University of Warmia and Mazury, Poland
The University of Warmia and Mazury (UWM) was founded in 1999 and is located in Olsztyn, the capital of the Polish province of Warmia-Masuria. Campus Kortowo is located in a beautiful part of the city, surrounded by 230 hectares of land, forest and four lakes, which provides the perfect base for numerous recreational activities. In total, more than 34,000 students study at the UWM and its 16 faculties.
The academic year at the UWM is divided into two semesters.
Winter Semester: Beginning of October - End of February
Summer semester: End of February - middle of September
The current academic calendar can be found here.
Language of education:
You will be informed at the beginning of each semester about how exactly your performance will be assessed in the respective courses.
Kortowo offers a central student restaurant, an upscale restaurant at the harbour and plenty of fast food restaurants and bars. All locations are open all day and many even on Sundays and public holidays.
You don't have to leave Kortowo to do your shopping, buy books, make copies or have repairs done. There are also hairdressers and beauty salons and even pharmacies and doctors.
In Kortowo there are many leisure activities throughout the year. Be it swimming in the lake, renting equipment for water activities or using the numerous sports fields, hiking trails or the outdoor fitness studio. If the weather disturbs your plans, you can go to sports halls, gyms and swimming pools.
In one of the student clubs (almost every residence has one), you can meet with friends, listen to live music or dance. In numerous clubs for activities that exist in Kortowo, you can also go to the following activities and meet students who share your interests: scuba diving, horse riding, sailing, photography and theatre.
Every Erasmus+ student has the opportunity to take part in a Polish language course to learn the basics of daily language use. Please note that not many Polish citizens can speak English and some language skills may be very helpful.
You will find more information in your information pack, which you will receive after your admission or in the welcome pack after your arrival.
You are obliged to register as an independent student at the UWM and its faculty. Upon registration you will receive a student card and the examination card. The student card helps you to get various discounts such as bus tickets.
You are also obliged to register at the Immigration Office in the Town Hall.
But don't worry: students from the Erasmus Student Network (ESN) Olsztyn will help you with any formal problems upon your arrival.
Tips and hints
Upon your arrival, UWM will send you a ready-to-use SIM card with a Polish number for your mobile phone. So make sure you don't have a SIM lock.
You will receive an information package from ESN Olsztyn with cards, phone numbers, SIM card and manuals about Poland and Olsztyn. The easiest way to get around is to buy a monthly bus ticket. It costs between 20 € and 30 €.
The trip to Olsztyn
You can reach Olsztyn by bus or train. Prices vary, so compare them best. If you fly and land in Warsaw, you can take a direct train to Olsztyn. It costs no more than 20 € and takes about four hours.
You can find the timetable here.
Deadlines for submitting application documents to the International Office:
31/01 for the winter semester
31/05 for the summer semester
Please note that the deadlines vary between partner universities - it may take a while before you hear from the partner university.
- good English-language skills
Step 1: Application to EBC University
You apply to us for a place at university and for the ERASMUS scholarship. Please register at the International Office and hand in the following documents:
- Letter of motivation in English (one page maximum); include up to two alternative ERASMUS partners in the last paragraph of your cover letter, in which you would be interested if we had to cancel your first request.
- Performance record of the EBC University (via the virtual campus)
The best applications will be selected from all applicants of the EBC University, it counts academic achievements, language skills and the quality of your motivation letter, in which you show that you have dealt with your desired university.
We will inform the successful students by email and ask them to explicitly accept their place. If you accept the place, we will nominate you at the partner university and only then will you apply with the regular application documents for the university, see step 2.
If you have received a rejection, you will automatically be placed in the procedure for moving up to the alternative universities of your choice or we will try to offer you an alternative. We will then send you an offer by email. Once you have accepted the offer, we will nominate you with the partner and only then will you apply to this university with the appropriate documents (see step 2 below).
Step 2: Application to the UWM
After the EBC University has nominated you at the UWM and the UWM accepts the nomination, the UWM will send you an information package with draft application documents and some useful information. We recommend that you read it carefully!
Every Erasmus student is then obliged to send the following documents to the UWM:
- Student Application Form - a copy with photo (You can send this as an original by mail or as a scan by email).
- Fill in online
- Print and sign
- Have your Erasmus Coordinator sign the printed version of your Application Form
- Learning Agreement - a copy with signatures of the student and the EBC University (you can send this as an original by mail or as a scan by email).
- Arrival Form - only if you know the exact date of your arrival (you can only send this by email).
- Copy of your identity card or passport (You can send this as an original by mail or as a scan by email.)
University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn
Office for International Cooperation
Oczapowskiego street 2
By email: ewelina.sobocinskauwm.edu.pl
This step must be completed by the above application deadlines.
(Status: 26.04.2018, VvH)
We have an ERASMUS partnership with this university. You can apply for an ERASMUS place (Attention - the number of ERASMUS places is limited).
For the participation in the ERASMUS programme an administration fee of 750,-€ is due. In this case, no further tuition fees will be charged at the ERASMUS university in which the student is enrolled.
Students who receive an ERASMUS grant can combine it with a AuslandsBAföG. Each Studentenwerk processes applications for a country or region; the Studentenwerk Chemnitz-Zwickau is responsible for Poland.
Office for Ausbildungsförderung
Department of Student Financing
Thüringer Weg 3
09126 Chemnitz, Germany
Phone: 0371 / 5628 - 450
Fax: 0371 / 5628 - 455
Cost of living
The cost of living in Poland is lower than in Germany, but Warsaw is relatively expensive. According to the experience of foreign students, a modest life-style and accommodation in a student dormitory can lead to an estimated monthly cost of 300 € to 500 €.
Learning Agreement (LA)
Together with your application you submit an LA on which you enter courses or modules of at least 20 ECTS which you would like to take. The International Office and, if applicable, the Dean's Office will confirm your selection or ask for corrections if necessary. The LA is the basis for the recognition of courses at the EBC University and is therefore binding.
Transcript of Records
Your Transcript of Records, the semester abroad, proves that you have successfully completed the course. The average of your achievements is converted according to the modified Bavarian formula. 20 ECTS are hereby recognised and are included in the overall grade of your studies.
Students who come from a member state of the EU or EEA do not need a visa to enter Poland. A valid travel document is sufficient.
All other students must apply for a Polish visa. It is recommended that you apply for a Polish visa at least three months before the start of your studies.
All relevant information on visa requirements in Poland, application forms or travel information can be found at the following link.
Every international student has the possibility to stay in one of the halls of residence on the Kortowo campus.
All accommodations have internet access, a TV room, a study room and a sports room. Electricity, water and heating costs are included in the room rent.
In order to be accommodated, you will need an identity card and a passport photo. You will also have to pay the first month's rent and a deposit of 300 PLN (approx. 70 €). The deposit will be returned to you when you move out again and the room is in the same condition as when you moved in.
The reservation of a room is done by the Office for International Cooperation. If you are interested in living in a student residence, please add this information to your application form under "additional information" and send it together with the rest of the application documents.
An overview of the different accommodation options with detailed information and prices can be found here.
Students coming to Poland are required to have a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) or private health insurance that allows them to use Polish public health services.
Please note that your health insurance must be valid for your entire stay in Poland.
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