Medical University of Poznan

Our University voted the best Medical School in Poland, by Rzeczpospolita & Perspektywy in 2009, 2003, 2002, and by Wprost in 2003, 2004. We do our best…

Our University voted the best Medical School in Poland, by Rzeczpospolita & Perspektywy in 2009, 2003, 2002, and by Wprost in 2003, 2004. We do our best…

The University is a leading Polish medical center with over 90 years of academic experience and with increasing development.
The University is well equipped for research in basic medical sciences, clinical investigations, diagnosis and treatment. Teaching and research are mainly based on collaboration with 5 Clinical Hospitals as well as on the other city hospitals.

The investigations conducted at the University are presented in several hundred research papers published yearly in professional journals. Every year faculty members actively participate in over 400 international congresses and conferences.

In 1991, the University introduced programs in English, starting in 1993 with the 4-year M.D. Program based entirely on the American curriculum and the requirements of the U.S.M.L.E. system. A 6-year M.D. Program in English based on the Polish/European model followed this a year later. Subsequently, PUMS reached the last of its planned English-language based projects with the introduction of a 5-year Dentistry Program in 2000, and 5-year M.Sc. Pharmacy Program in 2004, which was replaced by the 6-year Pharm.D. Program in 2009, and 3-year B.Sc. Physiotherapy Program in 2009. These programs meet the European requirements.


Poznan, the fifth largest city in Poland, is situated in the west part of the country on the Warta River. The region is called Wielkopolska (Great Poland). It is rich in lakes, woods and fields adorned with monuments of over 1000 years of Polish history.

Located at a cross-roads for both road and railway networks, Poznan is halfway between Berlin and Warsaw. Both these capitals can be reached by a EuroCity train in three hours.With a population of over 600 000 inhabitants, it is not only a vital centre of Polish trade, agriculture, industry and culture but also an exciting spot to visit for its own sake, fully deserving to be included in tourist itineraries.

Economically, Poznan and the surrounding region is, by any standard, one of the best developed parts of the country. It is now undergoing fast economic growth, which can be attributed to the character of the local people, generally described as being hard-working and industrious. The city is proud of its International Fair, a major business venture, first launched in 1921.

After Warsaw and Cracow, Poznan is the country's third academic centre with twelve institutions of higher learning and over 56 600 students. The city has several theatres, an opera house, an internationally recognized ballet company, a symphony orchestra and superb choirs.

The centre of the city is very compact and within a short walk one can find all the most important institutions and places of interest. Of particular interest are the Old Market Square with its Renaissance Town Hall and the Ostrow Tumski island with its Gothic Cathedral. From the large number of museums, especially worth seeing are the Museum of Musical Instruments - one of the largest of its kind in Europe, the Museum of Decorative Arts and the National Museum with its gallery of painting.

Although pollution is a growing problem, Poznan is very committed to a healthy environment and maintains green areas that cover more than one-fifth of the city. The region's moderate climate with low rainfall, favours outdoor recreation. On the very outskirts of the city there are four lakes (Kierskie, Strzeszynskie, Malta and Rusalka) with adequate sporting and other facilities. The number of tennis courts, fitness clubs and horse riding centres is growing steadily. A large zoological garden is located in a beautiful park not far from the centre of the city.

The region of Wielkopolska has many attractions for tourists - a national park, varied landscapes with forests and lakes, architectural monuments ranging from magnificent palaces and castles to humble village churches and windmills.


The 4-year M.D. Program

The 4-year M.D. Program of Poznan University of Medical Sciences is designed for U.S. Canadian and international college graduates who have completed their pre-medical education and have obtained satisfactory grades in chemistry, physics and biology.

Prospective candidates are required to have the following courses completed satisfactorily:

Candidates for this program may be accepted after demonstrating a record of academic achievements and after undergoing preliminary interviews.


Education at the University is based on the American M.D. program and conforms to American education standards.

The 6-year M.D. Program
This program is based on the Polish curriculum and is designed for European and other candidates who have graduated from high school and obtained good grades in physics, chemistry, biology and English Language.The course is divided into two parts:

Part I, occupying the two preclinical years, is devoted mainly to the following subjects: anatomy, medical biology, chemistry, biochemistry, histology and embryology, physiology, medical Latin and medical Polish. During this period clinical aspects of these topics are gradually introduced.

Part II starts in the third year and occupies the remaining four years of the course. After completing all the theoretical and clinical subjects and passing all the necessary examinations the student is awarded the degree of Lekarz (M.D.)

Forms of didactic units

The University provides the following form of didactic units: lectures, practicals, seminars.

Lectures- these are theoretical in nature and provide students with the fundamental issues of the discipline. Lectures are provided for all students of the same year and are not mandatory.

Practicals- are divided into clinical practicals (bedside teaching), practicals in out-patient clinics, surgeries and analytic, and laboratory practicals, which are held in groups of 5-6 students.


Seminars- which are organized around a discussion relating to selected problems, are held in groups of maximum 16 students.
The form of each didactic unit is indicated for courses of each subject.

5-Year D.D.S. Program in English

This program was started in September 2001. The curriculum follows that taught to Polish students but the language of tuition is English.

This program is designed for candidates who graduated from high school and obtained good grades in physics, chemistry, biology, mathematics and English Language. They may be accepted to the program after presenting their high school reports and being interviewed by the Dean and Vice-Dean of the Faculty. Those intending to practice in North America will ( as is standard for all those with a foreign degree) have to undertake a further two years of study in America, making a total of 7 years to obtain a licence.

The grading system

The following scale of grades is used for examinations and pass/fail signatures:
- very good 5.0
- better than good 4.5
- good 4.0
- fairly good 3.5
- satisfactory 3.0
- unsatisfactory 2.0


Under present United States and Canadian regulations, those students of the University who wish to practice medicine in the United States or Canada are subject to the jurisdiction of the U.S. Educational Commission on Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) which administers the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) in three phases to candidates in European Centers as well as in North America. One of these centers is Warsaw, which is approximately three hours from Pozna? by train.

ECFMG certification of applicants is required by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) which controls the requirements for admission to internship residency programs throughout the United States and Canada.

The four-year M.D. program in English at Pozna? University is intended, among other things, to qualify its students to comply successfully with these procedures (ECFMG-ACGME), which are constantly under review and subject to change. For these reasons, the University may require, as a condition to certification of students as eligible to sit for USML examination, designation of the Deans office as a third party recipient of the test scores and reports.

Students attending schools at which they have the option of enrolling in courses for a letter (or numerical) grade or on a pass-fail basis, are encouraged not to enroll on a pass-fail basis in the above courses.

The University does not require that applicants major in a particular field. In fact, the University seeks individuals with broad educational backgrounds.

Nevertheless, each candidate must demonstrate a record of academic achievement. The ability to master scientific concepts and employ them with confidence is essential for success in this program. In this connection, MCAT scores (or equivalent), although not required, would be most helpful to the admissions committee. Apart from these academic characteristics, the committee recognizes a responsibility to consider applicants as individuals, particularly in the evaluation of the breadth of their educational experience, their personality traits, maturity level, and appropriate motivation and commitment to a career in medicine.

The University also conducts “preliminary interviews” of students contemplating medical school. Specific actions and courses which enhance applications in the future are discussed with the admissions staff. Furthermore, previously unsuccessful candidates for medical school may wish to take advantage of this service to solicit advice on the improvement of their applications. Of particular importance to some applicants is the early admissions procedure (EAP) according to which candidates may apply for early acceptance on a preferred basis. Successful candidates in this on-going procedure may reserve their place in the class commencing in the following September, thus eliminating a great deal of uncertainty in their academic plans and prospects.


4 Years MD

6 Years MD

5 Years DDS


Application documents

1.Completed application form click here to open PDF file.
2.Medical Health Certificate (including chest X-ray report), completed by a doctor click here to open PDF file.
3.A copy of vaccination records, showing if Hep. B and TB shots were taken.
4.Proof of health insurance valid in Poland (EHIC for European citizens).
5.High school/college diploma - a copy certified by the school or authorized person in native language and, if applicable, a certified translation to English.
6.A photocopy of valid passport.
7.6 recent passport-size photographs signed on the back (no head cover).
8.Official college transcript in English with its grading converted to U.S./standardized grading system, if applicable.
9.Two letters of recommendation from a science faculty member on official University/College Letterhead.