Eligibility criteria

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first-cycle and long-cycle (Master's Degree) programmes for the following fields of study:

  • Biology
  • Political Sciences
  • Law

Matriculation Examination Certificates awarded in Poland
"New Matriculation Exam" certificate

The admission procedure for candidates who have been awarded a matriculation exam certificate according to the "New Matriculation Exam" scheme shall be based on the competition (ranking) of sums of the percentage score achieved in the matriculation exam certificate for three subjects considered in the admission procedure.
The relevant base for the selection of candidates shall be the results of the written section of matriculation examinations. At a basic level, the amount of the percentage score achieved in the matriculation exam certificate is equal to the score in the admission process; the results of the extended level of the matriculation exam shall be multiplied by 2 for the purpose of the admission process.
The candidate shall be granted a score of 0 (zero) per cent for the calculation of the sum of the percentage score for the subject concerned - if the examination for this subject was passed at a level below the score of 30% or the candidate does not meet the criteria for the subjects specified in the annexes, i.e. the subject is not specified in the matriculation exam certificate.
To subjects relevant for the admission procedure that are specific to a given field of study, and for which the matriculation examination was taken at the bilingual level, the principle applicable to the calculation of score respectively for the extended level shall apply.
The candidate alone indicates in the IRK (Online Registration of Candidates) system the subjects (exams) relevant for the admission procedure and the exam level (basic, expanded, bilingual) applicable to the admission procedure concerned. The subjects (exams) relevant for the admission procedure should be selected from the subjects specified in the eligibility criteria for each field of study the candidate registers for.

Item

Field of study

Competition (ranking) of the sum of the percentage score achieved for subjects in the written section of the matriculation exam specified in the matriculation exam certificate

Subjects relevant for the admission procedure (please choose three subjects from the below ones)

 

Biology

1. Biology

2. Chemistry

3. Physics and Astronomy

4. Modern foreign language (one to be chosen by the candidate)

5. Mathematics

 

Political Sciences

1. Geography

2. History

3. Polish language

4. Modern foreign language (one to be chosen by the candidate)

5. Mathematics

6. Social studies

 

Law

 

Matriculation Examination Certificates awarded in Poland
"Old Matriculation Exam" certificate

The admission procedure for candidates who have been awarded a matriculation exam certificate according to the "old matriculation exam" scheme is based on the competition (ranking) of average grades achieved for the subjects specified in the matriculation exam certificate or the matriculation exam certificate plus secondary school general certificate (in the average grade competition/ranking the priority shall be given to the subjects relevant for the admission procedure, for which the candidate passed the matriculation exams) for three subjects covered by the admission procedure.
For the calculation of the average grade specified in the matriculation exam certificate and secondary school general certificate, the following numerical values shall be adopted: excellent (6.0), very good (5.0), good (4.0), satisfactory (3.0), pass grade (2.0).
If several grades for one subject are specified in the matriculation exam certificate, the arithmetic mean of all grades in this subject (based on both the final score in secondary school and the grades achieved in the matriculation exams - both oral and written) shall be adopted to calculate the total average. The average grade competition (ranking) shall take into account the result determined in accordance with the following principle: the average grade calculated using the above-mentioned provisions multiplied by the factor of 100.00.

As an example, below we provide the criteria for full-time first-cycle studies in political science and law:

  1. History or Social studies
  2. Geography or Mathematics
  3. Polish language or Modern foreign language (to be chosen by candidate)

The candidate indicates the subjects (examinations) that are to form the base for the candidate selection procedure, but it is worth nothing that the priority is given to subjects relevant for the admission procedure, in which the candidate took the matriculation exam (e.g. for the condition 1 where the Candidate is to choose between history or social studies while the matriculation exam covered history only - then history should be indicated as a subject (exam) relevant for the admission procedure. If the matriculation exam covered e.g. two subjects - indicate the subject with the higher score achieved. When entering the score to the IRK system, use dot decimal notation e.g. 4.58 (a comma in the number will be ignored by the IRK system). Candidates who hold a matriculation exam certificate obtained under the "old matriculation exam" scheme must submit a copy of the certificate to the Admissions Committee within the IRK registration time limit.

Item

Field of study

Competition (ranking) of average grades achieved

for the subjects during the matriculation exam listed in the matriculation exam certificate

Relevant subjects

 

Biology

1. Biology

2. Chemistry, Mathematics or Physics

3. Modern foreign language (to be chosen by the candidate)

 

Political Sciences

1. History or Social studies

2. Geography or Mathematics

3. Polish language or Modern foreign language (to be chosen by the candidate)

 

Law

 

International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma or European Baccalaureate (EB) Diploma

  1. The admission procedure for candidates who are holders of IB International Baccalaureate diploma is based on the score achieved from the examination, whose result specified in the IB Diploma multiplied by the factor of 13.33 shall rank the candidate in the competition (ranking) of matriculation exam certificates.
  2. The admission procedure for candidates who are holders of an EB International Baccalaureate diploma is based on the score achieved from the examination, whose result specified in the EB Diploma multiplied by the factor of 6.0, shall rank the candidate in the competition (ranking) of matriculation exam certificates.
  3. IB or EB Diploma holders are required to submit, for the purposes of the admission process, a certificate of the exam results issued by competent authorities.

Matriculation Exam Certificates/Secondary School Exit Exam Certificates awarded abroad

Matriculation exam certificates/Secondary school exit exam certificates awarded abroad shall be considered equivalent to Polish matriculation exam certificates if they contain a clause stating the right to apply for admission to higher education institutions in the country of issue of the certificate.

Matriculation exam certificate/secondary school exit exam certificate holders are required to submit the following documents within the registration time limits:

  1. certificate of recognition, for a matriculation exam certificate issued in a country without an agreement signed with the Republic of Poland on mutual recognition of documents on education, and for a document from a country having such an agreement signed with the Republic of Poland but the document is not covered by it,
  2. attestation in the form of apostille, if the document is issued by an institution operating within the education system of a country that is a party 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),
  3. certified translation into Polish of the exam certificate and attestation thereof if executed in a foreign language.

The score for subjects shall not be converted. This means that the candidate cannot be directly evaluated in the competition of matriculation exam certificates, but is required to sit for an oral entrance examination for two subjects:

  • in the field of study of biology – the following subjects: biology and chemistry or mathematics
  • in the following fields of study: political sciences, law – the following subjects: geography and history or social studies,

The exams are assessed according to the grading scale of 1-6. The exam shall be considered passed if the candidate attains at least pass grade (2.0) for both subjects. Foreign language as a third subject shall be recognised as passed with a grade of 6.0 (excellent) - with regard to the language of the country where the candidate has obtained his/her matriculation exam certificate. The resulting average grade multiplied by the factor of 100.00 shall rank the candidate in the competition (ranking) of matriculation exam certificates.
Where a disabled person applies for studies, the Examination Board in consultation with the Chairman of the Faculty Admissions Committee may, upon the candidate's request, use a different manner of conducting the examination, respecting the degree of disability and the specificity of a given field of study.

Time limits related to the admission procedure are determined by the schedule of admissions.
Candidates who are shortlisted for studies are required to confirm their intention to study by submitting the required documents listed below:

  1. application for admission (submitted as a printout from the Internet Registration of Candidates [IRK]) bearing the candidate's signature,
  2. photocopy of the matriculation examination certificate (original document available on request),
  3. photographs in electronic form (JPG format) on a CD,
  4. three photographs with dimensions of 35 x 45mm, on a light background, pursuant to the requirements applicable for the issue of identity cards, with forename(s) and surname and PESEL(Polish resident identification number) overleaf.
  5. photocopy of the identity card or passport (original document available on request),

The required documents must be submitted by the date specified in the schedule of admissions. The failure to submit the required documents within the prescribed period means that the candidate renounces applying for studies, and results in deletion of the candidate from the list of candidates eligible for admission to the first year of study in a given field of study without any further request to supplement the documentation.

 

Eligibility criteria – long-cycle (Master's Degree) programme:

  • Medical studies
  • Veterinary studies

Candidates applying for admission are required to submit the following documents:

  1. application executed using the appropriate application form,
  2. matriculation exam certificate or document (diploma) confirming the right to study at universities in the country of issue of the certificate (diploma), authenticated or provided with an apostille and translation thereof into English or Polish by a certified translator (for exam certificates issued in languages other than English and Polish),
  3. four photographs with dimensions of 35 x 45 mm, on a light background, and a photograph in electronic form (JPG format) on an electromagnetic data storage medium,
  4. proof of payment of the enrolment fee (for Polish nationals), proof of payment of the entry fee certified by a bank (for non-Polish nationals).

The following additional documents are required from candidates who are not Polish nationals:

  1. health certificate completed by his/her doctor, in accordance with the model document established by UWM,
  2. original birth certificate or a certified copy thereof,
  3. authenticated photocopy of the passport,
  4. proof of health or personal injury insurance policy for the period of education in Poland or the European Health Insurance Card or proof of insurance with the Polish National Health Fund (Narodowy Fundusz Zdrowia),
  5. proof of English language proficiency in accordance with applicable regulations.

The application form is available on the UWM website. Once the form is completed and signed, submit it to the Faculty Admissions Committee with other above mentioned application documents within the time limit specified in the schedule of admissions. The date of receipt by the Faculty Admissions Committee shall be decisive, not the date of postmark.

Rules for admissions:

1. for candidates who are holders of a matriculation exam certificate under the "new matriculation exam" scheme (rules as for the other fields of study, including the subjects relevant for the admission process listed in the table below)

Item

Field of study

Competition (ranking) of the sum of percentage score achieved for subjects in the written section of the matriculation exam specified in the matriculation exam certificate

Relevant subjects

Compulsory subjects

Subjects of choice (choose one of the below subjects)

1

Medical studies – in English

1. English language

2. Biology

 

1. Chemistry

2. Physics and Astronomy

 

2

Veterinary studies – in English

2. for candidates who are holders of a matriculation exam certificate under the "old matriculation exam" scheme (rules as for the other fields of study, including the subjects relevant for the admission process listed in the table below)

Item

Field of study

Competition (ranking) of average grades achieved for the subjects during the matriculation exam, listed in the matriculation exam certificate

Relevant subjects

1

Medical studies – in English

1. Biology

2. English language

3. Chemistry or Physics

2

Veterinary studies – in English

3. for candidates who are International Baccalaureate or European Baccalaureate diploma holders - the rules as for other fields of study

4. candidates who are holders of matriculation exam certificates awarded abroad are required to take entrance exams in English (the condition to be admitted for the exams is to have the following subjects listed in the matriculation exam certificate or equivalent document):

  • for medical studies - three subjects – chemistry, biology and physics. For the purpose of admission procedure, the two highest exam results in these subjects shall be taken into account.
  • for veterinary studies – two subjects – chemistry and biology or physics.

The basis for the selection of candidates is the result of the admission procedure expressed in the percentage that may be achieved for a given criterion ("new matriculation exam" scheme, "old matriculation exam" scheme, IB diploma, EB diploma, entrance exams). Based on the percentage scores, the Faculty Admission Committee shall draw up a ranking list of candidates.

Individuals listed as selected for admission are required to submit to the Faculty Admission Committee further documents as follows:

  1. health certificate,
  2. signed copy of the contract,
  3. signed copy of the invoice, marked as copy
  4. proof of payment for one-week organisational training (this does not apply to individuals admitted to veterinary studies in English language).

Time limits related to the admission procedure are determined by the schedule of admissions.