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Application rules

International Baccalaureate Diploma in 2020

Due to the decision made on 23 March 2020 by the International Baccalaureate Organization on the cancelation of the International Baccalaureate exam session, we would like to inform candidates that the Jagiellonian University closely monitors information made public by the IBO on the diplomas issued to the graduates in 2020.

Information about admissions of International Baccalaureate graduates to Jagiellonian University programmes in 2020 will be published on the welcome.uj.edu.pl website in due time.

Applications for all candidates to all programmes at the JU are submitted in accordance with one of two sets of admission rules:

  • for Polish citizens,
  • for foreigners, i.e. persons who do not hold Polish citizenship

If you don’t have Polish citizenship

you must apply as foreigner. All candidates who do not have Polish citizenship, who apply for studies at the Jagiellonian University, take part in admission due to the same application rules, regardless of their qualifications.

If you have Polish citizenship (even as dual citizenship)

you must apply on the basis of rules for Polish citizens. Remember: if you hold multiple citizenships and Polish is one of them (e.g. dual citizenship), then you are legally a Polish citizen and you must apply on the basis of rules for Polish citizens.

Undergraduate programmes

Formal entry requirements

All applicants for first- and long-cycle (undergraduate) programmes must be holders of either a Polish Matura certificate or of another document entitling its holder to undertake undergraduate programmes in its country of issuance. 

Additional formal requirements for each study programme (such as having earned a specific number of points from interview verifying level of competency in the English language) can be found on the OAS website in respective study cards in „Calculating the final result” section.

Final result calculation for foreigners

The interview conducted in English. Its aim is to assess candidate's aptitude for the programme, including their English proficiency.

Final result calculation for Polish citizens

In most cases the basis for final result calculation are the results of exams passed by the candidate in their country of graduation which are equivalent to Polish nowa Matura state exam (document entitling its holder to undertake undergraduate first- or long-cycle programmes in its country of issuance or International Baccalaureate, European Baccalaureate, Polish nowa Matura).

Results are assigned to 19 subjects and their results are calculated on the basis of documents submitted by the candidate that confirm their graduation from a secondary school and their results of additional external examination (it is depended on system of education in country of issuance). If a candidate holds any achievements earned in olympiads recognized by the Jagiellonian University, these are also respected, provided all formal requirements have been met.

If scale of grades of your results is different from Polish education system your results will be converted to 0-100 scale for admission purposes.

Summarizing, the final result calculation is based on:

  • qualification criteria established for the programme by the university, and
  • type of secondary qualifications candidate holds.

Candidates are additionally formally required to pass an interview verifying their command of the English language. The interview is passed successfully upon earning at least 60% of total points. Holders of documents confirming competency in the English language at least at B2 level are awarded 100% of total points and are not required to take the interview. List of selected documents confirming the command of English, recognized at the Jagiellonian University, may be found here: list of documents.

The detailed qualification rules and information on final result calculation for programme of your choice can be found on the OAS website in respective study card in ‘Calculating the final result’ tab. If you have any questions regarding final result calculation, please contact the Department of Admissions at welcome@uj.edu.pl.

Graduate programmes

Formal entry requirements

To apply for second-cycle (graduate) programmes candidates must hold a diploma of graduation from at least first-cycle programme or another document, either deemed equal with an appropriate Polish diploma, or giving its holder right to undertake second-cycle studies in the country of issuance.

Additional formal requirements for each study programme (such as having earned a specific number of points from interview verifying level of competency in the English language) can be found on the OAS website in respective study cards in 'qualification rules' tab.

Final result calculation

Order on the ranking lists is determined by candidates' final results calculated on the basis of:

  • higher education grades or/and
  • entrance exams (interview, test or written examination) or/and
  • additional element (e.g. motivation letter, description of academic and educational achievements)

The detailed qualification rules and information on final result calculation for programme of your interest can be found on the OAS website in respective study card in ‘Calculating the final result’ part.

If you have any questions please contact the Department of Admissions at welcome@uj.edu.pl.

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