Ects information guide

ECTS grades and definitions

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ECTS grades and definitions

Polish grades



-outstanding performance with only minor error



-above the average standard but with some errors




-generally sound work with a number of notable errors




-fair but with significant shortcomings




-performance meets the minimum criteria




-some more work required before the credit can be awarded




-considerable further work is required




40-007 Katowice, ul. Bankowa 12

Tel. +48 32 2582441, 2587231

Fax +48 32 599605

Rector: Prof. dr. hab. Wiesław Banyś

Vice-Rector for Research and Economic Cooperation: Prof. dr. hab. Andrzej Kowalczyk

Vice-Rector for Education: Prof. dr. hab. Czesław Martysz

Vice-Rector for Finance and Development: Prof. dr. hab. Stanisław Kucharski

Vice-Rector for Students Affairs, Promotion and International Cooperation:

Prof. dr. hab. Barbara Kożusznik
University of Silesia was founded in 1968 as the ninth university in Poland. The University resulted from the fusion of the Higher School of Pedagogy and the Branch of the Jagiellonian University. The latter had been established in Katowice in 1963. University of Silesia is spread over six cities: Katowice, Sosnowiec, Cieszyn, Rybnik, Jastrzębie Zdrój and Chorzów. Most of the university buildings are located in Katowice.
University of Silesia is a state university and it comprises eleven faculties:
Faculty of Biology and Environmental Protection

Faculty of Philology

Faculty of Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry

Faculty of Earth Sciences

Faculty of Social Sciences

Faculty of Pedagogics and Psychology

Faculty of Law and Administration

Faculty of Radio and Television

Faculty of Engineering Sciences

Faculty of Pedagogics and Art

Faculty of Theology
In addition, there are also numerous inter-faculty units, among others:
International School of Political Sciences

School of Management

Center for Studies on Human and Environment

School of the Polish Language, Literature and Culture

Inter-faculty Individual Studies in Humanities

Inter-faculty Individual Studies in Science and Mathematics

Inter-faculty Studies in Environmental Protection

University Main Library

Teaching staff
Total: 1858 including:

Professors: 322

Associate professors: 146
Total number of students: 35,161
ECTS university co-ordinator: prof. dr hab. Danuta Skrzypek, e-mail:
Academic calendar
The academic year begins no later than on October 1st and ends by September 25th of the next calendar year. There are two semesters: winter and summer. The Winter semester begins on October 1st and ends on January 31st. The Summer semester begins in mid-February and ends at the beginning of June. Both semesters end with the exam period lasting for 2 to 3 weeks. Holidays:
All Saints Day 1st November

Independence Day 11th November

Winter break Christmas - New Year

Spring break Easter

Labor Day 1st May

Constitution Day 3rd May

Requirements for admission
There are limited numbers of candidates for the first year of courses that can be admitted to the University of Silesia for one of the three types of studies, i.e. full-time, part-time, and continuing education. The limits are set anually for each of the subjects of study by the University Senate. Candidates for the first year courses are required to pay the registration fee stated by the Ministry of Education.

The candidates for studies should contact the central registration office in the Rector's Office, 12 Bankowa Street, Katowice. Detailed rules and criteria for recruitment are published at the begining of the academic year in the guide-book for the candidates. People who are interested in studying at the University of Silesia in 2011/2012 can also find information on the university web pages recruitment: the criteria of entering, the decision of the Senate concerning the rules of entering the university and the number of candidates for one place at university studies in the academic year 2010/2011. Further information is also available in the Section of Teaching ( , phone: 032 359 17 70, 359 18 80).

Accommodation and Health Care
The University of Silesia has about 3300 places in 11 students halls of residence. There are students’ refectories located near the halls of residence. Students of the University receive a GP’s treatment as well as a medical checkup which is practiced in appropriate outpatients’ cleanic.
Students clubs
There are four students clubs linked to the University of Silesia:

„Straszny Dwór” – located in the Hall of Residence number 3 in Katowice

„Za Szybą” – located in the Hall of Residence number 7 in Katowice

„Antidotum” – located in the Hall of Residence number 1 in Sosnowiec

„Pod Rurą” – located at the Faculty of Pedagogics and Psychology in Katowice.
More than 1 million books and 1200 journals are available for students at the University Main Library. The Library has a computerized system of information and is connected to the major data bases and InfoWare CD/HD.
Important addresses
OFFICE OF FOREIGN RELATIONS Katowice, ul. Bankowa 12 Tel. +48 32 2599601

Fax +48 32 2598193

OFFICE OF EDUCATION Katowice, ul. Bankowa 12 Tel. +48 32 2597533

COOPERATION WITH INDUSTRY Katowice, ul. Bankowa 12 Tel. +48 32 2587878
OFFICE OF STUDENTS’ AFFAIRS Katowice, ul. Bankowa 12 Tel. +48 32 2597413
UNIVERSITY LIBRARY Katowice, ul. Bankowa 14 Tel. +48 32 2599601
ACADEMIC HEALTH CARE Katowice, ul. Szkolna 7 Tel. +48 32 2596568

41-200 Sosnowiec, ul. Będzińska 60

Tel. (switch board) +48 32 291 83 81, +48 32 291 89 01-9

Tel. (Dean’s office) +48 32 3689 400

Fax. +48 32 291 58 65, e-mail:

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