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Foreign children are accepted on the same basis and in the same manner as Polish children into kindergarten and the first form of primary and artistic schools. The primary document used is the application for enrollment in kindergarten or school, to be completed on a special form or electronically (in some cities an electronic enrollment system for children for kindergartens or first form of primary school is in use – for detailed information please contact the school or local government education departments, or the Municipal or City (City District) Offices competent for the foreigner’s place of residence during the stay in Poland). 

The enrollment of older children in primary school, gymnasium or secondary school is based on: 

  • a school certificate or other document confirming the completion of school abroad, or completion of the next stage of education abroad recognized - in accordance with separate provisions - as equal to a Polish certificate of completion of the appropriate school or school leaving certificate; 
  • certificate, attestation or other document issued by a school abroad, confirming enrollment of the foreigner in a school abroad and indicating the form, year or stage of education as completed by the foreigner abroad, and a document confirming the number of years of schooling of the foreigner. 

If the number of years of schooling cannot be clearly determined on the basis of the documents presented, the parents or guardians of a foreign child or an adult foreign student shall in this case submit a written statement on the matter.
If the foreigner is unable to submit the above documents, he will be enrolled into school and accepted to a particular form or for the appropriate semester on the basis of an interview. The interview is conducted by the school headmaster. If the child does not speak Polish, or does not speak it sufficiently for the interview to be conducted, the headmaster must conduct it in a language the child speaks fluently. The school headmaster should also ensure the presence of a person who fluently speaks both the language used by the child and Polish, for purposes of translation (unless the headmaster speaks a foreign language known to the child well enough so that interpretation is not needed).

In conclusion, the school headmaster may not require the foreigner to obtain a certificate of recognition of the school certificate of the child. If the foreigner does not have a recognized foreign school certificate, the basis for enrollment into a Polish public school is a certificate, attestation or any other document issued by the foreign school and a document certifying the number of years of schooling, and in the absence of such documents - an interview. The school headmaster may, nonetheless, require the parents to submit a sworn translation of documents issued by foreign schools.

However, if a foreigner child seeks admission to a school where additional criteria for enrollment apply to Polish citizens (e.g. test of artistic skills, language or sports abilities test, medical report on being able to engage in sport activity, etc.), the foreign child must also meet these same criteria.