Prior to leaving Poland PUMS graduates are strongly advised to authenticate and legalize their diplomas and diploma supplements for circulation abroad. This inlcudes procedures of apostille or legalization, and sometimes also authentication by a consulate.


The competent authority for issuing apostille and legalization certificates for documents issued by higher education institutions in Poland is:

National Agency for Academic Exchange (NAWA)

Narodowa Agencja Wymiany Akademickiej
40 Polna St. 00-635 Warsaw
e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
tel. 48 22 390 35 80 (from 10am to 12pm on weekdays)


Apostille or legalization?

If your destination country is party to the Hague Convention of 5 October 1961 Abolishing the Requirement of Legalization for Foreign Public Documents, official documents intended for circulation in such country should be certified with apostille. Such countries include USA, UK, Norway, India, Sweden, Ireland and Germany.

Exceptions: Apostille is not being issued in respect to documents intended for circulation in: Burundi, Kosovo and China (except of Hong Kong and Makau).

Otherwise, the documents will have to be legalized - for example if you intend to use them in countries like Canada, Taiwan, Thailand, Lebanon or Saudi Arabia.

Full up-to-date list of Hague Convention member is available at here.


Apostille pathway

NAWA's apostille instructions


Legalization pathway

Step 1

NAWA's preparation for legalization

Step 2

Legalization by the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Step 3

Authentication by consulate of your destination country - additional certification by respective consulate authorities of the country in Poland in order to authenticate the signature and seal of Polish authorities.

Center for Medical Education in English /
International Admissions & Promotion Office

41 Jackowskiego St., 60-512 Poznan, Poland


+48 61 854 72 20

Toll-free US & Canada (7:30am to 4pm CET): +1 800 646 7603


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