Latest information for the UW during the coronavirus pandemic
21 maja 2020

Following the new ordinances of the UW rector, online teaching and learning will continue, except classes which cannot be conducted remotely. It is possible to work remotely, perform work on a roster basis or under the flexiblworkingtime system. On 26th May, Prof. Marcin Pałys issued an ordinance which introduces changes – specifies – some of the provisions of the document published on 21st May. The health, safety and well-being of members of the UW community remain the university’s priority.

Both ordinances issued by the rector include rules for studying and working at UW. Measures brought in by UW aim to prevent the spread of COVID-19 among the UW community.

Taking into consideration the current situation in the country, Prof. Marcin Pałys, the UW rector, has decided to introduce the following changes regarding:


  • Online classes for students, doctoral candidates, post-diploma learners will be extended until the end of 2019/2020 academic year;

Exception: Classes which need to be conducted on-site, e.g. laboratory classes or practical classes;

  • Practical classes schedules being part curricula will be introduced;
  • Student camps and summer schools, which are not conducted remotely, are suspended;
  • The foreign language proficiency examinations should be conducted according to the University Council for the Certification of Language Proficiency’s resolution, as of 18th May, regarding the organisation of the foreign language proficiency examinations for the summer examination session of the academic year 2019/2020;
  • Doctoral examinations in proceedings aimed at awarding the doctoral degree, instituted by 30th April 2019, in the primary discipline corresponding to the topic of the doctoral dissertation, additional discipline and a modern foreign language, as well as examinations in the scientific discipline, in proceedings aimed at awarding the doctoral degree, instituted after 30th September 2019 are conducted only remotely until the end of 2019/2020 academic year;
  • Defence of doctoral dissertations and habilitation colloquia will be conducted only remotely until the end of the 2019/2020 academic year;
  • Exams conducted on-site are suspended;
  • Education within the framework of post-graduate programmes conducted at the premises of the University of Warsaw are suspended until the end of the 2019/2020 academic year. Head of a unit can decide to continue education in the 2019/2020 academic year remotely.


  • Employees can work remotely;

Exception: Staff whose work determines safety and health of work of members of the University community or continuity of the functioning of the university and protection of its assets.

  • There is a possibility to perform work on a roster basis or under the flexiblworkingtime system;

Heads of units make decisions on the organisation of work in their units.

Regulations being still in force:

  • Suspension of business travels abroad and participation in domestic conferences of employees, doctoral candidates, students and post-diploma learners of the university. It applies until 30th June;
  • Cancellation of open events such as conferences, symposiums, lectures, including courses of the Open University of the University of Warsaw, artistic performance sand other meetings of this type organised by the University of Warsaw as well as events organised by external entities at the premises of the University of Warsaw. It applies until 31st August;
  • Suspension of accommodating new students in residence halls and other facilities, and prohibition from visiting these places by external guests. It applies until 30th June.


The rector’s order also includes information on:

  • The operations of UW premises such as the University of Warsaw Library, sports facilities, creche, kindergarten or canteen;
  • Instruction what to do in case of suspected coronavirus cases among students, doctoral candidates and employees.




In line with rector’s order as of 21 May, all employees, doctoral candidates and students are obliged to comply with the Chief Sanitary Inspectorate’s guidance, instructions and recommendations issued by the rector, chancellor and heads of university units.


Due to the changing situation, we recommend you to follow the UW website, where you can find information on:

  • The organisation of foreign language certification exams;
  • Adjusted academic schedule;
  • Rules for conducting examinations remotely;
  • Remote defense of theses.



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