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Terms and definitions

RECRUITMENT SCHEDULE – lays out dates within which specified steps should be taken, e.g. registration, submission of documents etc. The schedule also contains dates of additional exams, interviews, announcement of registered and selected candidates etc.

IRC –  Internet Registration of Foreigners system for programmes in English

IRK    Internet Candidate Registration system   for programmes at the University of Wrocław, concerning candidates for all programmes and types of studies

FIELD OF STUDY – separated part of one or several education areas, implemented at the University in the form laid out in a curriculum. The University of Wrocław offers over 70 fields in first-cycle programmes (including 4 inengineering), over 50 in second-cycle programmes and 2 fields in uniform Master’s programmes.

RECRUITMENT FEE – non-refundable fee applicable to a candidate for first- and second-cycle and uniform master’s programmes (candidates for doctoral and postgraduate studies are exempted from fees). The payment of the recruitment fee along with the registration in IRK system is required to take part in the recruitment procedure.

REGISTRATION – begins recruitment procedure. E-registration in IRK system is required  in order to commence studies at the University of Wrocław.

RECRUITMENT – admission procedure for prospective students – necessary step to become accepted. At UWr recruitment for first-, second-, and third-cycle studies and uniform master’s and postgraduate studies takes an electronic form.

MAJOR, SPECIALISATION – separated part of a given field of study, selected according to one’s scientific or professional interests. In the case of some of the fields a decision has to be made already during recruitment procedure, though in most major or specialisation can be chosen when studying. The University of Wrocław offers nearly 250 majors and specialisations, usually several in one field of study, sometimes even more than ten.

FIRST-CYCLE PROGRAMMES (bachelor’s or engineering degree) – higher studies to which anyone with the general certificate of secondary education can be admitted. They last 6 (bachelor’s) or 7 (engineering degree) semesters, are completed with the defense of a diploma dissertation, and bachelor’s or engineering degree. UWr provides over 70 such fields of study in a residential or non-residential form. After graduation one can continue one’s education, e.g. in second-cycle programmes.

SECOND-CYCLE PROGRAMMES (master’s degree) – higher studies to which one can be admitted after graduating from at least a first-cycle programme. They are can take a residential or non-residential form. They usually last 4 semesters, are completed with the defense of the diploma dissertation, and master’s degree. After graduation one can apply for e.g. third-cycle programme. UWr offers over 50 fields in second-cycle master’s degree programmes.

THIRD-CYCLE PROGRAMMES (doctoral) – studies to which one can be admitted after obtaining master’s degree. They last 4 years and are completed with PhD degree. UWr provides doctoral studies in a residential or non-residential form in more than ten fields.

INDIVIDUAL STUDIES – interdisciplinary fields which curricula give an opportunity to personalise educational profile to suit individual needs and interests of outstanding students. Each student has his or her own tutor. In this form UWr offers Individual Mathematics and Computer Science Studies and  Inter-area Individual Studies in the Humanities and Social Sciences

UNIFORM MASTER’S STUDIES – higher studies to which anyone with the general certificate of secondary education can be admitted. They are completed with the defense of a diploma dissertation, and master’s degree. After graduating one can commence e.g. third-cycle programme. UWr offers 2 such fields: law and psychology.

INTERFACULTY STUDIES – fields run by several faculties at the same time. UWr currently provides 2 such fields: environmental protection and inter-area individual studies in the humanities and social sciences (abbreviated to MISHIS).

NON-RESIDENTIAL EVENING STUDIES – fee-paying programme with classes held on selected days of the week in the afternoon or evening.

NON-RESIDENTIAL EXTRAMURAL STUDIES – fee-paying programme with classes held mostly on weekends, usually twice a month.

POSTGRADUATE STUDIES – studies to which one can apply after obtaining a higher education diploma. They usually last 2 to 4 semesters and are conducted in a non-residential form. UWr offers approximately 100 such fee-paying programmes.

RESIDENTIAL STUDIES – programmes with classes held on weekdays. Residential studies in Polish are free of charge for EU citizens, including Poles.