The Learning Agreement
The Learning Agreement is an official Erasmus+ document, which is issued to students taking part in a study exchange through the programme. A Learning Agreement is a programme of study that you draw up with your programme coordinator, listing module name and credits for each of the classes you will attend during you stay in Krakow. The purpose is to record your provisional module choices, and have them approved and signed by contacts in your home university and at the University of Sheffield. Your home institution should issue you with this document before you start your mobility. You can find an example of the Learning Agreement the Pontifical University of John Paul II in Krakow issues to its outgoing Erasmus+ students below:
When do I have to complete this document?
The deadline is 30st of June, 2016 to complete and send it before they arrive in Cracow.
You are advised to check with your host department in Cracow as well as your coordinator in your home institution to see what their particular requirements are in relation to the Learning Agreement.
How do I complete it?
Please follow the instructions on the 'Registering for Courses' page and write your provisional module choices on the Learning Agreement. You can then pass it to your coordinator in your home university for approval.
Some Important Notes on Learning Agreements
The Learning Agreement is a confirmation of your provisional module choices. It does NOT guarantee that you will be allowed to sign up for all your chosen courses when you arrive
The Learning Agreement must always be signed by the departmental Erasmus Coordinator (i.e. the academic contact). Global Opportunities are not able to authorise your modules.
I haven't been asked to complete a Learning Agreement! Don't worry. You may not have to.
Please check with your Erasmus coordinator in your home university if you are not sure.
I have been asked to get the Learning Agreement signed when I arrive in Cracow. This is also fine.
Please speak to your Erasmus tutor in Sheffield to arrange this.
Transcript of Records
At the end of your studies in Krakow you may have your results certified on a document called the transcript of records. This document lists all the courses that you have attended.
Poland has joined the process of shaping the European Area of Higher Education. Poland is a member of: Poland is a member of: –Bologna Declaration, –Bologna Declaration, aimed at gaining higher compatibility and comparability of the higher education systems – –European Association of Institutions in Higher Education (EURASHE), – –European University Association (EUA) and – –the National Unions of Students in Europe (ESIB). International inter-college or inter-university partnership initiatives are extremely popular.
The Pontifical University of John Paul II in Cracow participates in the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). This system provides a way of measuring and comparing academic achievements throughout the EU so that you may be transferred from one institution to another. More information you can find: http://www.nauka.gov.pl/en/higher-education-system/ and http://go-poland.pl/structure-studies-poland.
In addition to the grading scale, there are HEIs in the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) under which a certain number of credits are allocated to a given subject, independently of the grade awarded. To complete a year successfully, a student has to collect 60 credits (30 per semester).
The ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) is the standard adopted by all universities in the European Higher Education Area (EHEA) in the process of convergence between Europe’s higher education systems. Since 2007, all Polish higher education institutions have been required to use ECTS for both credit transfer and accumulation within their degree programmes. The ECTS credits allow foreign students’ periods of study at HEIs in Poland to be recognised.
ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) Student can take transfer to study in any EU country.
Example: Study 1st year in Poland/ 2nd year in any University in the EU (European Union) country.
Polish Higher Education System Examinations (cont.) Polish higher education institutions, apart from the above mentioned marking system, have successively been introducing the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). Polish higher education institutions, apart from the above mentioned marking system, have successively been introducing the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). It assumes that a certain amount of ECTS points are awarded for a subject regardless of the mark given. It assumes that a certain amount of ECTS points are awarded for a subject regardless of the mark given. Depending on the subject, a student receives between 2 to 12–14 ECTS for a pass-level mark. Depending on the subject, a student receives between 2 to 12–14 ECTS for a pass-level mark. After successfully passing an exam, a student should request confirmation and information as to how many points have been awarded. After successfully passing an exam, a student should request confirmation and information as to how many points have been awarded. To pass a term or year successfully, a student requires 30 or 60 points respectively. To pass a term or year successfully, a student requires 30 or 60 points respectively. Increasingly Polish students are carrying out part of their studies at universities abroad, which is possible in part due to the ECTS system. Increasingly Polish students are carrying out part of their studies at universities abroad, which is possible in part due to the ECTS system. It is also thanks to the ECTS points system that foreign students can claim the period of studies carried out at a Polish higher education institutions. It is also thanks to the ECTS points system that foreign students can claim the period of studies carried out at a Polish higher education institutions.
The Polish grading system: Grades are given from 5 to 2.
5.0 = Very good = "5" or "bdb"
4.5 = Good Plus = "+4" or "db+"
4.0 = Good = "4" or "db"
3.5 = Satisfactory Plus = "+3" or "dst+"
3.0 = Satisfactory = "3" or "dst"
2.0 = Unsatisfactory (fail) = "2" or "ndst"
ECTS credits: 1 full academic year = 60 credits; 1 semester = 30 credits.
180 points is the minimal number of points that a PSE student should obtain over three years of studies.
For more information: http://www.studyineurope.eu/ects-system
Students who are citizens of European Union or European Economic Area do not need a visa when entering Poland. However, for stays exceeding 3 months, they should obtain a temporary residence permit at the Department of Nationals' and Foreigners' Affairs, address: ul. Przy Rondzie 6, ground floor (foreigners' affairs room)
Information about the documents that have to be submitted by the student to the Voivodeship Office in order to obtain the residence permit and other details are presented in the section Legalization of Stay.
Visa requirements depend on your citizenship. From some international students it is required to have a passport and student visa in order to enter Poland, while others only require a visa if they arrive in Poland with the intention of studying, even if they do not need one to cross the border. For information about the visa procedure for non EU citizens, please contact the Polish Consulate in your home country. For visa formalities and residence cards you may contact the Department of Nationals' and Foreigners' Affairs, address: ul. Przy Rondzie 6, ground floor (foreigners' affairs room). Student from a non-EU country are required to possess a visa. It should be issued by a competent domestic authority before arrival to Poland. A short-term visa entitles you to stay in Poland for up to 3 months; a long-term visa - up to 1 year. Students who have a visa do not need to legalize their stay in Poland.
Arrival and public transportation
Krakow is easy to reach by plane and train. The airport is located about 16 km from the centre of town, which could be reached by taxi or public bus. There are direct flights to Krakow from several European cities, so you can come here from all over the world directly or with one change.
The nearest MPK ticket selling point - ul. Podwale 3
In order to find the right connection with tram and bus - use the page "Jak dojade"
For more information about the public transport in Kraków see here.
Study in Kraków
Krakow is located on the bank of the Wisła river, in the south of Poland, in the Małopolska. It has a population of app. 756.000. Eight million people visit Krakow every year. Besides the town's beauty and its historic sights Krakow offers to its visitors numerous leisure activities, such as cinemas, theatres, concerts and museums.
Students who choose to study abroad in Krakow complete their courses at Pontifical University.
This former capital of Poland has always been famous for its beauty, charm and culture. With a student population of 150,000, the city has a youthful and energetic vibe. Young and old people alike stroll through the main market square throughout the day and evening. Krakow is unique in its beauty; unlike most Polish cities, Krakow’s structures survived WWII virtually undamaged. UNESCO has since included the city on it’s list of World Heritage Sites. St. Mary’s Church, with its dark blue ceiling lined with stars, and the Wawel Castle are two of the city’s most significant historical treasures. This lively and beautiful city is easily navigable either on foot or using the tram system. The friendly and welcoming people of Poland await students in Krakow!
chanting Main Market Square filled with cafés, restaurants and jazz clubs
Active student life
Polish hospitality and cuisine
Close to the Tatra Mountains – great for hiking and skiing
Poland’s cultural capital
Mid-sized city – easy to walk everywhere
A city of kings, popes, poets, Nobel and Oscar prize winners
In order to receive the student ID card
you need to provide a pass photo, and pay for the student ID card 17 PLN with a money transfer on the individual bank account number given in your email by Institutional Erasmus Coordinator.
Keep in mind that you must extend the student ID card in our office after one semester if you stay longer than one semester at the The Pontifical University of John Paul II in Cracow.
The Univeristy presumes that international students have sufficient funds in order to cover the costs of living during their stay in Krakow.
A list of expenses that students might have per month is following:
- a month's rent for a double room: 300 - 500 PLN,
- single room in a flat – from 800 PLN per month
- meals in the city centre (grill bar, small restaurant): about 200 PLN,
- semester ticket (public transport): about 200 PLN,
- food: about 300 PLN
- telephone, entertainment, sundries: about 200 PLN
Your monthly bill will be determined by your personal lifestyle.
Health insurance is compulsory for all students of the Pontifical University of John Paul II in Krakow. Students from European Union member states whose health expenses are cowered in their own country must be able to submit the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). These are issued by the health insurance authorities of the students' home countries. This card provides you with the same health insurance rights and benefits as Polish citizens.
International students at the Pontifical University of John Paul II in Krakow must have an insurance that is valid in Poland, because the University does not provide any health insurance for students EU students should have their own insurance valid for the territory of European Union (for example European Health Insurance Card or other).Students from other countries than from European Union should obtain medical care/health insurance from their home country or hold an European Health Insurance Card; or sign an individual medical care agreement directly with an insurer (e.g. Polish National Health Fund, ul. Batorego 24, call centre: (+48) (12) 19488; Falck, call centre: 19675; PZU Życie S.A., call centre: 0801 111 811, etc.). The monthly cost of individual insurance is ca. 50 PLN.
Which Discounts are Available for Students in Cracow?
Students in Cracow enjoy a variety of discounts: from ordering a pizza to going to museums, as well as using public transportation. If you need further assistance, please contact us at Falkon Relocation and we’ll be able to help you.
Discounts in Cracow’s cultural institutions
Usually cultural institutions (cinemas, theaters, zoos, art galleries) offer concessionary tickets for students, but some of them only for those, who are under the age of 26. Museums are legally obliged to sell the reduced price tickets to students. The discount is granted upon presentation of a valid student ID card (legitymacja studencka).
Here are some of the cultural institutions that offer discounts in Cracow: Bagatela Theatre, Pod Baranami Cinema, MOCAK Museum, Historical Museum of the city of Cracow and the Bunkier Sztuki Gallery. Also there are many private businesses, which owners offer reduced prices for the students (restaurants, bookstores can give 10% discount on school materials and books, language schools, some services etc) who present a student ID card. If a shop or place grant a discount, it’s usually advertised at the entrance, through leaflets, on the website or by a cashier.
Discounts in Cracow’s urban public transportation
According to the law, foreign students studying in Poland under the age of 26 are entitled to buy discounted tickets (50%) for the city public transportation in Cracow. In case of ticket control, you’ll need to show your valid student ID (legitymacja studencka) issued by your Polish academy. Students studying abroad who visit Cracow may buy the half-priced tickets as well if they present a valid Euro 26 or ISIC card and are younger than 26 years old.
Discounts in railway transportation (PKP)
The regulations on the railway transportation in Poland give students (under the age of 26 and PhD students under the age of 35) a statutory 51% discount for a single ticket, as well as for a monthly pass. Foreign students (studying in Poland or abroad, under 26), holding a valid student ID, issued by a Polish academy or an ISIC card, have the same 51% discount. All the students also have to present a document confirming their age if it’s not written on a student ID or ISIC card. The discount is only valid for the 2nd class tickets and is not valid for international connections. More information here.
Discounts in intercity bus transportation (PKS)
The statutory discount for bus tickets for students covers the monthly passes only and it’s 51% of the normal price. Different PKS operators, as well as private bus operators, are therefore not obliged to sell cheaper student’s single tickets, but many of them do. The discount varies depending on the route, bus type and the bus company. You can find information about discounts on the websites of all bus companies and at the ticket windows. Usually, you’ll get a 20%-30% discount and the document needed is a valid student ID, issued by a Polish academy. More information here.