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Welcome to POLAND!

Polish Flag
Polish Emblem
Location Poland-where is it?
Participating cities (LC's)

Białystok, Bydgoszcz, Gdańsk, Katowice, Kraków, Łódź, Lublin, Olsztyn, Poznań, Szczecin, Warszawa, Wrocław

Language Polish
Currency (How much is a BigMac?) The currency is Polish Zloty (1 zl), BigMac costs 8,60 zl
Time zone CET (UTC+1), Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Number of Doctors and beds per 1000 people 2,2 doctors/1000 people and 6,6 beds/1000 people
Member of IFMSA since 1957
Number of incoming students per year 300
Who are our NEO's NEO in - Anna Bachmat, NEO out - Patryk Ryniak

Our official website
Our official facebook group IFMSA-Poland, Exchange 2012
Our funpage for news about our social program and events in Poland please visit and "like" us on facebook SCOPE Funpage
Poland- the heart of Europe!

Welcome Note

Welcome to SCOPE (Standing Commitee on Professional Exchange) in Poland!

SCOPE is one of the biggest and the most famouse exchange program in Poland among medical students.

We are doing our best to provide high level service concerned with clerkship. Come and try!


Polish Flag

Republic of Poland (Rzeczpospolita Polska), is a country in Central Europe bordered by Germany to the west; the Czech Republic and Slovakia to the south; Ukraine, Belarus and Lithuania to the east; and the Baltic Sea and Kaliningrad Oblast, a Russian exclave, to the north. The total area of Poland is 312,679 square kilometres (120,726 sq mi),making it the 69th largest country in the world and the 9th largest in Europe. Poland has a population of over 38 million people,which makes it the 34th most populous country in the world[7] and one of the most populous members of the European Union.

Our health care system

Poland has the health care system based on general health insurance. Insured citizens are entitled to obtain free health services in the territory of Poland.

An insured person and family members are entitled to receive free health services from health care providers who have concluded relevant contracts with the regional branch of the National Health Fund (NFZ).

In Poland exist two lines of treatments. First is free for all insured citizens and contains general practitioners, paediatricians (for children), oncologists, opthalmologists, gynaecologists, psychiatrics, dermatologists, venerologists and dentists. To these doctors referral is unnecessary.

Second line requires a referral from 1st line doctor. This concerns also planned hospital admitions.

The hospitals

All medical fields are avaliable. Clinical students can develop practical skills including administering injections, taking blood, sewing in surgery, gyneacological and internal physical examination. No theoretical fields are available.

We cooperate mostly with teaching hospitals or university hospitals, that is why on your clerkship way you may meet well-known and high-qualified medical doctors.

Our medical education


In Poland it takes 6 years to complete medicine ( 2 years of preclinical subjects, 4 years of clinical subjects). After graduation we have 1 year of intership during or after which we are entilted to take "LEP" State Examination of Medical Doctor in order to obtain license to practise medicine in Poland.

After all, when we are a full-rights doctors, we can do a specialization in one bunch of medicine. There are few basic and few additionals, which can be done only after doing basic one. First option takes approx 5 years, the second about 2 years.

Cultural differences


Poland, with 38,116,000 inhabitants,[ has the eighth-largest population in Europe and the sixth-largest in the European Union. It has a population density of 122 inhabitants per square kilometer (328 per square mile). |- Poland historically contained many languages, cultures and religions on its soil. The country had a particularly large Jewish population prior to World War II, when the Nazi Holocaust caused Poland's Jewish population, estimated at 3 million before the war, to drop to just 300,000. The outcome of the war, particularly the westward shift of Poland's borders to the area between the Curzon Line and the Oder-Neisse line, coupled with post-war expulsion of minorities, significantly reduced the country's ethnic diversity. According to the 2002 census, 36,983,700 people, or 96.74% of the population, consider themselves Polish, while 471,500 (1.23%) declared another nationality, and 774,900 (2.03%) did not declare any nationality. The largest minority nationalities and ethnic groups in Poland are Silesians (about 200,000), Germans (152,897 according to the census, 92% in Opole Voivodeship and Silesian Voivodeship), Belarusians (c. 49,000), Ukrainians (c. 30,000), Lithuanians, Russians, Roma, Jews, Lemkos, Slovaks, Czechs, and Lipka Tatars. Among foreign citizens, the Vietnamese are the largest ethnic group, followed by Greeks and Armenians. |- The Polish language, part of the West Slavic branch of the Slavic languages, functions as the official language of Poland. Until recent decades Russian was commonly learned as a second language but has been replaced by English and German as the most common second languages studied and spoken. |- In recent years, Poland's population has decreased because of an increase in emigration and a sharp drop in the birth rate. Since Poland's accession to the European Union, a significant number of Poles have emigrated to Western European countries such as the United Kingdom, Germany and Ireland in search of work. Some organizations have stated that Polish emigration is primarily caused by Poland's high unemployment rate (10.5% in 2007), with Poles searching for better work opportunities abroad. In April 2007, the Polish population of the United Kingdom had risen to approximately 300,000, and estimates place the Polish population in Ireland at 65,000. Some sources claim that the number of Polish citizens who emigrated to the UK after 2004 is as high as 2 million. This, however, is contrasted by a recent trend that shows that more Poles are leaving the country than coming in. |- Polish minorities are still present in the neighboring countries of Ukraine, Belarus, and Lithuania, as well as in other countries (see Poles for population numbers). Altogether, the number of ethnic Poles living abroad is estimated to be around 20 million.The largest number of Poles outside of Poland can be found in the United States.

Accommodation & Boarding


Free on bilateral agreement. Participants usually live in student dormitories.


Provided by the hospital mensa or pocket money allocated by the LEO. The cost of unilateral units are 250 Euros (has to be PAID into an account number which will be provided by Contact Person or LEO at least 6 weeks before the exchnge starts.

Social Program

Not only work but also a pleasure is important part of life

After a hard working week, everybody needs to relax! This is what we are thinking about while organising your future clerkship here.

Hereby we would like to present you The NICE Project (National Incomings Care and Excursions Project)!!!

National Incomings Care & Excursions Project is a new polish project in IFMSA-Poland which provides the best Social Program ever. It combines the work of Standing Committee on Professional Exchange and Standing Committee on Research Exchange. It is a good occasion to promote Poland and to organize your free time. Moreover it connects SCOPE and SCORE and helps to make cooperation between departments more effective. It also helps Polish students responsible for incoming students organize one-month stays in Poland and make it the most fun as well.

NICE Project includes two areas: Care & Excursions.

The Care Area is made for helping incoming students work their way around the city, to learn its history, to show interesting places to visit, to propose various activities like sports and nightlife. Moreover it contains useful tips and necessary Polish expressions. It will receive a small exchange-guide book for every occasion.

The Excursions area provides the best weekends during your stay in Poland. It allows you to immerse yourself in a country with a unique pallet of landscapes and history, the country which geographically is the heart of Europe. We set up special schedules of summer weekends to propose interesting ways to discover Poland. Every weekend is organized by a hosting city. Weekend plans are available earlier to decide which city incoming student would like to visit and to book trips in advance.

National Coordinator of NICE Project is Maria Burska, e-mail:

Web page of NICE Project:

Come and try our social program!

Local & National transportation

There is an extensive, efficient and cheap transport system.



Prices vary according to class and type of train. Intercity trains are the most expensive, express are the next level (listed on timetables in red), ordinary trains are the cheapest (listed in black). The sign 'R inside a box' means that a seat reservation is compulsory on that train. Agencies (usually less queues and the commission is 10%). Time tables: white backed =Arrivals (Przyjazdy) Yellow backed = Departures (Odjazdy). Time tables at train stations. More information you can find on PKP website

Student Discounts Reductions usually between 10-20% on international tickets if you have an ISIC card. Foreigners don't qualify for student discounts on National services unless they are studying in Poland. Wasteels Travel Agency sell train tickets with discount to students and under 25's.



The semi-state run bus company PKS operates throughout Poland. There are a number of private bus companies.

Most cities and tourist areas have a cheap and efficient public transport system. Warsaw has a limited metro system. Tickets are available from 'Ruch' kiosks, news-stands or machines. Sometimes it is possible to buy tickets from the driver but they will usually cost more. Day tickets are recommended to save money. |-


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The climate is mostly temperate throughout the country. The climate is oceanic in the north and west and becomes gradually warmer and continental as one moves south and east. Summers are generally warm, with average temperatures between 20 °C (68 °F) and 27 °C (81 °F). Winters are cold, with average temperatures around 3 °C (37 °F) in the northwest and −8 °C (17.6 °F) in the northeast. Precipitation falls throughout the year, although, especially in the east; winter is drier than summer.

Exchange conditions

All information you will find on -> IFMSA-Poland [1]

The most important matter is that in order to obtain SCOPE Certificate is having your Hand Book filled and at least 75% of attendance.


  • only calendar months available
  • only holidays period
  • limited places in September till 25th (only LC Katowice)
  • boarding and lodging free for bilateral agreement
  • unilateral exchange costs 250 EUR
  • only clinical students

Necessary documents on CD:

  1. Application Form in pdf
  2. passport sized photos
  3. motivation letters
  4. language certificate
  5. proof of health insurance in English
  6. passport or ID copy

Cities offered for exchange

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