Welcome to KUL!

 

The John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin, founded in 1918, is one of the oldest and most renowned universities in Eastern Europe. At present, KUL enrols around 11200 students, including over 900 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 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.

 

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 Science and Health
  •                Off-Campus Engineering and Technical 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 2019/2020 are available on our website: Course catalogue

 

 

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.

 

 

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

5

A

very good

4+

B

better than good

4

C

good

3+

D

better than satisfactory

3

E

satisfactory

2

FX/F

unsatisfactory (fail)

 

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                              

 

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

 

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

 

 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

 

 

Degree Programmes 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)

 

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.

 

Checklist

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

 

Accommodation

(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).

 

Arrival

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

 

Plane

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.

 

Train

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:

  • Warsaw (WARSZAWA CENTRALNA)

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

 

Bus

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

 

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.

 

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:

 

 

Month

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

highest temperature

+5°C

+10°C

+15°C

+20°C

+25°C

+30°C

+35°C

+37°C

+30°C

+20°C

+12°C

+10°C

lowest temperature

-15°C

-10°C

-1°C

+5°C

+7°C

+10°C

+15°C

+12°C

+8°C

+4°C

-2°C

-5°C

 

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.

 

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.

 

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

 

Cost of living 

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.

Product

Average cost

Range

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

Transportation

Average cost

Range

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

Range

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

7 PLN

4-10 PLN

 

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.

 

USEFUL LINKS

 

Emergency telephones

POLICE 997

AMBULANCE 999

FIRE BRIGADE 998

from mobile phone 112

 

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Autor: Grzegorz Tutak
Ostatnia aktualizacja: 06.02.2020, godz. 13:57 - Katarzyna Piwko