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Nicolaus Copernicus University – Collegium Medicum

Located in: Poland

  • Part of the Nicolaus Copernicus University, one of the top universities in Poland
  • Offers globally recognised Medicine and Pharmacy programmes in English
  • Affiliated with several university hospitals, serving as the foundation for high-quality education, training, and research

Quick Facts

Location
Bydgoszcz, Poland
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Courses
Medicine, Pharmacy, Pre-med
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Graduate Entry
No
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Entrance Exam
No
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Living Costs
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Curriculums

The curricula for the academic year
2022/2023 are now available.

About Nicolaus Copernicus University–Collegium Medicum in Bydgoszcz (NCU CM)

Nicolaus Copernicus University was established in 1945 as a public higher education institution. The university’s main campus is located in Torun, Poland, where the prominent scientist Nicolaus Copernicus was born. Naturally, the university is named after him. However, Collegium Medicum where you will find medical faculty is located in Bydgoszcz.

Bydgoszcz is located in northern Poland, with a population of more than 340,000 people. The city is famous for its architecture consisting of neo-gothic, neo-baroque, neoclassicist, modernist, and Art Nouveau buildings.

There are two teaching hospitals at Collegium Medicum, where students can practise on-site. Moreover, the university collaborates with 7 more hospitals in Bydgoszcz and Torun. 

If you wish to study medicine in English in Poland, NCU CM is the right choice. This medical school is well-equipped with the most modern technologies. 

The medicine programme lasts for 6 years and is entirely taught in English. The curriculum combines theoretical and practical lessons to guide you and show you what it’s like to be a real doctor. Summer placements are obligatory and last 4 weeks. The awarded degree after successful graduation is a Master’s degree.

NCU CM does not offer graduate entry, but students willing to transfer are welcome here.

Centre for Medical Education in English, the office providing student services tailored to the needs of individuals arriving from different countries, is located at al. Powstańców Wielkopolskich 46, 85-090 Bydgoszcz.

Contact us for FREE to know more about your options to study medicine in Europe.

Extracurricular and Leisure Activities

NCU Collegium Medicum in Bydgoszcz has several student organisations that may be of particular interest to internationals. The International Federation of Medical Students Association brings medical students together for various projects, trips, and events. It’s an excellent way to build connections with like-minded people.

In addition, the Multicultural Student Association is focused on creating a stimulating environment for international students. They can enjoy various extracurricular activities and events.

The Student Scientific Society aims to organise research-oriented minds on campus. They attend conferences, write academic papers, and attend various training and educational events. Future doctors with scientific aspirations would probably find themselves at home with this group.

The Academic Sports Association organises summer and winter sports camps for students with athletic interests. The organisation takes part in various varsity competitions. It is an excellent opportunity to nurture team and leadership skills while having fun.

Last but not least, the Collegium Medicum Choir accepts students with vocal skills. The group attends various competitions and has earned multiple awards in its history. Moreover, they perform at both local and international events, so it’s an excellent opportunity to travel as well.

Nicolaus Copernicus University–Collegium Medicum in Bydgoszcz tuition fees

The tuition fee for the medicine course in English is around per year. The pharmacy course is 5.5 years, and the tuition fee is around per semester.

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Nicolaus Copernicus University–Collegium Medicum Admission & Entry requirements

Required documents:

  1. Your upper secondary school leaving certificate or diploma which:
    • is validated (legalised) or affixed with an apostille,
    • gives the right to apply to all types of higher education institutions in the country where it was issued and is equal to the Polish upper secondary school leaving certificate,
    • includes the following subjects: (1) Biology and (2) Chemistry or Physics;
  2. a document confirming your right to apply to all types of higher education institutions in your home country - if this is not stated in your secondary school leaving certificate: Eligibility statement - template
  3. a valid medical certificate confirming your ability to take up studies: Medical certificate - template
  4. a valid passport.

Recruitment process - step by step:

  1. you register in the online admission system: Internetowa Rejestracja Kandydatów - IRK (www.irk.umk.pl) - we recommend following our video guide to the system;
  2. you submit the required documents through your personal candidate account;
  3. if your documents are approved by the Qualification Commission, you take the online written test in English;
  4. if you pass the written test (min. 50% of correct answers), you are invited for the admission interview (if you fail the test, your admission process ends at this point);
  5. your test and interview results are summed up;
  6. if you receive a minimum number of points required, you become admitted.
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Applying to Nicolaus Copernicus University - Collegium Medicum can be an extremely competitive and complicated process. The university has a thorough list of application prerequisites and legal procedures that need to be followed, including the submission of specific documents that need to be translated, notarised, and legalised. Failure to comply may result in application denial. However, our admissions experts, recognised amongst the best in Europe, can manage the entirety of your application, including all legal details, on your behalf. Additionally, we have a firm relationship with the university and possess an extensive understanding of their application process. By choosing Medlink Students, your application will be handled with utmost care, significantly enhancing your odds of acceptance. With us by your side you can sidestep the exhausting part of applying to a medical school abroad and concentrate on what’s important - your future medical studies.

Contact Medlink Students now to start your application and maximise your chance for entry.

Accreditation

The university is listed in the World Directory of Medical Schools and thus recognised by the World Health Organisation. Graduating with a degree from NCU CM will give you worldwide recognition to practice medicine.

Accommodation

The university offers student housing. One of the most modern dormitories in the country is their Students House №3, for international students. The whole staff there is English-speaking. The building is close to university hospitals, teaching facilities, and the medical library. The location is not far from the city centre and is one of the most popular shopping malls.

This hostel offers 108 single rooms and 72 double rooms that are fully equipped. Each room has a private bathroom, and a fully-equipped kitchen is shared with every two rooms.

The monthly price is very reasonable, around  for a single room and per person for a double room.

Still, if you decide to live on your own, you can rent a single-bedroom apartment for around per month, depending on how close to the city centre you want. Living costs are another on average.

Accommodation at Nicolaus Copernicus University Collegium Medicum

Life as a Medical Student in Bydgoszcz, Poland

Bydgoszcz (pronounced Bid-goshtch) is a cosy town with a calm and quaint feel. The city is on the western bank of the Vistula River, while the Brda River goes right through it before joining the former. That’s why Bydgoszcz has many wharves and is Poland's centre of inland navigation.

Bydgoszcz boasts a variety of amenities, including shopping malls, gyms, appealing parks, and museums. The city is notable for its abundance of green spaces, particularly the renowned Myslecinek Forest Park, situated just outside Bydgoszcz. This tranquil haven offers a botanic garden, a horse stud, a ski slope during winter, a zoo, and ample space for running, cycling, rollerblading, or merely lounging on the grass.

Moreover, the local cultural scene offers a wealth of entertainment options. Local theatres, concert halls, and museums cater to the intellectual curiosity of international students. Notably, the Brain Club stands as a pivotal hub for contemporary jazz music.

Shopping enthusiasts have several malls to choose from, such as:

▪ Focus Mall

▪ Zielone Arkady

▪ Galeria Pomorska

▪ Rondo

Students may also opt to spend time at one of the many cinemas or gyms in town.

Term Dates

The academic years are divided into two semesters with a break between them and an examination session after every semester.

The winter semester starts on the 1st of October and lasts until the mid-February. The winter examination session alwyas lasts for about two weeks in February.  

The summer semester starts in the second half of February and finishes in late June. The examination session is held in the second half of June.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Where is Nicolaus Copernicus University – Collegium Medicum?

Collegium Medicum address is ul. Jagiellońska 13-15, 85-067 Bydgoszcz. The address of the Cenre for Medical Education in English is al. Powstańców Wielkopolskich 46, 85-090 Bydgoszcz.

Can you transfer to Nicolaus Copernicus University – Collegium Medicum?

Yes. Transfers are possible for medical students.

Can you study graduate entry medicine at Nicolaus Copernicus University – Collegium Medicum?

No. Fast track medicine is not possible at this medical school.

How much do tuition fees cost at Nicolaus Copernicus University – Collegium Medicum?

The tuition fees are per year (6 years) for general medicine. Pharmacy costs per year (5.5 years).

Where is Nicolaus Copernicus University – Collegium Medicum recognised?

The university's medical graduates get international recognition of their degrees. The World Health Organisation recognises it through its World Directory of Medical Schools. In addition, the UK General Medical Council also recognises the university.

Can you study medicine in English at Nicolaus Copernicus University – Collegium Medicum?

Yes. You can study general medicine and pharmacy in English.

Does Nicolaus Copernicus University – Collegium Medicum have graduates registered with the GMC?

Yes. As of 2023, the university has several graduates registered with the UK General Medical Council.

Is there an entrance examination for Nicolaus Copernicus University – Collegium Medicum?

Applicants take the online written test in English in biology, chemistry and physics.

If they pass the written test (min. 50% of correct answers), they take part in the admision interview.

What are the entry requirements for Nicolaus Copernicus University – Collegium Medicum?

After submitting required documents via Online Admission System https://irk.umk.pl/pl/:

  1. The upper secondary school leaving certificate or diploma which:
    • is validated (legalised) or affixed with apostille,
    • gives the right to apply to all types of higher education institutions in the country where it was issued and is equal to the Polish upper secondary school leaving certificate,
    • includes the following subjects: (1) Biology and (2) Chemistry or Physics;

2. A document confirming applicant’s right to apply to all types of higher education institutions in their home country - if this is not stated in their secondary school leaving certificate: Eligibility statement - template

3. A valid medical certificate confirming the ability to take up studies: Medical certificate - template

4. A valid passport.

Applicants take the online written test in English.

If they pass the written test in biology, chemistry and physics (min. 50% of correct answers), they take part in the admission interview.

When does the semester begin?

The autumn semester starts on the 1st of October.

When is the application deadline for Nicolaus Copernicus University – Collegium Medicum?

The application deadline is on the 30th of August.

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