If you’re looking for a high-quality, well-respected education at a cost of living which is cheaper than any other European country, then Poland could be a great option for you. A fantastic place to study, it succeeds in creating a seamless blend of tradition and modernity to create a memorable and worthy academic experience.
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.
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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.
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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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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
Shortlist 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.
If you want to talk to someone about what the best scholarships or bursaries may be for you, chat to one of our educational experts now.
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
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.