Located in Central Europe, Poland has a rich history and boasts one of the oldest universities in Europe. Founded in 1364, the Cracow Academy, as it was back then, is today well known as the Jagiellonian University.
Today, about 50,000 people study in Poland, making it the fourth most popular academic destinations in Europe.
Winter semester starting October, and Summer semester starting mid April
€9000 to €100000
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€6000 to €10000
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- Jagiellonian University
- University of Warsaw
- Adam Mickiewicz University Poznan
- AGH University of Science & Technology
- Warsaw University of Technology
- Gdansk University of Technology
- Lodz University of Technology
- Nicolas Copernicus University
- Cracow University of Technology
- Poznan University of Technology
- Business studies
Why Study in the Poland
Polish higher education is monitored at every stage of delivery and there are institutions in charge of quality assurance such as the Polish Accreditation Committee, the General Council of Higher Education and the Conference of Rectors of the Academic Schools.
Over 800 degrees are offered in the English language
Much cheaper tuition fees compared to other EU countries
Internationally recognized degrees
Since the inclusion of Poland in Bologna Process (a ministerial level agreement between various member countries of the European Union to standardize quality and content in higher education), Poland has become an attractive destination for international students. With the introduction of the three cycles of education—bachelor, master’s and doctoral—and the European Credit Transfer System, students studying in Poland enjoy good mobility in the European Union and exposed to the best of higher education in terms of quality and facilities. Diplomas and degrees are recognised not only in the European world but across the globe as well.
£6,000 to £9,500
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Cost of Living
Student’s will typically require around £10,000 - £12,000 per year to pay for accommodation and living costs, with students in London paying significantly more than this.
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Work and study in Poland
Full-time students are allowed to work alongside their studies whilst in Poland without the need for a work permit. However, if you are studying part-time a work permit will be required before you can accept a job. You should also be aware that you will only be granted a permit should it not be possible for the job you are applying for to be filled by an EU student or citizen.
After graduation if you feel that Poland is a country you want to work in, you can apply for a job as long as you have a temporary residence permit.
School leaving certificate corresponding to upper or higher secondary or an equivalent.
A professional degree such as an engineer’s A master’s degree or an equivalent one
Wishlist each university will have their own requirements of specific language tests and scores, you will also need to meet the minimum requirement of the UK Border Agency in order to secure your student visa if you need one
Applying for a scholarship or bursary can be a good way of making your budget go further whilst you’re studying in Poland.Scholarships are granted by the Polish government, in partnership with the governments of other countries. You can find out if the country you come from has an agreement with Poland regarding potential scholarships, you can visit the Polish National Agency for Academic Exchange website.
If you are not citizen of an EU or EEA country, you will need a visa to enter Poland. Students from certain countries outside the EU and EEA will also be able to enter Poland without a visa providing you will be staying for less than 90 days. You can find out if your country is one of the Visa-free countries by checking the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Republic of Poland website. For visits of longer than 90 days, you’ll need to arrange a visa.
UK visas are currently managed by the UK Visas and Immigration, who have a comprehensive and easy to follow website which provides all the information you need to determine whether you’ll need a visa, and which one to apply for.
Type D is a long-term visa valid up to one year and allows you to travel in the Schengen area for up to 180 days. You can extend a visa only in an exceptional case.
As a student studying towards a degree, you will also need to apply for a residence permit.
Poland student visa requirements
- Poland student Application form
- Valid Passport
- University acceptance letter
- CV, School/Diploma certificates
- Health insurance
- Documents providing proof of your finances
- Proof of accommodation in Poland
- Documents concerning the purpose of your stay in Poland
Scholarships or Bursaries
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More about Poland
Though Warsaw, the capital of Poland, has seen a turbulent history, it is today a great destination for students.
Top class universities
Great landmarks, parks and quality restaurants and cafes
Easy to commute
Cracow has one of the oldest universities in Europe and today, it is one of the biggest academic and research centres in Poland. It has 24 universities and 44 museums.
Its beautiful old architecture
It’s a centre for numerous cultural events such as the Festival of Jewish culture and festival of Jazz
Its galleries and museums
Once a famous textile hub, Lodz, a city in Central Poland, is known for its high quality educational institutions.
Its blend of tradition and modernity
Being a business centre
It’s cultural and social life
Known for its elegant townhouses and market square, Wroclaw draws huge number of international students for its high quality of education.
Lower cost of living
Picturesque canals, parks and old-world architecture
An important business and cultural hub, Poznan if known for its renaissance old town and St John’s Fair.
Food and lifestyle influenced by long history and tradition
Its cathedral Ostrow Tumski that has stood since the 10th century
Poland offers international students a truly unique experience — a lifestyle that is at once modern and ancient. The cityscape with its market squares, cathedrals and gothic architecture takes one back in time while the food, the entertainment, the education and industry keeps one rooted in the present. Come to the festivals and you will see natives dressed in ethnic dresses, a pleasant sight to the eyes. Though Christianity has its hold for centuries, behind the religion, in customs and traditions, you can see what held sway culturally in this country millennia ago. This lends depth and substance to the present-day lifestyle in Poland.
Soccer is the most popular sport in Poland, with die-hard fans cheering on the national team at every opportunity.
January 1: New Year’s Day. Midnight celebrations, fireworks and cheers of ‘Happy New Year’ mark the event.
January 6: Epiphany celebrates the three wisemen of the East who visited infant Christ. It is a carnival day and colourful parades are held.
Easter: Observed according to the Lunar Calendar, the day is not fixed. People go to church the Saturday before Easter and get blessed by the priest. Children are fond of going to church this day to have their baskets of painted eggs and candy blessed by the priest.
May 1: Labour Day: Not a religious celebration but a public holiday. Political parties and trade-unionists parade through the roads of big cities and make speeches.
August 15: Day of the Polish Armed Forces-cum-Assumption of the Virgin Mary Day Two things coincide on this day: the assumption of Mary, a Christian belief that God assumed Virgin Mary into heaven on her death, and the day the Polish Military defeated the invading army of the Soviet Union. Devout Poles believe that the Virgin Mary inspired and helped the Polish army defeat the Soviets.
November 1: All Saints Day Known my many names in the Christian world, Hallowmas, All Hallows Day, All Saint Day is observed in honour of all saints known and unknown. Devout Christians visit the cemetery, or graves and light a candle in memory of someone they have lost. Cafes, restaurants and bars close early or remain closed in Poland on this day.
November 11: National Independence Day The Poles remember this day, November 11 of 1923, when they gained independence, after 23 years of partitions and occupation by Austria, Prussia and Russia. The celebration is official with marches, parades and speeches as on May 1, the labour day.
December 31: New Year Eve. Though the party begins at midnight, offices and business houses close early on December 31st. Hotels, cafes, restaurants and bars open early, serve special items on the menu.
December 25: Christmas A strong Roman Catholic country that Poland is, it celebrates the birth of Christ with all the pomp and show typical of a devout Catholic Christian country.
- Polish Pancakes
- Breaded Pork with Cabbage
- Cabbage Rolls
- Cabbage Stew
If you want to work in Poland following your graduation, the prospects are good.
Unemployment has dropped in the last couple of years, and the country offers great job opportunities for graduate, post-graduate and skilled workforce. Poland is today one of the largest BPO (Business Process Outsourcing) and Shared Service Centres in Europe.
Depending on your field of specialisation, you can look for a job in one of the following areas: Banking and finance, Chemical manufacturing, IT, Logistics and Telecommunications.
According to The Manpower Group 2018 Talent Shortage Survey, 51% of the employers in Poland face difficulties in getting the right person for the right job.
So, if you are looking for a good job, get in touch with people who have the industry connections, attend networking events or attend job fairs to get an idea of what you might be able to apply for.
- Smoking and drinking isn’t allowed in public places - and there are pretty big fines for those who break this rule. Especially as the ‘public places’ rule can get a little confusing (for example, you can drink at the beach but not in a public park), it’s best to stick to having a drink (vodka of course) in one of the many bars in the city.
- Ok, so how many of us are keen to learn a few swear words in a new language? Usually providing endless hours of amusement for young students, just be aware that you can be fined for using swear words in public in Poland.
- Whether you are walking, cycling or driving, you should abide by the traffic signals. Jay walking and even crossing without a green light at a pelican crossing can land you with a fine.
- A rule that applies to locals and tourists, always ensure that you carry your ID with you.
- It might feel like the party’s just getting started, but in Poland you’ll need to call it a day at 10pm. Keep the party going any longer than that and your neighbours can legitimately call the police. It’s also worth knowing that under 18’s must stay at home after 10pm unless they’re with a guardian.
- Something which you should bear in mind in any country, this is a rule that is especially true in Poland. Reputed to be the most religious country in the world, it’s a topic that’s best avoided.
- The locals consider shaking hands in doorways to be bad luck.
- Polish is a tough language to learn. However, it is not difficult to learn some everyday expressions that can make dealing with the natives easier and fun. Here are some:
- When you want to say okay, say spoko. Spoko can also mean no problem or fine. You have another word as well—wporzo! The word essentially means everything is in order or okay.
- Remember nara. It is Polish for bye, bye for now, see you, see ya or ciao.
- Do not confuse an English no with Polish no. Confusingly, a Polish no can mean yes. ‘Are you going to the pictures with us ‘No’. (In Polish) Buy a ticket for him as well. If you want to play it safe, stick to tak or nie. Tak is yes and nie is no.
- If you like a drink, you might well be invited to a browar or to have beer. Browar, meaning beer, actually stands for brewery. What do you call the buddy, a guy from your own town, invites you for a browar? You call him a Ziomek. Yes, a Ziomek is a buddy.
- The Poles (natives of Poland) adhere to traffic rules strictly. So, will you. If you break one of the rules, you will end up in w pudle. W pudle figuratively means in a jail. Its literal meaning is ‘in a box.’
- If you do not want to land in w pudle, be na kwadracie, at home. That is what you do if you have no kapusta—money.
- And want to say thank you? The expression is Dziękuję.