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Information for international students studying medicine in Poland, at NCU Collegium Medicum in Bydgoszcz -  yesterday Rectors' Letter (in Polish) to the academic and student community was published, indicating some of the current's academic year timeline changes and update of e-learning regulations. 

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Student experience is a huge factor in everything Medical Poland does. Studying medicine is difficult enough. Medical Poland's team works with universities and medical schools in Poland and is making every effort to make the process as comfortable as possible. Read on to see what an Irish resident, 1st year student, Marek, feels about studying medicine through English in Szczecin.

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PUMS made significant ammendments in the 2020 admission requirements allowing applicants provide their high school diplomas later and sit structured exams (required for the graduate entry programme) until the end of 1st year making it much easier for many to apply. 

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Decision has been made by the Polish Government to keep all universities closed at least until 10th April. Medical Poland now predicta that face to face classes, practicals and lectures may not resume at least until the end of April. Please note, in some European countries, teaching has been entirely moved online (to the degree it is practical) with notices that face to face teaching will not resume this term. It is too early for Medical Poland to predict if this will be the case in Poland. Whilst Medical Poland is making enquiries with university officials, for detailed information, please follow respective universities website and social media as well as direct communication you receive. 

Medical Poland’s advice remains in line with the one of the Polish Health Minister namely to limit travel and adhere to social (spacial) distancing guidelines for public health reasons.

Today the Irish Embassy informed about one remaining flight from Poland to Ireland - please read below: 

Dear friends,

As you are aware there has been significant travel disruption related to COVID-19. Please continue to monitor the Embassy Twitter profile at http://www.twitter.com/IrlEmbWarsaw for the most recent update.

We understand that after today LOT is operating one further WAW-DUB charter flight for Irish citizens and residents of Ireland on Friday 27 March. Irish citizens who wish to return to Ireland should make arrangements now. There may be no further flight options for the foreseeable future.

To register interest in this LOT flight, please see: https://dfa.ie/irish-embassy/poland/news-and-events/newsarchive/travel-restrictions-at-polish-borders.html

LOT have advised that potential passengers should answer their phone calls, are prepared to accept a flight offer and are prepared to make payment for their flight.  There is no guarantee that LOT will be able to contact you again if you do not answer their call.

Please send any expression of interest in this LOT flight by 20:00 this evening, Wednesday 25 March. We cannot guarantee we will be in a position to take forward any contacts made after this time.

Regards, 

Embassy of Ireland

warsawembassy@dfa.ie    +48 22 564 22 00


Be safe.

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Medical Poland Admission Office statement based on the Polish Government decision announced on 13.03.2020, 8:15 pm (Polish Time)

Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki announced new measures to fight the spread of coronavirus, including a ban on foreign nationals (excluding e.g. international students studying in Poland, workers or people related or with a reasonable reason to be in Poland) entering the country, and a suspension of international air and rail connections as of midnight on Saturday (Saturday/Sunday). It will still be possible to leave Poland via road transport.

Mr Morawiecki said that while the number of confirmed cases of the novel virus in Poland - 68 - remained relatively low, the country needed to act fast to prevent a repeat of the acceleration of the virus seen in other European countries. "Ahead of us is a time of social challenge. And ahead of us is a time of intergenerational solidarity," he said, urging to heed the government's advice (...) But our biggest asset will be calmness, calmness which leads to Poland getting through this epidemic in a safer manner than most European countries." 

The latest Polish measures announced by Mr Morawiecki are similar to the steps taken by Slovakia and the Czech Republic, which have both announced states of emergency, and effectively closed their borders to foreign visitors. 

The measures introduced on 13.03.2020 include: the suspension of international rail and air connections from midnight on Saturday; a ban on foreigners entering the country; mandatory two-week quarantine for those returning from abroad. The measures will initially apply for 10 days, but can be extended by a further 20 days, and if necessary again, by a further month. 

Restaurants, cafes, bars, clubs, pubs and other places for entertainment would have to shut down, while in shopping malls only supermarkets, dry cleaning shops and pharmacies would be allowed to stay open. Take-aways and delivery services will remain operating. Banks, services, ATMs will remain operating. 

Public gatherings involving more than 50 people will be banned. 

International transport of goods will continue. 

Mr Morawiecki also said that Poland takes so decisive measures as one of the first countries, but believes others will follow. He named “responsibility” and “security” as the most important now. "This is the last moment for decisive action," said Poland's health minister Lukasz Szumowski. "There is no more time for half measures. In Spain we have more than 4,000 ill people. In Italy more than 17,000."

Department of Foreign Affairs' information line number: +48 22 523 8880.

To avail from Medical Poland’s support our students studying medicine, medical sciences and veterinary medicine in Poland and their families can reach the Medical Poland Admission Office via email support@medicalpoland.ie or Adam and Artur via telephone +353 83 4279427, +353 83 3833426. Medical Poland will schedule regular conference calls via Google Hangouts/Meet - please follow our Facebook closed group for updates. 

Please note, that each of our medical and veterinary universities has also put in place counselling services for their students. We recommend that students avail of this support as informed by their respective universities.

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The Embassy of Ireland is monitoring the situation in respect of COVID-19 closely. The Embassy recommends that Irish citizens in Poland follow the most recent advice and updates from Polish authorities, which are available from the government at: https://www.gov.pl/koronawirus and the Chief Sanitary Inspector at: http://gis.gov.pl. We also recommend following the advice of university authorities, who are regularly updating their information for international students.

 

The Polish authorities have begun sanitary controls on borders. Passengers may have their temperatures taken and be asked to fill out location forms. The Embassy recommends you comply with any additional screening measures put in place by the authorities. The Polish government is widely advising social distancing measures. Schools and universities are currently closed, along with theatres, cinemas etc.

 

Some health related information is available in English at: https://www.gov.pl/web/zdrowie/coronavirus. The Polish health authorities’ helpline set up for COVID-19 queries can handle calls and advise in English at 800-190-590. Please also note the latest advice from the Polish Government for students as of 12 March: https://www.gov.pl/web/koronawirus/uczniu-i-studencie--zostan-w-domu-i-ogranicz-kontakty-towarzyskie

 

Regarding the situation in Ireland, you may wish to contact the dedicated HSE helpline (1850 241 850 or +353 (0)41 6850300 from abroad) or look at their website (www.hse.ie or www2.hse.ie/conditions/coronavirus/coronavirus.html).

  

The Embassy of Ireland strongly encourages all Irish citizens in Poland to register with us at http://citizensregistration.dfa.ie. Tick to select that you are “resident in the destination country” and then tick again to allow us to contact you. If you’re a student, we recommend you put in your university and planned year of graduation under “Organisation details”. We also strongly encourage all Irish citizens in Poland to download the free TravelWise smartphone app and set an alert for Poland.

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Medical Poland Admission Office - Statement on Covid-19 - 11th March 2020, 19:30 (GMT)

 

By the decision of the Prime Minister of Poland, all universities will remain closed and classes are canceled from 12 to 25 March 2020 (2 weeks).

 

As of today (11th March 2020, 19:30 GMT), there are 31 Covid-19 cases reported in Poland , which is a very low number relative to other EU countries and Poland's population. The Polish government is taking a very conservative approach to managing the spread of the disease though, hence all schools, universities, cinemas, theatres etc. will remain closed until 25th March. The location breakdown of cases can be found here.

 

The Polish Health Minister issued statements strongly advising to remain in the country and not travel abroad, especially to high-risk countries. If one decides to leave, they do it at their own risk. It is suggested to avoid the airports, shopping malls and other potentially crowded places. It is also recommended that to refrain from leaving home to participate in social events or other gatherings and keeping hygiene. 

 

Due to these restrictions, all Open Days and university visits scheduled by the Medical Poland Admission Office have now been cancelled until further notice. Due to increased risk of infection when travelling, we also advise not to travel at this stage.

 

Please bear in mind that the country authorities might decide to close the borders in order to prevent travellers from going in and out of the country. Also, if you are coming to Poland from abroad, you might not be permitted to enter the country or you might be subjected to compulsory quarantine. For those who are staying in Poland we highly suggest to stay at their room / apartment most of the time at least 14 days.  

 

More information can be found on the Polish Department of Health’s website - Important! What you should know about the coronavirus - please read it with attention - Remember if you are exhibiting coronavirus symptoms, you must call emergency services and not have any personal contact with other people. Information hotline number: 800 190 590 - 24/7. 


If you have any questions, please contact support@medicalpoland.ie.

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Information for international students studying medicine in Poland, at NCU Collegium Medicum in Bydgoszcz -  yesterday Rectors' Letter (in Polish) to the academic and student community was published, indicating some of the current's academic year timeline changes and update of e-learning regulations. 

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