The University of Warsaw allows foreigners to participate not only in degree programmes (2, 3 and 5-year programmes), but also in short-term programmes, e.g. lasting one semester or one year. The offer of short stays is directed also to academic teachers and university administration staff. Some programmes are aimed at selected groups – citizens of certain countries or parts of the world – while others are open to everyone.
Academic exchange at the University of Warsaw (students, doctoral students and employees) is performed along several paths:
1. based on bilateral agreements between two universities, covering scientific and educational cooperation, or academic exchange
The University of Warsaw concluded such agreements with 380 academic partners from 73 countries. In recent years, the relations with Asian universities have seen the most dynamic development. The University of Warsaw actively cooperates also with European, North and South American universities. Many of the agreements concluded by the University of Warsaw refer to the exchange of students, doctoral students and employees.
! If you are interested in completing a part of your course at the University of Warsaw, you have to verify whether your home university has a cooperation agreement with the University of Warsaw in place and whether this agreement covers the exchange within the frame of your curriculum.
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2. within the frames of programs financed by the European Union, which has 28 European countries as members. The programmes supported by the EU are directed not only to the citizens of the Member States.
Until 2013, the exchange of students, doctoral students and employees of the University of Warsaw was effected within the frames of Erasmus and Erasmus Mundus programmes. The latter promoted academic exchange between the European universities and those from other continents. In 2014, a new programme was introduced – Erasmus+, replacing all previous programmes. The University of Warsaw has already received the Erasmus+ European Charter for Higher Education (ECHE), in other words, the right to take part in the new programme. The details of the offer will soon be known.
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3. within the frame of the Guest Student Programme, providing partial programme for a full fee
The Programme is not limited to any country or region. It is open to everyone. Students with Polish ancestry are eligible for a discount.
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4. on the grounds of governmental agreements (i.e. signed by the Republic of Poland and other countries from various regions of the world) and state programmes (scholarship programmes financed by one or more countries)
These exchange programmes are aimed at students from selected countries or regions.
! If you are interested in a scholarship, you may check the information about open calls for application on the websites of institutions coordinating the exchange programmes, as well as on the site of the Polish Bureau for Academic Recognition and International Exchange.
Selected scholarship programmes:
Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst – a programme directed both to Polish and German students, alumni and scientists, who can participate, among others, in the exchange between the countries, language courses and research projects.
Central European Exchange Program for University Studies – a programme supporting joint operation of universities from: Albania, Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Montenegro, Croatia, Czech Republic, Macedonia, Moldova, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Hungary and UNMIK-Kosovo.
Polish-American Fulbright Commission – programmes are available to US citizens interested in doctoral courses and US scientists who have the occasion to visit the University of Warsaw and take part in research projects in many fields of knowledge, or to give lectures.
International Visegrad Fund – scholarships are granted for one academic year (subject to prolongation). They allow the citizens of Central Europe, among others Poles, Czechs, Slovaks and Hungarians to participate in joint projects, both scientific and cultural, as well as take part in international student exchanges.