International doctoral students

2014-04-03 11:15:08


International doctoral students from the European Union are eligible to study at the University of Warsaw under the same conditions as Polish doctoral students – without tuition fees and with the possibility of receiving doctoral scholarships provided by the University of Warsaw (if they meet proper requirements). The international doctoral students from outside of the European Union study under different conditions. They are admitted to doctoral studies by the Rector of the University of Warsaw (after receiving a proper opinion from the Faculty) and have to issue annual tuition fees. In some cases the Faculty can however agree to enroll a doctoral student from outside of the EU free of tuition fees and with no scholarship entitlement. Such PhD students do not have to issue tuition fees but are not eligible to receive any scholarships provided by University of Warsaw.

Foreign PhD candidates with permanent residence card (or of Polish descent) are eligible to apply for a Polish Government Scholarship (more information available at

All international candidates must participate in the enrollment procedure held at individual Faculties under the rules of enrollment that apply at that particular Faculty. Most of the Faculties offer individual doctoral programs that are aimed at English-speaking students.

The first step of the candidate is to choose a proper Faculty accordingly to the scope of interest of the candidate. At the chosen Faculty the candidate should find (with the help of the Faculty) a supervisor from the field of studies that covers the subject matter of the planned doctoral thesis.

The next step is to register on the website of the Internet Registration System – especially for candidates from the European Union ( After completing the internet form, the candidate should submit at the Faculty the documents that are required in order to be permitted to the enrollment procedure. These include:

  • an application asking to be admitted to doctoral studies addressed to the Dean of the Faculty and an application printed from the Internet Registration System;
  • a certified copy of the master’s diploma;
  • Curriculum Vitae (résumé);
  • 3 photographs;
  • an opinion of the master’s thesis supervisor;
  • an opinion of the future doctoral thesis supervisor (found at the Faculty);
  • additional documents required by the Faculty.

For more information we advise to contact the Faculty that meets the interests of a candidate.

The list of Faculties of the University of Warsaw (in English):

University of Warsaw does not provide health insurance for PhD students from outside of the European Union. Such PhD students have to register personally at the National Health Fund