Legalization / Apostille is the official confirmation that a signature, seal or stamp on a public document is genuine.
Legalization or Apostille is required for the application process. Without it, the candidate’s educational documents are not valid in Poland. The legalization is done by the Polish Consul, therefore a candidate needs to contact the Polish Embassy in his/her country (or the one that is appropriate for his/her country). Non-legalized documents will not be accepted and nostrified in Poland.
If the country, where the document was issued, has signed the Hague Convention of 5 October 1961 Abolishing the Requirement of Legalization for Foreign Public Documents, legalization is replaced by Apostille attached to the document. The list of countries – members of the Convention along with addresses of authorities issuing Apostille is available on the following website: http://www.hcch.net/index_en.php?act=conventions.authorities&cid=41
In short, the candidate needs:
- Apostille – in the case of documents intended for circulation in states that are parties to the Hague Convention of 5 October 1961 Abolishing the Requirement of Legalisation for Foreign Public Documents (Journal of Laws of 2005, no. 112, item 938); Here is the list of countries which signed the Hague Convention:
- Legalization – in the case of documents intended for circulation in states that are not parties to the Hague Convention of 5 October 1961.
The certificate/diploma should also include information about it giving a candidate the right to study in higher education institutions in the country where it was issued. Such confirmation is to be obtained in Polish Consulate as well or can be issued in the Ministry of Education of the given country.