General information for students


GENERAL INFORMATION FOR STUDENTS


Costs of living

The Polish currency is the zloty (1 zł = 100). The annual average euro exchange rate is 1 euro = 4,28 zł. Current exchange rates can be found at www.nbp.pl.

We advise you to prepare about 1000–1500 zł per month towards the cost of living.
Monthly rent:
– dormitory 350-450 zł,
– room at a private apartment 400-800 zł.
Food: 350-400 zł.


Accommodation

The students of The Angelus Silesius University of Applied Sciences in Wałbrzych can stay at a dormitory or rent a private room. Dormitories are usually cheaper, but you need to apply early to get a room or bed.
There are 2 dormitories/halls of residence on the campus of The Angelus Silesius University of Applied Sciences in Wałbrzych, offering over 50 places. Prices: 350-450 zł per bed, depending on the standard of the building and the kind of room. Rooms: 1, 2, 3 persons in one room; rooms are connected by a washroom. Only the dormitories of lower standard have common toilets and bathrooms on the corridor.
Basic furniture: single beds, wardrobes, bookcases, desks and a fridge. Every dormitory is equipped with a kitchen. On the campus premises there are also student clubs, lunch bars.

Meals

In the main building of our institution (Zamkowa Street, building A) is situated the students club „Pod Papugami”, in which one may try delicious meals at affordable prices. It is also possible to purchase luncheon vouchers. The building in Piotra Skargi Street (building B) has a café, where students can enjoy some light meals and drinks.
Outside the campus there are also bars with „home dinners”, a few cafes, grocery shops, pizzerias and restaurants. Approximate cost of dinner in a bar is 6-30 zł.
In the dormitories there is a possibility to prepare your own meals in the kitchens. This allows to lower the daily cost of meals to 10-15 zł.

Medical facilities

Health care provided by state health service is free for patients with valid insurance policy (NFZ insured). All the registered full-time students at The Angelus Silesius University of Applied Sciences in Wałbrzych have free access to health care. They can also buy the medicines prescribed by the doctor at a discount price. Students coming for only a short period of time, within bilateral agreement or within the Erasmus programme, are obliged to provide themselves with proper insurance (European Health Insurance Card – EKUZ).
It is also possible to use private health care at private clinics and laboratories. A full list of public and private health centres: http://www.firmy.net/sluzba-zdrowia,walbrzych.html (in Polish language only).
In the case of an accident, injury or in emergency situations you should call an ambulance or go directly to hospital, especially to a hospital emergency department (SOR). In such circumstances medical transport is free of charge. Once in hospital, you should show the European Health Insurance Card or any other document confirming your insurance.
Treatment for accidents and emergencies is free for everyone regardless of one’s status or length of stay in Poland. If you require an ambulance, you should always dial 999 for the emergency service or 112.

Facilities for special needs students

The Angelus Silesius University of Applied Sciences in Wałbrzych (PWSZ) is accessible to students with disabilities. Some of buildings are adjusted and equipped in order to meet the needs of the students with disabilities (lifts, toilets etc.). Disabled students may also receive a scholarship provided by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education. The scholarship is independent of the student’s material status, and only depends on the degree of disability confirmed by medical documentation. It is granted per academic year.
In order to combat social exclusion and to improve disabled access to higher education, PWSZ has created the position of Rector’s Plenipotentiary for Persons with Disabilities:
Anna Pełczyńska, Ph.D., lecturer, e-mail: apelczynska@pwsz.com.pl

Insurance

– European Union Students
Students who are citizens of EU countries, studying in Poland, have the same right to medical help as Polish students, provided they have valid medical insurance in their country. This means they can use medical help free of charge. They must, however, have the European Health Insurance Card (EKUZ), which they must present during their visit at the doctor or in hospital. Thanks to this they do not have to pay for medical treatment in all health care institutions which have signed an agreement with NFZ to provide medical care. Each time before using medical help a student has to present the following documents: European Health Insurance Card (EKUZ), valid student card, valid passport or any other document confirming their identity. Those who fail to present any of the documents will be obliged to cover the cost of medical help. EU citizens who do not hold the EKUZ card, and were not insured in the country of origin, can sign an agreement with NFZ and buy insurance, paying 36.75 zł per month. They are then obliged to present E104 form issued in the country of origin, stating since when a given person has been insured there, and that the person is not insured there now.
– Students from outside EU
Students coming from outside the EU should buy insurance package KL+NNW (against costs of medical treatment and results of accidents). Certificate of insurance, together with the agreement number should be presented every time a student seeks medical help.
Depending on the agreement, the person insured can be exempt from paying for help, or may seek refund after returning to their country of origin. If the student fails to present the certificate of insurance, they are then obliged to pay the full cost of medical help.
Medical insurance can be bought in insurance companies or travel agencies in the country of origin.
For health care insurance for foreign students of EU and other countries visit:
www.nfz.gov.pl.

Financial support for students

All students studying full-time and part time have the right to apply for financial support. Students can apply for the following forms of support:
– Scholarship for outstanding results in education or sport,
– Welfare scholarship,
– Welfare, housing, and subsistence scholarship,
– Special scholarship for students with disabilities,
– Ministry Educational Achievement Scholarship (granted upon application from the Institute),
– Ministry Sports Achievement Scholarship (granted upon application from the Institute),
– Allowances.
For more information and application forms please visit:
www.pwsz.com.pl/dział-nauczania-i-spraw-studenckich

Student affairs office

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
AND STUDENT AFFAIRSZamkowa 4, room 25-27
(Tuesday-Friday, 9.00-15.00)
Manager: mgr Justyna Jaskólska
phone: +48 74 641 92 05
e-mail: jjaskolska@pwsz.com.pl
mgr Agnieszka Pochroń-Mikuła
phone: +48 74 641 92 03
e-mail: apochron@pwsz.com.pl
lic. Krzysztof Zyguła
phone: +48 74 641 92 04
e-mail: kzygula@pwsz.com.pl
Financial support for students:
mgr Beata Mierzejewska
phone: +48 74 641 92 25
e-mail: bmierzejewska@pwsz.com.pl
INSTITUTES Institute of Socio-Legal Studies
Zamkowa 4, room 116
Secretariat: Jolanta Łukomska
phone: +48 74 641 92 11
e-mail: administracja@pwsz.com.pl
Institute of Natural and Technical Studies
Zamkowa 4, room 111
Secretariat: mgr Marzena Łukiewicz
phone: +48 74 641 92 13
e-mail: logistyka@pwsz.com.pl
Institute of Health
Piotra Skargi 14a, room 102
Secretariat: mgr Jolanta Jamrowska
phone: +48 74 641 92 53
e-mail: kosmetologia@pwsz.com.pl
CAREERS SERVICE mgr Mirosława Nikodemska
Zamkowa 4, room 25
phone: +48 74 641 92 34
e-mail: biurokarier@pwsz.com.pl

Learning facilities

The Angelus Silesius University of Applied Sciences in Wałbrzych is located in the city center, in a picturesque and full green park surrounding. The constant concern of the school’s authorities is the expansion and dynamic development of school’s facilities. The renovated premises of the old palace and park complex of Czettritz family are fully adapted to students’ needs. The school’s two neighbouring residential buildings have been renovated and now there is housing for students.
For the uses of students are:
– two dormitories,
– library, laboratories, art studio,
– free access to Internet,
– lunch bars, where students can taste delicious meals at affordable prices,
– small stores and photocopy points,
– gyms, saunas.


International programmes

The ECTS system was implemented in The Angelus Silesius University of Applied Sciences in Wałbrzych from the academic year 2007/2008 in order to provide the students exchange within educational programmes among various universities. Our institution participates in the European Union educational programme (LLP) ERASMUS and ERASMUS+. So far the relevant agreements were signed with the foreign universities from Austria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Lithuania, Latvia, Greece, Spain, Malta, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia and Turkey.
The main task of ERASMUS+ programme is to give universities, and institutions cooperating with them, the possibility for international cooperation in the field of education.
Within the ERASMUS+ programme the university may perform the following actions:
– sending students for part of their study time to foreign partner universities, and receiving students from those universities;
– sending students to do internship in the cooperating companies, institutions and organisations in the European countries.
The ERASMUS+ programme makes it possible for students between 2nd and 5th year of studies to study part of the time at partner universities abroad.
Students can also go to study or do the internship within interuniversity agreements, scholarship programmes or educational foundations’ offers.
All information about the opportunities of going abroad or participation in the international programme are available on the website: www.pwsz.com.pl/erasmus-plus
Please contact:
Institutional Erasmus Coordinator
mgr Justyna Jaskólska 
Zamkowa 4, room 27
phone: +48 74 641 92 05
e-mail: erasmus@pwsz.com.pl

ERASMUS PROGRAMME – INFORMATION FOR INCOMING STUDENTS


Practical information for mobile students

Poland 
Poland is situated in the centre of the European continent. Near Warsaw there is the geometrical centre of Europe. The territory of the country is 321.683 thousand square kilometers. This makes the country number 9 in Europe, and number 63 in the world.
We recommend the following site: www.poland.gov.pl

Climate

Poland has moderate climate, transitional between maritime and continental climate. In general, in northern and western Poland we have moderate maritime climate, with mild, wet winters and cool summers with a fair amount of rainfall and in the eastern part of the country we have a continental climate, with harsh winters and hotter, drier summers.

Seasons

In Poland there are six seasons of the year. Poland is “richer” than other European countries, as we also have early spring and early winter. During early spring, which usually lasts about a month, the average daily temperature varies between 0˚C and 5˚C. Spring in Poland lasts about 60 days, and comes from the west. The daily temperature is between 5˚C and 15˚C. Summer, bringing temperatures over 20˚C, starts in May. After about four months autumn comes with temperatures varying from 15˚C to as low as 5˚C. With the end of October, when the trees are bare, and the days are shorter, early winter starts. Temperatures drop below 5˚C. After about 6 weeks real winter comes, which, depending on the year, lasts till February or March.

Culture

There are many interesting concerts, performances, festivals and other cultural happenings in Poland. Some of them are internationally acknowledged. News: www.poland.gov.pl

Studying in Poland
The Polish educational system prepares specialists in many fields. There are almost 2 million people studying in Poland – this is almost half the population at the student age (between 19 and 24 years of age). About 400 thousand young people graduate every year.
According to the Bologna Process assumptions, there is a 3-level system of studies at Polish universities: 
First cycle studies – licentiate or engineer studies, making it possible to obtain knowledge and abilities in a given field, preparing for work in a given job, granting the title of licentiate or engineer.
Second cycle studies – MSc/MA studies, making it possible to obtain specialist knowledge in a given field, and also preparing for creative work in a given job, granting the title of MSc or MA or an equivalent.
Third cycle studies – doctoral studies, accepting students with MSc or MA title, making it possible to obtain advanced knowledge in a given subject or field of science, preparing for independent creative and research work, and granting the title of a doctor of science/art.
Students having received a graduation diploma are entitled to go on studying at post-diploma studies.
Universities promote creativity and engagement on the part of students. They can participate in various organizations. By enrolling in the Academic Sports Association (www.azs.pl) students can develop their sport talent in many disciplines, and be successful in national and international competitions. Every year in May there is the national student holiday – Juwenalia. There are concerts and happenings organised by universities and student governments.

Wałbrzych

Information concerning life in Wałbrzych, useful adresses and the city map can be found on the website of The Wałbrzych City Council: www.um.walbrzych.pl/en/strony/index.html

How to get to Wałbrzych?
By plane: the nearest airport is in Wrocław (70 km from Wałbrzych) – is directly connected with many European cities and has transfer connections with cities all over the world.
By train: you can travel from Warszawa (Warsaw) or Wrocław to Wałbrzych (station: “Wałbrzych Miasto”) by train.
Connections: http://rozklad-pkp.pl


Language coruses

All students of The Angelus Silesius University of Applied Sciences in Wałbrzych have the opportunity to learn modern languages eg. English, German. The Institute of Humanistic Studies offers special Polish courses for foreign students, free of charge. In general, language instruction is provided for all students, including practice in comprehension, reading, oral and, where necessary, written work.


Internships

Work placement gives the students an opportunity to enrich their knowledge with practical abilities, and to learn something about their potential future employers, with their needs and requirements. On the other hand, the company or business accepting trainees has the possibility to get to know the future employees, use their hard work and enthusiasm to meet the needs of the company. Serving an apprenticeship term is treated in the same way as successfully passing a given subject, and the student is granted ECTS credits point according to the program of studies. Work placement means working for an employer for free. Finding an employer that is willing to accept a student is the duty of the student. Work placement should take place in the time free from regular classes (July-September). 
Students of The Angelus Silesius University of Applied Sciences in Wałbrzych can find offers of practical training, internships or volunteering on the website of our Careers Service:
www.pwsz.com.pl/biuro-karier


Sports and leisure facilities

The entire sport life is organized by well functioning Academic Club AZS which covers the large group of students. The club is the organizer of many sport events for students from Wałbrzych and the surrounding area. The school’s authorities attach great importance to the development both of students’ and competitive sport and because of this they create appropriate conditions for this activity. In this way, students actively participate in sport, tourist and recreation sections. We provide our students with various forms of physical activity. The AZS operates in sections of football, volleyball, basketball, swimming, chess. For several years we participate in the Lower Silesia Interschool League where we have twice won the first place. 
The students from The Angelus Silesius University of Applied Sciences in Wałbrzych also participate in different Polish Championships’ disciplines winning high places. As for the school which than not have its own sports facilities, this result should be considered a great success. 
Our representatives also compete in the league competitions. Our volleyball and football players win higher places every year, increasing in following leagues their advantage over competitors in table.

Student associations

Academic Club of Active Tourism 
The first and longest-running academic club of The Angelus Silesius University of Applied Sciences in Wałbrzych, established at the Institute of Tourism and Recreation. The main objectives of the club are the promotion of different forms of tourism among youths, organization of tourist, sports and recreation events, spreading among students community and schoolchildren knowledge of the world by organizing exhibitions, lectures, competitions, screenings, etc. To start the academic year, the club traditional organizes an orientation event called Otrzęsiny. What is more, club members organize many trips to the mountains (trekking, cycling, cross-country skiing), which allow other club members to get to know one another students from our institution. Trips and events organized by the club encourage students to spend leisure time actively, promote physical recreation and practice interesting qualified tourism disciplines (specialized), such as hiking, cycling, canoeing, skiing.

The „Just in Time” Research-Interest Group of Young Logisticians
The students’ organization at the Institute of Natural and Technical Studies which unites students interested in the field of logistics. Its aim is to increase knowledge, develop interests of the participants and practical skills for the labor market. The research area of our analysis includes, in particular enterprises operating on the local market. We focus on the problems of region’s attractions and possibilities for development and city’s logistics issues. The activity of the group members includes in active participation in students’ and scientific life by participation in scientific conferences and study trips, cooperation with students’ organizations, analysis of case studies and scientific publications.

The “Homo Politicus” Student’s Group 
The independent and self-governing organization which brings together students of The Angelus Silesius University of Applied Sciences in Wałbrzych, operates social and scientific activity, under the Law on Higher Education. This group is an independent organization, it is not associated with any political party. It may include members with different political views and sympathies, implementing plans of all its members and acting in the interest of students’ environment. This organization accomplishes its goals by: increasing knowledge in the field of political science, taking initiatives for mobilizing students’ environment, undertaking other activities such as scientific research, publications in academic journals, etc. The motto of the group members is a Latin saying Sapere aude (Dare to be wise!).

The „EVENTUS” Research-Interest Group of the Enterprise
A students’ association based on a voluntary and disinterested activity of its members. The activity within the group aims to increase students’ knowledge and skills in enterprising, organizational, and interpersonal activities. The aim is to work with business representatives (especially in the Walbrzych region), as well as with scientific groups of The Angelus Silesius University of Applied Sciences in Wałbrzych and other universities. Students commit themselves to voluntary activity (conducting seminars, trainings, tutoring, etc.) for the academic community of the Angelus Silesius State School of Higher Vocational Education and the local community. An important objective is the development and creation of academic life among students, as well as supporting their publishing activities. The Eventus group wants to integrate the academic environment and promote The Angelus Silesius University of Applied Sciences in Wałbrzych.

The „HUMANITAS” Research-Interest Group
A students’ organization operating at the Institute of Humanistic Studies. It brings together students interested in the various social activities in care and educational facilities. The main objectives of the group members are to coordinate local efforts to promote the environment, participate in various charity events, organize occasional competitions, happenings, meetings with people involved in culture and art, the screening of interesting films.

The Students’ Self-Government
The Students’ Self-Government has been functioning since 1999. Its purpose is to represent the interest of students of The Angelus Silesius University of Applied Sciences in Wałbrzych. The main task of the Students’ Self-Government is to look after the rights and privileges of students, organize cultural and entertainment events and solve any students’ problems. The Self-Government participates actively in the management of the school, makes decisions in matters directly relating to students and represents the School outside (eg. during Juwenalia) and takes care of its image. It also gives opinion on the granting of educational and social scholarships, and awards for activities for the institution. The Students’ Self-Government cooperates with the school’s magazine “Humanistyczna Jazda”, and numerous organizations. It is present practically in all areas of academic life. Seasonal student parties, such as Otrzęsiny, Połowinki, Juwenalia, are organized by the Students’ Self-Government. In the students’ club, located in The Angelus Silesius University of Applied Sciences in Wałbrzych, are held private evening meetings with artists and authors.

“Humanistyczna Jazda” magazine
“Humanistyczna Jazda” is a magazine independently created and published by our students. It has been an integral part of students’ life for nine years. Probably a big influence on its position at our University has a tradition of Polish Philology. It was a large group of enthusiasts of Polish studies who established a newspaper, giving it a unique form five years ago. “Humanistyczna Jazda” is a university magazine, distributed in the walls of our School and students’ life centers which reach not only scholars but also the professorial staff (who often read our articles with flushed face). For over a year, this independent students’ newspaper reaches also the inhabitants of Wałbrzych through special inserts in the „30 Minutes”. Thanks to this students’ journalists are present and recognizable throughout the city, and people who have nothing to do with the School can get to know their texts. The newspaper offers the possibility to check not only the students’ journalistic pen, but also enables them a poetic or literary debut.

“Zamkowa” TV 
A students’ organization bringing together people who want to learn what they will not learn in lectures, labs or seminars. Working for television enables the development of interests, improvement of knowledge and meetings with interesting people. The recipients of the programs are mostly students and residents of Wałbrzych, because TV “Zamkowa” programs are broadcast in cable networks of Wałbrzych. The number of people watching the recording is high and it motivates journalists to proper work. Students have the opportunity to develop personal knowledge of all aspects of production: they are trained both linear and non – linear assembly, as well as for cinematography, sound and editorial. Besides the typical workshop students visit interesting places related to television and film work and participate in special workshops for student – journalists. 
More: www.tvzamkowa.pl