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Scholarships for international students

You may find here basic information regarding requirements for international students to receive scholarships at Jagiellonian University.

There are scholarship coordinators, who are responsible for the social scholarship, Rector’s scholarship, disability scholarship, and allowance, working at each faculty. You may find their contact details after enrolment and gaining access to USOSweb in the Student’s section tab > Staff.

The scholarships from the fund are dedicated for students of the first-, second-, and long-cycle studies, full-, and part-time, regardless of age. They are not due during post diploma programmes.

The scholarships are not granted to individuals with a master’s degree or bachelor’s degree in the case of the first-cycle studies, including these (or equivalent) degrees obtained abroad. The scholarships are not dedicated to students who study longer than six years, even if they did not receive scholarships before.

A student may receive each scholarship for one field of study at the same time. In case of awarding a particular scholarship for more than one field of study, a student is obliged to choose one field of study.

Students apply for a scholarship in USOSweb (Common section tab > Applications), print, and deliver to the University within a specified time limit in person or by the post office. More information is available in the Financial aid tab > Application process.

The scholarships are not taxed, and there is no need to declare them in an annual tax return in Poland.

Bank account number

The scholarships are paid to a bank account number in PLN in a bank operating in Poland.

International students have various rights to receive scholarships from the fund depending on the year they started their studies.

Important!

Scholarship Committee needs valid information regarding student’s documents to assess the student’s entitlement to the scholarships. If your document is not valid anymore or you have received a new one, remember to deliver information regarding the paper to the secretary’s office responsible for your studies. The data of the new paper has to be included in USOS.

Entitlements

Students who began their studies in the academic year 2019/2020 or later

The Rector’s scholarship, disability scholarship, and allowance are available to students who began their studies in the academic year 2019/2020 or later, regardless of their citizenship and rules of studies.

The social scholarship is available for international students who do not pay for their studies and meet one of the conditions:

  • are citizens of the EU, Swiss Confederation, or member states of the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) – parties to the Agreement on the European Economic Area or their family members living on the territory of the Republic of Poland;
  • have a permanent residence permit or are long-term residents of the EU;
  • were granted a temporary residence permit concerning the circumstances referred to in the Art. 159 section 1 or the Art. 186 section 1 point 3 or 4 of the Act on Foreigners of 12 December 2013;
  • have a refugee status granted in the Republic of Poland or benefit from temporary or subsidiary protection on the territory of the Republic of Poland;
  • have a Polish as a foreign language certificate on a C1 level referred to in the Art. 11a section 2 of the Act of 7 October 1999;
  • have the Pole’s Card or a decision about being confirmed as a person of Polish descent;
  • are a spouse in the ascending or descending line of the citizen of the Republic of Poland living on the territory of Poland;
  • were granted a temporary residence permit concerning the circumstances referred to in the Art. 151 section 1 or the Art. 151b section 1 of the Act on Foreigners of 12 December 201 or stay in the Republic of Poland due to a short-term researcher’s mobility referred to in the Art. 156b section 1 of this Act, or have a national visa for scientific research or development works.

Students who began their studies before the academic year 2019/2020

The social scholarship Rector’s scholarship, disability scholarship, and allowance are available to international students who study according to the rules applicable to Polish students and meet one of the conditions:

  • were granted a permanent residence permit;
  • have a refugee status granted in the Republic of Poland;
  • benefit from temporary protection on the territory of the Republic of Poland;
  • are migrant workers, who are the citizens of the EU, Swiss Confederation, or member states of the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) – parties to the Agreement on the European Economic Area, and their family members if they live on the territory of the Republic of Poland;
  • have a residence permit for a long-term EU resident on the territory of the Republic of Poland;
  • were granted a temporary residence permit on the territory of the Republic of Poland concerning the circumstance referred to in the Art. 127, Art. 159 section 1, or Art. 186 section 1 point 3 or 4 of the Act on Foreigners of 12 December 2013;
  • benefit for subsidiary protection on the territory of the Republic of Poland;
  • are citizens of the EU, member states of the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) – parties to the Agreement on the European Economic Area and their family members, with permanent residence permit.

The Pole’s Card holders may receive the social scholarship, if they study pursuant to the rules applicable to Polish students.

Citizens of the EU, Swiss Confederation, or member states of the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) – parties to the Agreement on the European Economic Area and their family members possessing financial resources necessary to cover expenses related to studies may receive the Rector’s scholarship if they study according to the rules applicable to Polish students.

Moreover, the Rector’s scholarship is available for the international students who have a resident’s card with the “access to the labor market” annotation, the Schengen visa, or the national visa issued for work on the territory of the Republic of Poland, who study on a fee-paying basis or based on international agreements and according to their rules, or the decision of the minister responsible for higher education.

Social scholarship

The social scholarship is granted to a student in a difficult financial situation after applying. Check the “Entitlements” section above to learn, who is the social scholarship granted to.

The scholarship amount depends on the household income raging from PLN 600 to PLN 900 per month, generally, in three thresholds – the lower the income, the higher the threshold, and the amount of the scholarship. The amount of the scholarship may be increased by approximately PLN 200, e.g., in the case of orphanhood. It is granted for a semester (4 or 5 months), and paid monthly, by wire transfer to the student’s bank account.

The threshold of income is approximately PLN 1000 per month per family member. In the academic year 2020/2021 it was PLN 990 for both semesters. The family’s income is counted based on a certificate issued by the head of the tax office for the calendar year preceding the academic year when the scholarship is granted. It includes changes in the income, which occurred until the issuance of the decision about granting the scholarship, and non-taxable income, such as income from farming enterprises or alimony. The changes in the income, which have to be declared, are loss of job, retirement, starting own business. Visit this website to check the list of required documents ksztalcenie.uj.edu.pl/akty-prawne/pomoc-materialna.

In the case of countries other than Poland, it is necessary to provide equivalent documents issued in these countries. E.g., in Ukraine, proof of income for a particular calendar year is issued by the State Fiscal Service (Державна фіскальна служба України), also in case of lack of income for a specific year.

The documents should be translated and authorized.

The rules for awarding the scholarship are the same for 1st-year students and students of higher years

Scholarship for students with disabilities

The scholarship for students with disabilities is granted to students who have confirmation of disability at a request. Check the “Entitlements” section above to learn, who is the scholarship granted to.

The scholarship depends on the degree of disability and amounts to approximately PLN 300, 500, and 700. It is granted for an academic year (9 months), no longer than the certificate's validity period, and paid monthly by wire transfer to the student’s bank account.

International students should submit a confirmation of disability issued by the Polish authority.

The rules for granting the scholarship are the same for 1st-year students and students of higher years.

The Rector’s Scholarship

It is designed to motivate students and granted at a request. Check the “Entitlements” section above to learn, who is the scholarship granted to.

It is granted to 1st-year students of the first-, or long-cycle studies in the year of matriculation examination, who are:

winners of the international Olympiad or the winners or finalists of the Olympiad of the central degree, described in the regulations on the educational system;
medalists of a sports competition for the title of champion of Poland in a sport referred to in those provisions regarding the sport.

The Rector’s Scholarship is granted to each student who fulfills the conditions above, who applied for the scholarship – the number of scholarships is limited. It is possible to combine this scholarship with a scholarship from the Rector's Scholarship Fund for Olympians.

The scholarship amount is PLN 800 per month (9 months) and paid monthly by wire transfer to the student’s bank account.

In further years the scholarship is granted to 10% of the best students, and the ranking is prepared based on the sum of points for average, scientific and artistic achievements, and excellent results in sports.

In the case of 1st-year students of the second-cycle studies, the scholarship is granted based on the sum of points for an average grade, scientific and artistic achievements, and excellent results in sports. The average grade from the last year of first-cycle studies (of which the diploma was a basis for admission to the second-cycle studies) is considered. The gap between studies should not last more than 12 months. There are two rankings – for the JU graduates with a weighted average of grades and graduates of other universities with an arithmetic average of grades. 10% of students from each list receive the scholarship.

Special allowance

The special allowance is granted to a student in a difficult life situation. Check the “Entitlements” section above to learn, who is the special allowance granted to.

The events which give a basis to apply for the special allowance are theft, fire, flood, serious illness of the applicant or a family member of the applicant, death of a family member. The application has to be submitted during 3 months from the date of the event.

The maximum amount of the special allowance is approximately PLN 2000. It is paid once by wire transfer to the student’s bank account number.

The rules for awarding the special allowance are the same for 1st-year students and for students of higher years.

The Jagiellonian University offers various scholarships funded by internal funds. Learn more in the University’s scholarship funds tab. Visit the website of a particular faculty as there are multiple funds for students of the specific faculty or field of study, e.g., Franciszek Mertens Scholarship Fund for academic merit at the Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science or the Ignacy Domeyko Scholarship Fund at the Faculty of Geography and Geology.

Scholarship of the Jagiellonian University

This scholarship is dedicated to exceptional students and graduates of Polish and foreign secondary schools or outstanding Polish and international students who would like to study at the JU (excluding fields of study offered by the Medical College) and meet the conditions:

  • graduated from a school that issues a school certificate or other document which allows enrollment to a higher education institution in Poland less than three years before the announcement of the competition, or are students of such school,
  • conduct research or achieve exceptional academic merit or scientific and artistic achievements.

The amount of the scholarship is PLN 2000 per month and is granted for the whole period of studies for a particular field of study (not longer than five years). It is paid monthly by wire transfer to the student’s bank account, including the holiday season.

More information here.

Scholarships for Olympians

Candidates and 1st-year students may be interested in the Rector’s scholarship fund for Olympians. It is dedicated to students, who:

  • were finalists of an international Olympiad,
  • were winners of general preliminaries for a national Olympiad and took the highest place among all winners of the same Olympiad enrolled for the studies at the Jagiellonian University in a particular year, regardless of which edition of the Olympiad they took part in.

The scholarship is granted for an academic year (10 months) at a request. It can be combined with the Rector’s scholarship.

Bohdan Łysiak Scholarship Fund

The scholarship is dedicated to students who finished at least 1st year of first-cycle studies or study: Ukrainian Philology, Ukrainian Philology with the Russian Language, or The Ukrainian Language in Business and Tourism (with the Russian Language) on the second-cycle studies.

OR is a Ukrainian citizen, who finished at least 1st year of first-cycle studies or study Classics on the second-cycle studies

OR is an Ukrainian citizen, who finished at least 1st year of long-cycle studies in Law

and in the academic year preceding the academic year for which the scholarship should be granted, obtained weighted average of grades of 4.0, conducts research activities, and fulfilled conditions included in the study regulations and study programme required to complete the year of study on a particular field of study, has a student status for the next academic year and do not use the conditional entry for the current academic year.

The scholarship is also available for doctoral students with documented scientific activity in the scope of Ukrainian Philology.

Ad Polonos scholarship fund

Scholarship for exceptional academic merit is dedicated to students who completed their first year of first-, or long-cycle studies or are students of the second-cycle studies and meet the following conditions:

  • in the academic year preceding the academic year for which the scholarship should be granted fulfilled conditions included in the study regulations and study programme required to complete the year of study on a particular field of study, have a student status for the next academic year,
  • obtained weighted average of grades of 4.0 for the academic year preceding the year for which the scholarship is granted, according to the Study regulations for first-, second-, and long-cycle studies,
  • have a valid Pole’s Card or a decision about being confirmed as a person of Polish descent,
  • are citizens of Armenia, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Lithuania, Russia or Ukraine.

National Agency for Academic Exchange provides scholarships for international students studying in Poland or Polish students undergoing partial studies, and study stays abroad. The amount of the monthly scholarship varies depending on the programme and study cycle.

Scholarships for incoming students

Currently, the Jagiellonian University coordinates the following NAWA programs:

  • The Gen. Władysław Anders Scholarship for the Polish diaspora 
  • The Banach Scholarship Programme
  • The Ignacy Lukasiewicz Scholarship Programme

For more information, visit the website of the International Students Office.