University of Warsaw

Foundation Year

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Fields of studies and specializations

Conducting units


from 2999-01-01 to 2999-01-01


English/ Polish


The minimum number of persons admitted to being the subject of study start: 12

The Foundation Year for secondary school graduates is an intensive programme aimed at improving language skills, as well as preparing candidates wishing to study in English at the University of Warsaw or other Polish universities.

The aim of the programme is to enable international students to start degree studies in English in a chosen field of social studies, humanities or science at Polish universities. The entry requirement is possessing English language skills equivalent to at least B1 level, according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, assessed on the basis of the UW placement test.

This is an intensive programme, involving 4 contact hours per day, 5 days a week. It lasts for 9 months, from 9th of October 2017 to 8th of June 2018.

The Foundation Year lasts 9 months and is divided into two semesters. During the first, the focus is on  English for academic and specific purposes, as well as basic course of Polish Language. All four Language skills are practised. Moreover, the programme offers social path module thanks to which participants can acquaint themselves with Polish culture, academic life as well as the University facilities and its surrounding.

In the second semester specific degree courses run by field specialists are introduced, if a group of candidates applying for studies in the similar field counts at least 5 persons.

If a group is not big enough, a participant can apply for a possibility to attend classes offered for the first year of studies at the chosen faculty.  

Participants who successfully complete the Foundation Year with at least B2 level of English competence and obtain satisfactory results from other courses shall be admitted to chosen first-cycle studies by the Rector of the University of Warsaw.

Participants who possess Bachelor or Master’s degree and wish to apply for second-cycle studies shall be admitted to the chosen programme on conditions defined by the Faculty (requirements shall be defined in the acceptance letter for the Foundation Year).

Admission rules

Admission is open for candidates with non-Polish citizenship who submit all required documents:

  • a photocopy of an id (UE) or passport’s personal data page and page with visa – a candidate will have to present original passport after arrival to Poland

  • a photocopy of the original of secondary school (maturity) certificate or another document (with a full list of final grades), entitling to undertake university-level study in country in which the certificate / document was issued

  • in case of application to second-cycle (MA) studies – the higher education diploma (MA, BA, engineer diploma or equivalent) with a full list of grades obtained during the course of study, entitling to continue university-level study in country in which the diploma was issued

  • a legalisation / authorisation of above-mentioned documents (or apostille if the document was issued by an institution operating in the educational system in a country that was a member of the Hague Convention of 5th of October, 1961 abolishing the requirement of legalizing foreign official documents)

  • a document stating that the certificate / diploma entitles to undertake or continue university-level study in country in which the certificate / diploma was issued (such proof should be issued or certified by the school or educational institution which issued the certificate / diploma or by educational authorities of the country which issued the certificate / diploma or in which system of education the school operates)

  • when a foreign secondary school (maturity) certificate, a higher school degree or other document obtained abroad is recognized by way of nostrification, the candidate is required to submit a certificate stating its equivalence with the relevant Polish maturity certificate / diploma of higher education, as soon as possible, but not later than till the end of the first semester of studies. If a student does not fulfill this requirement, s/he will be removed from the list of the course participants

    More information on recognition for academic purposes:

  • a health certificate stating that there are no objections to undertake studies by a foreign candidate

  • translation to English of the above-mentioned documents (a sworn translation will be required before admission to studies)

  • certificate in English at least at B1 level

  • candidates who do not have certificate in English will be qualified on the basis of the placement test result (B1 level); the test will be available online;

  • candidates who submit all the required documents will obtain access to the placement test (starting date: 18th of June 2017)

  • application for admission filled in through the IRK

Tuition fee

Tuition fee:3 100 euro per 1 academic year

Additional information

Further registration deadlines: 2nd round: 15.08.2017 – 1.09.2017

In case of any doubts or questions please contact the Office for Student Affairs, International Section:

Ms Katarzyna Basisty,

Mr Sebastian Pawlak,