Frequently Asked Questions

All of the information below pertains only to English-taught programmes offered by NCU Collegium Medicum. Detailed information concerning individual programmes of study can be found in specially dedicated sections of this website.
Click on any of the sections below to see detailed questions and answers.

The university and educational offer

Where is the university located?
NCU Collegium Medicum is a public medical university located in Bydgoszcz, Poland. It cooperates with two university hospitals, also located in Bydgoszcz. Teaching classes, hospital departments and administration offices can be physically located in different parts of the city, so it is advisable to always check the address on the website before arriving or sending mail.
Since 2004, the school has been affiliated to the Nicolaus Copernicus University, whose main campus is located in Toruń, Poland.

What programmes taught in English does the university offer?
NCU Collegium Medicum currently offers 4 programmes taught fully in English:

  • Medicine (6-year programme, uniform Master’s degree level)
  • Physiotherapy (5-year programme, uniform Master’s degree level)
  • Nursing (3-year programme, Bachelor’s degree level)
  • Laboratory Medicine (5-year programme, uniform Master’s degree level).

 

Admission process – candidates with non-Polish citizenship

Can international students apply?
Of course! Our English-taught programmes are open to everyone, regardless of their country of birth, education or current residence.

Do I need to know the Polish language or have a Polish certificate to apply?
No, prior knowledge of Polish is not required. Courses in basic Polish are included in the curriculum to make it easier for your to function in your everyday life here in Poland.

How do I know if I am eligible to apply?
The major eligibility criterion is holding a secondary school diploma/certificate which includes the following grades:

  • Medicine - two grades: (1) Biology and (2) Chemistry or Physics;
  • Nursing, Physiotherapy, Laboratory Medicine - at least one grade: Biology or Chemistry or Physics;


Apart from that, you need to submit all the required documents (listed below and on the website of a given programme).

What grades in the required subjects are accepted?
There are no thresholds set for grades that are taken into consideration during the admission process. Our candidates apply from different countries with different education systems and various types of final grades, so there are no specified cut-off grades considered as “acceptable”. What makes a candidate eligible to apply is the fact of having grades in required subjects on the diploma. The recruitment procedure can be generally described as “ranking of certificates” – in other words: the higher grades, the better. The grade threshold for admission is relative, since it depends on the grades of our candidates in a given intake. The Qualification Commission analyses the grades (comparing the applicable grading scales against one another) together with the results of the admission interview.

What application documents are required?
Documents required in the admission process:

  1. your upper secondary school leaving certificate or diploma which:
    • is validated (legalised) or affixed with apostille,
    • gives the right to apply to all types of higher education institutions in the country where it was issued and is equal to the Polish upper secondary school leaving certificate,
    • includes grades from the following subjects:
      • Medicine - two grades: (1) Biology and (2) Chemistry or Physics;
      • Nursing, Physiotherapy, Laboratory Medicine - at least one grade: Biology or Chemistry or Physics;
  2. a document confirming your right to apply to all types of higher education institutions in your home country - if this is not stated in your secondary school leaving certificate;
  3. a valid health certificate confirming your ability to take up studies - available from the page of the selected programme;
  4. valid vaccination records (against hepatitis B);
  5. a certified copy of your passport;
  6. 4 valid photographs without head cover.


How do I apply?
You register in the online admission system Dream Apply and follow the instructions given by the system.

Can I apply through a recruitment agency in my country?

Currently, we cooperate with several recruitment agencies who manage applications of candidates from selected countries. If you wish, you can choose to apply through any of those agencies rather than directly to the Centre for Medical Education in English. Current cooperation agreements:


Is there an entrance examination?

There is no entrance examination, only an admission interview. The interview includes questions concerning knowledge in biology at the level of secondary school and motivation to study nursing, and also aims to check the candidate’s proficiency in English. The interview can be conducted online if needed.

What are the stages of the recruitment process?
The admission process includes the following stages:

  1. Document submission – you submit your application documents; if you don’t submit any of the required documents, you cannot pass through this stage.
  2. Document analysis – your documents are processed to see if they meet the criteria (e.g. required grades on your secondary school certificate); if your documents meet all the requirements, you are invited for an admission interview.
  3. Admission interview – it is carried out by the Qualification Commission and it can be done in person or online, if needed (e.g. via Skype); the interview includes questions concerning knowledge in biology at the level of secondary school and motivation to study a given programme; it also aims to check the candidate’s proficiency in English.
  4. Final decision.


What does the admission interview include?

The questions can concern anything that you had in secondary school in your biology courses. Therefore study materials or sample questions are not available, so that every candidate replies to the questions on the basis of what they remember from school.
The interview also includes questions focusing on your predispositions and motivation to study a given programme. Your English proficiency will also be assessed during the interview.

Can I get admitted on the basis of university degrees or professional experience that I’ve already achieved?
Additional academic and/or professional experience is treated as an advantage, but it does not constitute the basis for admission. All our English-taught programmes are undergraduate and we must make sure that every candidate has equal chances of being admitted, no matter if they are secondary school leavers or licensed practitioners. A fair assessment can only be done on the basis of a document which every candidate must possess, i.e. a secondary school diploma.
Additional experience and the educational path of our candidates are evaluated by the Qualification Commission during the later stages of recruitment.

Are there any application processing fees?
No, there are no application fees for candidates with non-Polish citizenship.

Admission process – candidates with Polish citizenship

How do I know if I am eligible to apply?
The major eligibility criterion is holding a secondary school diploma/certificate which includes the following grades:

  • Medicine - two grades: (1) Biology and (2) Chemistry or Physics;
  • Nursing, Physiotherapy, Laboratory Medicine - at least one grade: Biology or Chemistry or Physics;


Apart from that, you need to submit all the required documents (listed below and on the website of a given programme).

What grades in the required subjects are accepted?
There are no thresholds set for grades that are taken into consideration during the admission process. Our candidates apply from different countries with different education systems and various types of final grades, so there are no specified cut-off grades considered as “acceptable”. What makes a candidate eligible to apply is the fact of having grades in required subjects on the diploma. The recruitment procedure can be generally described as “ranking of certificates” – in other words: the higher grades, the better. The grade threshold for admission is relative, since it depends on the grades of our candidates in a given intake. The Qualification Commission analyses the grades (comparing the applicable grading scales against one another) together with the results of the admission interview.

What application documents are required?
Documents required in the admission process:

  1. your upper secondary school leaving certificate or diploma which:
    • is validated (legalised) or affixed with apostille,
    • gives the right to apply to all types of higher education institutions in the country where it was issued and is equal to the Polish upper secondary school leaving certificate,
    • includes grades from the following subjects:
      • Medicine - two grades: (1) Biology and (2) Chemistry or Physics;
      • Nursing, Physiotherapy, Laboratory Medicine - at least one grade: Biology or Chemistry or Physics;
  2. a document confirming your right to apply to all types of higher education institutions in your home country - if this is not stated in your secondary school leaving certificate;
  3. a valid health certificate confirming your ability to take up studies - available from the page of the selected programme;
  4. valid vaccination records (against hepatitis B);
  5. a certified copy of your passport;
  6. 4 valid photographs without head cover.


What are the stages of the recruitment process?
The admission process includes the following stages:

  1. you register online in the system Internetowa Rejestracja Kandydatów (IRK);
  2. your create your account and submit the required documents;
  3. you are invited to attend a recruitment interview and (in case of Medicine) a written test;
  4. if you succeed at the interview (and test in case of Medicine), you become admitted.


How do I apply?

You need to register in the system Internetowa Rejestracja Kandydatów (IRK) and follow the instructions given by the system.

What does the entrance test/admission interview include?
Medicine: The written test includes multiple-choice questions related to biology, chemistry and physics at the level of secondary school. The test is fully in English. The interview includes questions concerning basic knowledge in biology at the level of secondary school and motivation to study medicine. It also aims to check the candidate’s proficiency in English. The interview can be conducted online if needed. Sample questions or reference materials are not available.

Nursing, Physiotherapy, Laboratory Medicine
: There is no entrance examination, only a recruitment interview. The interview includes questions concerning basic knowledge in biology at the level of secondary school and motivation to study the selected programme. It also aims to check the candidate’s proficiency in English. The interview can be conducted online if needed. Sample questions or reference materials are not available.

Are there any application processing fees?
Yes, the application processing fee for candidates with Polish citizenship is PLN 85.

Transfers

Can I transfer to any of the English-taught programmes?
Currently, transfers are only possible to the 6-year Medical programme and the 2nd year of the 3-year Nursing programme in English. Transfers to the remaining English-taught programmes offered by NCU Collegium Medicum in Bydgoszcz (i.e. Physiotherapy, Laboratory Medicine) are not possible. If you are interested in any of those programs, you can only apply for admission to the 1st year.

When can I transfer?
Transfers are only possible before the beginning of an academic year. Transfers in the middle of an academic year (e.g. to the summer semester) are not possible.

What are the prerequisites for a transfer?
Transfers from other universities are governed by our university’s Study Regulations, which state directly that:
“A student of another university can apply for admission to the University by transfer provided that he/she has met all the requirements arising from the regulations in force at the university in which he/she has studied.”
This means that:

  1. In order to be transferred, you must still be a student of your current university (not a graduate or someone who has dropped out for any reason).
  2. If you want to transfer, you must fulfil all requirements (pass all courses) at your current university up to the point of transfer. It is not possible to transfer with a “failed” course and then pass it here after transfer.


On what basis are transfer decisions made?

Transfer decisions are based on comparing the curriculum (course content and plan of study) from your current university and our curriculum to see if they overlap. The more similar they are, the easier it is to transfer. If there are too many curricular differences, a transfer is not possible. In individual cases, it is also possible to transfer with some minor curricular differences, on condition that any missing courses are made up for after the transfer, for an extra fee (based on the number of classes to be taken).

Can I transfer to any year of study?
Transfers from one university to another after higher years of study are more difficult due to many differences in the curricula offered by both universities. In other words: the higher the year of study, the more difficult it is to transfer. If it is decided that there are too many differences in the curricula, you might be declined or offered to transfer “backwards” (to an earlier year).

If my transfer is approved, can I apply for a credit transfer/course exemption?
Transfer of credits for classes that you have already completed is possible after you become transferred to our university. However, we cannot tell you in advance whether credit transfer for a specific course is possible. The procedure looks more or less like this:

  1. you are accepted as our student and receive the plan of study including a list of courses,
  2. you identify a course which you already had at the previous university, for which you received a positive grade,
  3. you can go to the teacher of that course at our university and ask him/her to exempt you from attending those classes and to accept the grade from the previous university,
  4. if the teacher agrees, he/she will forward the request to the Dean, and if the Dean agrees as well, then the grade for this specific course will be transferred (=recognized).


Every student is considered as an individual case, so it is impossible to make a credit transfer decision before a transfer. Credit transfer is not possible if there are any substantial differences in the syllabi (descriptions) of the courses.

Preparatory course

Who is the course addressed to?
The preparatory course is available only to those candidates who have been accepted to the first year of studies. Its aim is to make sure that all newly accepted first year students are more or less at the same level in terms of biology, chemistry and physics when they begin proper studies. The course is non-obligatory - newly accepted students choose whether they wish to participate.

What does the course include and how much does it cost?
The preparatory course includes four parts: biology, chemistry, physics and Polish. The entire course costs PLN 2,000.

When does the course take place?
The course takes place in September and lasts about 3 weeks. It takes place at the university. The academic year begins in October.

Fees and financial assistance

How much are tuition fees for English-taught programmes?

programme fee per semester
(in PLN - Polish złoty)
no. of semesters total fee per programme
(in PLN - Polish złoty)
Medicine 22,750
(twenty-two thousand five hundred)
12 273,000
Nursing 16,250
(sixteen thousand)
6 97,500
Physiotherapy 15,250
(fifteen thousand)
10 152,500
Laboratory Medicine 10,250
(ten thousand)
10 102,500


Does the university offer scholarships to international students of English-taught programmes?

No, the university does not offer scholarships or any other forms of financial aid to students of English-taught programmes.

What is the payment schedule for tuition fees?
Payments are made for every semester. Payment schedules specified in the agreement concerning conditions of providing higher education at our university. This agreement is a document which all newly accepted students must sign before they begin their studies.

What other study-related expenses are there?
Apart from tuition fees, the following expenses should be taken into account:

  • non-obligatory one-month preparatory course – PLN 2,000,
  • obligatory third-party liability insurance – about PLN 50,
  • student ID card – PLN 22,
  • accommodation – prices vary greatly depending on the type and standard of accommodation (student house vs private landlords),
  • public transport – PLN 44 for a monthly ticket for all public transport,
  • costs of everyday living.

The right to practice the profession after graduating

Is the university internationally accredited?
The university holds accreditations of Polish institutions which in turn sign cooperation agreements with other countries concerning international recognition of accreditation decisions.
Our programmes currently hold several accreditations issued by:

  • the Polish Accreditation Committee (PKA): Medicine, Nursing, Physiotherapy, Laboratory Medicine;
  • the Accreditation Committee of Polish University Medical Schools (KAAUM): Medicine;
  • the National Accreditation Committee for Nursing and Midwifery Schools (KRASzPiP): Nursing.


Will my university diploma be recognised abroad and give me the right to practice the profession?

This depends on the country’s internal regulations concerning the recognition of higher education diplomas. The university cannot guarantee whether your diploma will be recognised in a given country without additional diploma verification procedures. Your diploma might automatically give you the right to practice in some countries, while in others it might be subjected to additional diploma recognition procedures. Depending on the target country, a diploma recognition procedure might involve: going through an administrative verification process (you submit the diploma together with requested documents and wait for a formal decision), taking an exam or a skills test, or completing a supplementary course.
Graduates of our English-taught programmes receive diplomas which allow them to practice medical professions which are regulated in most countries. Every country has its own rules and laws governing regulated professions, including the right to practice in a given country on the basis of a degree obtained abroad. The university offers education leading to a given degree certified by a higher education diploma. The diploma opens the door to a graduate’s professional career, but does not have to automatically give them the right to practice. If you wish to pursue professional career in a country other than Poland, you should first check the regulations on the recognition of Polish medical diplomas in the country of your choice.

Campus and accommodation

Does the University offer accommodation for students?
Yes, the university offers rooms in three student houses (dormitories) located in the city. Details and fees can be found on the website devoted to accommodation.

Which student house should I choose?
Student House no. 1 is the furthest from the centre of the city, so international students rarely stay there. Student House no. 2 is in the very centre of the city, but it is mostly occupied by Polish students (international too, but not so many). Student House no. 3 is also in the centre, next to University Hospital no. 1 in which students have a lot of clinical classes. Most of its residents are international students.

Are there any apartments for rent for students?
Yes, students can find accommodation in apartments for rent offered by private landlords. The university does not assist students with any matters related to private accommodation.

 
 
 
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