Polish higher education employs the “LMD system”—licence, master, doctorate—now used throughout the European Union. The system is designed to facilitate student mobility within Europe and around the world. Using this common structure, degrees are awarded on the basis of the number of semesters the student has completed since entering higher education and the corresponding number of ECTS credits earned.
Licence: 6 semesters (3 years) completed and 180 ECTS credits earned
Master: 4 more semesters completed and 120 additional ECTS credits, for a total of 5 years of study and 300 ECTS credits earned
Doctorate: Usually obtained after 16 semesters (8 years)
ECTS: European Credit Transfer System Within the European Union, the international validation of degrees rests on on a common system of academic credits called ECTS credits (European Credit Transfer System). ECTS credits are cumulative and transferable. So when you transfer from one European institution to another, you’ll always get credit for the work you’ve done.
In order to graduate, students are required to:
- pass a performance assessment for all subjects, integrated placements and practical work sessions, and pass all examinations covered by the study programme set for a given field of study;
- present, at an appointed date, a diploma project and attain a pass mark for that project;
- pass the diploma examination.
Upon graduation, the student receives a diploma of completion of studies in a specific field of study together with a Diploma Supplement(copy of the diploma translated into a foreign language, describing the degree, level and specialization).
Polish Degrees are officially recognized in Poland, European Union, and rest of the World. Each institution is free to set its own admission criteria and make its own admission decisions based on each applicant’s background and the demands of the program to which the applicant seeks admission.