Essential Items for Suitcase:
- Visa and Documentation
Prior to arriving in Poland, international students must have a valid visa or residence permission. Students from non-EU/EEA nations should submit an application for a student visa at the Polish embassy or consulate there. Additionally, you are required to bring any ORIGINAL personal or academic documents they need for enrolling, including their passport, ID card, and transcripts.
- Health Insurance
It is mandatory for all international students to have health insurance during their stay in Poland. You can either purchase it in your home country or get it upon your arrival in Poland.
Poland has a temperate climate, with cold winters (November – March) and mild summers. Most students wear casual clothes on campus, but you may also want to pack more formal attire and any traditional cultural clothing for special events. International students should pack warm clothes as the temperature can drop below freezing in winter.
Have at least 200 euros in cash. Before you can open a bank account, you will need this to pay for taxi fares, food, and other necessities when you first arrive.
Arriving to Poland …
There are a few different modes of transportation you can use to go from Warsaw to our university in Rzeszow.
- A 40-minute domestic flight, which normally costs around 100 Euro, is an option.
- As an alternative, you can travel for about 20 Euro on a 5-hour bus trip.
If you fly into Krakow, you can go to Rzeszow in two hours on a bus or train for about 20 euros.
Arriving to Rzeszow…
New international students who are adjusting to life in Rzeszow can get assistance from our „Buddy” program. You will be assigned a fellow student Buddy who will contact you before you arrive in Poland. They will provide you with all the information you need about the university and the town, and help you settle in when you arrive. Your Buddy will meet you in Rzeszow, take you to your dormitory and show you around the university campus. From your arrival, they will provide practical assistance and support, ensuring that you feel confident and prepared to start your new journey. You can count on us to support you every step of the way.
Accommodation for international students is provided in shared rooms in a dormitory building conveniently located near the town center. The monthly cost for this accommodation is approximately 100 Euro. Once you have chosen this option, the university will confirm your room as soon as possible.
Rzeszow is a vibrant student city, where every third person on the street is a university student. As such, the city is well equipped to meet the needs of students. There are also private rental options available, ranging from rooms in apartments to entire houses, depending on your budget. Prices for private accommodation range from 150 to 250 Euro per month.
Transportation in the city is affordable and convenient. Buses are the most commonly used mode of transportation by our students, and with a valid student ID card, you can claim a discounted bus ticket for about 45 Euros per semester (from October to February). In addition, we offer a free university shuttle bus that runs several times a day between our campuses in Rzeszow and Kielnarowa, making it easy for you to get around. So, whether you prefer public transportation or university-provided shuttles, getting around the city and between campuses won’t be an issue.
Before your studies commence, Orientation Week offers a unique opportunity to explore our university’s rich history, vibrant culture, and academic standards. This week is designed to familiarize you with the university’s academic policies and expectations, as well as our legal requirements. By attending, you will be able to connect with fellow students and learn how to succeed academically and personally during your time in Rzeszow.
What you should expect
Language: Although all our classes are conducted in English, it may be helpful to learn some basic Polish phrases to communicate with locals and to navigate around the city. To facilitate your language learning, our university offers a Polish class that is specifically designed for non-native speakers. This course will provide you with a strong foundation in the Polish language, covering basic vocabulary, grammar, and communication skills. By enrolling in this class, you will have the opportunity to learn from experienced instructors who are dedicated to helping you achieve your language learning goals.
Culture: Poland has a rich cultural heritage, with a strong emphasis on literature, music, and art. You can explore Poland’s cultural offerings by visiting museums, attending concerts and festivals, and trying traditional Polish cuisine.
Banking: You may want to set up a bank account in Poland to manage your finances. Most banks require a passport, student ID, and a proof of address (which can be obtained from your dormitory).
Social Life: The university and the city offer many opportunities to socialize and meet new people. Our university also has different clubs also for you to interact with other international students. Joining student clubs or organizations is a great way to make new friends and get involved in campus activities.