Practical Information

1. Visa Requirements
If you plan to stay in Poland longer than 90 days for education, and you are neither an EU nor EFTA citizen, you need a national Polish Long-Stay Visa (Category D). For students up to 26 years of age (copy of valid Student Card has to be enclosed) discounted visa-processing fee is 61 AUD. The visa is not a work permit.

General requirements:
According to current regulation, applications for Schengen and long term Polish visas must generally be lodged in person with the Polish Consulate General in Sydney, unless otherwise stated. In order to obtain a visa the following documents must be submitted to the Consulate. Unless stated otherwise, original documents are required; they will be returned after the application has been reviewed:

1. Valid and signed passport or travel document issued not later than 10 years from the date of visa application – the passport must be valid for a minimum period of 3 months after the date of the planned departure from Schengen area, with at least two blank visa pages (excluding the observations/amendments/endorsements pages).

2. Visa application form – must be completed either in BLOCK LETTERS or typed in without any omissions, crossings out or deletions and signed by the applicant. Any application not meeting these requirements will be returned to the applicant. Application forms are available here: http://www.sydney.polemb.net/index.php?document=45

3. One colour photograph – for the detailed requirements see: http://www.sydney.polemb.net/index.php?document=45

4. A document confirming the attainment of the scholarship (incl. information about the funds to be received, planned accommodation etc.).

5. Detailed travel itinerary with the confirmed reservation for the whole journey OR a notarized copy of your airline ticket (e-ticket holders please submit your e-ticket receipt).

6. Proof of medical insurance (travel health insurance) with a minimum coverage of 30.000 EURO – for any incurred medical expenses, hospitalization or repatriation for medical reasons, valid for the entire Schengen area for the duration of your stay;

7. Valid re-entry permit to Australia.

8. If applicant is under 18 years of age, written consent of parents or legal guardians (signatures on this document have to be notarized).

9. A self-addressed prepaid envelope for the return of the passport or 6 AUD (Australia) or 38 AUD (Pacific Islands) to cover the cost of return postage by registered mail (if passport is to be returned by mail). Applicants, who fail to do so, will receive their passports by ordinary mail at their own risk.

10. Visa-processing fee – all fees are payable in Australian dollars and must be paid in advance. Payments must be made in cash, by money order or bank cheque to the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Sydney. Personal and company cheques are not accepted. Fees are not refundable and are subject to change without further notice.

For more information go to: http://www.sydney.polemb.net/index.php?document=45

We strongly recommend that you apply at least one month before your date of departure. (Please note that visas cannot be issued more than 3 months prior to your date of departure. Applying too early will result in your application being rejected.) It is the student’s responsibility to take all necessary measures to lodge his/her application on time.

Please be informed that submitting the above-mentioned documents does not guarantee automatic issuance of the visa and the Consulate reserves the right to request additional documentation or conduct a personal interview with the applicant.

Where to submit a visa application?
Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Sydney
10 Trelawney Street, Woollahra, NSW 2025
Phone: (02) 9363 9816
Fax: (02) 9327 2216
e-mail: malgorzata.gromann@msz.gov.pl
website: http://www.sydney.polemb.net
Business hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday – from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday – from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

2. Health Cover
Every international student staying at the Jagiellonian University is obliged to hold a valid insurance covering costs of medical care in Poland. You also need a proof of medical insurance (travel health insurance) with a minimum coverage of 30.000 EURO for any incurred medical expenses, hospitalization or repatriation for medical reasons, valid for the entire Schengen area for the duration of your stay, to apply for a Polish visa. Please note that it is your responsibility to arrange the required insurance.

3. Accommodation
Every international student may apply for accommodation in one of the university halls of residence directly to the International Students Office (for more detailed information, see the Student guidebook below, http://www.uj.edu.pl/documents/10172/b748e03d-ec97-494a-8502-579868b4b661, p. 28) or via the Project Administrators. The halls of residence offer shared bedrooms (2 – 3 persons) with shared bathrooms and kitchens (depending on the hall). The rent is between 320 – 350 PLN a month for a place in a room. Student canteens operate in most halls of residence.

Please, note that the dormitory space at the halls tend to be limited and must be applied for well in advance. It is also unlikely that you will be granted a single room. It is thus quite a common practice that international students search for private accommodation. The International Students Office, our support staff (Iwona Waga; transatlantic@uj.edu.pl) and student rental agencies provide assistance on finding a flat/a room to rent. The private real estate agencies can also help with the process but you should be aware this might entail extra fees. It is advisable to start organizing your accommodation well in advance.

4. Welcome Hours and Orientation
All international students are offered an Orientation Programme upon their arrival. The main objective is to make the adjustment period as smooth and enjoyable as possible. The Programme provides students with further information on their studies, familiarize them with everyday life in Krakow and give them a chance to meet our faculty and support staff. The students may also join an orientation tour around the city (further educational excursions, to Auschwitz or Wieliczka, will be organized upon request) and various student activities throughout the semester.

5. Support for inbound students
If you have any queries, please, do not hesitate to contact the Project Administrators: Jan Lencznarowicz (jan.lencznarowicz@uj.edu.pl) and Agnieszka Stasiewicz (a.stasiewicz-bienkowska@uj.edu.pl). We will be happy to answer all your questions! Ongoing support for inbound exchange students is also provided by the International Students Office http://www.bosz.uj.edu.pl/start . Additionally, all students may join a special mentor programme organized by the Erasmus Student Network. The main objective is to provide an international student with a Polish mentor – a fellow student who will ease the transition into the new environment. This may involve showing around or assisting with bank issues, exploring Krakow night life or enjoying a traditional Polish dinner together.

For more information on services available and various aspects of living and studying in Poland and Krakow, go to: http://www.bosz.uj.edu.pl/start You can also download a student guidebook at http://www.uj.edu.pl/documents/10172/b748e03d-ec97-494a-8502-579868b4b661 You will also receive an extended printed version upon your arrival.

Contact information:

Jagiellonian Project Coordinator
Professor Adam Walaszek
Director of the Institute of American Studies and Polish Diaspora
Faculty of International and Political Studies
Rynek Główny 34
30 – 132 Krakow, Poland
Phone: +48 12 429 61 57
Email: adam.walaszek@uj.edu.pl

Project Administrators
Jan Lencznarowicz, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Institute of American Studies and Polish Diaspora
Faculty of International and Political Studies
Rynek Główny 34
30 – 132 Krakow, Poland
Phone: +48 12 429 61 57
Email: jan.lencznarowicz@uj.edu.pl

Agnieszka Stasiewicz-Bieńkowska, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Institute of American Studies and Polish Diaspora
Faculty of International and Political Studies
Rynek Główny 34
30 – 132 Krakow, Poland
Phone: +48 12 429 61 57
Email: a.stasiewicz-bienkowska@uj.edu.pl

 

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