Legalisation & eligibility

If your bachelor's diploma was issued by a non-Polish or non-EU/OECD/EFTA institution, you need to legalise it or endorse it with an apostille.

LEGALIZATION OF YOUR DOCUMENTS

Your diploma may be legalised by:

  • a consul of the Republic of Poland residing in the territory of the country where (or in the education system of which) the document was issued;
  • education authorities of the country where (or in the education system of which) the document was issued;
  • diplomatic representation or consular office of the country where (or in the education system of which) the document was issued, accredited in any EU/EFTA/OECD member state.

What does legalization look like?

Normally, it is a stamp from the Embassy or Consulate. If your legalization was carried out by the Ministry of Education, then the stamp will indicate the name of the institution. Please note that we do not accept legalizations from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. 

If a country in which a given document was issued is a party to The Hague Convention of 5 October 1961, legalisation is replaced by an apostille.

The list of countries which signed to The Hague Convention can be found on HCCH WEBSITE On this website you can also check where you can obtain an apostille.

What does an apostille look like?

It is usually a sticker attached to your document with the word “apostille” on it. 

HOW TO CHECK IF I AM ELIGIBLE FOR SECOND CYCLE STUDIES IN POLAND?

To be admitted to second-cycle studies in Poland, you need to present the higher education diploma (MA, BA, Bsc, engineer or equivalent) and transcript of grades, entitling you to continue the tertiary education in the country where the diploma was issued. 

We also suggest that you bring with you the eligibility letter which is a formal proof that your degree allows you to continue higher education in the educational system in which it was issued. It can be issued by the ministry of education, your university or sometimes by the Polish Embassy.