Czech Republic and Slovakia

A grade in the matriculation certificate

 

Polish grading scale of
„new matura”

Letter scale 1 - 5

Letter scale 1 – 6

1

1

100

2

2

80

3

3

55

4

4

30

5

5 – 6

0

 

A matriculation certificate obtained in Lithuania

Level A
HL level of the grade

Polish grading scale of „new matura”

10

100

9

90

8

80

7

70

6

60

5

50

4

40

 

A matriculation certificate obtained in USA, UK, Irleand

USA, UK

Irleand

HL level of the grade

Polish grading scale of „new matura”

HL level of the grade

Polish grading scale of „new matura”

A, A+, A*

100

A1

100

A-

94

A2

94

B+

87

B1

88

B

80

B2

82

B-

75

B3

76

C+

67

C1

70

C

60

C2

64

C-

54

C3

58

D+

46

D1

52

D

40

D2

46

D-

33

D3

40

E

25

 

 

 

A matriculation certificate obtained in Kazakhstan, Russia, Sweden

A grade in the matriculation certificate

Polish grading scale of „new matura”

Grading scale 5-2

Grading scale 5 -1

Letter scale

From 2010 r.

From 2011 r.

5

5

MVG

A

100

 

 

 

B

85

4

4

VG

C

70

 

 

 

D

55

3

3

G

E

40

2

2-1

IG

F

0

 

A matriculation certificate obtained in France

School grades

Polish grading scale of „new matura”

20

100

19

94

18

87

17

80

16

74

15

67

14

60

13

54

12

46

11

40

10

33

In the case of candidates from other countries, the recruitment result is created by converting the examination results obtained in the country where the matriculation certificate is issued into points in proportion to the results contained in the Polish certificate of secondary education.

3. If the subject required for admission to a given major is Polish language, the equivalent on the matriculation certificate obtained abroad is the native language of the country where the certificate is issued.

4. Candidates for Theology (full-time long-cycle programme) and Journalism and Social Communication (full-time first-cycle programme) holding a matriculation certificate obtained abroad, are subject to the qualification procedure according to the rules set out in art. 1, with the proviso that the final result of the recruitment procedure is calculated in the same way as in the case of candidates who have passed the so-called Polish "new matura", i.e., in accordance with the rule set out in § 3 point 12 of Appendix 1 to the resolution, which stipulates that the score obtained in an interview is a maximum of 50% of the final result of the qualification procedure.

5. Candidates for Medicine are subject to the qualification procedure according to the following rules: the requirement to be eligible for the recruitment process is to hold a grade in biology on a foreign matriculation certificate and a grade in at least one from the following subjects: chemistry, mathematics. It is allowed to consider the end-of-year grade, i.e., the grade from the certificate corresponding to the school-leaving certificate, in one from the following subjects: chemistry, mathematics. After conversion from the scale of grades used in a given country to the scale of grades of the Polish "new matura", the score is multiplied by the appropriate conversion factor included in § 3 point 4(a) of Appendix 1 to the resolution. For the end-of-year evaluation, the conversion factor is analogous to the conversion factor for the end-of-year evaluation in the case of candidates with the "old matura", specified in § 3 point 4 4(a) of Appendix 1 to the resolution.

Conversion of grades for subjects on a foreign matriculate certificate or a document corresponding to a matriculate certificate is done according to the tables in art. 2.

6. In the qualification procedure for Medicine (full-time and extramural programmes), the results of the University Entrance Examinations carried out at other universities on the examination sheets used to conduct the matriculation examination, prepared by the Central Examination Commission and assessed in accordance with the rules established by the Central Examination Commission, in subjects specified in § 3 point 4 (a) as required, are recognised.

7. Candidates for Nursing (first-cycle studies conducted in English) are subject to the qualification procedure according to the rules applicable to candidates who have passed the so-called “new matura, as long as the results obtained on the foreign matriculation examination allow for conversion into points, i.e., when the candidate has taken a set of subjects in the foreign matriculation examination which is sufficient for a candidate taking the matriculation examination in Poland to apply for admission to a specific major, with the proviso that if the candidate is unable to take the subject required in the recruitment process in the foreign matriculation examination, the admissions committee of the recruiting unit may consider the result of another subject taken by the candidate at the foreign matriculation exam, recognized by the admissions committee of the recruiting unit as equivalent or the end-of-year grade, i.e., a grade from the certificate corresponding to the school-leaving certificate. After conversion from the scale of grades used in a given country to the scale of grades of the Polish “new matura,” the score is multiplied by the appropriate conversion factor included in § 3 point 4 (c) of Appendix 1 to the resolution. For the end-of-year grade, the conversion factor is analogous to the conversion factor for the end-of-year grade in the case of candidates with the “old matura,” specified in § 3 point 4 (c) of Appendix 1 to the resolution.

Conversion of grades for subjects included in a foreign matriculation certificate or a certificate corresponding to a school-leaving certificate is performed according to the tables in art. 2.

§ 4

1. The condition for admission to studies in Theology (full-time long-cycle programme) is:

1) For clergy, seminarians, and consecrated persons, the consent given by their own bishop or major superior,

2) With regard to other persons - the opinion of the parish priest of the place of residence;

3) In addition, the Great Chancellor's consent is required for the admission of a person who was a seminarian of a major seminary or completed a postulancy or novitiate at the institute of consecrated life.

2. Nursing candidates (first-cycle studies conducted in English) must demonstrate an appropriate level of English, confirmed by one of the documents listed in the table below, with the proviso that if they do not hold such a document, they may proceed to verify their command of English:

1.

A maturity certificate showing a score of at least 60% in English at the advanced level 

2.

A document issued abroad recognized as equivalent to the maturity certificate - the language of instruction is recognised if English was the only language of instruction

 

3.

International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB diploma)

4.

European Baccalaureate Diploma (EB diploma)

5.

Diploma confirming completion of higher education studies conducted abroad or in the Republic of Poland - the language of instruction is recognised if English was the only language of instruction

6.

Certificates confirming the knowledge of foreign languages at least at the B2 level of global language proficiency according to the "Common European Framework of Reference for Languages: learning, teaching, assessment (CEFR) - European system of description of language education: learning, teaching, assessment (CEFR)”:

 

a.

University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations

  • B2 First (earlier Cambridge First Certificate in English (FCE)) – grade A or B,
  • C1 Advanced (earlier: Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE)) – grade A, B or C
  • C2 Proficiency (earlier: Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE)) – grade A, B or C

b.

Educational Testing Service (ETS), Princeton, USA:

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) – B2 level: score 75-93 on the Internet-Based Test version (iBT)
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) –C1 level: score 94-109 on the Internet-Based Test version (iBT)
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) –C2 level: score 110-120 on the Internet-Based Test version (iBT)

c.

British Council, Cambridge English Language Assessment IDP IELTS Australia:

  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) –B2 level: score 5,5-6,5
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) – C1 level: score 7-8
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) – C2 level: score 8,5-9

The verification of English language proficiency of the candidates who do not hold any of the documents listed in the table above aims at issuing a certificate of English language proficiency of an appropriate level or the lack of English language proficiency of an appropriate level. The verification of English language proficiency is carried out by a verification committee appointed by the head of the recruiting unit, composed of academic teachers. The verification committee may include members of the Admissions Committee of the Faculty of Medicine. CM. Academic teachers of the Foreign Language Centre at UKSW can participate in the English language verification process and be members of the verification commission.

§ 5

1. Candidates for all full-time second-cycle studies and for extramural second-cycle studies in Education holding a foreign degree certificate take an entrance examination in the form of an interview. The scope of the interview referred to above is determined by the recruiting units.

2. The interview referred to in art. 1 is conducted by an examination board appointed by the head of the recruitment unit or the chairperson of the admissions committee of the recruitment unit and composed of at least 3 academic staff members; however, the board may include persons who are not on the recruitment board. Points from the interview are awarded on a scale of 2-5 and converted into qualification points according to the table below.

 

A grade in the matriculation certificate (scale 2-5)

Qualification points

2

0

2,25

45

2,5

50

2,75

55

3

60

3,25

65

3,5

70

3,75

75

4

80

4,25

85

4,5

90

4,75

95

5

100


§ 6

 

1. The condition for admission to studies in Theology (full-time second-cycle programme) is:

1) For clergy, seminarians, and consecrated persons, the consent given by their own bishop or major superior,

2) With regard to other persons - the opinion of the parish priest of the place of residence;

3) In addition, the Great Chancellor's consent is required for the admission of a person who was a seminarian of a major seminary or completed a postulancy or novitiate at the institute of consecrated life.

2. Candidates for Sustainability Studies (full-time second-cycle studies) must demonstrate an appropriate level of English, confirmed by one of the documents listed in the table below, with the proviso that if they do not hold such a document, they may proceed to verify their command of English:

1.

Diploma confirming completion of higher education studies conducted abroad or in the Republic of Poland - the language of instruction is recognised if English was the only language of instruction

2.

Certificates confirming the knowledge of foreign languages at least at the B2 level of global language proficiency according to the "Common European Framework of Reference for Languages: learning, teaching, assessment (CEFR) - European system of description of language education: learning, teaching, assessment (CEFR)”:

 

a.

University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations

  • B2 First (earlier Cambridge First Certificate in English (FCE)) – grade A or B,
  • C1 Advanced (earlier: Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE)) – grade A, B or C
  • C2 Proficiency (earlier: Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE)) – grade A, B or C

b.

Educational Testing Service (ETS), Princeton, USA:

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) – B2 level: score 75-93 on the Internet-Based Test version (iBT)
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) –C1 level: score 94-109 on the Internet-Based Test version (iBT)
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) –C2 level: score 110-120 on the Internet-Based Test version (iBT)

c.

British Council, Cambridge English Language Assessment IDP IELTS Australia:

  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) –B2 level: score 5,5-6,5
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) – C1 level: score 7-8
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) – C2 level: score 8,5-9

The verification of English language proficiency of the candidates who do not hold any of the documents listed in the above table aims at issuing a certificate of English language proficiency of an appropriate level or of the lack of English language proficiency of an appropriate level. The verification of English language proficiency is carried out by a verification committee appointed by the head of the recruiting unit, composed of academic teachers. The verification committee may include members of the Admissions Committee of the Faculty of Christian Philosophy. Academic teachers of the Foreign Language Centre at UKSW can participate in the English language verification process and be members of the verification committee.

3. Candidates for Specialised Theological Studies (second-cycle extramural studies) must demonstrate an appropriate level of English, confirmed by one of the documents listed in the table in art.2, with the proviso that if they do not hold such a document, they may proceed to verify their command of English. The verification of English language proficiency of the candidates who do not hold any of the documents listed in the table in art. 2 aims at issuing a certificate of English language proficiency of an appropriate level or of the lack of English language proficiency of an appropriate level. The verification of English language proficiency is carried out by a verification committee appointed by the head of the recruiting unit, composed of academic teachers. The verification committee may include members of the Admissions Committee of the Faculty of Theology. Academic teachers of the Foreign Language Centre at UKSW can participate in the English language verification process and be members of the verification committee.

§ 7

1. Foreigners who do not hold a maturity certificate issued in Poland or a degree certificate issued by a Polish university and intend to undertake studies conducted in Polish for which a qualification is valid, and who do not hold a certificate of the Polish language command issued by the State Commission for the Certification of Proficiency in Polish as a Foreign Language or have not completed a one-year preparatory course to study in Polish at the units designated by the minister responsible for higher education, proceed to the verification of their command of Polish carried out by the School of Polish Language and Culture for Foreigners UKSW, aimed at issuing a certificate of Polish language proficiency at B2 level or the lack of Polish language proficiency at B2 level.

2. Foreigners who do not hold a maturity certificate issued in Poland or a degree certificate issued by a Polish university and intend to undertake studies conducted in Polish for which there is no qualification, and who do not hold a certificate of the Polish language command issued by the State Commission for the Certification of Proficiency in Polish as a Foreign Language or have not completed a one-year preparatory course to study in Polish at the units designated by the minister responsible for higher education, proceed to the verification of their command of Polish carried out by the School of Polish Language and Culture for Foreigners UKSW, aimed at issuing a certificate of Polish language proficiency at B2 level or the lack of Polish language proficiency at B2 level, subject to art. 3.

3. In the event that the candidate referred to in art. 2 requests the possibility to verify their command of Polish at the recruitment unit, the date of the verification shall be set by the admissions committee in agreement with the candidate. Then, the verification shall be conducted by a verification board composed of at least three persons selected from among the members of the admissions committee of the recruitment unit which offers the degree programme in the major for which the candidate has applied. The verification board decides on the form of the examination. The result of the verification is forwarded to the Recruitment Office. If the verification of Polish conducted at the recruitment unit includes written tests, once they have been completed by the candidates and verified by the verification team, the tests may be made available to the candidates for inspection at their request by the unit conducting the examination.

4. The verification of the command of Polish carried out by the School of Polish Language and Culture for Foreigners at UKSW consists of an oral part, which aims to test the candidate's ability to use the spoken language, and a written part, which aims to test the candidate's ability to use the written language, in order to obtain confirmation that the candidate’s preparation and the command of Polish allow them to study in Polish, subject to art. 5, 6.

5. The date of the verification of the command of Polish conducted by the School of Polish Language and Culture for Foreigners at UKSW is determined by the recruitment schedule. The results of the verification are forwarded to the Recruitment Office. Written tests, once completed by candidates and checked by the verification team, can be made available to candidates for inspection at their request by the unit conducting the verification.

6. The verification of the command of Polish conducted by the School of Polish Language and Culture for Foreigners at UKSW may take the form of an examination carried out remotely with the use of electronic tools to conduct the examination remotely via the internet. In such a case, the form of the examination is decided by the School of Polish Language and Culture for Foreigners UKSW.

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