Important

  • Updated information on legal issues for foreigners can be found on the website of the Poznan Department for Foreigners. The Department runs its page in three languages: Polish, English and Russian. For more information click on this link: migrant.poznan.uw.gov.pl/en
  • NFZ (Narodowy Fundusz Zdrowia - National Health Fund) announced that uninsured foreigners are eligible for COVID-19 tests. The cost of testing and potential medical care will be covered by the Polish state.   For more information click on the following link: polandin.com
  • This is to inform you that Poland imposes stricter constraints to fight the coronavirus. For more information see the following link: www.polskieradio.pl
  • This is to inform you that Poland’s Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki announced today (March 24) that the Polish government as of March 24 is introducing more constraints on citizens to prevent the spread of coronavirus. For more information see the following link:tvn24.pl/tvn24-news-in-english

Regulations on legal stay in Poland due to coronavirus epidemic

Office for Foreigners (Urząd ds. Cudzoziemców) on April 1, 2020 published information on introducing special solutions to foreigners as regards to the extention of their stay in Poland in connection to the coronavirus pandemic. The regulations will allow people who want to pursue their current purpose of stay or cannot leave Poland due to the spread of SARS-CoV-2 virus to stay legally in the country. The solutions came into force on March 31, 2020.

For more information see the link below:

https://udsc.gov.pl/en/coronavirus-outbreak-special-solutions-for-foreigners/

 

The Polish Parliament adopted on 28 March 2020 an act providing special solutions for foreigners in Poland. The regulations will allow people who want to pursue their current purpose of stay or cannot leave Poland due to the coronovirus spread to stay legally in Poland.

For more information see the link below:

udsc.gov.pl/en/coronavirus-outbreak-special-solutions-for-foreigners

FAQ - International Relations Office

The Dean's announcement on online learning

Dear Students,

We are in a situation that nobody could have ever predicted. The whole world is struggling to fight the spread of the coronavirus. Poland and Europe are not an exception. The Polish government has decided to close the borders and imposed strict epidemic restrictions. The best method of protection against the coronavirus infection is to stay at home.

Pursuant to the decision of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education all higher education institutions in Poland have suspended all their teaching activities in traditional delivery mode. The Ministry has recommended delivering the teaching content online.

Out of concern for your safety, e.i. our students and staff, WSB University in Poznan has begun the process of adapting its teaching and administrative activities and operations to online solutions. All of our teaching staff and administrative staff have been equipped with IT tools that make teleworking possible. By staying at home we have complied with the recommendations of the Polish government to reduce social contacts and travel.

Acting under such circumstances last weekend WSB University in Poznan launched delivering its teaching  content on an e-learning platform Moodle.

We realize that this new mode of delivery requires more effort not only from you but also from the University.

Our aim is to make it possible for you to achieve your learning outcomes this semester without any major disruptions.

The form of online classes will be synchronous and asynchronous.

In the case of synchronous classes or lectures your teacher will meet you online according to your class schedule. The asynchronous activities may take place at any time in the time framework set by your teachers.

Your teachers have already contacted or are going to contact you within the next few days.

As Dean I have made it possible for the teaching staff to modify assessment forms and principles so that they can comply with an online mode of delivery.

I recommend and request you help each other while studying online. I suspect that not everybody will be able to cope with technical aspects of online learning.

In the case of those classes that will not be conducted fully online we will arrange make-up classes at some other time. You will be notified of such arrangements.

In the case of those students graduating this semester the diploma defense examinations remain unchanged and will take place as scheduled, that is in June or July.

As a result of the implementation of online delivery we plan on sticking to the examination session dates and holiday break.

Our actions and the Polish government’s measures aim to fullfil the education agreement terms that we concluded with you. We do not predict any changes to the terms of the agreement.

The University’s student service units and offices (Registrar’s Office, Career Services Office, Library and International Relations Office) and Vice Deans keep on working online. Under the current circumstances we would like you to use email for communication. Yet I suggest you use this form of communication with moderation.

The Extranet and Moodle are basic sources of knowledge where you can find necessary information. In the coming days there will appear a set of FAQs for you on the Extranet. The information on how to get in touch with particular offices is available in their sections on the Extranet. Use these contact details with urgent issues.

We predict (unfortunately) that this state of affairs will continue longer than March 25 as communicated by the Polish government. We suspect that this situation will continue until the end of April or even end of June.

Thus, dear Students, I appeal to you – please reduce the numer of interactions with other people, take care of yourselves and your family. Stay at home #zostańciewdomu

We all, e.i. the academic community and our Nation, are taking an examination in responsibility for ourselves, our family and friends. Let’s stay at home.

I wish you all the best, good health and perseverance .

dr Roman Łosiński

Your Dean

Are all the foreign nationals banned from coming to Poland?

The ban on entering the Republic of Poland does not apply to:

  • citizens of the Republic of Poland
  • foreigners who are spouses or children of citizens of the Republic of Poland or remain under permanent care of citizens of the Republic of Poland
  • holders of the Pole’s Card
  • diplomats
  • persons who have the right of permanent or temporary residence in the Republic of Poland or a work permit
  • in particularly justified cases which have not been listed above, the commanding officer of a Border Guard outpost, upon authorisation of the Commander-in-Chief of the Polish Border Guard, can allow a foreigner to enter the territory of the Republic of Poland according to the procedure set out in the Act of 12 December 2013 on Foreigners (Journal of Laws of 2020, item 35)
  • foreigners driving a vehicle intended for transporting goods.

The compulsory quarantine does not apply to:

  • persons from near-border areas who live in Poland, but work every day in the neighbouring country and regularly cross the border;
  • foreign citizens who live in the neighbouring country, but work in Poland and regularly cross the border;

professional freight and passenger transport drivers performing their duties.

How can I write the qualification test for the ERASMUS+ program?

Once you fill out the application, an email will be sent to you with the next steps after the deadline of 20th march, 2020. All the tests will be conducted online, and the interview will be conducted through an online mode of communication.

If you have any further questions, please contact the International Relations Office.

Can I apply for the ERASMUS+ study program?

Yes, you can apply for the ERASMUS+ program. The deadline to fill out the application form is 20th of March 2020. The form was emailed to the international students who are eligible to participate in the program.

I am a final year student and I am concerned I will not be able to graduate. What should I do?

We understand this is a worrying time, but please be assured that you are our priority and we will be doing everything possible to ensure you can graduate. This includes offering teaching materials online and looking at alternative methods of teaching and assessment where needed.

What will happen to my teaching, dissertation and assessments if the campus is closed or I leave early?

Diploma examinations and examinations before an examination board will be held as scheduled.

The terms of additional tests or examinations for those students who have been granted Dean’s permission will be postponed until later that is April 26

If you happen not to attend the defense, you are kindly requested to notify the university as soon as possible.

Where can I get more information about the temporary limitations?
Where to call if I have any questions?

Ministry of Health hotline – 800 190 590 (24-hour service). Information is also available in English.

What should I do if I suspect that I am infected?

There are three situations in which there is a higher risk of COVID-19 infection: in the last 14 days you have travelled to areas where the virus is spreading, you have had close contact with someone who has COVID-19, you are coughing, have a fever and breathing difficulties. If any of these is true for you, you should immediately call a sanitary-epidemiological station or go to an infectious disease or observation and infectious disease ward whose staff will decide on a further medical procedure. When in doubt or if you do not know what to do, call a 24-hour helpline: 800 190 590.

Do I need to undergo quarantine when I enter Poland?

YES.  Anyone crossing the national border to reach their place of residence or stay in the Republic of Poland is required to inform a Border Guard officer of the address of their place of residence or stay where they will be undergoing their compulsory quarantine as well as their phone number, and undergo a compulsory post-border crossing quarantine at the location specified as their place of residence or stay, lasting 14 days from the first day following the date of crossing the border.

Where can I get more information about travelling in and out of Poland?
I am a Polish national and want to return to Poland. What should I do?

On Sunday, 15 March, Poland closed its borders to foreigners. All Polish citizens who are presently abroad can return to their homeland. They will also undergo a compulsory 14-day home quarantine. International passenger air flights and international rail travel have been suspended.

Please contact the International Relations Office if you want to return to Poland.

When does WSB University in Poznan return to physical classes?

Pursuant to the ordinance of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education we are extending an online mode of delivery until April 10, 2020. Please note that the period of online teaching and learning may be further extended.
Please visit the Extranet for further notifications and updates.

I am an international student and I want to return home, what should I do?

Please contact the International Relations Office if you wish to leave Poland during this time. You need to inform the university before you decide to leave the country. Non-Adherence to this will lead to serious repercussions.

You can leave Poland by means of road transport at border crossing points. The limitations apply to entering the country.

I am on a study abroad program/exchange – outside of Poland. Who should I contact?

Please contact the international Relations Office in this case.

How can you contact the International Relations Office?

You can contact the International Relations Office by sending an email to :

dwz@wsb.poznan.pl

Krzysztof Sajon ( Krzysztof.Sajon@wsb.poznan.pl ) – Head of IRO

Nadia Seyfetdinova ( nadia.seyfetdinova@wsb.poznan.pl ) – IRO Officer

Sameen Fatima ( sameen.fatima@wsb.poznan.pl ) – IRO Officer

Nikhitha Micheal ( nikhitha.micheal@wsb.poznan.pl ) – IRO Officer

How do I keep updated about the latest information about Coronavirus(COVID-19)?

Your Extranet notification page and this Frequently Asked Questions page will be kept up to date. Along with this, the Facebook page called WSB Poznan International Students page will also be regularly updated. As this is a rapidly evolving situation, we are asking you to check these pages regularly to keep informed of the latest advice.

What remote services and resources does the university provide?

The University’s student service units and offices (Registrar’s Office, Career Services Office, Library and International Relations Office) and Vice Deans keep on working online. Under the current circumstances we would like you to use email for communication. You can find the email address and contact details of the departments on the WSB, Poznan website.

Is the WSB library open?

We are experiencing  mandatory stay-home period and the University departments’ operations have been moved online, including the Library. To continue using the library, you can use on-line books and articles here: http://han.wsb.poznan.pl/

After login to the Extranet you can use:

• Pearson's e-books (management books)

• collections of scientific articles

• Ebsco and Proquest (you can change language into English) are multi-sources databases that contain scientific papers, media news, reports, and documents.

What type of classes will be conducted on-line?

The form of online classes will be synchronous and asynchronous.

In the case of synchronous classes or lectures your teacher will meet you online according to your class schedule. The asynchronous activities may take place at any time in the time framework set by your teachers.

Your teachers have already contacted or are going to contact you within the next few days.

In the case of those classes that will not be conducted fully online we will arrange make-up classes at some other time. You will be notified of such arrangements.

How is WSB University in Poznan going to provide online classes/alternative teaching method?

Due to the epidemic threat, the Dean of the Faculty of Finance and Banking has decided that the teaching process will be carried out exclusively on the Moodle platform. Some of the lecturers have already started , some will start the process without delay, some later (on 20 March at the latest). Assignments and assessment can resume that week. We are asking that faculty be thoughtful about the transition. Faculty are aware of the difficulties many students are facing as they move off-campus or cope with other significant changes in their lives resulting from the current crisis.

FAQ - Career Services Office

How can I contact the Career Services Office?

You can contact the Career Services Office by sending an email to: biuro.karier@wsb.poznan.pl and praktyki@wsb.poznan.pl or by calling at: 61 655 33 93 (work placements) and 61 655 33 03, 61 655 33 80 (careers)

FAQ - Career Services Office – Career Advisory

I would like to meet a WSB consultant about entrepreneurship. How can I arrange a meeting?

You are kindly requested to email us: doradca.przedsiebiorczosci@wsb.poznan.pl.
In your email please describe briefly the scope of your interests and needs.

FAQ - Career Services Office – Work Placements

How can I submit work placement documents since the opening hours of the Career Services Office are not available for face-to-face contacts?

You can send the documents by post. Please use the university’s address and make sure you put a remark ‘work placement” on the envelope.

Will and if yes, how, the applications for obtaining credit for placement be considered?

Yes, all the applications sent by post will be considered without delay and in due time. You will be able to see the decision on the status of your application within 3 weeks on the Extranet in the section Mój profil/Moje podania (Polish Extranet).

If an employer announces a 14-day break from work due to the coronavirus epidemic will this period be included in the overall work placement period or will I have to do work placement longer to make up for this time?

What counts is the numer of hours conducted within work placement. If it is not possible to carry out the required number of work placement due to a break from work  then the work placement will be prolonged accordingly.

Can I do work placement remotely if the company allows for that?

Yes, you can. However you are obliged to enclose a document called Remote Work Placement/Internship Summary Sheet which can be downloaded from the Extranet (ORGANIZATION OF STUDIES/IMPORTANT DATES/Work placement - key information).

FAQ - Organization of studies - Classes

Is the University planning to change the academic year’s schedule?

No, the University continues to run in accordance with the previously adopted academic year schedule. Consequently, the schedule available on the Extranet is valid (tab: “Organizacja toku studiów → Harmonogram roku akademickiego 2019_2020” [Organization of Studies → Academic Year 2019_2020 Schedule]).

“Online classes” conducted by some teachers consist in completing a set of tasks or problems and submitting the results or in carrying out a project. Students are annoyed because they are unable to perform the above without proper theoretical preparation.

At the University the Dean has appointed a team to coordinate the transfer of classes to distance education mode. We are aware that presently the most crucial and urgent issue is how classes are conducted. In the first stage, we ensured the start of classes as soon as possible. Presently, we are working on improving them. Our aim is to make sure that the Course Instructor is available and on duty at times of classes specified in the class schedule, even when classes are held in an asynchronous manner.

Will the classes which did not take place be made up for or will they be ‘canceled’? Or will remote classes ensure that one can complete the semester?

Classes which were initially suspended will be made up for. This applies to classes which did not take place as planned between 12 and 20 March 2020. Remote teaching enables the achievement of learning outcomes even in a shorter time.

Teachers upload information about e-learning in course descriptions on Moodle, which means that students are not notified by email, as is the case with messages posted on a forum dedicated to the course.

All Course Instructors were obliged by the Dean to communicate with students through the Moodle forum by 20 March 2020 at the latest. The University will ensure that Course Instructors do that.

Students complain that many courses are not on the Moodle platform.

All classes have (or will soon have) a dedicated Moodle course. The only exception are diploma seminars, in which case a course on Moodle is recommended but not obligatory.

Why only a few Course Instructors contact students online, i.e. some Course Instructors want students to do assignments, while others conduct classes online and use this functionality? Will this be standardized in the near future and will a specific, u

Yes, in the near future all Course Instructors will receive guidelines on the minimum requirements on how to conduct classes.

Is it possible to make up classes during summer holidays?

There will be no need for that. WSB University’s Faculty of Finance and Banking has the intention to carry out all planned classes by the end of the summer semester, as specified in the academic year schedule.

Will the deadlines for completing work placements change due to the fact that at present students are unable to attend their placements?

Placements can be completed over several semesters of studies, not only in the current semester. The part of the placement which has not been completed yet, and is planned for the current semester, can be carried out remotely with the agreement of the employer.

What about physical education classes?

Physical education classes have been suspended. If these are optional classes, the University will lift the obligation to complete them (without the need for students to submit such requests). If these are obligatory physical education classes, by the end of March a relevant message will be posted on the Extranet.

FAQ - Organization of studies - Credits, Exams

What will be the extended deadlines for additional attempts to take exams?

Students who have obtained Vice Deans’ approvals for additional attempts will be able to take them by the end of the extended session, i.e. by 26 April. Due to the epidemic situation, additional attempts are most likely to take place remotely. At the moment, we are working on setting up a process of granting credits in the extended session remotely. Please follow the messages on the Extranet.

If the University is conducting classes remotely, how will students obtain credits / take exams in individual courses (also online)?

At the moment, we are working on setting up a process so that credits can be granted remotely. Please follow the messages on the Extranet.

FAQ - Organization of studies - Seminars, Defense Examinations

What about the deadlines for submitting diploma projects/dissertations?

The deadlines for submitting diploma projects/dissertations remain unchanged. The first deadline for submitting diploma projects/dissertations approved in the EOS system by the supervisors is May 25, 2020; the second one (retake session) expires on July 13, 2020. If the situation in Poland does not change then the hard copies of diploma projects/dissertations will require your supervisor’s signature. You will be able to send the hard copy of diploma project/dissertation by post to the University’s main address.

May the dates for diploma defense examinations change?

The defense examinations will be held as scheduled. The defense examinations taken in the first attempt will take place between June 23 and July 10, 2020. The defense examinations in the second attempt will be held between September 21 and October 2, 2020.

If I am doing my work placement in the summer period between year 2 and year 3 and If the academic year happens to be extended over the vacation break I may not be able to complete my work placement in due time. Will that affect my defense examination

There will not be any problem with that. The academic year schedule does not change.

FAQ - Organization of studies - Library, Online Resources

Will deadlines for returning books borrowed from the library be extended?

Yes, librarians extend appropriate deadlines daily.

Will WSB provide a wider access package to books in the IBUK database? This would help those who are currently writing their bachelor/master theses, while the libraries are closed.

At present the IBUK database holds over 3100 titles. The library is in the process of analyzing demand and on this basis shortly more titles will be added to the database and additional accesses will be given.

Will the library be open?

We have introduced the option to order books from printed resources. Librarians will prepare them for you, and you will be able to collect them in front of the CP building at specified times and dates.

In the current semester, a student, with the consent of the Dean, has changed his/her foreign language class from Spanish to English. Will the University pay for the book with a personal access code to perform tasks on the platform?

Students changing foreign language classes do not receive a second book from the University, as they have already received one when they chose a foreign language in the first semester of its tuition.

FAQ - Organization of studies - Software

What about online access to the MS Office suite? The question mainly concerns the Spreadsheet classes.

With the transition to remote classes, the University provides MS Office 365 suite online (browser version) to all students who are interested in that. To gain access, you must log in to the CAS system at the address: eos.wsb.poznan.pl and apply for access to the software.

Will the university provide Photoshop for 3rd year IT students? Some students have as many as 3 classes per week based on this program.

In this case, unfortunately, it is not possible. Photoshop licenses are assigned to specific computers in computer labs. However, Adobe temporarily (until 31 May) gives free access to the CreativeCloud: https://helpx.adobe.com/enterprise/kb/covid-19-education-labs.html

FAQ - Organization of studies - Payments, Scholarships

Can a student apply for financial aid during this period? Is it true, that it can be granted up to 3 months after an event has occurred? How does this relate to the current situation?

The University will inform students about financial aid in a separate announcement.

How about paying out scholarships? This is about all the scholarships - social, for good academic performance, etc.

All scholarships for the winter semester 2019/20 were paid in full. Scholarships for the 2019/20 summer semester have not been awarded yet. If necessary, the scholarship committee will work remotely. Normally, the committee works in April – we assume that this will not change.

Can the tuition fees change? Will there be any reduction?

There is no change of the tuition fee as a result of transferring to remote teaching.

Will the deadlines for applying for scholarships change? There is no information about extended deadlines.

The deadlines for submitting applications for scholarships do not change. Applications should be sent by traditional mail to the University’s mailing address by 31 March 2020.

Does the University issue a tax PIT return for tax settlement purposes due the scholarship paid out and received income?

Scholarships funded by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education are paid from the budget and are not disclosed in tax returns. The University does not issue a PIT O tax return.

FAQ - Organization of studies - Applications, Contracts, Student Cards, Certificates

Will applications be processed within the “standard” 14 days?

The Vice Deans and the Registrar’s Office continue to work normally. Remote education does not change anything in this respect, thus we make every effort to process applications within 14 days.

An application for canceling the decision on removal from the student roster due to late payment – can one submit such an application in the form of a scan with attached confirmation of payment, and then send in the paper version?

Yes, this is possible. Please send the paper version immediately by traditional mail to the University’s mailing address.

What about the validity of student cards?

The Ministry of Science and Higher Education issued a regulation which extends the validity of student cards until 31 May 2020.

You do not need to extend their validity individually at the Registrar’s Office!

Question about dropping out – how to apply for removal from the student roster?

You can submit your resignation in the form of a scan by sending an email to the Registrar’s Office and immediately sending the resignation by traditional mail to the University’s mailing address.

Can our University students use their student card on the mObywatel platform?

The mLegitymacja card is a test project and our University is not participating in it. Therefore, currently students cannot use it.

Question about certificates – can they be sent by traditional mail?

At present, at a student’s request, the University sends scans of certificates.

Student insurance – does the University provide insurance, how can a student see a doctor?

All information and contact details on student insurance are on the Extranet, on the tab Organizacja toku studiów/ Ubezpieczenie studentów [Organization of Studies / Student Insurance].

When will I be able to collect my diploma after the March defenses?

At present, at the request of a graduate we are sending a certificate of successful defense. We are taking every effort to prepare the diplomas in the shortest possible time. We will keep you informed.

Can the University send the diploma by traditional mail or a scan the diploma by email?

It is possible to send a scan of your defense certificate.

What is the email address of my Course Instructor?

The email format for each Course Instructor is firstname.lastname@wsb.poznan.pl.

What should I do if the Course Instructor does not answer my email?

Please send your email to the Registrar’s Office, which will contact the Course Instructor.