Welcome to KUL!


  1. The John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin


The John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin, founded in 1918, is one of the oldest and most renowned universities in Eastern Europe and is the only one possessing full state and Church rights in Poland. At present, KUL enrols around 12000 students, including over 600 foreign students in its various programmes. The university has a reputation for high standards of education and research, the profile of which is determined by humanistic tradition of the university as well as openness to the needs of a contemporary man.

The University has eight faculties organized into institutes and departments with over forty degree programmes. There is one off-campus faculty in Stalowa Wola.

Due to Lublin’s geographical location and its history, KUL has strong ties both with the East and the West. It is not far away from Lublin to such marvellous and thriving life cities as Warsaw, Cracow or Lviv.    

The graduates and the faculty of KUL hold many important positions in social, cultural, ecclesiastical and political life. Among them was Pope John Paul II, who had held the Chair of Ethics in KUL’s Faculty of Philosophy for many years.


Top reasons why to study at KUL:

-  one of the most important universities in Eastern Europe with a broad academic offer

- degree programmes in English: Biotechnology, Canon Law, European Studies, EU Law, Informatics, Philosophy and Theology

-  a wide range of courses in English within other degree programmes

-  free Polish language course

-  university facilities adjusted to the special needs of the disabled


1.1 Faculties

The University offers a wide range of Bachelor’s, Master’s and PhD programmes in the following faculties:

  •                Faculty of Humanities
  •                Faculty of Social Sciences
  •                Faculty of Law, Canon Law and Administration
  •                Faculty of Theology
  •                Faculty of Philosophy
  •                Faculty of Biotechnology and Environment Sciences
  •                Faculty of Mathematics, IT and Landscape Architecture
  •                Off-Campus Faculty of Law and Social Sciences in Stalowa Wola

Exchange students are allowed to choose courses from all the faculties and degree programmes. The list of courses offered in English in 2018/2019 will be available on our website in June 2018:



1.2 Academic calendar

The academic year consists of two semesters: fall semester (October to January) and spring semester (February to June).

There are several holiday breaks: Christmas break in December, a break between fall and summer semester in February and the spring break that falls at the time of Easter (April). Moreover there is Independence Day on the November 11. Also 1-3 of May are the public holidays.

The detailed academic calendar 2018/19 will be available on our website in June 2018.

Orientation Days for exchange students are organised a few days before the beginning of each semester.


1.3 Assessment and grading system

The semestral system requires 15 weeks of classes followed by the two or three-week examination period. There are two ordinary examination periods per academic year. The first is held in the end of January and the first half of February. The second is held in June. Students who do not pass their exams during the first exam session may retake them during the make-up exam session (mid-February and July). This means that every examination can be taken twice per semester.

Each student has to attend classes regularly and comply with the teacher’s requirements in order to pass a given course.

Local grade

ECTS grade

Local  definition



very good



better than good






better than satisfactory






unsatisfactory (fail)


1.4 Library

The KUL University Library is a single library system with a network of libraries in the institutes, research centres, and faculties of the University. Students may use a whole range of libraries within the University – faculty and institute libraries as well as reading rooms. Materials are also available through interlibrary loan. Students can also make use of the Library’s on-line databases. The use of them may be restricted only to the computers at KUL or at certain faculties.

Main University Library address:

Chopina Street 27, 20-023 Lublin

Opening hours:

Monday 11.00 – 19.00

Thursday-Friday 9.00 – 19.00                                For faculty and institute libraries address, please

Saturday 9.00 – 15.00                                             ask the International Relations Office.


1.5 Internet access

Exchange students have access to wireless Internet at the university. They may also use stationary computers in the main halls of the university buildings. In order to log in students need their e-kul logins and passwords which are given within the first days of their stay at KUL


1.6 University Buildings

While looking at your class schedule, you’ll see several abbreviations:

GG – The main building, Aleje Raclawickie 14 – the oldest one

C – The John Paul Collegium – next to the main building

These two are connected by:

CN – Collegium Norwidianum

CTW – Centre for the Transfer of Knowledge, Aleje Racławickie 14


Within walking distance are:

CI – Collegium Iuridicum, Spokojna Street (approx.10 minutes from the main building)


And beyond the city centre:

DMMII – Droga Męczenników Majdanka 70 Street

HS – Sports Centre, Konstantynów 1G Street

B – buildings of the Faculty of Biotechnology and Environment Sciences, Konstantynów 1H Street

WMP – buildings of the Faculty of Mathematics, IT and Landscape Architecture, Konstantynów Street




 Exchange students coming to study at KUL are offered:

  • assistance from the International Relations Office and from the tutors in particular degree programmes
  • Orientation Day at the beginning of a semester
  • free course of Polish language and culture
  • opportunities to participate in events organized by the International Relations Office


2.1 Application Procedure

Each applicant must be a student of a university with which the John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin has a signed and valid bilateral agreement. If you are interested in studying at KUL, complete our application form and send it to us with all the required documents.

All the required documents should be sent:

  • scanned to the e-mail address mkozuch@kul.pl no later than by 1 July (for the winter semester or the whole academic year) or by 30 November (for the summer semester)
  • original documents should be sent by regular post to the International Relations Office of the John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin no later than by 15 July (for the winter semester or the whole academic year) or by 15 December (for the summer semester).


Important notice: Students who would like to receive assistance in booking a room (either in the KUL dormitory or other) are advised to contact the International Relations Office prior to 31 July (for the 1st semester or the whole academic year) and  prior to 31 December (for the 2nd semester).


Required documents

  1. application_form in two copies– typed, printed and signed. You have to send 2 application forms along with:
  2. a photocopy of your passport;
  3. a statement signed by the applicant stating that the applicant has health and accident insurance which will cover all medical expenses during the stay in Poland;
  4. provisional learning_agreement with the courses you wish to follow at KUL signed by your Dean and the IRO officer; the list of courses you can find here: course-catalogue,art_78834.html
  5. 2 colour paper passport photographs (apart from the photos glued on each of the application forms);
  6. a digital colour photograph sent by e-mail. Please note that your photographs must be of good quality, full face and a plain white or off-white background (especially the digital one), otherwise you will need to have a new one taken after your arrival, which means waiting longer for your student ID card.



You are required to send a complete set of application documents.

Please send them by post to the address given below:

International Relations Office

The John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin

Aleje Racławickie 14

20-950 Lublin



Once you have been accepted as an exchange student, you will receive an official letter of acceptance along with information materials.

Should you have any problems or doubts, you are strongly advised to contact us:

Magdalena Kożuch

International Relations Office

The John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin

Aleje Racławickie 14

20-950 Lublin

Main Building, room 203, 2nd floor

Tel.  +48 81 445 41 05

Fax:  +48 81 445 41 91

E-mail: mkozuch@kul.pl


2.2 Courses in English

The regular language of instruction is Polish. However, the university offers a good range of courses in English. Please check on our website for the updated list of courses. The university also offers the following degree programmes in English:

  • Philosophy (BA, MA and PhD programmes)
  • European Studies (BA programme)
  • EU Law (MA programme)
  • Biotechnology (BSc programme)
  • Informatics and Mathematics (BA programme)
  • Theology (MA programme)


For further information concerning courses for exchange students, consult the website: course-catalogue,art_78834.html


Important notice: Please be aware of the fact that your level of English must be good (at least B1) - you must be able to understand, speak and write both general and academic English. If your English is of a poor level, you will not succeed in most courses.


2.3 Polish language classes

Every exchange student has an opportunity to learn Polish language (free of charge) during language courses. The course consists of 60 hours (4 hours per week) throughout each semester.


2.4 Orientation Day

The Orientation Day is organized by the International Relations Office at the beginning of each semester. Students are given all the necessary information concerning the study period in Lublin. The Orientation Day is usually followed by visiting all the important places connected with completing the formalities, getting bus tickets, money exchanged etc. There is also a Lublin sightseeing tour

Information about the date of the Orientation Day will be sent by e-mail before student’s arrival.



Before arrival at KUL make sure that:

  • you sent the application form with all the required documents and photos
  • you checked the list of courses on our website and sent the learning agreement
  • you received information about Orientation Day
  • you sent information about the date of your arrival




3.1 Accommodation

Private dormitories - There are several options available. You will find them listed below:

(e-mail: duet@studentdepot.pl phone:+ 48 81 718 00 29);

(e-mail: akademik@tbv.pl phone: + 48 81 538 28 28)

(e-mail: marzena.stawska@umlub.pl phone: +48 81448 5742).


In order to book a room, you should contact the chosen dormitory as soon as possible (by e-mail / phone).

Important: please remember to find out about all the conditions and fees; you are also responsible for keeping your place in order. If you want to organize a party, please keep in mind that your neighbours may not like it! In Poland there are quiet hours from 10 pm till 6 am – no loud music or noises allowed. If you damage something, you will have to repair it or buy a new one. Your neighbours can call the police if you behave in an unsuitable way – you might end up in the police station or with a fine. Our university will not bear any responsibility for any problems that may occur during your stay at a private dormitory / private flat.


3.2 Arrival

There are several options to travel to Lublin depending on the country where you come from.



If you decide to travel by plane, you should choose one of the following airports:


The distance between Lublin and the cities is quite long, which is why you will hale to take a train or bus.



All trains coming to Lublin stop at the Lublin Main Railway Station (Lublin Główny). This railway station is located in Dworcowy Square (Plac Dworcowy) and you will have to take a bus (no 13 or 30) or a taxi to get to the city centre.

Other railway stations in Poland:


A journey from Warsaw to Lublin by train takes approx. 2,5 hours.

  • Cracow (KRAKÓW GŁÓWNY)

A journey from Cracow to Lublin by train takes approx. 4,5 hours.

  • Rzeszów (RZESZÓW GŁÓWNY)

A journey from Rzeszów to Lublin by train takes approx. 3 hours.


For further information and timetables consult the website: http://rozklad-pkp.pl/en



There is also a good network of buses from Warsaw, Rzeszów and Cracow to Lublin. Please consult the website for further information: http://www.polskibus.com/en/index.htm

There is a direct bus from both Warsaw airports to Lublin operated by CONTBUS. But you have to buy ticket in advance on their webpage: www.contbus.pl


3.3 Residence permit regulations

If you are an EU citizen you can enter Poland with your ID document (a valid travel document e.g. passport, or another document certifying your identity and citizenship). Non-EU citizens will need a visa and a passport.

Foreign students who stay in Poland for more than three months continually are obliged to register within 4 days after arrival at:


Residents Affairs Bureau

Inquiry Desk for Foreigners

Lublin, 14 Wieniawska St., 1st floor

website: https://lublin.eu/en/urzad-miasta/


Before visiting this office, please download and fill in the Temporary residence registration form: sa-069-01.

You will need it to register your stay.


3.4 Weather

Poland has a moderate climate with chilly winters and pleasant, sometime hot summers. July and August are the warmest months during the year. Winters are usually cold, sometimes really freezing, with temperatures occasionally dropping even to -20°C and a lot of snow.

Here is the temperature range for the 2017 year:
















highest temperature













lowest temperature














3.5 Board

The canteen ProBono is situated in the main building of the university (GG) and offer lunches at about 15 PLN (soup and the main course). It offers tasty and not expensive typical Polish food such as pierogi, kopytka, pyzy, naleśniki, kotlety and many others. In the main building there is also a NoLogo café. It offers a variety of salads, muesli with yoghurts, cakes and sandwiches (you can choose from the variants on offer or compose your own).


There are also lots of bars and restaurants situated next to the main campus.


3.6 Local transport

Lublin has a good network of buses and trolleybuses, which connects the city centre (where the KUL’s main building is situated) with all parts of the city. Tickets are available at newsagents’, on buses or in tickets machines (e.g. at KUL – entrance to the John Paul II Collegium). As a student, you will have discounts for short-term and long-term tickets, providing you have a valid Student Identity Card (the card will be issued at the beginning of your stay at KUL). Keep in mind that if you don’t have a valid ticket with a Student Identity Card, you will be punished with a fine. Before you get a Student Identity Card (Legitymacja studencka), it is recommended to buy tickets without a discount.

The official site of the public transport in Lublin: https://www.ztm.lublin.eu/?sf_culture=en


We advise buying a monthly or quarterly bus pass. To buy it for the first time you will have to go to the Office of Public Transport and take one photo with you.

Ticket prices: https://www.ztm.lublin.eu/en/bilety/cennik-biletow-1


You can pick up a taxi either from a taxi rank or by calling a taxi service (e.g. (+48) 81-444-44-44, 81-19-628, 81-19-621, 81-19-622, 81-19-665). Of course, tariffs vary but it can amount up to approx. 20 ~ 30 zlotys within the city during daytime.


3.7 Health and insurance

You are required to have a health insurance policy and accident insurance for the entire duration of your stay in Poland.


Health services for KUL students are provided by the Academic Health Centre, Aleje Racławickie 14, 20-950 Lublin, tel. 081 743 33 97.


Opening hours:

Monday – Friday   8.00-18.00


3.8 Cost of living 

Cost of food

Food in Poland is fairly not expensive, especially compared to countries like UK or France as it’s approximately on average 50% lower. Prices of some products may surprise, cheese for example is really expensive in comparison to meat which price is one of the lowest in the whole European Union.


Average cost


Milk (regular), (1 liter)

2.45 PLN

2-3 PLN

Loaf of Fresh White Bread (500g)

2.64 PLN

2-3 PLN

Rice (white), (1kg)

3.33 PLN

2.10-5 PLN

Eggs (12)

6.28 PLN

4.80-8.40 PLN

Local Cheese (1kg)

21.47 PLN

18-25 PLN

Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1kg)

15.55 PLN

14-17 PLN

Beef Round (1kg) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat)

31.34 PLN

24-40 PLN

Apples (1kg)

2.72 PLN

2-3 PLN

Banana (1kg)

4.34 PLN

3.50-5 PLN

Oranges (1kg)

4.46 PLN

4-5 PLN

Tomato (1kg)

4.78 PLN

3.50-6 PLN

Potato (1kg)

1.66 PLN

1-2.05 PLN

Onion (1kg)

1.96 PLN

1.20-3 PLN

Lettuce (1 head)

2.64 PLN

2-3 PLN

Water (1.5 liter bottle)

1.86 PLN

1.50-3 PLN

Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range)

20 PLN

15-30 PLN

Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle)

2.92 PLN

2.50-3.50 PLN

Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle)

4.15 PLN

3-5 PLN

Cost of transport


Average cost


One-way Ticket (Local Transport)

3.40 PLN

3-4.40 PLN

Monthly Pass (Regular Price)

100 PLN

89-100 PLN

Taxi Start (Normal Tariff)

6.50 PLN

5-8 PLN

Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff)

2.20 PLN

2.00-4.10 PLN

Gasoline (1 liter)

4.56 PLN

4-5 PLN

Cost of going out

Eating and drinking

Average cost


Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant

20 PLN

15-30 PLN

Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course

100 PLN

70-120 PLN

McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal)

17 PLN

15-20 PLN

Cappuccino (regular)

7.40 PLN

6-10 PLN

Domestic Beer (0.5 liter draught) in a pub


4-10 PLN


3.9 Banks and money

In order to open a bank account you will need a passport and a Student Identity Card. Most banks are open from 8.00/9.00 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Friday. If you open a bank account in Bank Pekao SA, you will be able to use your Student Identity Card as a prox card.

You can change money in banks or exchange offices (kantor). Changing money in exchange offices might be more advantageous to you as all banks charge commission.

Another possibility is to open a bank account in your home country and use your credit card to get money out of the cash machine in Poland. Cash machines are at your disposal all around the city. MasterCard and Visa are common in Poland. Remember that your local bank may charge fees for use of cash machines in other countries.




Emergency telephones




from mobile phone 112




Necessary forms:

Temporary residence registration form

Application Form

Learning Agreement

Autor: Grzegorz Tutak
Ostatnia aktualizacja: 15.06.2018, godz. 12:32 - Magdalena Kożuch