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We welcome international students and encourage our students to study abroad. International students, coming from our partner universities or on an individual basis, enjoy equal rights with CC students. At present we have student exchange agreements with over 70 universities in Europe, North America and Asia. Every year we are pleased to host individuals and groups of students coming from various countries.

We welcome international students and encourage our students to study abroad. International students, coming from our partner universities or on an individual basis, enjoy equal rights with CC students. At present we have student exchange agreements with over 70 universities in Europe, North America and Asia. Every year we are pleased to host individuals and groups of students coming from various countries.

The main exchange programme at Collegium Civitas is the Erasmus+ Mobility Programme, which facilitates student and teacher exchange between European universities. Under this EU-funded programme we collaborate with universities from Estonia, Germany, the Great Britain, Ireland, Italy, France, Holland, Hungary, Lithuania, Spain, Czech Republic, Norway, Sweden, and other countries. If your university has not signed an Erasmus+ agreement with Collegium Civitas, you may request your International Office to do so. To learn more about Erasmus+, visit the programme website: https://ec.europa.eu/programmes/erasmus-plus/node_en

All exchange students at Collegium Civitas may choose from courses in English and in Polish offer by any of the study programs. About 60 courses in English and 200 courses in Polish are offered each academic year.

The incoming students may also take Polish as a foreign language. Students usually earn from 27 to 35 credits per semester. Collegium Civitas adheres to the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS).

Warsaw is a lively and lovely city with more than 250 thousand students. For practical information about accommodation, meals, urban transport, costs of living in Warsaw, please see our guide: Magical Tips for Students

For guidelines for applicants see “How to apply” section. 

If you have any questions about coming as an exchange student to Collegium Civitas, feel free to write to our International Office international@civitas.edu.pl

More information:
Erasmus+ Charter for Higher Education 2014 – 2020 (ECHE 2014_2020)

 

How to apply?

If you are interested in studying at Collegium Civitas as an exchange student, please contact an Erasmus+ coordinator at your University or the International Office of Collegium Civitas: international@civitas.edu.pl

How to Apply?

If you are interested in studying at Collegium Civitas as an exchange student, please contact an Erasmus+ coordinator at your University or the International Office of Collegium Civitas: international@civitas.edu.pl
Admission process under exchange agreements is simple. Fill in and send us the Exchange/Erasmus+ application form: https://international.civitas.edu.pl/default.aspx. The application form should be sent together with the required documents listed in the on-line system and Learning Agreement.

Application deadlines for exchange students:

Fall semester: August 20
Spring semester: December 20

Applications should be sent to:

Collegium Civitas, International Affairs and Promotion Office
room 1108, 11th floor
Plac Defilad 1, 00-901 Warsaw
Poland

Credits and Grading

Collegium Civitas adheres to the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). We accept credits earned at participating universities while other ECTS institutions honor credits earned at our school.

European Credit Transfer System

Collegium Civitas adheres to the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). We accept credits earned at participating universities while other ECTS institutions honor credits earned at our school.
To obtain ECTS credits for a given course, each student must earn at least a grade of “passing” (3.0 in Collegium Civitas). Depending on the required workload, courses at Collegium give 3 to 6 ECTS credits per semester, language classes give 3 or 6 credits.

Student’s progress evaluation

Students are evaluated on the basis of:
– written or oral exams,
– final papers,
– oral presentations,
– empirical projects,
– theses,
– practical work or other specific tasks
– In-class active performance

 

Frequently Asked Questions

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Can I apply to Collegium Civitas as a foreign/international student?

If you are an exchange student from a university with which Collegium Civitas has a student exchange agreement and have been formally selected by your home university you can study at Collegium Civitas for free enrolling on courses of your own choice (or recommended by your university) taught in English or in Polish (if you know Polish enough).

I would like to apply to Collegium Civitas as an exchange student: what should I do?

You should contact your International Office (or equivalent) or Departmental International Coordinator at your home university. If there is an exchange agreement with Collegium Civitas they will be able to give you the necessary information as well as application deadlines. You may also contact the Collegium Civitas Office of International Cooperation at international@civitas.edu.pl to find out whether your university has an exchange agreement with us; if it does not, you may think of coming to study at Collegium Civitas as a One Semester Program at CC (based on tuition fee).

Can I apply as a non-exchange student to a program or to courses taught in English at Collegium Civitas?

Yes. Collegium Civitas offers the One Semester Program to all non-exchange students who wish to come to our university, take a certain number of courses, earn about 30 ECTS per semester, take part in all extracurricular activities , make friendship with students of Collegium Civitas, and enjoy living in Warsaw for a semester. Attention! This program does not entitles participants to obtain student rights (no student ID is granted). Candidates who hold a student status at their home universities are advised to get an ISIC card which entitles its holder to use benefits of student status.

Can I receive a scholarship or grant from Collegium Civitas to fund my stay in Poland?

If you are an Erasmus student you will receive a scholarship from your home university and, of course, you will not have to pay any tuition fees at CC. If you are an exchange student (on the basis of a bilateral agreement between Collegium Civitas and your university) you will not have to pay tuition fees at CC. If you are not an Erasmus (or exchange) student, try to obtain a scholarship from some foundation/institution. As to possible Collegium Civitas scholarships, we regret to inform you that Collegium Civitas is unable to provide any. We are a non-profit university and we keep our tuition fees as low as possible so that many students from different countries may afford to come and study.

How do I find accommodation in Warsaw?

Collegium Civitas does not offer campus accommodation, but our International Office and the Erasmus Student Network (ESN CC) will assist the guest students in finding suitable lodgings.

You can rent a flat or a room in a so-called student-flat (the flat which is co-rented by students) or a room in a house/flat occupied by its owners. We advise to take the first option, as in the second one you should be ready to conform to the owners’ requirements. Before signing the contract you should always ask about the smallest details concerning your life in the house/flat.

Living in a student-flat is likely to be less complicated. Depending on a situation there could be single, double or even more bedded rooms. Before taking the final decision check out the flat you intend to live in. Do not rent a flat without seeing it first.

The sooner you start looking for your accommodation the better. You can use the Internet, local papers or you can find information on “the announcement boards” located in the Collegium Civitas hall or in every Warsaw University’s building. The cost of such accommodation in Warsaw depends on the area and standard, and ranges from 350 to 500 Euro per month. Finding accommodation in Warsaw might take a while. Be prepared for overnight in a hotel or cheaper place like Youth hostel. We can recommend Okidoki Hostel situated in the city center and close neighbouhood of Collegium Civitas. Please visit www.okidoki.pl for more information and reservation.

If you need help in finding accommodation in Warsaw, please contact the International Office at international@civitas.edu.pl or ESN section (only for Erasmus students) at: esn@civitas.edu.pl

 

Other Information

Upon your arrival get in touch with the International Office. You will be asked to take part in the Orientation Day, which is usually scheduled at the beginning of each semester.

First steps after arrival at Collegium Civitas

Upon your arrival get in touch with the International Office. You will be asked to take part in the Orientation Day, which is usually scheduled at the beginning of each semester.

Once in Warsaw you will get a login and a password to the Collegium Civitas Student Online Services. All further information concerning your study and other practical information you will find there.

Collegium Civitas offers courses of Polish as a Foreign Language to all incoming foreign students. You do not have to take it, but it may be a good idea to enroll! For further information please contact the International Office.

Student Identity Card

The Student ID (pol. legitymacja studencka) is the most important document. If you want to use libraries, reading rooms and to get discounts (like 50% off on city transportation tickets/passes), you will have to present your student ID card. Also, cinemas, theaters, museums, national bus lines and certain clubs offer discounts for students.

To get the student ID you need to be officially enrolled as a Collegium Civitas student and provide the International Office with a photo and residency address in Warsaw. At the beginning of each semester you need to have the ID validated to confirm your enrollment.

How to Enroll on Specific Courses

Upon your arrival, please visit the International Office and enroll in courses. You need to write down the titles of the chosen courses, the lecturers’ names, the number of ECTS points for each course and your student ID number (available at IO).

You are entitled to attend your first classes and – if you find them not really interesting – you have a possibility of dropping a course you do not like. If for any reason you decide to drop a course, or if you want to enroll on an extra course, you should fill in a Modification Card on-line. Remember that you are allowed to submit the Modification Card only once, and only within a strictly defined period of time at the beginning of semester.

If you have any questions about studying at our university as an exchange student, feel free to write to the International Office: international@civitas.edu.pl

 

Temporal residency permit

Check how to obtain the residence permit.

EU/EEA citizens

An EU citizen can enter Poland with his/her ID document (a valid travel document e.g. passport, or another document certifying his/her identity and citizenship). For stay up to 3 months no legalisation of stay will be necessary. For stays exceeding 3 months, an EU citizen will have to obtain a temporary residence permit (Karta pobytu obywatela UE). In case of students, the residence permit is issued for one year. The residence permit – once issued – will also entitle its bearer to take up work. The residence permit and the right to work also extends to the immediate family – i.e. spouse and children. This document will be issued by the Department of Citizens Affairs of the Voivodeship Office (province administration, in Polish Urzad Wojewodzki). Charge for issuing of the residence permit is 30 Polish zloty (ca 7 Euro). Temporary residence permits will be granted to Union citizens who have health insurance and sufficient resources to cover their expenses without needing social security support. Documents that have to be submitted by the student to the Voivodeship Office in order to obtain the residence permit:

  •  copy of the travel document (passport or other ID document)
  •  health insurance document
  •  official letter of acceptance from the Polish university (with information about the planned period of study)
  •  declaration about sufficient resources to cover the subsistence costs in Poland
  •  2 photographs
  •  Application form (Wniosek o zezwolenie na pobyt, in Polish)

Institutional Erasmus Co-ordinators at Polish universities will help students to obtain the residence permit. Citizens of the EEA countries are subject to the same conditions as the EU citizens. The citizens of Switzerland can enter Poland only on the basis of a valid passport.

Non-EU/EEA citizens

A citizen of a non-EU/EEA country can enter the territory of Poland on the basis of a valid travel document (passport) and a visa (if required). A citizen of a non-EU country has to obtain the visa from the consulate of Poland in his/her country of residence. The short-term visa entitles to stay in Poland up to 3 months, the long-term visa – up to 1 year. The prolongation of visa in Poland is only possible in case of a force majeure or situation impossible to foresee while applying for the visa in the consulate. The visa can be prolonged only once. It is therefore necessary to apply for a visa in a consulate for the whole planned period of stay in Poland. For details please contact the Polish Consulate in your country. Persons who have received a visa for the whole period of stay in Poland are not obliged to apply for a residence permit for their stay in Poland.