Scholarships for Foreigners

The Ministry of Science and Higher Education sets from time to time a quota of scholarships for persons undergoing education in Poland under international agreements or under decision of the minister responsible for higher education. Foreign students’ scholarship applications falling within the quota are transmitted by Polish consular/diplomatic missions to the Bureau for Academic Recognition and International Exchange. From there, the applications are reviewed by the Bureau’s Section for Recruitment and Education of Foreigners in Poland. The final decision is taken by the Minister of Science and Higher Education.

Scholarships under inter-school agreements

Some Polish and foreign higher education institutions have agreements on temporary exchange of students and academic and research staff. In each case the HEIs involved agree the rules for granting scholarships. A foreign student seeking a scholarship in Poland must meet specific inter-school exchange requirements. Some HEIs have their own scholarship programmes.

European Union scholarships

You can also come to Poland on one of European Union programmes in which Polish HEIs are actively involved, in particular the SOCRATES educational programme which creates opportunities for cooperation at all levels and in various fields of education.

ERASMUS, a component of the SOCRATES programme targeted at higher education institutions, coordinates the exchange of students. Information on this subject is available at national SOCRATES websites.

TEMPUS, a European-Union developed programme in support of international cooperation of higher education institutions targeted at Central and East European countries, is worth noting in this context.

The LEONARDO DA VINCI programme provides financing support for student vocational training schemes and for the development of innovative training or educational programmes or teaching materials. This programme is targeted at young people in initial vocational training.

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