Q: What is the Polish currency?
A: The Polish currency is the Polish 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 500 zloty-s.
The value of 1 PLN is: 1 EUR = 3.8 - 4.5 PLN (you can check the current rate at the Polish National Bank’s website).
Do not exchange currency with people on the street! Instead, go to any place marked as a currency exchange office (kantor). These are  legal exchange agencies. You may also exchange currency in some banks. As in most countries, do not change money at airports , the rates are terrible there.

Q: When are shops open?
From Monday to Friday grocery stores (Polish sklep) are open, usually from 8 am to 6 pm, on Saturdays they are usually open from 9 am to 1 pm. On Sundays hours may vary, but most shops are closed on this day.
Supermarkets are open seven days a week, from 8 am to 10 pm, while shopping centres are open from 9 am to 9 pm.
Q: What is bus transportation like in Bielsko-Biala?
The main bus transportation company in Bielsko-Biala is the MZK (Urban Department of Transport).

Bus tickets can be bought through the use of mobile applications such as SkyCash, moBILET, or mPay, as well as through the use of the mobile applications of banks such as PKO Bank Polski, Bank Pekao, Alior Bank, Santander Bank Polska, Millennium Bank and BNP Paribas. Alternatively, tickets can be bought from custom service centres, a list of which can be accessed here, or from ticket machines, a list of which can be accessed here. Tickets can also be bought in select grocery stores, a list of which can be accessed here.

There are five types of tickets which are available to be purchased:
1) A single use ticket. It’s regular price is 3,00 PLN, however with a student ID card, the price is only 1,50 PLN (the student ID must be that of the University of Bielsko-Biala).
2) A ticket which is valid for 60 minutes, which can be utilised as many times as possible. It’s regular price is 5,00 PLN, however with a student ID card, it’s price is only 2,50 PLN.
3) A ticket which is valid for 24 hours, which can be utilised as many times as possible. It’s regular price is 14,00 PLN, however with a student ID card, it’s price is only 7,00 PLN.
4) A ticket which is valid for 7 days (1 week), which can be utilised as many times as possible. It’s regular price is 40,00 PLN, however with a student ID card, it’s price is only 20,00 PLN.
5) A ticket which is valid for 1 month, which can be utilised as many times are possible. It’s regular price is 110,00 PLN,  however with a student ID card, it’s price is only 55,00 PLN.

IMPORTANT: Your student ID card must be one from the University of Bielsko-Biala, otherwise you cannot utilise student discounts when buying tickets.

Tickets (unless they are e-tickets bought through the use of mobile apps) must be scanned in a special machine inside the bus, usually near the entrance. Even once scanned, you should keep your ticket, in case of an ticket inspection. The fine for using bus transport without a valid ticket is 200 PLN, so please be careful, follow the law, and always have your personal ID documents available.  

Read more about the price of tickets here, and more about bus transportation in Bielsko-Biala here.

Q: What is the cost of transportation by taxi in Bielsko-Biala?
A: The cost of a taxi is quite attractive. A trip from the centre of the city to the student dormitory will cost around 15-20 PLN. Remember that if you try to find a taxi from a railway station or a nearby hotel, the price maybe significantly different. Rates during nighttime are also significantly higher. You can use the internet, or download a mobile application, to find good taxi companies.

Q: What is intercity bus transport like in Poland?
A: Between large cities in Poland, as well as between major European cities, there are developed bus connections. Timetables can mainly be found on the Internet, for exampe, here.

Q: What is train transport like in Poland?

A: The Silesian region recently announced new comfortable trains, which are much faster and more comfortable than older models. In our region there is also a special discount program for students who are up toup to 26 years old (a student ID card from the University of Bielsko-Biala is needed).
You can travel on commuter trains, express trains and international trains. The cost of  a ticket will depend on the type of train, class and distance.
The timetable is available on this page: PKP Timetable (Polish Rozkład jazdy).

Q: Can I open a bank account while in Poland?
A: It is possible to open a bank account as soon as you arrive in Poland, it’s even possible to do it through the internet before leaving your home country. Please be careful and check the conditions of different banks, since in some of them it may be very difficult and expensive to maintain and close an 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 the transactions made 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 without one. 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.

Q: Can I pay using a credit card in Poland?
A: In Poland credit cards (VISA, American Express, Euro Card etc.) are regularly used for daily payments, so you should not have any issue paying with a credit card. However, it is recommended that you always have some hard cash with you, in case a given shop does not accept credit card payments.

Q: Are public phones accessible?
Public phones are still accessible, for instance, in hotels.

Q: How is mobile communication in Poland?
The easiest option for students would be to bring their own phone (already unlocked) or to buy a prepaid package. Buying a 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
Anti-terrorism centre: 996
Emergency breakdown service: 981
Emergency (Mobile phone only): 112

Q: What are the postal serives like in Poland?
Post offices (Polish poczta) can be found all over the city at many points in every city. Costs depend on the 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. Find a post office in Bielsko-Biala here.

Q:What can I buy in a pharmacy?
: Cosmetics and medicaments are available at the Ppharmaciesy (Polish 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.

Q: Can I use my driving license?
A: 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 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 vehicle 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 your mobile phone whike driving a car is forbidden! Loud-speaking phone systems are allowed.

Drivers have to use hedlights 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.

Q: What are speed limits in Poland?
A: Speed limits:

  • residential areas – up to 20 km/h
  • built-up areas – up to 50 km/h
  • outside built-up areas – up to 90 km/h
  • one-lane expressway – up to 100 km/h
  • two-lane expressway – up to 120 km/h
  • motorway – up to 140 km/h

Q: What are weather conditions in Bielsko-Biala?
A: During the month of June, July and August you are most likely to experience good weather with pleasant average temperatures that fall between 20°C and 25°. Be aware, winter conditions, especially in Bielsko-Biala, which is located in a mountainous region, can be rough. That includes strong wind and snowy conditions. The average temperature for January is -3°C, but it can even fall to -25°C. The weather gets warmer after first three months of the year. During spring, rain is much more common, so an umbrella is definitely useful to have.
More about weather in Bielsko Biała here and here.

27 July 2021
Services for Students with Disabilities

University of Bielsko-Biala takes all the necessary precautions to ensure a life withouth barriers for our physically challenged students by offering:
- the opportunity of availing of the help of a teaching assistant
- the opportunity of changing the form of participation in classes (e.g. by participation in a videoconference or increasing the permissible number of hours of absence from classes with the option of making up for them in a manner agreed with the teacher)
- possibility to change a given place / date of sitting exam
- extension of the time of examination / graded assignment.

Classes and exams take place in venues free of architectural barriers. On the premises of the University of Bielsko-Biala there are marked parking spaces, as well as appropriate facilities for wheelchairs: elevators (except for building "B"), thresholds, ramps, toilets adapted to the needs of people with disabilities. In addition, on the basis of an agreement between the University authorities and the Bielsko-Biała City Hall, students with physical disabilities are transported to and from the University.
The library facilities are adapted to the needs of the disabled. The Library and Reading Room are located on the ground floor of the L building. You can park your car near the entrance. The lack of thresholds and carpeting make it easier for people in wheelchairs to move around. On the ground floor, next to the reception desk, there is a toilet adapted for the disabled.

The Reading Room has a workstation for the disabled, provided with a 23-inch screen that enables easy enlargement of the text, a keyboard adapted for the blind and partially sighted (contrasting colours, capital letters and Braille characters), as well as headphones. IVONA Text-to-Speech software has also been installed.
The library has an on-line Prolib catalogue containing bibliographic descriptions of all collections available in the library. Books available at the Lending Department can be ordered remotely. In the university network, the Library's readers have access to full-text Polish and foreign-language databases. You can log in to the databases on the EBSCO platform from outside the university network. The access password can be obtained by the readers by phone from Monday to Friday from 8.00 a.m. to 3.00 p.m. (telephone number 33 82 79 272) or by sending a request to the following email address: Disabled readers are served first. Library staff are available to assist in finding and delivering library materials. Authorised persons can collect books from the library on behalf of a disabled person. An appropriate document template can be downloaded from the Library website.

The support system of the University of Bielsko-Biala meets the needs of students with disabilities in terms of architectural accessibility, adaptation of forms of education and supporting technologies.The Rector's plenipotentiary provides consultations for students with disabilities. If you have a question, call us on +48 33279434 or write to us:

More info in Polish: read more>
24 February 2021
Partner Institutions and Projects

Image by Gerd Altmann via Pixabay

The University of Bielsko-Biala cooperates with many academic centres and research institutes all over the world to build partnerships to help better the experience for students. The number of bilateral agreements is growing rapidly each year. We currently have over 100 Erasmus+ agreements in the EU and beyond, as well as about 50 bilateral agreements covering scientific and educational cooperation with foreign partners.

Erasmus+ agreements
Bilateral agreements



Erasmus+ Strategic Partnerships  
Social Skills in Blended Learning for Better Student Achievement

YETI - Young Entrepreneurial Teachers Initiative
Innovations for Big Data in a Real World –  iBIG World
NICE – Network for Inter-Institutional Cooperation in Entrepreneurial Education

PIETE – Partnership for Initial Entrepreneurship Teacher Education

Citizens, Equality, Rights and Values programme (CERV)
LITMAG - Testing the Boundaries and paving the way to democratization. East European Literary Magazines 1945 – 2004

International Visegrad Fund
Cooperation in promoting the directions of cultural tourism and cultural heritage in Ukraine and the V4 countries

Iceland, Lichtenstein, Norway grants

Citizen journalism for enhancement of regional development. Development of the interdisciplinary curricula and implementation of teaching innovations (1/3/2022 – 29/2/2024)


Erasmus+ Strategic Partnerships 
GPSV – Geometrical Product Specification and Verification as toolbox to meet up-to-date technical requirements
Find your inner inventor

The POWER Structural Funds
Invest in yourself it is never too late. The model of increasing the access of people aged 50+ to various forms of lifelong learning

Visegrad Fund
Corporate social responsibility Academy in V4 – Universities for society
Cross-border Bees in V4 Countries – Building of Educational Entrepreneurship Start-ups in V4 Group

To find out more about projects contact Science and External Cooperation Office
that reports directly to the Vice-Rector for Science and External Cooperation. Its main tasks are:
  • cooperation with the university's basic units in the task of planning, coordinating and reporting on research and development and scientific cooperation with foreign countries
  • preparation of the research policy of the university
  • auditing the financial merit of scientific projects financed from the state budget and transfer them to the authorities of state administration
  • providing information on existing legislation, procedures and their changes in the field of science and about scientific conferences, courses, internships, scholarships and opportunities to participate in research projects
  • coordination of work related to the implementation of university's internal grants
  • collection of data for evaluation research units in terms of scientific, economic and development of information, analyzes and to report in this area
  • assistance in the preparation of applications for scientific-research projects' funds and projects financed by the Structural Funds
  • identifying and updating data on the research potential of the University in the area of international research collaboration,
  • assistance in establishing and maintaining relationships and collaborative research with foreign institutions (bilateral agreements besides Erasmus+ IIA)
  • coordinating the matters relating to staff visits abroad.
Contact information of the Science and External Cooperation Office:

     ul. Willowa 2
     43-309 Bielsko-Biała
     building L, room: 311 (3rd floor)
     tel.: +48 (33) 82 79 330 or 445
     fax: + 48 (33) 82 79 201

Katarzyna Dudek, MSc
head of the office

Ewa Sobiecka, MSc

Maria Kamińska, MA
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22 February 2021
Course Cataloge in Russian
Are you a speaker of the Russian language? This course catalog will help you to pick up a study programme that fits your interest. Bear in mind that the courses are held in Polish except for MA in International Business and MSc in Computer Science that are held in English.  read more>
17 February 2021