These are some of the most commonly asked questions:
My studies were in English, do I still have to provide a language certificate?
Generally, not. In some cases, it is required to arrange a phone conversation for an interview with the Faculty Coordinator. It is important for us to know what country you studied in and make sure you write a good Cover Letter.
Can I legally work in Poland as a student?
Yes, you can work as a full-time student. You do not need any extra work permits if you are a student of full-time, daytime university studies (including doctoral studies) in Poland. (Dz.U. – Journal of Laws, Year 2015, item 588 – Section 1 (10)).
Are there any job restrictions (hours etc.)?
No. If you find time, you can work the same amount of hours as a regular employee: i.e. up to 40 hours in a five-day working week but studies might be quite intense so we do not suggest starting full-time job during first year studies.
Do I need to pay an administrative fee for every study programme I choose at the platform (that is, if I choose 3 fields, do I need to pay EUR 360)?
No. You only pay the administrative fee (EUR 120) once and for the programme you are accepted for.
Is it possible to pay the tuition fee (2,500 EUR) later? Let’s say, in August?
Yes, August is fine for candidates who live in Europe. September might be too late in some cases: we will need to confirm your payment with the accounting office, and send a Conditional Acceptance Letter to you, and you will need to apply for a visa. Please take these circumstances into the consideration.
I have just sent you my credentials and the application form. Can I pay the administrative fee right away?
This may not be a good idea, please wait until an initial acceptance is made on the Admission platform. You will receive the message in the system.
Will you pay back the administrative fee (120 EUR) to me if I do not get a VISA?
Unfortunately not. This fee is non-reimbursable.
Can I pay the administrative fee from my friend’s bank account?
Yes, provided the payment description includes your name and a chosen study programme.
Can I pay the equivalent of the administrative fee or tuition fee in dollars?
No. Our account receives payments in Euro.
I have just paid the administrative and tuition fee and sent you the proof of payment. When can I expect my Conditional Acceptance Letter to be issued?
We will issue the Conditional Acceptance Letter as soon as we confirm the payment with our accounting office. This takes a little bit of a procedure, so the Letter can be issued in about a week, or up to 10 days. Please wait for the message.
You have informed me that you got 89 Euro instead of 100. I don’t think it was my fault, as you have seen on the payment proof – what can I do to make up for this?
Sometimes it happens that a smaller amount of money arrives than the applicant intended, which is due to the transfer bank charges. In such cases we ask the applicant to make an extra transfer to make the fee complete. This is the way we fix it, but it also makes us wait again for the confirmation, which may take another week. Please make sure with your bank this will not happen again.
How can I send the application form and other documents?
The only way is to upload them with the Admission IRK platform. In justified cases, you may send them via traditional mail as well as via e-mail.
I want to ask you about the cover letter. Do I have to write my name and everything about me and why I want to study there?
Yes, preferably. Most Faculties require a cover letter to make their initial decision.
I am applying for postgraduate (MA) studies and have already sent you my BA diploma, together with the transcript. Do I still have to send you a scan of my high school leaving certificate?
Yes, since this is a general UL regulation.
I can’t get a scan of my passport because my document is in process in our migration office. Can I start my application with my other documents or do I have to wait for my passport to be issued?
You can start the application without your passport but we won’t issue a Conditional Acceptance Letter without your passport data. We will ask you for it around mid-July at the latest.
What happens after I make the payment for 1 academic year and I will not get a VISA from the Polish Embassy?
If you pay a tuition fee for the first year of your studies and then fail to get a Polish visa, the tuition fee will be fully reimbursed (repaid) to you in the fall of the calendar year.
Who makes an initial decision that I can proceed with Second Stage?
Your grades and application are verified by the Faculty Coordinator (PhD or Professor of UL) who makes their decision based on your results and documents. This usually takes about a week, but may take anything from 2 days to 2 weeks. In certain cases, it might take a bit longer than 2 weeks.
Is English an official language in Poland?
No, there is only one official language and it is Polish language. More and more people speak English, but is it advisable to take up some lessons of Polish language after coming to Lodz to be able to move more freely in the city.
I am a citizen of an EFTA country, which is not a member of the EU. How much is my application fee?
Your application fee is 60 PLN, paid in PLN. It is non-reimbursable. For the recruitment process please visit: https://rekrutacja.uni.lodz.pl/
When am I expected to pay for my room in a dorm?
You are expected to pay the accommodation costs shortly after your arrival in Lodz (cost approx. 100EUR per person per month, and a typical room is for 2 students). Be aware that there is also a 1 time deposit paid upon your check-in, which is given back to you at the end of the academic year (if the room is returned in good condition). It is approx. 175 EUR. You need to make your initial payments to the end of your first week of stay. We do not have single rooms.
Do I have to legalize my Birth Certificate to show it at the UL?
As far as the UL is concerned, the answer is no. This is unnecessary for schooling purposes. It is your consular office who might require this.
Do I need to translate all the pages of my transcript (it has many pages)?
No, we just need to you to translate:
– 1st page (with personal data, for example your name, etc.),
– all pages with grades,
– last page with signatures and stamps.
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My date of birth on my WAEC Certificate is different from the one in my passport. Can I still apply?
Since WAEC make no alterations to their certificates, we will ask you for a Sworn Affidavit of correction of date of birth, available at the Magistrate Courts. If you are able to support (and upload) this, you can proceed with your application.
I still haven’t got my WAEC certificate issued. I sent you my high school transcript and the scratch card details, so you can verify my results online – will this be enough?
Not really. Though, it may be enough to make an initial decision on strict condition that you provide the original soon. We do need to see your original WAEC Certificate (just as is the case with any high school leaving certificate), and you should send its scan or copy to us before late August.