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Transfer ECTS credits to a Polish university...possible?


pedrogr90
8 Dec 2015 #1
Hi guys! I have a question that bothers me quite a bit. I am currently studying at a Spanish University ( im spanish by the way) and i would like to finish my studies in a polish university....lets say in Warsaw for example. My questions is if its possible to transfer my ECTS credits done to a polish university. Also, as far as i know, EU nationals study with the same conditions as polish students ( free tuition fees?).

Thanks
Harry
8 Dec 2015 #2
My questions is if its possible to transfer my ECTS credits done to a polish university.

It must be legally possible in theory; however, I'd expect it to be at least rather difficult in practice.

Also, as far as i know, EU nationals study with the same conditions as polish students ( free tuition fees?).

Yes, provided that you can get a place on the course (which will require you to prove that your marks are the same level as other people who are admitted to that course, good luck with that) and can study in Polish (really good luck with that).
pedrogr90 - | 5
8 Dec 2015 #3
It must be legally possible in theory; however, I'd expect it to be at least rather difficult in practice.

I believe that its 100% decision from the polish university, that is, Its the polish university who decides whether its possible or not, right? I study computer engineer, and having seen the list or courses of Lodz University for example, more than 50% at least.....they are the same as in the list of courses from my spanish university.
Atch 16 | 3,471
8 Dec 2015 #4
Well even though they're all EU countries, universities differ in how they approach it. My husband also studied computer science, started his studies in Poland, then moved to Ireland. The Irish university allowed him some credits against his Polish studies but not the full number of credits because the Polish university couldn't supply detailed enough syllabus information on all the course work to satisfy the Irish university that the courses were equivalent in terms of the material covered. He didn't have to repeat any elements of his previous study but he had to do a couple of extra courses of his own choice to make up the points. I don't know if a Polish university will be as fussy about the course content. They may simply accept it as equivalent without delving into it too much. You'll have to contact the universities you're interested in and ask them.
pedrogr90 - | 5
8 Dec 2015 #5
He didn't have to repeat any elements of his previous study but he had to do a couple of extra courses of his own choice to make up the points.

Thats the whole point of everything. Hope i don't have to remake courses that i had already taken.....but yeah of course i will always have to make some extra courses. Thats not a problem. What i definitely don't want to do is to start from 0 again. In Spain i only have 4 courses left but due to a change of studyplan....they will become like 10.......so......no thank you. Besides kocham polske :)
Wroclaw1010 3 | 91
8 Dec 2015 #6
My questions is if its possible to transfer my ECTS credits done to a polish university.

It is possible only on the condition that you have at least 50% of the ECTs being the same as the one offered in the Polish university. Also you will have to agree that you will take exams on all courses that do not much or couldn't be transfered (thus; if your ECTs fall short of the required sum at the end of the academic year). I'm currently working on a transfer for a friend who is due to commence in February. The first step is to get your most recent transcript, then send it to the Dean of the faculty of the university you intend to attend. If there are similarities then you stand a chance.

EU nationals study with the same conditions as polish students ( free tuition fees?).

As far as I know, the Polish students I have studied with were paying some subsidized fees(not as much as we the non EU) if they opt to study in English. However, English Philology is free for the Polish.
pedrogr90 - | 5
8 Dec 2015 #7
It is possible only on the condition that you have at least 50% of the ECTs being the same as the one offered in the Polish university.

Could you explain me this line a bit more please? As i understood, if i transfer lets say 150 ETCS, at least 75 must match with the polish list of courses ?

The first step is to get your most recent transcript, then send it to the Dean of the faculty of the university you intend to attend.

I believe the transcript must be legalized or apostilled and in polish ? ( or english ?)
Wroclaw1010 3 | 91
8 Dec 2015 #8
if i transfer lets say 150 ETCS, at least 75 must match with the polish list of courses ?

That is 50% but that doesn't guarantee your admission but it qualifies you for the transfer. I hope I made myself clear enough?

I believe the transcript must be legalized or apostilled and in polish ? ( or english ?)

If the transcript is not in English then you need to translate it to English. At this stage the legalization is not necessary. It's just for you know if your courses or ECTs could be accepted here. Anyway, you need to speak with the school, if possible request for the email of the Dean. That will make things easier for you.
kpc21 1 | 763
9 Dec 2015 #9
Most likely, they will check what courses you have made in Spain, and then they may make you do some courses that you would have had in Poland but you haven't in Spain. Most of the courses at Polish universities are obligatory for the specific study programme and cannot be changed, there is a small amount of ECTS points that can be used for so called "elective courses". On the other hand, they can accept some courses that you have already had in Spain and in the Polish university they are going to take place on a higher year, and they will not have to do them in Poland.

Basically, the whole study programme, all the obligatory subjects from the Polish university has to be completed. If you have made something similar already in Spain, then they should accept it, if not, you will have to make this course extra.

You will not have to pay a tuition fee, but the number of ECTS points you can make for free is limited (it is somehow more than the "default" 30 points for a semester, but anyway it's limited). I don't know what if you exceed this limit by having to do something extra because of not having had the given subject in Spain, whether you don't have to pay for this extra. I don't think so, but you should ask the university.

Yes, provided that you can get a place on the course (which will require you to prove that your marks are the same level as other people who are admitted to that course, good luck with that) and can study in Polish (really good luck with that).

There are also study programmes in English. Yes, it may happen, that a teacher demands the students to have already had a given course before - but in such a case you should always talk to the teacher.

Generally, in such a case the university will be probably more "flexible" with respect to you than to normal students and let you make a given course later.

more than 50% at least.....they are the same as in the list of courses from my spanish university.

You should look on the study outcomes in the course description, not only at the name of the subject. But yes, the Polish university decides about that, and it's quite likely than when the names are the same, they won't even look at the descriptions... It depends on the university and on the faculty, how rigorous they are.

You'll have to contact the universities you're interested in and ask them.

Exactly. It may be even different between two faculties of a single university.

It sometimes happens that two faculties at one university have similar study programmes. Like at my university there is for example robotics and control engineering at the electronic engineering faculty and a programme with the same name at the mechanical engineering faculty, and even though the names are equal, they have a lot of differences in the subjects and their contents (one of them is focused much more at the electronic side of robotics, the other one at the mechanical part). The same is with computer science - it is at the electronic engineering faculty and at the physics and mathematics faculty, and each of them is really different (the one from the electronic engineering faculty is focused more at the hardware, the one from the mathematics faculty almost only at the software).

Hope i don't have to remake courses that i had already taken.....

It shouldn't be so. If the university makes problems with that, the thing you can else do, is just to talk to the teacher with whom you would have this subject in Poland. It might be so that he allows you not to write the exam, but he would just copy your grade from Spain, after converting it to the Polish grading system.

In Spain i only have 4 courses left but due to a change of studyplan....they will become like 10.......so......no thank you.

It might be so. It would be good to ask different universities in Poland about that, showing them your exact study programme from Spain and telling what subjects you have already made.

As far as I know, the Polish students I have studied with were paying some subsidized fees(not as much as we the non EU) if they opt to study in English.

It is sometimes so that for the studies in English it's necessary to pay something - but it's still much less than the usual tuition fee at private universities, or also at public ones in countries with no free studies. Polish law allows that, but it depends on the university.

I believe the transcript must be legalized or apostilled and in polish ? ( or english ?)

English should be accepted. The universities are dealing a lot with transcripts written in English, for example in case of Erasmus students.

By the way, if:

In Spain i only have 4 courses left

maybe Erasmus in Poland would be a good idea, instead of moving here your study? Of course, if your university offers that.
pedrogr90 - | 5
9 Dec 2015 #10
Most likely, they will check what courses you have made in Spain, and then they may make you do some courses that you would have had in Poland but you haven't in Spain.

If you have made something similar already in Spain, then they should accept it, if not, you will have to make this course extra.

Thats the whole point of everything.....not to have to repeat the same sh*t again hahahah :)

It might be so that he allows you not to write the exam, but he would just copy your grade from Spain, after converting it to the Polish grading system.

Is that even legal? hahaha i mean...technically i have already gained the knowledge on that course before......so yeah why not? just put my polish grade equivalent from my spanish grade. Wish i could see that hahahah :)

maybe Erasmus in Poland would be a good idea, instead of moving here your study? Of course, if your university offers that.

Wish i could do that. i have already been an erasmus in Krakow during 2013. In fact , i have already been erasmus in Krakow, USA, and Izmir ( Turkey ) with his erasmus+ new thing, so i can't be an erasmus a 4th time (wish i could though)
kpc21 1 | 763
9 Dec 2015 #11
Is that even legal?

I don't know if it's legal, but the teachers often do so, when for example someone fails a lot of subjects (but the one of that teacher is passed) and decides to start the study from the beginning (some students do so, because normally when you fail a course, you have to pay for repeating it).

How did you make Erasmus 3 times? I thought it's possible only once in your bachelor and once in your master study.

Although USA couldn't be really Erasmus, it had to be another exchange programme.
terri 1 | 1,665
9 Dec 2015 #12
The best way to find anything our - would be to send an email to the University, stating what you have studied, and how many points you have been awarded.

They are the ones who will either accept you, ask you to take on further courses, or reject you as being unsuitable.
pedrogr90 - | 5
10 Dec 2015 #13
How did you make Erasmus 3 times?

Because with Erasmus+ program you can be international unto 12 months, which mean generally 3 periods of 4 months each :)

The best way to find anything our - would be to send an email to the University, stating what you have studied, and how many points you have been awarded.

Thats exactly what i did today. Lets cross fingers :)


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