Our lecturer, Dr. Marcin Piatkowski appeared as a key note lecturer at the conference "Political and democratic Poland: 25 years of democracy, 10 years in the European Union" at the Universidad de Pacifico in Lima.
On december 16, 2013 Kozminski University obtained further rights to award Ph.D. degrees. The Central Comission for Degrees and Titles granted Kozminski University with the rights to award Ph.D. degrees in the field of finance.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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):
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:
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:
Getting to Warsaw
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.
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
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.
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.
In a student house
In a flatshare
|Approximate cost of living||5400-6000||1350-1500|
|Cost of educational materials||500||125|
|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
|cheese||18 PLN / kg|
|coffe in a cafe||4-8|
|dinner in an average restaurant||50-80|
|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:
Students are often offered various discounts (shops, transportation, theater, cinema, museums, bookshops). Always remember to present your student card.
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.
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.
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