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Currency:

The Polish currency is the: zloty (PLN). One zloty is divided into 100 grosz-es. Coins come in denominations of 1 grosz to 5 zloty (in turn: 1 gr, 2 gr, 5 gr, 10 gr, 20 gr, 50 gr, 1 zl, 2 zl, 5 zl). Bank notes go from 10 zloty to 200 zloty-s.

The value of 1 PLN is: 1 EUR = 3.8 - 4.5 PLN (you can check a current rate at Polish National Bank webpage). 

Do not exchange currency on the street! Instead, go to any place marked: currency exchange office (kantor). These are the legal exchange agencies. You may also exchange currency in some banks. As in most countries, do not change money at the airports: the rate is terrible there.

Shopping:

Monday to Friday a grocery store (sklep) is usually open from 8 am to 6 pm, on Saturdays from 9 am to 1 pm or sometimes longer, on Sundays hours may vary, but most of the shops are closed on this day.
Supermarkets are open seven days per week: from 8 am to 10 pm and shopping centres: from 9 am to 9 pm.

City buses


In the Bielsko-Biala works MZK firm.

There are several types of tickets:

1) One-time ticket purchased for cash from the driver at the entrance:

The reduced ticket (ulgowy) costs 1.50 PLN (Mandatory to show a student card!)
Regular ticket (normalny) 3,00 PLN

IMPORTANT!
Scan the ticket at the entrance to the bus on a special yellow / red machine.


2) A 60-minute ticket that allows for transfers from a kiosk for cash or a card.

The reduced ticket (ulgowy) costs 2 PLN (Mandatory to show a student card!)
Regular ticket (normalny) 4 PLN

IMPORTANT!
Scan the ticket at the entrance to the bus on a special yellow / red machine.


3) A month ticket for all lines purchased at the MZK office or using a special machine, for cash or by card:

A reduced ticket (ulgowy) costs 50 PLN (Mandatory to show a student card!)
Regular ticket (normalny) 100 PLN (MZK participant card is mandatory!)

IMPORTANT!
The presence of a ticket, as well as a student card and / or MZK participant card is mandatory. MZK tightened the requirements for passengers, as well as penalties for travel without a ticket. In addition to a fine of 150 zł, it is possible to call the police or/ and other unpleasant but legitimate punishments. Please be careful, carry a ticket and documents, and your bus trip will not be overshadowed by unpleasant incidents.
 


Price Taxi:

The cost of a taxi is quite attractive. A trip from the city center to the dormitory will cost up to 15/20 zł. Remember that when you try to find a taxi from a railway station or nearby a hotel, the price may be significantly different. Nightly rates are also significantly higher.

Good taxi companies can be found by searching the Internet search engines, as well as when downloading applications to your smartphone.


Intercity buses

Between large cities in Poland, as well as between major European cities, there is a developed bus service. Timetables can be found on the Internet.

Timetable of buses traveling from Bielsko-Biała: PKS - Rozkład jazdy.

Train:

The Silesian region recently announced new comfortable trains, which are much faster and more comfortable than the old models. In our region there is also a special discount program for students up to 26 years old, when a student card is presented.

You can travel on commuter trains, express trains and international trains. The cost of the ticket will depend on the type of train, class and distance.
The schedule is available on this page: PKP - Plan podróży.

Banking:

It is possible to open a bank account as soon as you arrive to Poland, even you can do it via internet before leaving your home country. Be careful and check conditions of different banks (ING Bank Slaski, PKO Bank Polski, etc.), since in some of them it is very difficult and expensive to close a bank account.

You have a few choices of standard bank accounts in Poland:

Current account: this account, which is what most people have, will provide you with a cheque book for obtaining cash at the bank and for making payments. At regular intervals you will receive a statement showing any transactions on your account. This is a useful way of keeping your money safe.Deposit account: you can use this while already having a current account or independently. It is useful if you have other funds which you don't need to use immediately and which can therefore earn interest in the meantime.

Credit cards
In Poland it is possible to pay by credit card (VISA, American Express, Euro Card etc.). Credit cards are accepted in hotels, restaurants and in bigger shops, however they are not as popular as in Western Europe. People generally pay with, and ask for, cash, so you should first ask if you could pay by credit card.

Public phones
Public phones are accessible at many points: in hotels, banks, department stores, post offices, railway stations, as well as at free-standing telephone booths throughout the city. Phone cards can be bought at any kiosk and are required for some telephones. There are also some coin-operated phones, identified by their orange-colored telephone booths. 

Mobile phones
The easiest option for students would be to bring their own phone (already unlocked) or to buy a prepaid package. Buying SIM card is very easy - you can get one in any kiosk. It is quite cheap. 

Emergency numbers are the same all over Poland:
Ambulance: 999
Fire Brigade: 998
Police: 997
Emergency breakdown service: 981
Emergency (Mobile phone only): 112

Post office

Post offices (poczta) can be found at many points in every city. Costs depend on size, weight and country of sending of the package or letter. 
Post boxes are red and they usually hang on the walls of the buildings.

Pharmacies

Cosmetics and medicaments are available at the Pharmacy (apteka). Some kinds of medicine are only available by a prescription (issued by a Polish doctor). 
But, if you catch a cold and your nose is running, it's easy to buy aspirin or other helpful remedies in many shops.

Driving licenses

Driving licenses issued by other EU member states are recognized by Poland and remain valid until the expiry date indicated in the document. If you are from outside of the EU you will have to obtain an International Driving Licence to drive in Poland.
While driving a vehicle on the territory of Poland, a driver is obliged to have his license and registration on him. Civil liability insurance is also needed. 
Seat belts must be used in both front and back seats, with children up to the age of 12 and up to 150 cm tall using special certified seats. Using mobile phone during driving a car is forbidden! Loud-speaking phone system is allowed.

Drivers have to use day lights during the whole day.
 The vehicle must be equipped with a reflector triangle and has to be marked with a sign indicating the country of its registration. Radar-warning systems are banned.

Speed limits: 

  • residential area – up to 20 km/h

  • built-up area – up to 50 km/h

  • outside built-up area – up to 90 km/h

  • single express carriageway – up to 100 km/h

  • dual express carriageway – up to 120 km/h

  • motorway – up to 140 km/h

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Be aware: winter conditions espacially in Bielsko-Biala, which is a mountainous region, can be rough. That includes strong wind and snowy conditions. Average temperature for January is -3°C, but it can even fall below to -25°C. 
Weather (pogoda) gets warmer after first three months of the year. Spring brings bigger amounts of rain. Umbrella would be very needed in that case.
More about weather in Poland: climate

 

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14 January 2021
Webinaria "Your PhD in France"
The French Embassies in Austria, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia organize the first edition of the online event "Your PhD in France".

This event will take place from January 19th to February 3rd and will consist of a series of webinars. We will start with a general webinar to get you acquainted with the research landscape in France and the basics of doctoral studies, including funding opportunities. 4 thematic webinars will follow, on the following topics: Natural Sciences, Social Sciences, Health and Life sciences and Artificial Intelligence applied to Environment.

During these webinars, you will be able to listen to, meet and ask questions to representatives of Doctoral Schools in French universities, Campus France, Alumni and other important French stakeholders. If you want to know more about research in France, are considering enrolling in a PhD Program abroad or simply spending some time abroad for your research project, this event is for you! France is a world leader in scientific research and we will give you all the information you need to experience it!

 The programme of our first webinar, "The basics of research and doctoral studies in France", January 19th at 5pm, will include:

 • A presentation and tips on doctoral schools, enrollment, research opportunities, funding, etc. by Aude Chanson, head of the Research Unit at Campus France and Melike Riollet, International Affairs Manager at Association Bernard Gregory

• An interview of Veronika Leláková, who recently graduated in the frame of a PhD joint supervision between France and the Czech Republic

• A question and answer session

 We strongly advise you to attend this first session before joining any of the thematic webinars.

To attend the webinars, please register by filling this form (at least one day prior to the date the chosen webinars are taking place): https://bit.ly/3b5QB6h

The basics of research and doctoral studies in France: 19/01/2021 

Natural Sciences: 26/01/2021

Social Sciences: 27/01/2021

Health & Life Sciences: 02/02/2021

Artificial Intelligence applied to Environment: 03/02/2021

 

We are looking forward to e-meeting you!

Michał Zięba

Responsable de Campus France Pologne, antenne à Cracovie et France Alumni Pologne
 

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