Welcome to the University of Finance and Management in Bialystok!
Are you interested in other cultures? Would you like to find out who Slavs are? Would you like to see sights full of nature which cannot be found anywhere in Europe? Visit the very middle of Europe – Poland. But if you wish to feel something extremely unique, come to its north-east part: Bialystok. It is a place where different ethnic and religious groups have coexisted for centuries. Slavs, Balts, Germans, Jews and Tartars have created the unique atmosphere of this region over the years.
We are sure that you will enjoy your stay in Bialystok. Hope to see you soon!
Erasmus Partner Universities
Since its foundation the University of Finance and Management in Bialystok has been engaged in academic cooperation with numerous universities. The University has Erasmus exchange agreements with following partners:
- Universität Koblenz-Landau, Germany
- Universita degli Studi di Verona, Italy
- Universita degli studi di Bari, Italy
- Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain
- Tampereen yliopisto, Finland
- Universitatea Babes-Bolyai Cluj-Napoca, Romania
- Uludag Universitesi, Turkey
- Balikesir Universitesi, Turkey
- Istanbul Kültür Űniversitesi, Turkey
- Euroakadeemia, Estonia
- Kazimieras Simonavicius University, Lithuania
- Universite de Mons, Belgium
- Karadeniz Technical University, Turkey
- Atatürk University, Turkey
- University of Economics in Bratislava, Slovakia
- P.A. College, Cyprus
- University of Malta, Malta
- Instituto Superior de Comunicaçao Empresarial, Portugal
- Siirt University, Turkey
- Suleyman Sah University, Turkey
Admission Procedure for Erasmus Exchange Students
If you are planning to study at the University of Finance and Management in Bialystok for one or two semesters as an exchange Erasmus student, first of all you should contact the International Relations Department at your university and follow the application procedure.
In order to be accepted for Erasmus exchange at our university you should provide us with necessary information. Every candidate should fill in and sign the Erasmus application form and send it to us together with enclosures. Additional documents that must be submitted together with application:
- a statement of purpose,
- certificate of an English language test (if taken),
- copy of passport or identity card,
- letter from home university confirming that you are enrolled as a degree student and that you have been nominated for Erasmus exchange,
- 3 passport photographs.
The documents should be sent first by e-mail or fax and the originals by post to International Relations Department:
Wyższa Szkoła Finansów i Zarządzania w Białymstoku
Dział Współpracy z Zagranicą
ul. Ciepła 40
Phone: +48 85 6750672
Fax: +48 85 6750088
For the autumn semester (October to February): 20 June
For the spring semester (February to June): 20 December
Note that it takes some time for non-EU citizens to get a visa (for details please contact the Polish Consulate in your country). To apply for a visa, you need an enrolment letter from us, so send us all application documents well ahead of time.
Students from the EU countries do not need visa to come to Poland, but they have to apply for a residence permit after arrival.
Academic Calendar 2015/2016
- Winter semester:
1 October 2015 – 7 February 2016
End-of-term examinations: 8-21 February 2016
Vocational placements: 07.12.2015 – 17.01.2016
- Summer semester:
29 February 2016 – 12 June 2016
End-of-term examinations: 13 – 26 June 2016
Easter vacation: 24.03.2016 – 30.03.2016
Spring vacation: 28.04.2016 – 4.05.2016
- 1 January – New Year’s Day
- First Day of Easter
- Second Day of Easter
- 1 May – National Holiday
- 3 May – National Holiday of 3rd May – the anniversary of the proclamation of Constitution of 3rd May
- 1 November – All Saints’ Day
- 11 November – National Holiday of Independence
- 25 December – Christmas Day
- 26 December – Boxing Day
How to get here?
Bialystok is approximately 180 km far from Warsaw and can easily be reached by common transport. You can take a bus number 175 to get to the main train station called Central Warsaw („Warszawa Centralna” in Polish). See the website http://www.pkp.pl/ in order to check trains’ timetable. Journey from Warsaw to Bialystok lasts approx. 2 hrs 35 minutes. Tickets can be bought at the station, cost: 43 PLN per ticket (second class) and 64 PLN per ticket (first class).
All non-Polish students accepted to study at the University of Finance and Management in Białystok are able to find accommodation in the Student House. The rent for shared accommodation is about 400 PLN (100 €) per month. The rent includes essential furniture, electricity, hot and cold water, heating, use of a laundry room and linen, pillows and kitchen utensils.
To reserve the accommodation you have to mark it on the application. After arrival to Białystok you should also pay a deposit of 500 PLN (150 €). The deposit will be returned to your account when you move out and return the key, provided you have paid all rent dues and kept your flat clean and in good condition.
For those who prefer to live elsewhere we can help to find a flat. You can also check the advertisements in a newspaper or check the notice boards at the University. You may also rent a flat through various commercial housing agencies.
Please make notes on your application form what kind of accommodation you prefer.
Foreign students are obligated to be covered by health insurance in their home country. They are strongly advised to take out additional insurance against theft, as well as a public liability insurance.
EU students have to bring a certification of their health insurance that is European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). On the website of the Polish National Health Fund (NFZ) http://www.nfz.gov.pl/new/ you can find more practical information regarding this issue.
NON-EU students should purchase health insurance in the home country, before departure. According to health regulations you have to pay for a medical consultation in Poland. The health insurance company can then reimburse the cost. Therefore student must confirm with their insurance company exactly what level of medical coverage they are entitled to in Poland and what are the reimbursement procedures.
Every incoming student gets a tutor. He/She may be giving guidance to more than one international student. The name, e-mail and telephone number of your buddy will be sent to you before your arrival.
Polish Grading Scale
All classes take the form of lectures, seminars and exercises.
Examination assessments are based on a 6-point scale:
The University owns the buildings located on a single plot, housing over 100 teaching rooms, computer labs, sports halls, chairs and departments, a library with a large reading room, a book shop, a cafe and a restaurant, its own hotel, and the administrative premises of four faculties. Recently a well-equipped modern edifice with two spacious halls has been added to this list. All the buildings are designed to fully satisfy the University’s academic needs as well as host important ceremonies at the regional level and beyond.
Department of Physical Education and Sport
The University Sports Association Club (AZS) at the University of Finance and Management in Białystok was founded in 1994 and was registered by the Governing Council of AZS on 13th March 1996 as one of the first private university clubs of this kind. It has eleven sections, which take part in intercollegiate matches and the Polish Championships. Over 200 students – in 21 sports disciplines, represented the University.
Foreign students can make use of a swimming pool, a gymnasium, the Jagiellonian Sports Hall (where you can play basket and volleyball), a new fitness club with modern equipment and a spacious sports hall designed for aerobics and table tennis.
The Library and reading room of the University of Finance and Management in Białystok are a facility serving the needs of higher education in the areas of management, macro- and microeconomics, finance, banking accounting, marketing, economic law, ethics, sociology, regional planning, language studies and political studies.
The whole collection numbers over 80,000 volumes. The library also has holdings in the English and German languages. The library subscribes to over 200 periodicals, including some foreign titles favoured by our academic community (Financial Times, Newsweek, The Economist, Stern, Wirtschaftswoche, Harvard Business Review and many others, available in online versions as well).
The library also has a rich collection of audio and video cassettes and compact discs (about 1600 in total). In the multimedia reading room the students and the staff have at their disposal computers with free access to the Internet, which means access to several thousand scientific journals (via EBSCO service).
How to use the library?
You have to go directly to the front desk of the library to ask for your own library card with personal card number (you need to obtain your student ID card first!). Then you can access to the University’s catalogue.
The cost of living is fairly low in Poland. Of course living expenses will vary according to personal requirements!!! A person studying in Poland should expect to need about PLN 1000-1500 on a monthly basis. This does not include the one time expense of the deposit for a room.
Tampere University, Finland
I studied as an exchange student in the University of Finance and Management in Białystok in the spring semester 2001. I had never before been in Poland but the personnel of the International Office and my tutor made me feel like at home right at the beginning of my stay in Białystok. The courses in the International Program were interesting and lecturers were very sensible to the exchange students. The most part of my spare time I spent traveling around Poland with my Spanish, Belorusian and Polish colleagues.
Studying as an exchange student in Białystok was one the best decisions in my life and I hope that every student could come here and have as unforgettable experience as I had.
University Babes Bolyai Cluj Napoca, Romania
I arrived in Bialystok for the winter semester 2005/5006 on the 7th of October 2005, one week before the lectures for foreign students started, but just in time to explore the beautiful parks and streets of the city shining in wonderful colors in the last sunny days of autumn. The teachers and the staff of the school is very open and very supportive, the collegues friendly and helpful, the school building is modern and new. What I appreciated the most is that if I had some problems or questions (and they appeared pretty often, especially because I didn’t speak the language), I always had someone to turn too. And it has been like this from the first moment I contacted the university through email. I had a wonderful time in school but outside school too, living in the (for me, and probably all Erasmus students in Bialystok) famous Academics of the Technical University (Politechnika Bialistocka), and hanging out in the city with all the new friends I met in Bialystok. It was a great experience. Thank you!
P.S. If you go for the winter, make sure you have lots of really warm clothes!!! Trust me!
Sorin Cristian Manu
University Babes-Bolyai Cluj-Napoca, Romania
The first questions that popped out in my head after I’ve found out that I can come to study in Poland was “Why choose Poland? Why the University of Finance and Management in Bialystok? After six months spent here I’ve got my answer. Because it’s a one-time life experience! If you are interested in a multi-cultural experience, in meeting new and interesting people, in making friends from all over the world like India, Spain, Portugal just to name a few and last but not least having some very good and interesting classes you’ve made the right decision. The University is just the fine educational institution one could expect to find, with lots of good professors and very friendly students. The city is lovely with many green areas, with people who are sociable so you can easily make new acquaintances and let’s not forget about the rich night life and the girls who are just beautiful. For those who thought some of the things mentioned above sound interesting you are welcome to come and try for yourselves what can be a unique experience.
ULUDAG UNIVERSITY, TURKEY
It is good when students of other nations get the opportunity to study together and see how people live abroad. I studied as an exchange Erasmus student at the University of Finance and Management in Bialystok during the spring semester. I had never been in Poland and at first I had some adaptation problems. But the personnel of the International Office made me feel like at home. The courses in the International Program were interesting and the teachers were very sensible to the exchange students. The most of my spare time I spent traveling around Poland with my friend Aysila. Living and studying as an exchange student in Bialystok was one of the best experiences I ever had.
ULUDAG UNIVERSITY, TURKEY
I am Aysila and I am from Turkey. To study one semester in Bialystok, Poland was really exciting! I had three months to study here and now, at the end of this time, I feel so close to Polish people 😉 their language, cuisine, way of living… I know almost everything about them and I like Polish people very much. I like meeting new people and here it was really enjoyable to meet Polish people, learn about their traditions … and it was interesting at the same time. In addition to this I like the school I studied in Poland – the University of Finance and Management in Bialystok – the teachers, coordinators have been always so friendly and helpful to the students. I can easily say that to study in Poland is a great experience and really entertaining at the same time. If you want to study here, you won’t be sorry about this decision for sure!
Contact details in Poland
The International Office at the University of Finance and Management in Bialystok provides information and support on orientation, enrolment and accommodation. Together with tutors and buddies we assist Erasmus Exchange Students during their staying in Bialystok.
We are looking forward to welcoming you in Bialystok!
Department of Research, International Relations and Publishing, room 407 E
University of Finance and Management in Bialystok
Ciepla 40; 15-472 Bialystok, Poland
Tel: +48 85 6750672
Fax: +48 85 6750088