Student Welfare Office 

Kozminski University Student Welfare Office  

The Student Welfare Office aims to help foreign students to adapt to the University and Polish culture in a fast and simple way. Here every foreign student can tell us about his/her problem and receive support and guidance on a wide range of academic and personal issues. Listed below is some essential information regarding the legalization of stay, accommodation, insurance, transportation, culture etc. that will help you to plan your stay in Warsaw and manage your day-to-day challenges.

We also encourage you to contact the Kozminski International Business School staff(organizational/academic issues). We are always ready to assist you and answer all your queries. 

For additional information regarding application process and student’s welfare please contact the Student Welfare Office: welfare@kozminski.edu.pl

If you are already a student at Kozminski University and have questions regarding your English track studies contact the   KIBS (Kozminski International Business School) Programs Office (room D-33):

 

  • Paulina Kowalska: bbaprogram@kozminski.edu.pl ;
  • Karolina Rębowska: krebowska@alk.edu.pl;
  • Aneta Gąsiewska: gasiewska@alk.edu.pl 

 

To receive news from Kozminski University regarding student life and events you may get in touch with the Student Council or the Erasmus Student Network via Facebook: 

 

 

 

 

You may also find some useful information on different subjects regarding your stay in Poland here: 

 

 

 

Preparing to study in Poland

Preparing to study in Poland 

We recommend that you prepare for your departure carefully and as early as possible since it is often difficult and time-consuming to complete all formalities and prepare the necessary papers.

Before you leave: 

 

  • Obtain a passport valid during your stay in Poland (it is advised that the validity of your passport exceeds the duration of your planned stay in Poland by at least 6 months);
  • If necessary, apply for a Polish visa (Please, contact the closest embassy or consulate in your country for more information);
  • Before you leave it is recommended to make a health insurance in your home country, that will cover your stay in Poland. EU citizens are highly recommended to obtain European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). It allows you to use medical services in public hospitals not only Poland but also in 28 EU countries, Iceland, Lichtenstein, Norway and Switzerland, under the same conditions and at the same cost (free in Poland) as people insured in that countries. Cards are issued by your national health insurance provider.
  • Get a written confirmation (from a bank) that you have sufficient financial support for the entire period of study. You may further need it for residence permit procedure;

How to get here - Transportation to and around Warsaw

Getting to Warsaw 

Getting to Warsaw

By air

If you come to Poland by air, we strongly recommend you a direct flight to Warsaw (Frederic Chopin International Airport - Okęcie). Direct flight from many European cities, as well as from New York, Chicago, Toronto, Tel Aviv, etc. are available. The Okęcie airport is situated 10 km from the city centre. In order to get to the city you may take a taxi, a shuttle bus or use the local transport (ZTM) bus.

Airlines that fly to Warsaw Airport

Air Baltic, Air Berlin, Air France, Alitalia, Austrian Airlines, Belavia Belorusian Airlines, British Airways, Lot Polish Airlines, Germanwings, Brussels Airlines, Czech Airlines, El Al Israel Airlines, Finnair, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Lufthansa, SWISS, Turkish Airlines, Ukraine International Airlines, Wizzair, etc.

By train

Poland has a good network of rail lines. The fastest and most expensive are 'express trains' (Eurocity, Intercity), connecting Poland directly with major European capitals (Berlin, Brussels, Vilnius, Kiev, Vienna, Prague, Moscow, Budapest). Slightly slower are 'fast trains', on which no seat reservations are needed. Even slowerl 'passenger trains' reach almost every town around the country. 

An Intercity ticket from Cracow to Warsaw costs about 20 Euro; for a fast train you'll pay about 12 Euro. Brussels can be reached by train from Warsaw in about 17 hours. Tickets cost about 195 Euro (including a couchette); to Berlin, you can get in six hours for 45 Euro.

For detailed information please see the official website of Polish State Railways at:  http://rozklad-pkp.pl/bin/query.exe/en

By coach

Many travel agencies offer tickets for international coaches running to a variety of destinations across Europe. These buses are equiped with toilets, air-conditioning, reclining chairs, tea/coffee bars and other facilities. Young people (under 26) are offered a 10% discount. Discounts are also available to Euro26 and ISIC card holders. 'Polski Express' offers up to 30% discount to all ISIC card holders. For further information please contact your travel agency. 

 

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Living in Warsaw

Cost ofl living in Warsaw (per one semester) 

A reasonable total monthly budget would be about 500 - 600 Euro (excluding travels outside Poland as well as the costs of insurance). Although some students live on a much tighter budget. Examples above are based on good standard of accommodation.

Expenses PLN EURO
Accommodation
In a student house
In a flatshare

ca. 3000
3500-7000

ca. 750
875-1750
Approximate cost of living 5400-6000 1350-1500
Cost of educational materials 500 125
Other expenses 3000 750
Total (per one semester) 18950-21050 + tuition fee 4850-5375 + tuition fee

Examples of prices for products and services in Warsaw in 2011 given in PLN. Usually the exchange rate for EURO is about PLN/EUR = 4/1

Prodcut/Service PLN
bread 2
milk 2.5
butter 3
cheese 18 PLN / kg
coffe in a cafe 4-8
cinema ticket 20-25
fast-food meal 10-20
dinner in an average restaurant 50-80
pizza 15-30
single bus ticket for a student 1.8
monthly bus ticket for a student 45
good seat in the Opera 50

Cash machines (ATM) are available all over the city.

Expect your first month's expenses to be significantly higher.

Additional expenses which may occur include:

  • A refundable deposit for your accommodation (usually 1 or 2 moth's rent)
  • Initial expenditures (sheets, towels, cooking utensils, books, etc. depending on the accommodation provider)
  • Different fees and subscriptions, monthly tickets for public transportation, internet etc.
  • Health insurance (mandatory for non EU students)

Students are often offered various discounts (shops, transportation, theater, cinema, museums, bookshops). Always remember to present your student card.

Accommodation

Accommodation  

Kozminski University itself does not own housing facilities. However, Kozminski International Business School staff can assist you in finding accommodation at a public dormitory (limited availability) ar in a flatshare. Information regarding places available at a student house is available at the KIBS office but candidates interested in living in the dormitory must apply early. Dormitory accommodation is only available for international students during their first year of studies. Students who wish to seek privately-rented accommodation are advised to contact the office well before the beginning of their studies. KIBS office keeps an up-to-date list of available houses and flats in the city, and can offer advice and information in such matters as rent, contracts and utility charges. There are also accommodation agencies which we can recommend. Depending on location and size good standard flats in Warsaw are available from 350-450 EUR per month. We suggest for students to share flats and split the cost of rent betwen 2 or 3 people. This way accommodation can be cheaper than a student house and of better standard.

Get prepared for your arrival

Preparing to study in Poland 

Before you leave home 

We recommend that you prepare carefully and as early as possible for your departure as it is often difficult and time-consuming to complete all formalities and obtain the necessary papers.

  • Obtain a passport valid for the duration of your stay in Poland (it is advised that the validity of your passport should exceed the duration of your planned stay in Poland by at least 6 months)
  • If necessary, apply for a Polish entry visa (contact the local consulate in your country for more information)
  • Get a written confirmation that you have sufficient financial support for the entire period of study 
  • You will need a number of photographs (3,7x5,2cm) apart from the photos required in the admission process i.e. for your travel card, etc.
  • Collect the original documents listed in the Application Procedure (a-h items) 

 

Climate and clothing

Poland has a moderate climate with both maritime and continental elements. In general, summers are warm and winters are cool. The weather, however, tends to be fitful and the seasons may look quite different. Thus, the best advice we can give you is to be prepared for anything. The crucial clothing item is a warm jumper or sweater; in winter you will also need gloves, a scarf and a cap. 

For weather forcast please visit: www.pogodynka.pl/miasto.php 

 

Money and currency exchange

Poland's official currency is the zloty (PLN), divided into 100 groszy. The currency comes in coins (from 1 grosz to 5 zlotys) and bills (from 10 to 200 zlotys). The Polish zloty is fully convertible and available at numerous exchange points and banks throughout Warsaw and all other Polish cities. Banks in your country might not have zloty immediately available but it is usually possible to order a currency exchange. The exchange rates relatively stable but there are some slight fluctuations (approx. 1 USD = 3.00 PLN and 1 EUR = 4.00 PLN). To check the current exchange rate visit the website of the National Bank of Poland here: www.nbp.pl (rates are available here: www.nbp.pl/homen.aspx

The safest places to exchange currencies are banks. They may, however, offer lower exchange rates than other places. Some of them collect service fees (about 2-3% per transaction). Banks are open from Monday to Friday (average 9.00a.m. to 5.00p.m.), and some of them on Saturdays (till 1.00p.m.). Better exchange rates are offered by specialised currency exchange points but those in airports should generally be avoided due to infavorable exchange rates (even worse then banks). 

You can also withdraw money from your own bank or credit account using ATMs that are widely available all over the city. Look for a "Bankomat" sign. Most major debit and credit cards are accepted: VISA, American Express, Diner's Club, MasterCard, and Eurocard. Most sales points in the city accept credit card payments. 

Travellers' guide and cultural/business information: www.gowarsaw.eu/en