- Polish citizens applying to be admitted to the 1st year of a programme and
- foreigners applying for programmes taught in Polish who
- have finished a one-year Polish language course for foreigners planning to study programmes conducted in Polish in a unit that offers such a course at the request of the Polish National Agency for Academic Exchange and who have a certificate of completion of such a course;
- have a certificate, diploma or other document confirming the completion of a secondary school, in which all classes were conducted in Polish;
- have a certificate of proficiency in Polish issued by the State Commission for the Certification of Proficiency in Polish as a Foreign Language, confirming the level of proficiency in Polish required for admission to degree programmes conducted in Polish
– pay PLN 85.00, with the following exceptions:
1) candidates for programmes for which the admission criteria include testing the candidate’s artistic talent (i.e. Cinematography and Photography, Film and Television Directing, Creative Management in New Media, Music Education, Game and Virtual Reality Design, Art Therapy, Music in Multimedia) pay PLN 150;
2) candidates for programmes for which the admission criteria include the entrance exam in the form of an interview or a written test (i.e. Individual Interdisciplinary Studies, Speech Therapy, German Studies: European Master in Lexicography (EMLex), Film and Television Production, Socio-cultural Animation with Cultural Education, Cultural Education) pay PLN 100;
3) winners and finalists of scientific ‘Olympics’ at the national level, and winners of international or national contests as well as finalists of Polish Championships in junior categories, in sports disciplines covered by the Master Class in academic sports competition, who are applying to be admitted to a programme of their choice outside the regular admission process are exempt from paying any fee for one programme of their choice;
4) Polish citizens who graduated from a secondary school abroad and foreigners applying for programmes in modern languages who may be subject to an exam testing their knowledge of the foreign language required in the admission criteria (if the grade from such an exam is not included in the candidate’s secondary school-leaving certificate or a different document entitling him/her to start studying) pay PLN 100;
5) foreigners who decide to take a written test or participate in an interview testing their knowledge of Polish conducted by the School of Polish Language and Culture of the University of Silesia pay PLN 100, with the exception of point 1.
A candidate may apply for an unlimited number of programmes. Depending on the number of programmes you have applied for, the IRK system will inform you about the amount due for the admission fees. If you are applying for more programmes than covered by the admission fee you have paid, you should either withdraw your application for programmes you have not paid for or pay the outstanding fee. Withdrawing applications is possible until the application procedure is closed for a given programme/major
Each candidate receives an individual, 26-digit bank account number to which the admission fee should be transferred. The last 11 digits of this number are the same as the candidate’s log-in to his/her account in the IRK (Online Application System). If the candidate does not have his/her own bank account and the fee is transferred from an account belonging to his/her parent or a different person, it is absolutely necessary to give the correct IRK account number. This will ensure that the fee is correctly recorded in the candidate’s IRK account.
This bank account number is only active during the admission procedure and you should only transfer your admission fee to it. The account is deleted when the admission process is closed.
You can make payments in several ways in the Online Application System. You can decide on how you want to pay the admission fee.
- online payments – immediate transfer in the imoje payment service. If you select this payment option, the transferred amount should be visible in the Online Application System within 5 minutes. In case of technical problems in communication between the payment gateway and the Online Application System, the funds will appear up to two working days after the payment is credited.
- from any bank ( regular or internet transfer);
- from a post office.
When paying at a post office, fill in the payment form as follows:
- beneficiary: Uniwersytet Śląski, ul. Bankowa 12, 40-007 Katowice;
- your 26-digit bank account number sent to your IRK account;
- payment reference: Admission fee.
Transfers from abroad:
• if you transfer your admission fee from a foreign bank account or pay at a foreign bank, you need to put the following BIC Swift code in front of the 26-digit account number: INGBPLPW.
The candidate covers all the costs related to paying the admission fee, including the handling costs, bank charges, commissions, and the costs of returning any outstanding amount that has been paid due to factors beyond the control of the University.
The deadline for paying the admission fee expires on the last day when you can apply for a given programme in the IRK system. Payments made on this last day are also accepted.
Payments made on the last day of registration and earlier should be recorded in the candidate’s IRK account not later than on the day preceding the announcement of the results, and for programmes where candidates take the entrance exam – on the day preceding the exam.
Consequently, it is recommended that payments, particularly ones made during the last days of registration, should be made in a way that guarantees fast transfer.
When the fee is booked in the individual bank account, the IRK system will be notified. The candidate will see the information to this effect in his/her IRK account. A payment made by bank transfer should be registered in the candidate’s IRK account within 2-3 working days, and if you pay at a post office – even 10 days.
If you have applied for a given programme in the IRK system, you can still withdraw your application until the registration for this programme is closed. You can then choose a different programme, if the registration for this programme is open, and you can transfer your admission fee to this new programme.
If you have not been accepted for the programme of your choice, you can use the admission fee to apply for a different programme. In order to do this, you need to apply for a programme for which the registration is open, and afterwards inform the University about the necessity of transferring the admission fee, either by e-mail (email@example.com) or by phone. When you contact us, please specify exactly from which programme to which programme you wish to transfer the admission fee.
If the admission fee for the newly chosen programme is higher, you need to pay the difference.
The admission fee will be returned to the candidate if:
1) the programme or major you have applied for does not start;
2) the candidate’s registration in the IRK system is invalid because no programme/major has been selected;
3) the candidate has paid twice for the same programme/major at the same level and in the same mode;
4) for justified reasons, the candidate has not taken the entrance exam, and the result of the entrance exam is among the basic admission criteria for the programme of his/her choice;
5) the admission fee has been transferred after the deadline and the candidate has not been taken into consideration by the Faculty Admission Commission;
6) the candidate has failed the Matura examination (a certificate from the Regional Examination Board stating that the candidate has not passed the examination is the basis for returning the fee).
If the programme/major the candidate has applied for does not start in accordance with the decision of the Faculty Admission Commission (point 1), the Commission will apply to the Financial Department to return the fee to you (which has to be accepted by the Education Department and the Rector). The fee will be transferred to the bank account that you specify or to your postal address recorded in the IRK system.
If the fee is to be returned under points 2-6 above, you need to submit an application (see specimen) to the Education Department, either by mail or in person (Rector’s Office of the University of Silesia, Bankowa 12, room 10, 40-007 Katowice). The fee will be transferred to the bank account that you specify in the application.
If the fee is to be returned under points 2-6 above to a foreigner, you need to submit an application (see specimen) that will be confirmed by the International Relations Office and the International Admissions Office and accepted by the Rector. The fee will be transferred to the bank account that you specify in the application.
The fee to be returned is reduced by the cost of examinations, including written tests or interviews to verify knowledge of Polish conducted by the School of Polish Language and Culture of the University of Silesia.
The deadline for submitting the application for returning the admission fee is 30th November of the calendar year in which the academic year for which the candidate registered in the IRK system for programmes that start in the winter semester, and 30th April for programmes that start in the summer semester.
The candidate covers all the costs related to paying the admission fee, including the handling costs, bank charges, commissions, and the costs of returning any outstanding amount that has been paid due to factors beyond the control of the University. If the programme/major the candidate has applied for does not start, these costs are covered by the University.