Tertiary education in Poland can be pursued in public and private educational institutions, which include universities, technical universities and colleges. As a rule, public universities are subsidized from the state budget and do not charge tuition fees for full-time studies. Studies at private institutions, on the other hand, are paid. A list of tertiary education institutions in Poland and their contact details is available here ->
Studies can be competed in full-time or part-time programmes. Generally, classes at full-time programs (also called ”stationary” studies) are held every day except Saturdays and Sundays. For part-time programmes (extramural studies) classes (so-called "sessions") are held on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays several times during the semester. The term “evening studies” refers to the system of part-time studies in which classes are held from Monday to Friday in the afternoons and evenings.
The academic year begins October 1 and ends around mid-June, and is divided into two semesters: winter and summer. One semester lasts about 4-5 months. Students need to obtain a passing grade for each class in a given semester – during the examination period they must either pass an examination or obtain credit on another basis. A condition necessary to continue studying is the completion (passing) of the semester, which means receiving a positive grade in all classes that the student attended in a given semester. After graduation and obtaining a certificate of discharge (certifying the passing of all exams and obtaining all other credits in the classes required for completion of the curriculum for a given degree), submission of a thesis (bachelor, engineering, master's) and passing the final examination, the school grants the student a professional academic degree (bachelor, engineer, master).
The organization and course of study and related rights and duties of students are set forth in the regulations of study. The regulations for each educational institution are one of the key documents which students should know. The rules given in the regulations aim to ensure the proper course of the educational process; the document also includes the general principles governing the organization of studies. The regulations are available on the websites of the institutions, and can also be obtained by directly contacting the selected university or other institution.