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If you are applying to the following programmes: Navigation, Mechanical engineering and Mechatronics, it is obligatory for you to submit International Medical Certificate for service at Sea/ Medical Fitness Certificate for seafarers – this is a formal confirmation that you fulfil all health-related requirements to work as a seaman in the future. Certain medical conditions might prevent you from following this career therefore it is crucial to make sure you check your eligibility before you start compiling other application documents.

Medical examination includes laboratory  tests (complete blood count, OB, blood sugar level, urine test), chest X-ray, neurological, ENT, ophthalmological and general medical examinations. Please note that there are different types of health certificates depending which degree programme you are applying to - you can obtain either deck officer fitness certificate or engine room fitness certificate - so do not forget to inform your doctor about your academic /professional interests.

You can obtain the INTERNATIONAL MEDICAL CERTIFICATE FOR SEAFARERS:

  1. at the Maritime University of Szczecin during the application process – you may undergo all necessary medical examinations, providing you have paid the enrolment fee (PLN 85) and submitted all necessary application documents to the International Students and Mobility Office. Having obtained the referral from the Office, you are expected to appear at the medical centre during the admission window (completing all medical tests takes ca. 3 days).
  2. if you are not planning to come to the University during the admissions period you can obtain the certificate in your home country (at your own cost). Please remember that not every doctor can issue such a certificate - it has to be a doctor that is officially appointed by maritime administration in your country. To find out how to obtain medical certificate for seafarers in your country we recommend contacting your local maritime administration.  Once you obtain it, do not forget to send us a copy of your certificate along with other application documents.
Holders of permanent stay card can study at the Maritime University of Szczecin free of charge only when they are studying full time programmes delivered in Polish. Studying part time programmes or programmes in English, they are obligated to pay the same tuition as Polish citizens.
Please note that this rule does not apply to holders of temporary residence permit. In this case studying at the Maritime University of Szczecin is on tuition-paying basis
Holders of Polish Card can study at the Maritime University of Szczecin free of charge when they are studying full time programmes in Polish. Studying part time programmes or programmes in English, they are obligated to pay the same tuition as Polish citizens
If all classes in your secondary school (or at a university where you completed your undergraduate programme) were conducted in English (not just language classes but all the classes) such high school leaving certificate (or a university diploma) is a sufficient proof of language proficiency to study in English.

Please note, however, that your certificate/diploma (or its supplement) must contain the specific information on language in which the classes were conducted. Otherwise you are required to submit an official language fluency certificate.
To prove your proficiency in Polish language you can either:
  1. Submit a certificate from the State Commission of Proficiency in Polish as Foreign Language – more details on their website www.certyfikatpolski.pl  or
  2. Submit a document confirming that you completed a  9-month preparatory Polish language course organized by the Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education (check details http://www.go-poland.pl/polish-your-polish ) or
  3. Take an entry language exam at the Maritime University of Szczecin before the beginning of the academic year to prove your Polish language fluency. The exam is fee-based  (the cost is about PLN 350 and comprises also 140-hour Polish culture introduction course, including Polish language classes at A2/B1 level).
The application deadlines are listed in the section: ADMISSIONS > DEADLINES.

If you apply to a degree programme delivered in Polish language please remember that all your application documents must be submitted to the University in paper version by the end of the admissions window. Make sure you dispatch your documents well in advance if you are not going to come to Szczecin and submit them in person. Only applicants for programmes delivered in English are allowed to submit their documents in digital version via email.

If you do not know Polish you can apply to our English-taught programmes.
If you are, however, determined  to study in Polish we recommend you start learning it as soon as possible. You can start by checking offer of Polish courses in your home country. To start your studies you need to be at B1 level in terms of Polish language fluency.
During the application process we require:

If you decide to take the enrty exam with us please be aware that it is on fee-paying basis. The cost is about PLN 350 and the price comprises also 140-hour Polish culture introduction course (organized in September before the beginning of the classes). The course includes city sightseeing, Polish language classes and University orientation programme. Please note that the language classes during the course require all participants to be at least at A2 level (not the pre-beginner level).
Accommodation and subsistence during the course are not included in the price – you can however stay in MUS students' house for the price of 16,50 PLN per night (the length of the course is ca. 3-4 weeks).

Your high school leaving certificate or university undergraduate diploma issued outside Poland need to be legalised – which means that the authencity of the documents must be verified by competent authority in your country. If the country where your certificate or diploma was issued has signed the Hague Convention Abolishing the Requirement of Legalisation for Foreign Public Documents the process is simplified and you are only obliged to obtain an apostil. You can check here whether your country has signed the Convention  and where you can apply for an apostil.

An apostil is a stamp or a printed form on the certificate or diploma consisting of 10 numbered standard fields. On the top there is the text APOSTILLE, under which the text Convention de La Haye du 5 Octobre 1961 (French for Hague Convention of 5 October 1961) is placed.

If your country has not signed the Hague convention the document's legalisation remains within the competence of a Polish consular office in the country in which the document was issued. You need to contact the consulate or embassy to check the procedure.

Sworn translator is a person of public trust who specializes in translation of court and official documents, certification of foreign-language copies of such documents and who can certify translations and copies made by other persons. The sworn translator certifies translations and copies of documents by affixing his/her seal containing his/her name and surname in the surround, and the information about the language he/she translates to and from, as well as the number under which he/she has been entered on the national list of sworn translators. The list of all sworn translators registered in Poland can be found here – some of them even work outside Poland.
Please note that most of the sworn translators cooperate with Translation Offices (Biuro Tłumaczeń) – you can contact such company and ask them about the service of sworn translation.

Below you can find a few examples of Translation Offices from Szczecin. You can also contact any other translation office of your choosing as long as they offer sworn translations.



 
Name of the companyPrice per pageWebsite
Biuro Tłumaczeń LEGATO RUS: 30-35 zł, UKR: 35-40 zł
CJO EFFEKT UKR/RUS: 35 zł
ADLER Biuro Tłumaczeń UKR/BLR: 50 zł, RUS: 40 zł
Biuro Tłumaczeń ILS UKR/BLR: 55 zł, RUS: 47 zł
Biuro Tłumaczeń UKR/RUS: 55-63 zł, BLR: 45-55 zł
Full-time studies differ from part-time studies with regard to several aspects:
  1. FEES. Part-time studies are tuition-based for all students. Full-time studies are payable for students not eligible to study on the principles applicable for Polish citizens. The amounts of fees are provided in the TUITION FEES section.
  2. TIMETABLE. Classes within full-time studies take place Monday to Friday between 8:00 and 16:15. Classes within part-time studies are arranged in two ways:
    a) shore-based (non-sea-going) fields of study - at weekends (Friday - Sunday)
    b) marine (sea-going) programmes - during 10-week intensive learning sessions (for example from January to March), with classes Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 6:00 pm and the rest of the year  free (except for self-study and project time).
  3. CLOTHING. Full-time students of marine (sea-going) fields of study receive uniforms, which are the obligatory clothing at the University. On the other hand, part-time students of marine (sea-going) fields of study as well as students of all shore-based (non-sea-going) fields of study do not wear uniforms.
  4. CURRICULUM. Part-time students have fewer classes and less material to learn than full-time students.
  5. PRACTICAL TRAINING. Full-time students of marine (sea-going) fields of study have to complete their seagoing service during terms specifically assigned for this purpose (5th  and 7th or 6th and 7th). Part-time students of marine fields of study have to complete seagoing service during each year of studying. On the other hand, students of shore-based fields of study do not complete seagoing service but standard practical training in enterprises operating in a sector related to their field of study.