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Poland falls under the Bologna agreement and follows the associated schemes. Most of its tertiary level programmes consist of two cycles which are – a three year bachelor degree and a two year master degree. However, in some courses such as medicine or pharmacy, the master degrees are offered only after completion of a long programme which lasts around 4 to 6 years. Doctoral programmes last for about 3 years. Those interested in getting a diploma in school teaching need to complete a course which is 3 years long. Almost all major vocational training courses last about two and a half years and are looked after by the post-secondary school.

Poland has all the features which make for a great place to study. Geographically situated between Europe and Russia, it acts as the perfect place to start one’s journey towards Europe. Universities of Poland offer various courses to international students and hence never fail to attract them every year. Those keen on pursuing their research and higher studies in Europe, can very well start with Poland since its educational standards are at par with any other country of the continent.

Polish universities are constantly upgrading themselves to suit the demands and needs of the day. The degrees offered by them are recognized in the European Union (EU) as well as in other countries such as the USA, Australia and Canada. A solid base in a Polish university gives you a strong base for studying in any university elsewhere in the world.


Why Poland

Poland is one of the most beautiful countries in Europe and boasts of several educational facilities and institutions, drawing students from different parts of the world. There are several reasons why students choose Poland over other countries to complete their studies.

First and foremost, Poland offers low cost of living and even the educational expenses are far less compared to any other university in Europe. Poland is witnessing economic development at a rapid pace. However, this has not led to a dramatic escalation in the costs of living as well as studying there. Students who have studied or are studying in Poland are of the opinion that the cost of living and studying is considerably lower as compared to most other EU nations. Around 200 to 400 Euros is more than enough to cover basic accommodation expenses, transport as well as food. Also, the expenses incurred for entertainment as well as participating in cultural events is also quite low than the EU average.

Poland’s economy is growing at a rapid rate. The GDP rate for Poland in the past few years on an average has been nearly 5 percent. In the past few years, unemployment level has sharply declined. In the year, the unemployment rate was around 20 percent but it fell to 11 percent in the 2007. In the years 2006 and 2007, the wages of Polish professionals have grown at an annual rate of 15 percent. As far as civilization growth and progress is concerned, Poland has emerged as one of the leading nations attracting students from across the border.

  • Cost of living is low in Poland as compared other European countries. An amount of 200-250 USD is enough to cover accommodation charges, food and travel expenses.
  • Tuition fee in Polish universities is also low as compared to that of other places in the EU. Yearly tuition fees are around 1000 USD- 4000 USD. Course such as medicine and engineering fall under the more expensive category where yearly tuition fees are around 4000 USD. Hotel management course fees might go above 5000 USD which is however balanced out by the salary which the students earn during their internships.
  • Poland offers easier access to other European countries such as Germany. Germany offers handsome job opportunities in various sectors and thus many pass outs from Polish universities apply to German companies for work. The culture and environment in the two countries is similar and thus students will not find it difficult to adjust. Poland acts as the entry point of Germany and other European countries since it is also easy to get visa for these places from Poland.
  • Opportunities for entertainment and relaxation are ample in Poland. There are great cinema theatres, museums, gyms and swimming pools, clubs and pubs. The entry fee to these places is not always high either. There are discounts for students in most places too.
  • Polish universities have tie ups with many noted universities and organisations in different parts of the world thus allowing students the opportunity to explore internship facilities at such places. Polish universities have their partners in countries like the United Kingdom, the United States, Australia, Switzerland and Greece. These opportunities are great for the development of students and also allow them to earn some cash to cover their cost of living.


The admission procedure and requirements differ from one course to another. However, some basic requirements and processes which are common for all courses are as follows:

  • After online registration, students have to wait for the acceptance letter
  • Documents such as high school certificate or bachelor degree certificates (for applicants to master’s courses), language skill proving certificate (level B1/B2), valid passport as well as admission and tuition fee need to be submitted On completion of the admission process, students need to apply for visa

Students need to remember that the particular university they are applying to might have specific admission requirements and these must be carefully noted.


How can you study a degree in Poland?

In recent years Poland has reformed its education system to improve standards and encourage international students to attend its universities.

There are several different types of institution in Poland that you can attend as an undergraduate.
These include:

  • Public universities
  • Private universities
  • Polytechnics
  • Music academies
  • Agricultural universities

If you want to study a degree in Poland, it will generally take between three to five years to complete and many degrees are taught in English.


Tuition fees

Tuition fees in Poland are cheaper than many other European countries. Fees vary wildly depending on the institution, type of course and mode of study you choose. As a guide, expect to pay between £1,300-£2,500 a year for most courses, but some can range up to £10,000 plus.


Immigration and visas

International students from the EU can study a degree in Poland without issue providing they fulfil the following:

  • They have a valid passport
  • They are studying for more than three months at the institution
  • They have sufficient income to support themselves during their studies
  • Have comprehensive health insurance

However, EU students who are living in Poland for more than three months will need to register for a residency permit which is valid for up to two years.

In most cases, non-EU students will have to get a study visa in order to come and study in Poland. Your chosen university should be able to help, but you will need to speak to the Polish embassy in your home country. 


Accommodation and living costs

International students coming to live and study a degree in Poland can choose from three different types of accommodation:

  • University accommodation – such as halls of residence or dormitories
  • Private accommodation – House and flat rentals
  • Shared accommodation – Renting rooms in a shared house or flat

Living in university accommodation is often the preferred option for most international students, as you’ll have somewhere to stay straight on arrival and often not have to worry about bills. It’s also a great way to meet other students and get support.

Living costs/rent: Poland is a relatively cheap country to live if you are used to the costs of countries such as the USA or UK. However, it is one of the more expensive eastern European countries in which to study. Average rent per month is as follows:

  • 1 bed city centre apartment – 1,500 zl
  • 1 bed outside city centre apartment – 1,200 zl
  • 3 bed city centre apartment – 2,600 zl
  • 3 bed outside city centre apartment – 2,000 zl