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Before arrival

Deciding to study abroad is an exciting time, and it also requires effective step-by-step preparation. This brief introduction will help you to get ready in the simplest and most structured way. However, make sure you go beyond this article to dig deeper into the details.
Once the application has been submitted and accepted, there are so many questions about what to do next. First of all, the issue of utmost importance is arranging a legal entry to Poland through preparing documents  for a student visa.

VISA

You should contact your local nearest Embassy/Consulate of Poland. The obligatory documents and other specific requirements vary from country to country, therefore it is highly recommended to ask the local Polish Embassy. Although in the case of every student visa application the required documents are the acceptance letter from the university, visa supporting letter, medical insurance, bank statement confirming proof of sufficient means for living and returning from Poland, original passport, tickets, visa fee, and the visa application itself. It is crucial not to provide the Embassy/Consulate with falsified documents, as it will cause the application to be rejected. Also, remember that Polish national/student visa allows you to study in Poland and travel for a short period to other Schengen countries only. If you plan to go to and out of Poland many times, apply for a multiple-entry visa.  In the case of being granted a student visa, please carry your acceptance letter from the university when you are traveling to Poland. At the border control when entering Poland and consequently the European Union for the first time, you will be asked what is the purpose of your travel and if necessary, you may be requested to provide the proof of that purpose. 

Secondly, what to pack?

Depending on which season you arrive to Poland,  it is best to look at the weather on the Internet. There are no extreme winters or summers. All four seasons are present, it rains often, and the sun is out during warm seasons.

Check your University

Try to read about the University of Wroclaw campus and student life, Poland, Polish culture and language. It will not only be an amazing academic and personal experience, but also an exciting cultural exchange if you show interest in the host country and make the best out of being an international student. Check the websites of the Faculty you will be studying at and the official website of the city of Wrocław at http://www.wroclaw.pl/en 

Collect your original documents

Finally, collect your documents (diplomas, medical certificate, insurance, documents that you feel you might need while in Poland) and once suitcases are ready, the tickets and the passport are in your hands, it is time to check everything! Have a safe and pleasant journey to Polska!

Prepared by Diana from Kazakhstan