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I am a Polish citizen. Can my husband study in Poland on the same terms as Polish citizens?

The possibility to enrol in a programme of university study in Poland on the same terms as Polish citizens depends on the document entitling the foreigner to reside in Poland. If your husband is staying in Poland based on a visa or a temporary residence card, he does not have the right to study in Poland free of charge. Only foreigners who have a permanent residence permit in Poland or long-term EU resident permit may study on the same terms as Polish citizens (including the right to enrol in a university programme at public academic institutions free of charge). Foreigners who do not have the right to reside permanently in Poland (including spouses of Polish citizens who are staying in Poland based on a visa or a temporary residence permit) may undertake studies in Poland on a for-fee basis. The rector of the academic institution may, upon a justified request of the foreigner, lower the tuition fee or exempt the applicant from payments.

I have a permanent residence permit and I am studying in Poland. I know that I can study in Poland on the same terms as apply to Polish citizens.

Foreigners residing in Poland based on a permanent residence permit may enrol at university in Poland on the same terms as Polish citizens (including studying free of charge). Foreigners who have the right to start studies on the same terms as Polish citizens are entitled to apply for grants or scholarships paid from the state budget. However, a permanent residence permit does not automatically give you the right to receive grants or scholarships in Poland. In order to receive such benefits, a foreigner has to meet specific requirements, as do Polish citizens. Generally, there are two types of financial aid for students – grants and scholarships. Scholarships are awarded to students based on their average grades, while grants are awarded to students in financial difficulty. In order to find out whether you meet the conditions required to receive a grant or scholarship, please contact the academic institution where you are studying.

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