Legalization & apostille

How to get legalization or the apostille for your main document.

LEGALIZATION & APOSTILLE

 

Should my document have Legalization or Apostille?

It depends on where the document was issued:

a) Documents from countries which signed the "Hague Convention for Foreign Public Documents" --> should have Apostille

b) Documents from countries that have not signed the "Hague Convention for Foreign Public Documents" --> should have Legalization

List of countries that signed the "Hague Convention for Foreign Public Documents" is available here. Documents from these countries should have Apostille. Please note in case of China, Apostille applies to the Special Administrative Regions of Hong Kong and Macao only (other regions are not part of the Convention, and so documents from other parts need to have Legalization).

Documents from other countries should have Legalization.

 

Which of my Admission Documents should have Apostille or Legalization?

If you are applying for Bachelor studies: the main final High School Certificate that was accepted as your Entry Document in the online application system

If you are applying for Master studies: the main final Bachelor degree certificate.

 

Can I get Legalization or Apostille on notarial copy or on translation of my certificate?

No, it will not be accepted. Legalization or Apostille has to be given on the original of your Certificate (High School Certificate or Bachelor degree certificate). In case of Apostille, it needs to clearly confirm the authencity of the signature of the person who signed the original of the certificate (it cannot be an Apostille confirming authencity of signature of notary or translator).

 

How can I get Apostille?

You should get Apostille in the following authorities in the country where the document was issued: List of authorities issuing Apostille

How does Apostille look like?

An apostille is usually a sticker similar to the one below, it might be written in English and/or French and/or the language of the country where the Apostille is given:

There are three types of Legalization we accept:

- you should get Legalization in the Polish Embassy or Consulate in the country where the document was issued: List of Polish Embassies and Consulates

- it is also possible to get Legalization from the Embassy of the country (the country where the document was issued) located in Poland or in any country in the territory of European Union

- we also accept Legalization from the proper Ministry of Education of the country where the documents was issued

How does Legalization look like?

Legalization is usually a stamp. 

 

Legalization from Polish Embassies contain usually the following text in the Polish language "Stwierdzam zgodnośc niniejszego dokumentu z prawem miejsca jego wystawienia" and the signature of the consul, like the one below: 

If Legalization is obtained in the Embassy of the country where the document was issued in Poland or closest to Poland, then it might be in  English and has to contain text "Legalization" and/or "Document legalized" etc.

Legalization from Ministry of Education can be just a stamp of the Ministry by which they confirm the document is legal and official.

 

Which of my Admission Documents should have Apostille or Legalization?

If you are applying for Bachelor studies: the main final High School Certificate that was accepted as your Entry Document in the online application system

If you are applying for Master studies: the main final Bachelor degree certificate

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