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WROmigrant – Education

Knowing Polish will surely help you in everyday life in Wrocław. You will be able to make friends, chat with your neighbours and colleagues from work and it will be easier for you to settle the matters in the office. You can learn Polish during courses (you can attend some of them for free or they are offered at low prices) and in language clubs for adults that offer language classes at different levels of proficiency.

Education is also very important for children. In Poland children are obliged to attend school. Every child between the ages of 6 and 18 must attend school. This obligation also applies to children who do not have Polish citizenship, regardless of their parents’ migration status in Poland. There are preparatory classes for children who do not speak Polish at all or do not speak Polish well. In case children do not attend preparatory classes, they are entitled to 2 extra hours a of Polish as a foreign language a week. Schools may also hire intercultural assistants that know the language as well as the culture of the children’s country of origin.

Adult education gives mature learners a chance to increase their knowledge. Adults can choose from postsecondary schools, higher education facilities or schools for adults, who quit school and represent different levels of education.

In this chapter of our guide you will find out:

  • where to look for Polish language courses;
  • what are preparatory classes for children who speak a foreign language;
  • what is compulsory schooling about;
  • what are the stages of Polish educational system;
  • how to enrol a child in a nursery, preschool and school;- what is Centre for Continuing Education;
  • what international schools can be found in Wrocław;
  • where to look for higher education facilities.

Basic Polish Language Course

Knowing Polish even at a basic level will enable you not only to communicate more easily with friends, neighbours, colleagues or passers-by, but will also give you a chance to learn about history and participate in the Polish culture.

Wrocław organises Polish language courses for people with different levels of proficiency. Some of them are subsidised by the city, they are free or offered at an attractive price. Apart from language courses, there are also language clubs, where you can learn Polish in a less formal environment. It is also a great way to meet new people.

Polish Language Courses

“Let’s mów po polsku”

“Let’s mów po polsku” are Polish language courses organised by the Ukraine Foundation for third country nationals. The courses are conducted at different levels (from A1 to C1) and last on average 3-4 months. The participants meet in one of two 15-person groups. Each person is provided with the necessary study materials – office supplies, a textbook and exercises prepared by teachers. Class schedules are planned individually for each group based on the preferred days and times reported in the surveys.

Each cycle of classes ends with a Polish language exam, which aims to verify the language competences acquired by the students. After receiving the results of the exam, all participants receive an internal certificate confirming completion of the course.

Most active and excelling students can take a state exam in Polish as a foreign language. Selected participants will receive a certificate approved by the State Commission for the Certification of Proficiency in Polish as a Foreign Language. The certificate will be issued free of charge.

 Thanks to the subsidy from the National Programme – Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund and the state budget, the price of classes is very low and amounts to PLN 384 for the 128-hour course. One hour of the course costs only PLN 3.

For more information:
e-mail: letsmow@funcjaukraina.eu
WWW: fundacjaukraina.eu/kursy-jezyka-polskiego-lets-mow

„Polski na luzie”

This project offers free Polish language lessons for all migrants. There will be two course groups (beginner and advanced) and the classes will take place on Sundays and will be held at Wrocław Centre for Social Development (pl. Dominikański 6, 2nd floor, room 210).

For more information:
WWW: www.facebook.com/groups/368942013770207

School of Polish Language and Culture for Foreigners (University of Wrocław)

You can also sign up for paid Polish language courses offered by School of Polish Language and Culture for Foreigners (University of Wrocław). The school offers a wide range of paid language courses at various levels, including: one-semester course, one-year preparatory course, intensive summer course, a skills improvement course for teachers and a contract course.

For more information:
School of Polish Language and Culture for Foreigners
Nankiera 15b (room 6)
50-140 Wrocław
phone number +48 71 375 25 70
e-mail: sjpkc@uwr.edu.pl
WWW: www.sjpik.uni.wroc.pl/pl

Department of Foreign Languages (Wrocław University of Science and Technology)

Wrocław University of Science and Technology also offers paid Polish language courses: summer courses, 60-hour semester courses, intensive Polish language courses on different levels of proficiency.

For more information:
Department of Foreign Languages (Wrocław University of Science and Technology) (building H-4)ul. Wyb. Wyspiańskiego 850-370 Wrocław phone number + 48 71 320 31 17, +48 71 320 31 87
e-mail: sekretariat.sjo@pwr.edu.pl
WWW: sjo.pwr.edu.pl
Language clubs

“Wrocław on tongues of the world”

The aim of this free of charge initiative is to break down language and cultural barriers and support the process of integration of foreigners living, studying or working in Wrocław. People willing to participate in this project, meet in pairs or groups and talk about everyday life, what unites them, what makes them different, what fascinates and entertains them. It is also a great way to meet new friends.

Wrocław Integration Centre
Strzegomska 49
53-611 Wrocław
tel. +48 576 119 521
e-mail: kontakt@wnjs.pl
WWW: www.wnjs.pl

“Polish speaking club”

This club run by the Ukraine Foundation provides an opportunity not only to practice Polish, but also to share the experience of integration in a new environment and look for solutions to problems you came across after moving to Poland. There is no need to sign up, just come to the meeting. Meetings are held twice a week.

For more information:
WWW: www.facebook.com/polish.speaking.club

Other Polish language courses

If you start working for a multinational corporation, it is a good idea to ask your employer upfront whether the company holds language classes for new employees or may recommend some places where you can learn Polish.

Are you a student? If the answer is “Yes”, it is highly likely that your higher education facility organises Polish language courses. Go to the year tutor assigned by the higher education facility and ask for more information.

If you already know Polish well and want to obtain a certificate confirming your language proficiency, visit the website of the State Commission for the Certification of Proficiency in Polish as a Foreign Language and read the information about the exam and check the exam dates: For more information:www.certyfikatpolski.pl

Preparatory classes for foreign-language children

There are preparatory classes for children who do not speak Polish at all or do not speak Polish well.

What is a preparatory class

Children who start their education in Polish schools attend preparatory classes. The offer is addressed to children speaking foreign languages (including migrants) and children returning to Poland from emigration. Apart from the intensive Polish language course, children learn how to communicate, they learn vocabulary and phrases from Mathematics, Science, History and other school subjects. Students attending preparatory classes participate in theme lessons and integration classes, and they get to know the city. Students attending a preparatory class do not have a gap year, because they study the core curriculum required for their age.

Preparatory classes accept non-Polish-speaking students aged 6 to 19, starting their education in a Polish school. The classes can be attended for anywhere from 4 weeks to 12 months. More importantly, you can enrol your child in a preparatory class at any point during the year and attending such class is free of charge. Parents can count on teacher’s support, which encompasses consultations as well as training on the principles of education in a Polish school.

Why is it a good idea to enrol your child in a preparatory class

Not knowing the language will definitely make it difficult for a child to learn, express himself/herself and communicate with his/her peers in everyday situations. The child may be stressed and frustrated.

Schools with preparatory classes. For detailed information, please contact these institutions:

Primary School no. 4 (Szkoła Podstawowa nr 4)
53-140 Wrocław
Powstańców Śląskich 210-218
phone number: +48 71 798 69 03
e-mail: sekretariat.sp004@wroclawskaedukacja.pl

Prymas Tysiąclecia Primary School no. 74 (Szkoła Podstawowa nr 74 im. Prymasa Tysiąclecia)
Kleczkowska 2
50-227 Wrocław
phone number: +48 71 798 68 63
e-mail: sekretariat.sp074@wroclawskaedukacja.pl

Jan Kasprowicz Primary School no. 83 (Szkoła Podstawowa nr 83 im. Jana Kasprowicza)
Tadeusza Boya-Żeleńskiego 32
51-160 Wrocław
phone number: +48 71 798 68 69
e-mail: sp83.sekretariat@wp.pl

Stanisław Tołpa Primary School no. 90 (Szkoła Podstawowa nr 90 im. prof. Stanisława Tołpy)
Orzechowa 62
50-540 Wrocław
phone number: +48 71 798 68 73
e-mail: sp90wro@op.pl

Edward Dembowski Primary School no. 109 (Szkoła Podstawowa nr 109 im. Edwarda Dembowskiego)
Inżynierska 54
53-230 Wrocław
phone number: +48 71 798 68 39
e-mail: sekretariat.sp109@wroclawskaedukacja.pl

Major Piotr Wysocki Secondary School of General Education no. XV
Wojrowicka 58
54-436 Wrocław
phone number: +48 71 798 67 39
e-mail: sekretariat@loxv.wroclaw.pl

Primary School and Nursery Unit no. 1 (Zespół Szkolno-Przedszkolny nr 1)
Zemska 16c
54-440 Wrocław
phone number +48 71 798 69 15
e-mail: sekretariat@sp113.wroc.pl

Activity coordinated by the Department of Education of the City Office of Wrocław as part of the Strategy for the Cultural Dialogue in Wrocław.

To find out more, please visit: www.wielokultury.wroclaw.pl/klasy-przygotowawcze-dla-dzieci-obcojezycznych/ (PL/EN/UA).

Education system

The Polish education system is divided into the following stages:

  • preschool (for children aged 3 – 5/6 years old);
  • primary school (8 grades, for children aged 6/7 – 14/15 years old);
  • secondary schools (various types, the education lasts 3, 4 or 5 years).

In accordance with the provisions of law, a child:

  1. has the right to learn starting from the age of three;
  2. is required to follow a one-year pre-primary education programme at the age of six;
  3. is subject to compulsory schooling from the age of 7 until the end of primary school (no longer than till the age of 18);
  4. compulsory schooling till the age of 18.

What compulsory schooling is all about

  • The child is subject to compulsory schooling from the age of 7 until the end of primary school (8th grade) no longer than till the age of 18.
  • From 1 September 2019, compulsory schooling will be fulfilled by enrolling a child in a public or non-public primary school.

Who controls compulsory schooling

In accordance with the provisions of the Act on Education Law, the principals of primary public schools control the fulfilment of compulsory schooling. The fulfilment of compulsory schooling is checked on the basis of pupil’s address of residence, not the address of permanent residence. Principals of non-public and public primary schools are obliged to notify the principal of pupil’s catchment area primary school and to inform him/her that the pupil is fulfilling the obligation of compulsory schooling.

What happens in case of failure to fulfil the obligation of compulsory schooling

Failure to comply with compulsory schooling obligation may lead to imposing fines on parents and, in extreme cases, even termination of parental rights. When the pupil turns 18, the compulsory schooling ceases even if it was not fulfilled earlier (for example, because of the child’s stay in a country where other rules of the education system apply). If a child is disabled, this duty may be postponed until the child turns 10. The decision is made on the basis of an opinion issued by psychological-pedagogical counselling centre.

There is a Psychological-Pedagogical Counselling Centre in Wroclaw, whose employees speak foreign languages and will surely be to provide help to you and your child. If you want to diagnose your child, go to:

Psychological and Pedagogical Counselling Centre no. 1 (Poradnia Psychologiczno-Pedagogiczna nr 1)
Kościuszki 31/1
50-011 Wrocław
phone number: +48 71 798 68 28
WWW: www.ppp1.wroc.pl

Important exams

There are 2 or 3 important exams in the educational career of a pupil in Poland:

  1. 8th grade examination (three parts: Polish, Mathematics and Modern Foreign Language) – after finishing primary school and being promoted to continue education in a secondary school;
  2. secondary school final examination (the so-called “Matura”) (oral and written) – after finishing secondary school and being promoted to a higher education facility;
  3. bachelor’s exam or master’s thesis defence – in case of making a decision about continuing education at a higher education facility.

Additional information

Remember! City buses and trams (MPK) in Wrocław are free of charge for students attending schools in Wrocław if they show a valid ID card.

To find out more about different stages of education in Poland and changes in education, please see the following website: eurydice.org.pl/system-edukacji-w-polsce (PL/EN).

To find out more about private, non-public education please go to: eacea.ec.europa.eu/national-policies/eurydice/content/organisation-private-education-56_pl (PL/EN).

The following list of the Wrocław education facilities is updated every year in September: bip.um.wroc.pl/artykul/172/2924/zbiorczy-wykaz-szkol-i-placowek (PL).

The Education Department of the City Office of Wrocław is responsible for the implementation of tasks related to the supervision over the activity of educational units in the area of financial, administrative and organisational matters.

Education Department (Departament Edukacji)
W. Bogusławskiego 8-10, 5th floor, room 503
50-031 Wrocław
phone number: +48 71 777 85 16
e-mail: deu@um.wroc.pl
Monday to Friday from 7:45 to 15:45

Nurseries and kids’ clubs

The aim of the nurseries and kids’ clubs is to help parents reconcile work and family responsibilities (childcare). These two places differ from one another. Children aged between 20 weeks and three years can be admitted by nurseries. Children aged between 1 year and 3 years can be admitted by kids’ clubs. That is why apart from people with appropriate pedagogical or psychological education and experience in working with small children, nurseries employ nurses or midwives. Kids’ clubs are also much smaller than nurseries and they can admit up to 30 children. The employees of these facilities look after children. The parents can also come to kids clubs’ and play with children while they gain new experiences and skills (unlike in a nursery).

To learn more about the differences between nurseries and kids’ clubs please visit this website:

zielonalinia.gov.pl/zlobek-i-klub-dzieciecy-33256Remember to check if the place you have chosen is registered in the register of nurseries and kids’ clubs. All you need to do is to visit the website of the Wroclaw Nursery Complex: rekrutacja-zlobki.um.wroc.pl/wroclaw/zlobek/oferta.

Rules for admission to nurseries

Applications for nurseries are submitted on a continuous basis – all year round by using an electronic system. In order to submit an application, please fill out the electronic form (if you do not speak Polish, ask people who speak Polish to help you). All children who live in the city of Wrocław can participate in the recruitment process. An application submitted by means of an electronic system can be edited until the child is enrolled in a nursery.

On the day of admission to a nursery, the child must be at least 20 weeks old. If there are more applicants than places in nursery, additional criteria will be taken into account. Remember that if you submit additional certificates (e.g. employment confirmation, confirmation of running an agricultural farm or certificate of full-time student status), they should be issued no later than 3 months before the day of their submission to the nursery. A certificate in a foreign language has to be translated into Polish by a sworn translator.

The parent must provide a printed application form with a set of documents confirming that the child meets the criteria, after receiving an information about child’s admission to nursery. This information will be sent to parents electronically.

At least one of the parents or a legal guardian of a child must live within the borders of the city of Wrocław. In order to confirm this residence criterion, the parent must make the following documents available on request, these documents include:

  • identity card of the parent or legal guardian;
  • permanent or temporary residence certificate of at least one parent or legal guardian and the child;
  • another document confirming your residence, e.g. apartment lease agreement;
  • residence card or EU Blue Card may also be used to confirm residence if it contains information about the place of residence in Wrocław. If this is not the case, you should submit e.g. a flat lease agreement or other document stating that the parent or legal guardian of the child resides in Wrocław.

If you have any questions about the admission to nurseries, you can direct them to the City Office Hotline: +48 71 777 77 77, from Monday to Friday from 8:00 to 15:45.

For more information please contact the following facility:

Nurseries’ administration
Fabryczna 15
53-609 Wrocław
phone number: +48 71 365 03 46
fax number: +48 71 365 03 47
WWW: www.wzz.wroc.pl

Preschools

A child may be enrolled in a preschool from the age of 3, and in justified cases parents may apply to enrol their two-and-a-half-year-old in a preschool. A child between 3 and 5 years of age has the right to education, whereas education is compulsory for a 6-year-old.

If you want to enrol your child in a preschool, you can choose any place in Wroclaw that you think will be suitable for your child. The reason for this is that preschools (as opposed to primary schools) are not subject to catchment areas and you find a place you like and – even in the case of 6-year-olds – enrol your child in preschool units in primary schools.

Rules for admission to preschools

There are two stages of the recruitment process:

  1. Recruitment procedure.
  2. Supplementary recruitment procedure – this procedure takes place if there are still some places available.

Both stages take place on-line via an online platform: rekrutacje.edu.wroclaw.pl.

They shall be carried out by a recruitment committee appointed by the Principal of the facility concerned. The recruitment process concerns the places that the facility listed as available for a given age group. The number of vacant places available for particular age groups is determined by the principal of the preschool after he or she asks the parents of children that are currently admitted to the preschool whether they want their children to stay in the same facility for the next year.

Children who live in Wrocław will take part in the recruitment process for vacant places, that is why it is important to submit documents confirming your place of residence. If there are some vacant places left after all the needs of Wrocław residents have been satisfied, the children living outside of Wrocław will be admitted to preschools. For the purpose of recruitment, it is assumed that the residence is confirmed by a permanent or temporary residence or any other document clearly indicating the place of residence.

Time-limits and the course of recruitment

 STAGE 1:

  1. Submitting an application

Usually in March (it is worth checking this information on the City Office’s website) you should apply for admission to a preschool or a preschool unit in a primary school and submit documents confirming that the candidate meets the criteria taken into account in the recruitment process.

  1. Results of recruitment

Results of the recruitment process are published once a year in May.

After the end of the first stage of the recruitment process, if there are any places left, the places in the institutions closest to your place of residence will be indicated. If there are no places available, you take part in the next stage of online recruitment.

 STAGE 2: 

  1. Submission of applications and results of recruitment

Stage no. 2 usually finishes in June. If there are still some places, you can go to the principal of the facility with your application. If there are no more places and your child has a right to education (3 – 5 years), you can choose a private preschool. However, if your child is subject to compulsory schooling, the Municipality will offer you a preschool or a preschool unit, where there are still some places available (regardless of your place of residence) your child will be able to attend preschool there.

Filling out an application for admission to a preschool

Recruitment for preschools is carried out with the use of an electronic system on the following website rekrutacje.edu.wroclaw.pl.

As for now, the platform is available in Polish language only, so if you do not speak that language yet, you have two options: ask a person you trust for help with submitting an application on the platform or go to a selected facility in person and ask for help with submitting an application. The order of applications does not have any influence on the admission of the candidate to a preschool.

In order to fill out the application form correctly, you must:

  • enter the particulars of a child and his/her parents/legal guardians;
  • select a maximum of 3 facilities from the list;
  • create a preference list – set the order of the institutions, starting with the one you like the most (first-choice institution);
  • mark the criteria that your child meets;
  • print out the application form with attachments, attach the required documents/declaration*, sign and submit it to the preschool/primary school that you marked as your first choice.

*Declarations confirming compliance with the criteria shall be made under penalty of perjury. The declarant is obliged to include the following clause in the declaration: “I declare that I am aware of the criminal liability for making a false statement.” (Article 150(6) of the Act of 14 December 2016 on Education Law). Print-outs of declarations, constituting attachments, are available on the website used for electronic recruitment to preschools or preschool units in a primary schools.

If you would like to resign from the granted place in a preschool/primary school, please submit a resignation at the given facility, after the list of qualified children gets published.

If your child has been denied admission, you can:

  1. Request the committee to justify why they refused to admit your child to a given preschool within 7 days from the date of publication of the list of qualified and non-qualified candidates.
  2. Appeal against the decision of the Recruitment Committee to the Preschool Principal within 7 days from the date of receipt of the justification.

Secretary of the Preschool and Primary School Division of the Education Department of the City Office of Wrocław.
Zapolskiej 4, 4th floor, room 446
50-032 Wrocław
phone number: +48 71 777 87 06
e-mail: wpp@um.wroc.pl

Primary schools

When you enrol your child in a primary schools, you must be aware of the fact that these schools have catchment areas, and your child should go to a school assigned to the area where he or she lives. Your child will attend primary school for a total of 8 years.

Enrolment at a catchment area school/district school

Candidates are provided with a place at a regional/district school based on their place of residence. This means that choosing a regional school as your first option and submitting an application to this school within the time limit means that a children is automatically enrolled in first grade. The application is also a declaration of willingness to study at this school. The application shall be accompanied by a statement on the place of residence of the parents or legal guardians of the child, which shall be submitted under pain of criminal liability for making false statements. For the purpose of recruitment, it is assumed that the residence is confirmed by a permanent or temporary residence or any other document clearly indicating the place of residence.

Important: Primary schools are catchment area schools. However, if your child has completed compulsory one-year preschool preparation (“reception”) in a preschool department of a primary school other than the school in the area/district in which you live, your child is admitted, at your request, to the first grade of the same school in which he/she has been studying in “reception” so far, without the need for any recruitment procedure, on the basis of the so-called continuation.

Compulsory schooling is subject to control and if the parent does not ensure that the child attends school, the principal of the catchment area/district school may impose a penalty of up to PLN 50,000 on the parent.

Enrolment at a primary school other than the catchment area school

As a parent, you must remember that if you choose a school other than your catchment area school, the children who live in this school district will have the right to be admitted first to this school.

Principal of each establishment shall appoint a recruitment committee. The recruitment is divided into two stages:

  1. Recruitment procedure on an electronic platform:edu.wroclaw.pl.

You choose three schools. The last school of your choice must always be your catchment area school because there will always be a place for your child.

  1. Supplementary recruitment procedure for schools with vacant places – you submit the application in person to the school.

Important! Children who live in Wrocław will take part in the recruitment process for vacant places, that is why it is important to submit documents confirming your place of residence. If there are some vacant places left after all the needs of Wrocław residents have been satisfied, the children living outside of Wrocław will be admitted to preschools.

Course of recruitment

STAGE 1:

  1. Submitting an application

The application must be submitted together with the required attachments to the school of first choice and it needs to be signed by the parent/legal guardian.

  1. Results of recruitment.

If your child is enrolled in a school other than a regional/district school, you must immediately notify the primary school in your district that your child is enrolled in another school. If your child has not been admitted to a place of your choice and there are still some places available, you go to stage two and you apply in person in the school. 

STAGE 2:

  1. Submission of applications and results of recruitment 

Filling out an application for admission to a primary school

As a parent you fill out and submit an application for admission of your child to school on the date and time specified in the recruitment process. It is important that date and time of filling in an application in the IT system, printing it out or submitting it in the facility – do not have any influence on the order of admission of children.

You can also pick up the application form at any school and submit it to the school of your first choice after completing it.

If you would like to resign from the granted place in a given facility, please submit a resignation at the given facility.

If your child has been denied admission to a school other than your catchment area school, you can:

– request the committee to justify why they refused to admit your child

to a given primary school within 7 days from the date of publication of the list of qualified and non-qualified candidates;

– lodge an appeal against the decision of the Recruitment Committee to the Primary School Principal within 7 days from the date of receipt of the justification;

– file a complaint with the administrative court against the decision of the principal of the primary school.

Bilingual 7th grades

If your child speaks Polish very well, he or she has the opportunity to study in a bilingual class at the end of primary school. It is worth checking with the Department of Education of the City Office of Wrocław which primary schools have such an offer and how your child can be admitted to such a class. Below we present our offer for the school year 2019/2020. It may change next year, so it is best to direct your questions to the schools below or to the Education Department.

Secondary schools

Graduates of 8-year primary schools can continue their education in four-year secondary schools of general education, five-year technical secondary schools or three-year 1st degree industry schools. When selecting sections in school, please ensure that your child will continue the foreign language from the primary school. It is also important that a candidate enrolled in a secondary vocational training school should receive a referral for a medical examination from the school secretary’s office within the time limit specified in the schedule. Detailed information on how to conduct medical examinations is provided by schools who issue referrals for medical examinations and the Provincial Occupational Medicine Centre in Wrocław.

Keep in mind that there are various education subsidy programmes: scholarships, benefits, etc. It is worth finding out more about them at the Education Department.

Course of recruitment

  1. Logging in to the electronic recruitment system

The current school of the candidate will, in due time, issue a login and a temporary password for the recruitment system rekrutacje.edu.wroclaw.pl. After changing the password, you should fill out, save and print out the application form.

Candidates currently attending non-public schools who did not attend

a school/nursery/institution run by the City of Wrocław.

  • Go to a page edu.wroclaw.pl and click on the recruitment to secondary schools. Now, you can enter the system by using your PESEL number (“Enter a candidate application from outside the system”).
  • In the first step of filling out the application form, you should provide a password that will enable you to log into the system.
  • Please note that when you fill out the application form, you must provide an e-mail address that will be used to retrieve your password.

Candidates currently attending schools run by the City of Wrocław

  • The current school of the candidate will, in due time, issue a login and a temporary password for the recruitment system.
  • Go to a page edu.wroclaw.pl and click on the recruitment to secondary schools. Now, you can enter the system by using your login and password.
  • After changing the password, you may fill out, save and print out the application form.
  • Please note that when you fill out the application form, you must provide an e-mail address that will be used to retrieve your password. 
  1. Filling in the application and submitting documents to the facility
  • After logging in to your account, you should generate an electronic application form.
  • Enter or verify the personal data of the candidate and his/her parents.
  • Select up to 3 sections in secondary schools from the list.
  • Create a preference list – set the order of schools, starting with the school that you think is the most important for you, this school will be called the first choice school.
  • Print out the application and submit it to the institution of your first choice. If there is a need to submit the attachments, please submit them as well (within the time limit specified in the schedule).

Adding information to an electronic application

Please log in to the electronic recruitment system (within the time limits specified in the schedule) and add the following information:

  • grades from your school report card and the results of your eighth grade exam,
  • indicate any other achievements listed on the school report card,
  • indicate compliance with the additional criteria,
  • bring a copy of the eighth grade exam results and a copy of your report card to the school of your first choice (do not print the application form again).
  1. Selection of schools

As candidate’s parent, you must thoroughly familiarise yourself with the offer of the schools. Please pay attention to the deadlines for submitting to appropriate schools a written declaration of participation in physical fitness tests, linguistic competence tests/other tests. Candidates can apply for admission to sections in three secondary schools of their own choice that take part in the recruitment process and create their own list of preferences. The lists of accepted candidates and candidates who were not admitted to the section shall be drawn up in accordance with the number of recruitment points obtained. The number of recruitment points obtained at a given school is the sum of points for: grades listed in the Certificate of Completion of Education in Primary School, 8th grade exam results, other achievements listed in the school report card and results of additional language competence test/other tests, physical fitness test.

The candidate should deliver to the school of first choice a printed application along with the required attachments, as it is a condition for the calculation of recruitment points.

As a result of the recruitment procedure, a candidate may be admitted to only one section. 

  1. Submission of documents

The candidate should submit an application signed by the parent and the class teacher at the first choice school within the specified time limit. In case of candidates from outside of Wrocław, the application form does not require the signature of the class teacher. The following documents should be submitted with the application within a specified period of time:

  • certified true copies of Certificate of Completion of Education in Primary and the 8th grade examination results certified by the principal of the school the candidate has graduated from;
  • documentary evidence of compliance with other criteria, if required.
  1. Confirmation of the will to learn

The Candidate will check, in a timely manner, at the first choice school or on the recruitment page of the school to which section and school on his or her selection list the Candidate has been qualified. In order for a candidate to be finally admitted to a school section, he/she must submit the following documents to the school to which he/she has been admitted within a specified period of time:

  • Certificate of Completion of Education in Primary School,
  • certificate of the 8th grade examination results,
  • two photos.

If the Candidate (or their parent) fails to submit the original documents to the school that he or she has been admitted to within the specified period of time, it means that the Candidate resigned from the place granted in this school.

  1. Supplementary recruitment

Supplementary recruitment for schools with vacancies after the first stage of recruitment is also carried out by means of an electronic recruitment system. Supplementary recruitment is open to all candidates: those who did not apply in the first stage of recruitment, those who did not qualify for the place in school, and those who qualified and accepted. The latter, in order to be admitted to the school in a supplementary recruitment process, must resign from the previously declared admission to the school to which they were admitted in the first stage of recruitment, within a specified period of time. The date of resignation is also the date of confirmation of admission to the facility in supplementary recruitment.

  1. Recruitment criteria:
  • grades for Polish, Mathematics and two other subjects listed on the Certificate of Completion of Education in Primary School;
  • results of the 8th grade examination; this exam takes place in the spring;
  • student’s special achievements;
  • graduating with honours;
  • social activity.

Winners of the competitions and Olympiads listed by the Ministry of National Education have the right of priority to be admitted.

Where can I get detailed information about the recruitment process

  1. on the recruitment website: edu.wroclaw.pl (in Polish only);
  2. at the Information Centre of City Office of Wrocław, phone number +48 71 777 77 77 (fom 8:00 to 15:45).
  3. at the primary school attended by a candidate, by asking class teachers and counsellors;
  4. at a school marked as candidate’s first choice;
  5. on the websites of secondary schools;
  6. in the School Career Centers:
  • Primary school no. 4 (Szkoła Podstawowa nr 4)
    Paulińska 14
    53-140 Wrocław
    phone number: +48 71 798 67 25;
  • Secondary School Of General Education no. V (Liceum Ogólnokształcące nr V),
    Hutnicza 45
    50-550 Wrocław
    phone number: +48 71 798 67 34;
  • School Complex no. 14 (Zespół Szkół nr 14)
    Brücknera 10
    51-410 Wrocław
    phone number: +48 71 798 68 90;
  • Technical Secondary School no. 15 (Technikum nr 15)
    Skwierzyńska 1/7
    53-521 Wrocław
    phone number: +48 71 798 69 01;
  • Schools of Economics and Administration (Zespół Szkół Ekonomiczno-Administracyjnych)
    Worcella 3
    50-448 Wrocław
    phone number: +48 71 798 69 09;
  • in the Interschool Vocational Activity Support Centre at the Practical Training Centre (Międzyszkolny Ośrodkek Wspierania Aktywności Zawodowej przy Centrum Kształcenia Praktycznego)
    Strzegomska 49
    53-611 Wrocław
    phone number: +48 71 798 67 00.

List of facilities

As a parent you can choose the right place for your child in public or non-public institutions. Below you will find a full list of preschools, primary schools, secondary schools of general education, technical secondary schools, vocational schools, post-secondary schools, art schools, psychological-pedagogical counselling centres, boarding schools, youth hostels and, complexes of schools and special education facilities, youth cultural centres and other institutions. It is updated once a year in September

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To learn more about universities in Wroclaw, visit the following website: www.wroclaw.pl/uczelnie-wyzsze-wroclaw-kierunki-studiow (PL/EN).

Schools for adults

Adults who represent different levels of education have the opportunity to study for free in Wrocław. In the Centre for Continuing Education (Centrum Kształcenia Ustawicznego – CKU) you can continue your education at the level of primary school, secondary school of general education and participate in vocational courses and industry trainings. There are different types of educational systems – full-time, afternoon or extra-mural courses . Thanks to this you can choose the hours that suit you best.

Studying at CKU can bring you specific benefits For example, if you finish your education at a level of secondary school of general education, it will end with a secondary school final examination (matura). With the matura exam you can continue your education at a higher education facility. The courses will give you an opportunity to acquire or improve your professional qualifications, which will certainly help you find your place in the labour market.

CKU course participants are a diverse group in terms of age, social, cultural and nationality, that is why the school is able to create equal opportunities for all course participants, who are coming from different environments.

Centrum Kształcenia Ustawicznego is a public school that offers education completely free of charge. Detailed information about the recruitment and educational offer can be obtained in person by e-mail or telephone.

Centrum Kształcenia Ustawicznego
Swobodna 73
50-089 Wrocław
phone number: +48 71 798 67 01
e-mail: cku@cku.wroc.pl
WWW: www.cku.wroclaw.pl

International schools

There are also international schools in Wrocław where English is the language of instruction. These are private schools, which means that you have to pay to attend them. The school uses an international curriculum, so that their students can easily find their feet at schools of the same type in other countries. International schools also give pupils an opportunity to take the International Baccalaureate exam, which is recognised in many countries around the world and is a pass to foreign universities.

International schools offer education at different levels, from primary to secondary school. These schools put a great emphasis on language learning, so it is they will teach you how to speak fluently in English and in other foreign languages. The groups are quite small (about 15 pupils in each class), which means that the teacher has the possibility to approach each pupil individually. Their advantage is also a multicultural, international environment in which students have the opportunity to meet people from different cultures. The tuition fees in such institutions are usually higher than in Polish private schools.

An updated list of international schools operating in Wrocław can be found under this link: www.ourkids.net/pl/szkoly-miedzynarodowe-wroclaw.php#school-list

Higher education facilities

Wrocław has a very rich offer of higher education facilities. When you pass secondary school final examination (the so-called “matura”), you receive a maturity certificate, with which you can start the next stage of your education in Poland.

Due to a wide variety of admission criteria, it is best to check the admission rules on the websites of Wrocław higher education facilities or by contacting the them in person, by e-mail or by phone. A full list of higher education facilities in Wrocław can be found on the website: www.wroclaw.pl/uczelnie-wyzsze-wroclaw-kierunki-studiow (PL/EN).

The “Study in Wrocław” platform may also prove to be very helpful. Thanks to this platform, people interested in studying in Wrocław can count on free support in the recruitment process and expert advice during consultations, also in languages other than Polish. For more information, check out this link: study-in-wroclaw.pl (PL/EN).

If you speak Polish, we also invite you to visit the government website, where you can find all higher education facilities: studia.gov.pl/wybierz-studia/pages/search/wizard (PL).

Don’t forget that there are many International Cooperation Offices or Career Offices at Wroclaw universities, which help students find suitable internships, student exchanges and so on.

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