1. General Information on the institution
  2. Courses offered in academic year 2023/2024
  3. Language courses
  4. Academic calendar
  5. Grading system
  6. Accommodation
  7. Health care
  8. Residence / visa
  9. Student Guide

General Information on the institution

The Institute of Human Genetics, Polish Academy of Sciences, has a long-standing history. It was founded in 1974 as the Department of Human Genetics of the Polish Academy of Sciences (DHG PAS). On April 1, 2003  became the Institute of Human Genetics, PAS.

The Institute employs 83 people, including 39 scientists, 19 PhD students, and 28 specialists and technicians.

IHG PAS has the right to confer doctoral degrees (since 2002) and habilitations (since 2010) in the field of medical sciences in the discipline of medical biology. Since 2018, the Institute offers international doctoral programme.

The Institute comprises five departments and one independent research group. The departments are rigid structures and determine the direction of research of specific research teams, while independent research groups are created for a limited period of time for the implementation of specific research projects. The main research areas of the Institute are cytogenetics, molecular genetics, cellular pathology, reproductive biology, mutagenesis and biotechnology. The work carried out at the Institute aims to elucidate the molecular basis of various disorders with particular emphasis on rare genetic diseases, cancer, stem cell biology and application, fertility disorders, common autoimmune and infectious diseases. To understand the basic mechanisms of these disorders and disease susceptibility, modern molecular biology technologies, along with cytogenetic and immunological techniques, are applied in our studies.

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 Timetable summer semester 2023/24

Language courses

Since PhD studies, seminars and all lectures and scientific publications are conducted in English, both students and staff are required to present a high level of  linguistic proficiency. In order to continuously improve language skills the  IHG PAS offers for PhD students  and staff English language course. The course takes place during the all academic year, once a week (2 hours),  on different levels and is free of charge. All students and staff (academic and non-academic)  willing to take part in mobility can participate in it and improve their language skills before and during the mobility. The course is also open for international students.

Foreigners willing learn Polish, can take part in a Polish language course for foreigner conducted by Adam Mickiewicz University (partner institution of IHG PAS). The offer contains a variety of courses: two hour-, four hour-, six hour-, ten hour-, semestral and one year-long, being taught at six major levels of language proficiency. The university also organises a one-year, intensive, preparatory course for foreigners who wish to study in Poland. The programmatic offering is tailored to meet all needs of students. Information on the course available here.

Academic calendar

Winter semester 1 October  – 28 February
Summer semester 1 March  – 30 September

Grading system

Local grade  Local definition  ECTS  ECTS definition
5 very good A EXCELLENT – Outstanding performance
4+ better than good B VERY GOOD – Above the average standard but with some errors
4 good C GOOD – generally sound work with a number of notable errors
3+ better than satisfactory D SATISFACTORY – fair but with significant shortcomings
3 satisfactory E SUFFICIENT – performance meets the minimum criteria
2 unsatisfactory (fail) F/FX FAIL – some more work required before the credit can be awarded


The Institute’s resources include a guest room that can be used by incoming students and staff. If you want to book an accomodation in our guest room, please contact us as soon as possible.
Rooms for rent, situated in the city centre, are also available at other institutes of Polish Academy of Sciences in Poznań. Click here to check the offer.

Foreign students can also rent a room or a studio in one of several private dormitories in the city:
Student Depot Polonez

There is also many websites, where you can find some private offers:


Health care

Healthcare in Poland is available for students from the EU/EEA countries, provided that they hold valid medical insurance in the national insurance system of their country. A valid passport, student Identity Card or doctoral student Identity Card and a valid European Health Insurance Card (Europejska Karta Ubezpieczenia Zdrowotnego) entitles its holder to medical care services free of charge in Poland.

If possible it is recommended that students from non-EU/EEA countries purchase their own international medical insurance prior to their arrival in Poland. Otherwise they are required to sign a voluntary health insurance agreement with the National Health Fund (Narodowy Fundusz Zdrowia – NFZ) and pay their own insurance fees. Under this insurance scheme, students are entitled to free medical care and can use university health care clinics and health centres. Also, all foreign students have the option of purchasing additional accident insurance. For detailed information visit the website of the National Health Fund: www.nfz.gov.pl

There are public health care centres and hospitals located throughout the country. At health centres, an appointment is usually required. There may be charges associated with visits to a health care centre.
You are strongly advised to insure valuable belongings against theft, loss or damage.

For the visit in a private medical center, you should take your passport with you. The cost is around 25/30 euro for a visit.

Residence / visa

  • Registration
    All foreigners are required to register their temporary stay within 30 days from their arrival date. The registration is free of charge. You will need to bring with you your rental contract with you (or come with the person who rents or owns the flat or the house).
    You should register at:
    The Office for Citizens Affairs of the City Hall (Wydział Spraw Obywatelskich, Urząd Miasta)
    address: ul. Libelta 16/20
    Office is open:
    Monday, Thursday                       8.00 – 17.00
    Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday        7.30 – 15.30
  • EU citizen registration of residenceStudents from EU-countries do not need a visa to study in Poland. If the student’s stay in Poland is longer than three months then they are required to apply for an EU citizen registration. Students who wish to do an internship in Poland or enter other kind ofAll foreigners are required to register within 30 days from their arrival date. The registration is free of charge. You can get an application form from the hall of residence with the confirmation that you are staying there. If you are not staying at University’s accommodation you will need to bring with you your rental contract with you (or come with the person who rents or owns the flat or the house). EU citizens also need to have EU citizen registration of residence.
  • Visa and residence permit (for non-EU citizens)
    Non-EU students coming to Poland are required to obtain a visa in their home country from a Polish embassy or a consulate. The visa should be issued for the whole period of your stay. It is not possible to extend the visa in Poland. For more information about obtaining the visa contact the Polish diplomatic and consular establishment in your country.http://www.msz.gov.pl/en/travel_to_poland/polands_missions_abroad/polish...If your visa expires before the end of your stay in Poland you should apply for a temporary residence permit (zezwolenie na pobyt tymczasowy). It is mandatory to do it at least 45 days  before your visa expires at:Department for Foreigners of the Voivodship Office:
    Urząd Wojewódzki – Oddział ds. Cudzoziemców
    address: Plac Wolności 17, 4th floor, room 8
    Monday    9.30 – 18.00
    Tuesday- Friday    8.15 – 15.15You should also have your passport with you. There is also a fee for the permit 50 PLN which you will have to pay upon receiving it.All necessary information  and forms are available http://www.poznan.uw.gov.pl/en

The IHG PAS offers support in all necessary procedures.

Student Guide

Poznań is one of the largest and oldest Polish cities, located in western Poland, at the Warta and Cybina rivers. The Slavs settled here already in the 5th century, in the 8th century Poznań became the most important center of the Polan State. Poznań obtained city rights in 1253. Nowadays is the capital of the Greater Poland (Wielkopolska) voivodship, the seat of the authorities of the voivodship and the poviat of Poznań. It has over 550,000 inhabitants and belongs to the most important academic, scientific and cultural centers of Poland. As one of the oldest Polish cities, it is an attractive destination for visitors.

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Wielkopolska, called from the Latin Maior Polonia, or the Great Poland, is an interesting and valuable region of Poland. It is located in the central-western part of Poland, in the Warta river valley, with its capital, Poznań, centrally localized within the region. In Wielkopolska the beginnings of Polish statehood were born. This is reminded by the Piast Trail – tourist trail leading through places associated with first Polish kings and lords.
Wielkopolska is also a land of lakes – numerous picturesque reservoirs of the Wielkopolska Lake District are spread here, making the region extremely interesting for nature lovers. Multiple nature reserve areas, water trails along several rivers or bike trails across the region make the visit in Wielkopolska a really enjoyable experience. However, tourists will also be enchanted by numerous monuments, such as small castles, palaces, old manors, historical cathedrals and wooden churches, as well as monuments of industry, such as steam train museums, historic train stations or narrow-gauge railway routes. That is why Wielkopolska is often visited by tourists from Poland and abroad.

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