Prior to leaving Poland, PUMS graduates are strongly advised to authenticate and legalize their diplomas and diploma supplements for circulation abroad. This includes procedures of obtaining an 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 a country should be certified with an apostille. Such countries include the USA, the UK, Norway, India, Sweden, Ireland and Germany.

Exceptions: an apostille is not issued in respect to documents intended for circulation in: Burundi, Kosovo and China (except for 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.

The full up-to-date list of Hague Convention members is available 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 the 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.

Poznan University of Medical Sciences
Center for Medical Education in English

41 Jackowskiego St., 60-512 Poznan, Poland


+48 61 854 72 20
+1 212-551-7867

WhatsApp: +48 609 031 274 (click to chat)


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