Legalization of foreign documents

Uznawalność dokumentów zagranicznych

Do you want to apply for studies in Poland, but you obtained your high school leaving certificate or other certificate abroad? You must meet several conditions and provide the required documents.

Find out everything important about certificates obtained outside Poland!

Zagraniczne świadectwo – czy może być uznane za ważne podczas ubiegania się o przyjęcie studia?

The foreign school leaving certificate – can it be considered valid when applying for study?

All candidates who graduated from school abroad can easily apply for admission to studies at WSB-NLU. The condition is to have a school leaving certificate, which is covered by an international agreement. What does it mean? Some certificates obtained abroad do not require any additional formalities - they are recognized automatically under Polish law. Thanks to this solution, you can submit your documents directly to the university or other institution without obtaining any additional opinions.

What certificates are recognized by law in Poland?

In Poland, pursuant to Art. 93 section 1-2 of the Act, holders of the following certificates and diplomas do not have to provide, among others: no additional documents or nostrification to the university. The law recognizes:

  • certificates obtained in the European Union, the European Free Trade Association - European Economic Area and the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). This provision applies to all school leaving certificates and diplomas or other documents that entitle to apply for admission to higher education in the country where the document was issued;
  • IB (International Baccalaureate) diplomas, issued by the International Baccalaureate Organization in Geneva;
  • EB (European Baccalaureate) diplomas issued by the European Schools, in accordance with the Convention on the Statute of the European Schools, drawn up in Luxembourg on June 21, 1994 (Journal of Laws of 2005, No. 3, item 10);
  • Certificates covered by international agreements: 

    bilateral agreements,
    multilateral agreements.

Apostille and legalization for a certificate issued outside Poland

Apostille is a certificate issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) on documents intended for legal transactions in countries that have signed the Hague Convention. To put it simply: an apostille is a certification of a document (in this case a diploma or school leaving certificate) prepared in one country in order to be able to use this document fully legally in another country. This ensures that the document is authentic and can be used abroad. Any document confirmed by an Apostille may be submitted to the university. An apostille is issued at the request of the diploma or school leaving certificate. The Apostille is issued by NAWA and the Education Board of the country in which the diploma was obtained. The full list of countries and institutions that are responsible for issuing the apostille can be found here:

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