UNIVERSITY OF BIELSKO-BIALA - UNIVERSITY FOR YOU!

Erasmus+ Academic Calendar

Deadlines for Erasmus students:

  • for the WINTER SEMESTER - 1st June
  • for the SUMMER SEMESTER - 1st December

 

ACADEMIC YEAR 2016/2017

WINTER SEMESTER 03.10.2016 - 31.01.2017
WINTER EXAMINATION SESSION 01.02.2017 - 14.02.2017
Christmas Break 23.12.2016 - 02.01.2017
Winter Break 15.02.2017 - 20.02.2017

 

SUMMER SEMESTER 21.02.2017 - 14.06.2017
SUMMER EXAMINATION SESSION 15.06.2017 - 30.06.2017
Easter Break 13.04.2017 - 18.04.2017
Summer Break 30.06.2017 - 30.09.2017

 

The Orientation Days for Erasmus+ students 
(exact dates - to be confirmed each semester):

  • for the WINTER SEMESTER - at the begining of the winter term ---->
  • for the SUMMER SEMESTER - at the begining of the summer term ------>

----> Academic year 2016/2017
3-7 October 2016: Orienatation Days - "Let's meet" Days for International Students - winter semester - soon!

Student Card

Student ID card (legitymacja studencka) is issued for every student by each Dean's Office. The card gives a discount for trains and bus tickets and for entrances (to museums, cinemas, galleries etc.) and it is valid for one semester, then it must be extended at the Dean's Office.

Medical Care

EU/EEA citizens - a student from a EU/EEA country is entitled to free health care on the basis of the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). He/she will receive health services at health care providers who have concluded a relevant contract with NFZ Fund (NFZ - Narodowy Fundusz Zdrowia. The National Health Fund - institution, which is responsible for assuring health services for insured persons).
Non-EU/EEA citizens - the students from the non-EU/EEA countries should purchase health insurance in their home country, before departure. 
More useful information about medical care in Poland.

Temporary Residence Permit

EU/EEA citizens - for stay up to 3 months no legalization of stay will be necessary. For stays exceeding 3 months, an EU citizen will have to obtain a temporary residence permit (Karta tymczasowego pobytu obywatela UE). This document is issued by the Department of Citizens Affairs of the Voivodeship Office (province administration). 
Non-EU/EEA citizens - visa is required: the short-term visa entitles to stay in Poland up to 3 months, the long-term visa - up to 1 year. The visa can be extended only once. That is why it is necessary to apply for a visa in a consulate for the whole planned period of study/training in Poland.

Assistance

Coordinator/academic supervisor - the university provides assistance of a coordinator/academic supervisor for foreign students. The students will be guided through the learning/training process before and during the stay at the University of Bielsko-Biala.  It is advisable to contact a coordiantor from the faculty a students would like to appply at in order to settle a proper learning/training agreement.


Academic Exchange Office - before student's arrival the officers from AEO help in all administrative issues and after arrival always suppors and guide foreign students through the necessary procedures.  The Academic Exchange Office is situated on the third floor in building L at the university's campus and welcomes you every Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9:00 - 11:00 am and 1:00 - 2.30 pm.

Buddy-student - before arrival foreign students get a Polish tutor - a student from the university's Buddy-system programme contacts him/her usually by e-mail in order to get to know each other and then assists in settling down and arranging necessary formalities. The students can also turn to their buddy-student for help and advice during the semester.

ID, Visa

EU/EEA citizens - an EU citizen can enter Poland with his/her ID document (a valid travel document e.g. passport, or another document certifying an identity and citizenship). 

Non-EU/EEA citizens - a citizen of a non-EU/EEA country can enter the territory of Poland on the basis of a valid travel document (passport) and a visa (if required). In case if visa is required, a student from non-EU/EEA countries has to obtain it from the consulate of Poland in his/her country of residence.

Insurance

Medical insurance is compulsory for all foreign students. 

In order to be entitle to public medical services during the stay in Poland, the students from EU countries should bring European Health Insurance Card. 
The students from non-EU/EEA countries should also purchase a health insurance in his/her home country, before departure. 

Important Issues

Currency

The Polish currency is the: zloty (PLN). One zloty is divided into 100 grosz-es. Coins come in denominations of 1 grosz to 5 zloty (in turn: 1 gr, 2 gr, 5 gr, 10 gr, 20 gr, 50 gr, 1 zl, 2 zl, 5 zl). Bank notes go from 10 zloty to 200 zloty-s.

The value of 1 PLN is: 1 EUR = 3.8 - 4.5 PLN (you can check a current rate at Polish National Bank webpage). 

Do not exchange currency on the street! Instead, go to any place marked: currency exchange office (kantor). These are the legal exchange agencies. You may also exchange currency in some banks. As in most countries, do not change money at the airports: the rate is terrible there.
 

Cost of living

Of course cost of living varies from student to student, but generally, daily needs like food or clothing are relatively less expensive than the goods imported from the West. You should note that if you want to travel a lot, make international phone calls, buy fresh fruit and vegetables frequently, and lead an active social life, you will have to spend about 1 200 PLN per month, excluding accommodation costs. In order to give you a more specific idea of these costs, here is a list of some everyday costs:
  • Bread - 3,50 PLN
  • Butter - 4,00 PLN
  • Sugar 1 kg - 3,50 PLN
  • 10 eggs - 5,00 PLN
  • Milk 1 l - 2,50 PLN
  • Coca-cola 1 l - 3,80 PLN
  • Coffee instant Nescafe Gold 200 g - 23,00 PLN
  • Cigarettes Marlboro - 12,00 PLN
  • Beer in a shop - 2,50 PLN
  • Beer in a pub - 5,0-7,00 PLN

Shopping

Monday to Friday a grocery store (sklep) is usually open from 8 am to 6 pm, on Saturdays from 9 am to 1 pm or sometimes longer, on Sundays hours may vary, but most of the shops are closed on this day.
Supermarkets are open seven days per week: from 8 am to 10 pm and shopping centres: from 9 am to 9 pm. 



Buses

City buses
Tickets price may vary from city to city, but in Bielsko-Biala (MZK): 
  • Reduced-rate ticket (ulgowy): 1,50 PLN (only with Polish student ID card)
  • Regular ticket (normalny): 3,00 PLN
You should buy your tickets at kiosks on the street. Drivers sell tickets, but the prices is normally higher (using this ticket you can change buses within 60 min.). Once into the bus you should punch your ticket on a special perforator machine (yellow or red). Normally, there are no ticket inspector on buses, however from time to time they get into the bus to check tickets. If you do not have a ticket, then you should pay 130 PLN fine. 

You can buy a monthly ticket (bilet miesięczny) at reduced-rate when you get your Polish student ID (legitymacja studencka). 

You can check the timetables buses going around teh city: MZK - Informacje o linii.


Long distance buses
There is a wide network of connections between major cities in Poland. Timetables are avaible in the webpage of each city.  
You can check buses going from Bielsko-Biała: PKS - Rozkład jazdy.
 

Trains

You can travel by slow (local connections), fast, express and inter-city trains. It is possible to book a seat and to stay in a sleeping car.
Prices will depend on type of train, class and distance. If you present Polish student ID, tickets will be cheaper. Connections and timetables are avaible on this page: PKP -Plan podróży.


Taxis

Be aware that locations as train station, center, hotels are always more expensive to take a taxi. Overnight prices are significantly higher. It is not recommended to negotiate the price. 
In Bielsko-Biala the price of a taxi service (taximeter) between city centre and the dormitories varies between: 20 - 25 PLN.


Banking

It is possible to open a bank account as soon as you arrive to Poland, even you can do it via internet before leaving your home country. Be careful and check conditions of different banks (ING Bank Slaski, PKO Bank Polski, etc.), since in some of them it is very difficult and expensive to close a bank account.

You have a few choices of standard bank accounts in Poland:

Current account: this account, which is what most people have, will provide you with a cheque book for obtaining cash at the bank and for making payments. At regular intervals you will receive a statement showing any transactions on your account. This is a useful way of keeping your money safe.Deposit account: you can use this while already having a current account or independently. It is useful if you have other funds which you don't need to use immediately and which can therefore earn interest in the meantime.


Credit cards

In Poland it is possible to pay by credit card (VISA, American Express, Euro Card etc.). Credit cards are accepted in hotels, restaurants and in bigger shops, however they are not as popular as in Western Europe. People generally pay with, and ask for, cash, so you should first ask if you could pay by credit card.

Phoning

Public phones
Public phones are accessible at many points: in hotels, banks, department stores, post offices, railway stations, as well as at free-standing telephone booths throughout the city. Phone cards can be bought at any kiosk and are required for some telephones. There are also some coin-operated phones, identified by their orange-colored telephone booths. 

Mobile phones
The easiest option for students would be to bring their own phone (already unlocked) or to buy a prepaid package. Buying SIM card is very easy - you can get one in any kiosk. It is quite cheap. 
 
Emergency numbers are the same all over Poland:
Ambulance: 999
Fire Brigade: 998
Police: 997
Emergency breakdown service: 981
Emergency (Mobile phone only): 112

Mailing

Post offices (poczta) can be found at many points in every city. Costs depend on size, weight and country of sending of the package or letter. 
Post boxes are red and they usually hang on the walls of the buildings.

Pharmacies

Cosmetics and medicaments are available at the Pharmacy (apteka). Some kinds of medicine are only available by a prescription (issued by a Polish doctor). 
But, if you catch a cold and your nose is running, it's easy to buy aspirin or other helpful remedies in many shops.


Driving licence

Driving licenses issued by other EU member states are recognized by Poland and remain valid until the expiry date indicated in the document. If you are from outside of the EU you will have to obtain an International Driving Licence to drive in Poland.
While driving a vehicle on the territory of Poland, a driver is obliged to have his license and registration on him. Civil liability insurance is also needed. 
Seat belts must be used in both front and back seats, with children up to the age of 12 and up to 150 cm tall using special certified seats. Using mobile phone during driving a car is forbidden! Loud-speaking phone system is allowed.
Drivers have to use day lights during the whole day.
 The vehicle must be equipped with a reflector triangle and has to be marked with a sign indicating the country of its registration. Radar-warning systems are banned.

Speed limits: 
  • residential area – up to 20 km/h
  • built-up area – up to 50 km/h
  • outside built-up area – up to 90 km/h
  • single express carriageway – up to 100 km/h
  • dual express carriageway – up to 120 km/h
  • motorway – up to 140 km/h

Weather

Be aware: winter conditions espacially in Bielsko-Biala, which is a mountainous region, can be rough. That includes strong wind and snowy conditions. Average temperature for January is -3°C, but it can even fall below to -25°C. 
Weather (pogoda) gets warmer after first three months of the year. Spring brings bigger amounts of rain. Umbrella would be very needed in that case.
More about weather in Poland: climate.

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Accommodation

Dear Students,

the academic year - the winter semester - starts on 1st October. The proposal date of checking in the dormitory starts from 29th of September. The only available dormitory - this academic year - is on Spółdzielców Street 11.

The summer semester starts on 22nd of February. The proposal date of checking in the dormitory starts from 20th of February.

The information regarding: a number of room, character of a room (single or double) aren't still know because of the fact that the accommodation commission will have the meeting at the end of moth.

 


The University of Bielsko-Biala tries to provide accommodation for every foreign student at the university's dormitory. Rooms can be reserved in Dom Studenta (DS). 
There is an opportunity to live together with both Polish and international students, so it should be a very stimulating experience, offering a possibility to get to know students from different countries!

Housing Request
In order to book a place at the dormitory, one needs to send the Housing Request Form. If this applies to the winter semester it should be sent along with the other applications; if this applies to the summer semester: it ought to be sent soon as possible after the nominations at the home university: in July, August. 
Although the university cannot guarantee a chosen room (marked in HR form), since there is a limited choice of room type (especially single-bed rooms), we still try to distribute rooms according to students' requests.
The room reservation is made for the duration of studies/traineeship (this means for example a study period in the winter semester: from the first day of the winter term, unless it is preceded by Orientation days, till the last day of the main winter examination session). The extension of accommodation at a dormitory or moving in before the period of study/traineeship starts is possible, but has to be approved and confirmed by the dormitories' manager and the Departmental Coordinator in advance (the decision depends on the free places available at the dormitory).


Student’s dormitory (Dom Studenta)
Spódziełców Street 11
Telefon: +48 (33) 82 79 650
In student’s dormitory there are modern single, double and triple rooms. Inside each room there are: a bed, wardrobe, desk, chair, refrigerator and bed linen (changed every 3 weeks). There is Internet access in every room.
Big kitchens have two sinks, two cookers and they are fully equipped. Bathrooms are shared by people of 4 rooms (towels provided by students themselves).
There is a common room with a TV and table  football (foosball). A laundry room with two washing machines is available free of charge on the ground floor. Students just need to provide their own washing powder. 
There is a telephone on each floor, on which one can receive calls from the family and friends. 

Cost 
The cost of a room is about: 
single – 400 PLN (zloty) per month, 
double – 370 PLN per month, 
triple – 340 PLN per month. 
(exact cost is known in September each year). 

Method of Payment 
Accommodation can be paid for ATH cash desk (kasa) at Willowa 2, at the campus, the building B or at the post office (poczta).You can also pay at the dormitory’s administration office. Payment should be made in cash before the 15th day of each month.

Deposit 
At the beginning foreign students are asked to pay a refundable deposit for accommodation in the amount of about 150 PLN. The deposit will be returned to the students before their departure if there is no necessity to pay for any damage caused.

 

Download file: 
Housing Request Form - study

Housing Request Form - traineeship

Regulations of the dormitory in English - in preparation

Administrative Staff – STT

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Dear Partners! 
We would like to invite administrative staff to visit our university as part of the Erasmus+ program – the other staff mobility visit (STT).

Internationalisation is one of the priorities for our institution, which is why we are convinced that the objectives of such a visit would be noticeable: it would allow the staff member to share good practices abroad and acquire knowledge from the experiences of the host university’s staff as well as to gain practical skills important for the professional development. Other staff members of higher education institutions are welcome to spend a training period of up to 5 working days at our institution. 

It is also an opportunity for us, as the host university, to present you our beautiful city, regional culture and impressive mountainous landscape! 
In order to organize such a visit, after the nomination at the home institution, the staff member should contact the Academic Exchange Office from our university.