5 Reasons to study in Poland
Poland’s tradition of academic education goes back to 1364 when King Casimir the Great established the Cracow Academy, known today as the Jagiellonian University. The Cracow Academy, being one of the oldest in the world, took after academies in Bologna and Padua, and was the second university in Central Europe after Prague.
Today, the Polish higher education system is developing rapidly. Poland holds fourth place in Europe (after the United Kingdom, Germany and France) in terms of the number of people enrolled in higher education. The total student population at over 400 university level schools is almost one and a half million. Each year almost half a million young people begin their education at universities and colleges. The Polish university level schools offer over 200 high quality types of study as an integral part of the European Higher Education Area. Most schools offer courses in foreign languages.
3. Bologna Process
Poland plays an active part in the Bologna Process. Owing to the introduction of three-stage education modelled on Bachelor/Master/Doctoral studies as well as the European Credit Transfer System, both Polish students and international students studying in Poland stay fully mobile and can continue their education elsewhere in the European Union without any problems. Within just the Erasmus Program that has been going on for over 20 years now, over 43,000 foreign students have come to study in Poland while almost 100,000 students from Poland have taken part of their education in another country within the European Union. Foreign students coming to Poland can expect the most attractive and diversified education opportunities meeting high European standards. They can study medicine, biotechnology or engineering, but also art and business and many other subjects. The diploma awarded to them upon graduation is recognised not only Europe-wide but also in most countries of the world.
4. High quality of education
The Polish higher education system is well developed. The quality of the education provided is monitored and regularly evaluated. The main Polish institutions in charge of quality assurance in higher education are: the Polish Accreditation Committee, the General Council of Higher Education and the Conference of Rectors of the Academic Schools in Poland. There are over 5,000 courses available in Poland and each of them has had to gain the Polish Accreditation Committee’s approval. Among them there are a number of fields of study that have received the grade: excellent. The list of excellent fields of study is available at the Polish Accreditation Committee website: http://www.pka.edu.pl/?q=en/oceny.
5. Competitive costs of living and studying
Compared to other EU countries, the tuition fees in Poland are really competitive and the costs of living are a fraction of what a foreign student would have to spend in other European cities.
Find out more and apply
For the essential information about studying in Poland and applying for higher education programmes, visit the Go-Poland website.
Language of instruction
There are more than 5000 courses in Poland taught in Polish language and more than 700 courses taught in foreign languages (mainly English). All courses in Polish are available here. All courses in English and other foreign languages are available through “Studyfinder” tool.
Typical course tuition fees
Full-time studies (in Polish language) at public higher education institutions (HEIs) are free of charge for Polish students – plus international students who are citizens of the EU/EEA or who are from the countries that hold the Card of the Pole (Karta Polaka).
All other international students are required to pay tuition fees that on average are the following:
- EUR 2000 per year for first, second and long cycle studies,
- EUR 3000 per year for doctoral, postgraduate and medical postgraduate internships as well as scientific, arts, specialist and post-doctoral internships,
- EUR 3000 per year for vocational courses and apprenticeships,
- EUR 2000 per year for an annual preparatory Polish language course to commence studies in Polish.
Fees at public and non-public HEIs are established by the institution itself under the condition that they cannot be lower than the costs of education process. The tuition fees range from EUR 2000 to 6000 per year and depend on the institution and study program (for MBA programs: about EUR 8000-12,000 per year).
Student visas and immigration
Scholarships and financial support
Average length of a full-time higher education programme in Poland
- Bachelor’s degree programme: 3 – 3.5 years
- Master’s degree programme: 2 – 6 years
- Doctorate/PhD: 3 years
English language for studying in Poland
Meet language requirements for university admission in Poland by choosing an English language preparation course offered by English language schools worldwide, including Poland. By taking the right English exam training course you will advance your language skills in order to get the needed scores for IELTS, TOEFL, CAE, or other English exams.