Thank you for your interest in studying at the Lazarski University! Check what is needed to take part in the Erasmus+ Study Mobility at the our University and enjoy studying with us!

How to apply for studies?

Incoming Erasmus+ Students – Welcome!

Thank you for your interest in studying at the Lazarski University (PLWARSZAW14) under the Erasmus+ Framework.

Erasmus is without doubt the world’s most successful mobility programme. It allows students of European Universities to spend time in another EU institution.

By taking part in Erasmus+, you get the following benefits:

  • Financial grant of 750 EUR per month to cover the costs of your stay abroad (accommodation, food, pocket money)
  • An important experience to add in your CV that will give you a competitive advantage when applying for a job
  • Lots of new friends, exciting experiences and endless possibilities
  • A boost to your interpersonal and language skills
  • Lots of fun

In order to qualify, you need to fulfill the following criteria:

  • B2 - minimum level of the English language
  • enrolled for studies at the Lazarski's partner university

Deadlines:

The deadline for applying to our University for the fall semester is June 15th.

The deadline for application for the spring semester is December 15th.

All documents and nominations should be sent and acknowledged by our Erasmus office no later than these two dates, otherwise the application will be rejected.

To take part in the Erasmus+ Study Mobility at the Lazarski University you have to first contact the International or Erasmus Office at your Home University. This is in order to express your interest and examine if you are eligible for applying for an Erasmus Study Mobility.
The Lazarski University can only accept students under the areas of studies specified in the Inter-Institutional Agreement between the two Universities. If there is not a signed Inter-Institutional Agreement then it will not be possible to accept the students.

Once the Home University approves your application and officially nominates you for a Study Mobility at the Lazarski University, we can then start the Application Procedure.

Application:

If you would like to apply to our University, firstly we would like your coordinator to send your nomination to the following address: erasmus@lazarski.edu.pl.

In order to apply for an Erasmus+ Study Mobility at the Lazarski University, you have to submit the following documents:

  • fully completed Application Form signed by the candidate (the Application Form should be typed),
  • an official certificate of English language skills,
  • a copy of the identity page of the passport,
  • a copy of the health insurance valid in Poland for the whole period of studies,
  • two passport-size photos,
  • the Learning Agreement document - contact section and Before the Mobility section: signed by the Home University's Coordinator and the candidate.

Here you can find LA guidelines.

The scanned copies of the above-mentioned documents must be sent to this e-mail address: erasmus@lazarski.edu.pl before the application deadline. After receiving the e-mail information from the Lazarski University that nomination of the candidate is accepted, the above-mentioned originals must be sent by regular post. As soon as the Lazarski University receives originals, the Acceptance Letter will be drawn up and send via e-mail to Home Coordinator and to the student. Thus, the Acceptance Letter will be send to them by regular post. 

Also your accomodation information will be sent along with your acceptance letter via-email.

Language Certificate:

Once our office gets the nomination we will require a confirmation of language skills primarily of the English language via-email from the nominated student. Each student is required to send us a scanned certificate of the completion of an internationally recognized exam like for instance the Cambridge ESOL, TOEFL, TELC, IELTS, LCCI, or the TOEIL. The certificate must state the student's English level of at least a B2 equivalence. Please note that this document must be the confirmation of the completion of an international exam. All university documents and confirmations of a student's level of language will not be accepted. Once this document is acknowledged by our office we will be able to continue with the application process.

Below you will find the chart which includes the different scores of all the internationally recognized certificates which are equivalent to a B2 level of the English language or higher:

Internationally Recognized Certificate Score Chart

In some exceptional cases as a substitute we could approve any certificate issued by the Sending University which is equivalent to at least B2 level of the English certificate.

Before your mobility

At the recruitment stage, the candidate is obliged to prepare the Learning Agreement document.

The Learning Agreement is a confirmation of the list of courses chosen to study and makes the ECTS points easier to transfer and courses easier to be recognized. The student, the Home University and the Lazarski University must approve the agreement at the recruitment process.

Please ask your Home University to provide you with the template of the Learning Agreement. 

Original LA must be posted to the Lazarski University before student’s mobility, just after receiving the acceptance mail from the Lazarski University.

Please remember, if you are applying for the duration of the academic year, you will be filling out a seperate Learning Agreement for the Fall Semester with only Fall Semester Courses stated on it, and a seperate Learning Agreement for the Spring Semester including the Spring Semester courses. Please do not confuse the two.

When planning your study programme at the Lazarski University, you should first check the requirements of your Home University (contact with your Home University's Coordinator).

Information usefull to fill in your Learning Agreement: 

The Receiving Institution 

NameUczelnia Łazarskiego (Lazarski University)Faculty
Erasmus Code (If applicable) PLWARSZAW14Department
Address 

ul. Świeradowska 43
02-662 Warsaw

Country, Country CodePoland, PL
Contact person nameMonika TKACZYK - Head of the International Programmes DepartmentContact details (email, phone)m.tkaczyk@lazarski.edu.pl +48 22 5435361
Contact person nameAnna Roniker - Erasmus Coordinator for Incoming and Outgoing StudentsContact detail (e-mail, phone)erasmus@lazarski.edu.pl +48 22 5435365

Guidelines on how to fill in your Learning Agreement:

1. Bachelor Students can register for Bachelor or Master courses as well as Master Students can register for Bachelor or Master courses as long as it is accepted by the Home University's Coordinator. Please ensure that your academic Coordinator at your Home University agrees with the selected courses.

2. The students should agreed with Home University the amount of ECTS points to gain during studies at the Lazarski University. 

Grant Agreement

Before the mobility starts, the student is obliged to sign a grant agreement prepared by the Lazarski University. 

The agreement shall enter into force on the date when the last of the two parties (the student and the Lazarski University's Rector) signs.

The agreement determines the period of the study, define obligations of each party in mobility for studies within the Erasmus+ programme and payment terms.

The grant payment

Grant will be paid in two parts: I installment (70% of total grant amount) before the mobility starts, II installment (30%) will be paid not sooner than student submits all of the documents required to recognize the studies at the Lazarski University. 

The I installment shall be made to the student no later than:

  • 30 calendar days after the signature of the agreement by both parties
  • the start date of the mobility period
  • receipt of confirmation of arrival by the Lazarski University.

In case the student did not provide the supporting documents in time, according to the lazarski University's timeline, a later payment of the I installment can be accepted.      

Accommodation

The Lazarski University will provide support in finding accommodation based on the existing partnerships with landlords. The Lazarski University has also its own database of apartments and cooperates with several real estate agencies in Warsaw.

Please note that irrespectively whether you will select the proposed accommodation or whether you will find housing on your own, the Lazarski Univerity is not responsible for the actual reservation, housing conditions, or contracts between the students and landlords.

For any accomodation matters, please contact the Accommodation Office at zakwaterowanie@lazarski.edu.pl: but only when the Internatinal Programmes Department notifies you.

In order to get more help you can contact ESN Lazarski. Erasmus Student Network is a non-profit international student organisation. Its mission is to represent international students, thus provide opportunities for cultural understanding and self-development under the principle of Students Helping Students.

During your stay

We invite you to study at the Lazarski University in Warsaw, Poland!

Studying at our University is an academically fulfilling, professionally enriching and culturally interesting experience. The Lazarski school emphasizes on quality and internationalism and is one of the top ranked private higher educational institutions in Poland.

A week before the beginning of the Fall Semester, the Lazarski University holds the Integration Week for all the new students. The Integration Week aims at familiarizing students with their new environment, assisting in their integration with new and existing students, improving their English language skills and discovering the Warsaw before the beginning of the academic year. Please note that the participation is free of charge and not compulsory.

The Integration Week is prepared by the Students Unit, ESN with cooperation with the International Programmes Department and other departments at the Lazarski University.

Changes to the Learning Agreement:

Due to the existing internal regulation of the Lazarski University changes to the Learning Agreement need to be finalized within the first month of classes. Changes will be made in exceptional cases and where needed for academic purposes or there is time collision in the course selected - ensure you have no timetable clashes in your schedule.
The LA might be modified also for specific reasons, such as, cancellations of the courses.

The LA should be updated immediately when changes occur. Every course changed in the LA must be approved by the Coordinator from the Home University and thus, filled in the During the mobility section of LA.

The modified LA must be signed by the student, the Home University and the Lazarski University and finally, original should be sent to the Lazarski University.

Courses

We invite you to study at the Lazarski University in Warsaw, Poland!

Studying at our University is an academically fulfilling, professionally enriching and culturally interesting experience. The Lazarski school emphasizes on quality and internationalism and is one of the top ranked private higher educational institutions in Poland.

A week before the beginning of the Fall Semester, the Lazarski University holds the Integration Week for all the new students. The Integration Week aims at familiarizing students with their new environment, assisting in their integration with new and existing students, improving their English language skills and discovering the Warsaw before the beginning of the academic year. Please note that the participation is free of charge and not compulsory.

The Integration Week is prepared by the Students Unit, ESN with cooperation with the International Programmes Department and other departments at the Lazarski University.

Changes to the Learning Agreement:

Due to the existing internal regulation of the Lazarski University changes to the Learning Agreement need to be finalized within the first month of classes. Changes will be made in exceptional cases and where needed for academic purposes or there is time collision in the course selected - ensure you have no timetable clashes in your schedule.
The LA might be modified also for specific reasons, such as, cancellations of the courses.

The LA should be updated immediately when changes occur. Every course changed in the LA must be approved by the Coordinator from the Home University and thus, filled in the During the mobility section of LA.

The modified LA must be signed by the student, the Home University and the Lazarski University and finally, original should be sent to the Lazarski University.

Visa information

IMPORTANT:

Participants in Erasmus+ projects may need to obtain a visa for staying in Poland. It is extremely important to ensure that the short or long-term stay visas or residence permits are in order before the planned activity takes place. Please noticed that the process may take several weeks. The Lazarski University may give further advice and support concerning visas, residence permits, social security, etc. For more information look at Student Help Desk and Visa Information.

The EU Immigration Portal contains general information on visa and residence permits, for both short-term and long-term stays: http://ec.europa.eu/immigration/tab2.do?subSec=11&language=7$en

General information about Poland

How do I get to Warsaw?

There are several possibilities of transportation in order to get to Poland, thanks to the extensive transport network outside and inside the country.

  • By plane
  • By train
  • By car
  • By bus
  • By ship

If you would like to travel by plane, there are many airlines to choose from: Polskie Linie Lotnicze LOT (the main carrier in Poland), Aeroflot, Air France, Alitalia, American Airlines, British Airways, Finnair, Lufthansa, Swissair, SAS, Turkish Airlines, KLM, Wizzair, Ryanair, easyJet, Blue1, Norwegian, Germanwings, Sky Europe Airlines.

The Warsaw-Okęcie Fryderyk Chopin Airport is located 10 kilometers from the town centre. It's one of the most modern airports in Central and Eastern Europe, which is also very well-equipped. Here you can resort to various services like for example the post office, bank, exchange bureau, cash machines, transit hotel, restaurant, fast-food bar, coffee bar, souvenir shops, car rental and tourist information office. The airport offers flights to national and international areas. The domestic airport is adjacent to the international terminal. Other domestic airports are in Gdansk, Krakow, Katowice, Poznan, and Wroclaw.

Warsaw Modlin is the first airport in Poland established specifically with the intention to be used by low-cost airlines and charter carriers. Starting from June 2012 it operates as regional public airport complementary to Warsaw Chopin Airport. The airport handles international short- and medium-distance flights. Air operations are carried out 24h a day.

Since 15 July 2012 two major low-cost carriers, Wizz Air and Ryanair, have been operating from Warsaw Modlin Airport offering regular international passenger flights to 26 cities in Europe: Barcelona, Glasgow, Brussels, Paris, Eindhoven, Milan, Liverpool, Stockholm, Budapest, Oslo, London, Rome, Bologna, Bristol, Manchester, East Midlands, Frankfurt, Düsseldorf, Dublin, Stavanger, Bourgas, Cork, Madrid, Doncaster, Malmö and Göteborg.

If you would like to travel by train, The Polish Railways (Polskie Koleje Panstwowe, PKP) have a well developed, serried rail network connecting not only to major cities in Europe, but also any part of Poland. You can choose express trains (which are faster, more comfortable and of course more expensive) and fast trains. Furthermore there are 2 classes: the 2nd class is cheaper, the 1st class is more comfortable and expensive. Polish railways offer also Eurocity and Intercity trains since 1992, which assure the most convenient way of transport between bigger cities without stopping on their route. On most of the train stations you can find restaurants, a post office, a newsstand, shops, snack bars, and toilets.

To some areas in Poland it's the best way to go by car or by motorcycle, it can be far more interesting than by train or by bus. But it can be more risky also. The road conditions are tricky, as in other countries in Western Europe. Poland uses standard international traffic signs. Major routes are signed with "E", motorways with "A". The legal driving age in Poland is 18. Traffic drives on the right. The use of seat belts is obligatory. Driving with headlights is obligatory at all times. The maximum permitted alcohol to blood ratio is 0.02%, although remember do not put your life or others at stake.

Speed limits:

  • highways - 130 km/h
  • main roads - 90-110 km/h
  • within built-up areas – 50 - 60 km/h

If you would like to travel by bus, bus stations are usually in the city centers. The Polish bus company is PKS, but there also are several other private bus companies. To travel by bus is usually cheaper, than to travel by train.

If you would like to travel by ship, travellers can find ferry terminals in Gdansk and Świnoujscie, from which they may travel to Copenhag, Ronne, Nynashamn, Ystad, i.e.

If you inform us ahead of time before your arrival to Warsaw, we can arrange for a buddy/mentor from our ESN office  to pick you up from the airport or other location and will help you to get to your accommodated destination.

How do I travel around Warsaw?

The general options of transportation around Warsaw are the following:

  • By tram
  • By bus
  • By bicycle
  • By car
  • By subway
  • By taxi

Warsaw's local public transport authority is ZTM. Warsaw's public transport contains city buses, suburban buses, the subway and trams. With these forms of transportation, you can reach all parts of the town. The same tickets are valid for all forms of transportation. You can obtain tickets from newsstand and from the driver (this may cost an extra fee). In case of the subway, it is not possible to buy a ticket from the driver. Students up to the age of 26 can have reduction, if they show their student card.

Please remember that you have to validate your ticket in machines inside buses and trams and before entering on the platform, if you travel by subway.

Financially it is better to buy a 24h city ticket, a week-ticket, a monthly ticket or a 3 month ticket.

There are also 20, 40 and 60 minute tickets available.

Also if you would like to travel further than the city, like for example suburban areas then the ticket is marked with the word “strefa2”. “Strefa 1” means the city center, and “Strefa 2” means further than the city center like the suburbs.

If you would like to buy the 30 day and 90 day period tickets you must remember that the ticjet must include your picture on it. You can buy it only in the city center metro stations.

If you would like to travel by bicycle, there is a bicycle firm which lends bicycles to all people interested in this form of transportation. Below is a link in English which carefully and easily explains the way you can rent a bicycle and ride it for as long as you want, except of course the winter time.

http://en.veturilo.waw.pl/jak-to-dziala/

If you would like to take a taxi to your destination, there are several taxi stops at the Central Train Station, the Warsaw International Airport or next to major malls, above subway stations etc. Contrary to the United states and other countries perhaps, it is very difficult to stop a taxi while the driver is en route. The best way to take a taxi is to call for one. Below you will find the most common and cheapest taxi companies. You can call for a taxi for a specific time or when asking for it as soon as possible, it usually arrives within 5 to 10 minutes depending on your location.

The main taxi corporations are:

  • Damel Taxi         (22) 196 26
  • Euro Taxi            (22) 196 62
  • Lux Taxi              (22) 196 66
  • Sawa-Taxi          (22) 644 44 44
  • Taxi Plus            (22) 196 21
  • Bayer Taxi          (22) 196 67
  • Halo Taxi            (22) 196 23

Please note that you must have cash with you while taking a taxi because most corporations do not take credit cards. When calling for a taxi, please check if this would be a possibility in case you do not have cash with you.

How do I get to the Lazarski University by means of transportation from the Warsaw Chopin airport or Central Train Station?

As explained above, you may take a taxi, but if you would like to go by bus or by tram, here are the following routes you can take:

  • If you are traveling from the Chopin airport it is easiest to take the bus. There is a bus stop outside of the arrivals center on floor -1. You then take the # 188 bus going in the direction of “Gocławek Wschodni” to the bus stop “Sasanki 2” (there are 3 bus stops there), then you take the bus # 401 in the direction of “Marysin” to the bus stop named “Bełdan 1”(there are also three bus stops there).
  • If you are travelling from the Central Station, the easiest way would be to go to the “Centrum” tram stop on the Marszałkowska street (5 minutes) and take tram #4 or #35 right up to the tram stop entitled “Niedzwiedzia”.

Generally:

By metro:

  • To the metro stop “Metro Wilanowska” + 10 minut na piechotę
  • To the metro stop „Metro Wilanowska” + 1 przystanek tramwajem 4, 33 w kierunku Piaseczna

By bus:

  • To the bus stop “Bełdan”: buses number 117, 174, 189, 193, 210, 401
  • To the bus stop “Metro Wilanowska”: buses number 108, 139, 165, 192, 217, 218, 319, 331, 365, 700, 709, 710, 724, 727, 739, 809

By tram:

  • To the tram stop “Niedźwiedzia”: tram number 4, 33
  • To the tram stop „Metro Wilanowska”: tram number 44

For further information on travelling routes you can review the link below:

http://www.ztm.waw.pl/index.php?l=2

What is the weather like in Warsaw?

Poland’s climate is continental and moderate. The average temperature in July is 19 C, but sometimes in the summer the temperature may rise up to 30 C. Summer is the most favorable time to visit Poland. Winters are usually cold, but sometimes mild. The temperature during this time is below 0 C, and sometimes goes down to -27 C. Since the weather can be quite varied, Poles regularly check the weather forecast, either on TV or on the Internet.

What type of bank account should I get?

This matter should be handled in your country before you leave. The most crucial requirement would be to check if the bank account will be accessible in Poland and that you will be able to access it freely and without any complications.

What is the currency in Poland?

Poland uses PLN – Złoty (zł). On average for 1 Euro, you will get 4 zł. In most shops and restaurants you can easily pay by credit card although if the amount is less than 20 zł, the shop employee or waiter might ask you to pay cash for such a small amount.

What is the cost of living?

Living in Poland can be financially reasonable. Prices in Poland are lower than in Western Europe, both for products sold in shops and for service in restaurants or hotels. While everything depends on the degree of comfort that you seek, it is safe to say that a budget of 500 Euros per month should be sufficient to sustain an average standard of living (including accommodation costs).

Polish shops are generally open from Monday through Friday from 8:00/10:00 am to 6:00/8:00 pm. On Saturdays the shops are usually open for a shorter amount of time 10:00 am til 1:00/4:00 pm.

Sample prices:

  • Bread 4 zł
  • 1 kg of Apples 4 zł
  • Dinner at a Snack Bar 15-20 zł
  • 1 kg of tomatoes 6 zł
  • Dinner at a Pizzeria 30-35 zł
  • Lunch at the school Cafeteria 15 zł          
  • Bottled Water 3 zł
  • Beer 3-7 zł

What languages can I communicate in?

Our official language in Poland is Polish. But please remember that Warsaw is a multi-cultural town and most of the people speak English.

Where can I eat out?

There are many cafes , restaurants and bars to choose from all around the city. Shopping centers in Poland all have a wide range of food courts with different types of cuisines. However one of the most vibrant and well known places to eat out is the Nowy Świat strip which is a street filled up with cafés, restaurants, bars, and clubs. Since it is a very well known street,  please be aware that the Nowy Świat strip has expensive as well as reasonable places to dine out. We also have a wide number of fast food chains like McDonalds, KFC, etc. Below you will find a few websites with different types of restaurants and their contact information:

http://www.local-life.com/warsaw/restaurants

http://www.studyinwarsaw.pl/en/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=99&Itemid=40

What kind of leisure activities are available?

There are a number of sports events and parties organized every once in a while as well as a wide range of parks and museums to visit and very prestigious tourist attractions. There are many Polish websites available, in the English language that describe all the events taking place at a certain time and most of them are complimentary. Below you will find a few websites in English concerning activities and events in Warsaw:

http://www.um.warszawa.pl/en

http://www.inyourpocket.com/poland/warsaw/concerts-culture-events-entertainment

http://www.warsawtour.pl/en

http://eventful.com/warsaw/events

Where do I go if I get sick?

Our University does have a small clinic located in Sector C, room 23. However if you choose to see another doctor of your choosing, firstly please check your insurance so you will have the ability to go to the doctor you wish to go to without any restrictions.