The word ‘Poland’ might bring to mind cold weather, or perhaps cold cuts of meat. But for increasing numbers of people, Poland is becoming an attractive, affordable option for working and studying abroad. In 2015, Poland hosted 57,000 international students from all over the world, an increase of 10,000 from the year before, and a massive 48,000 more than in 2005. These students are coming from Africa, Europe more international students from places like the US and UK.
Why? Well, though it often goes unsaid, Poland has some old and prestigious universities – 6 of its universities are in the QS World Ranking 2016-2017, and 11 are in the Top 100 for QS Emerging Europe and Central Asia rankings. Oh, and fees are rarely more than 4,000 USD per year – a big saving compared to other European countries.
Poland is situated just inside the area known as Eastern Europe, bordering Germany on one side and Lithuania, Belarus and Ukraine on the other. It is a relatively big country that spans from Baltic coastline in the north to lakes, forests, Carpathian Mountains and even a bit of desert in the south (yes – there are deserts in Europe!). The climate can be as diverse as the landscape, from 30C in the summer to -6C in the winter in some regions.
Students in Krakow celebrating Juwenalia, a higher education festival.
The Polish take higher education seriously, and so students in Poland often have full timetables and work hard. However, Polish degrees are also much like the American system, and offer the opportunity to study more than one subject; you can specialize in certain areas but will get a general education too.
It’s a great environment for those who love to learn and to debate; the Poles have something of a reputation for fearlessly discussing politics, religion and other ‘taboo’ topics. Outside of university, though, student life in Poland is social, with plenty of nightlife and things to do in its student cities. Students in Poland often stay in university accommodation with other people, but some also stay in private apartments.
Applicants to study in Poland need to ensure they meet the entry requirements for each course they’d like to apply. We make this process easy for students as we partner with various universities in Poland. There is usually an admission fee all university charges, and you will need to prove your English proficiency, academic grades and a medical certificate. If you are from outside the EU/EEA you will also need to prove you have the financial means to support your degree. The academic year begins in October, so make sure you leave enough time to complete your application by the university’s deadline, along with a visa application processing.
Wroclaw University, Poland
Unlike native Polish students, international students in Poland have to pay tuition fees – depending on the institution and the course you choose, your fees could be 2000-5000 EUR per year. Compared with the UK and USA, this is a big saving. Living costs for students, even in the center of Krakow or Warsaw, are also lower than other European countries at roughly 280 EUR per week, or 1200 PLN, including accommodation. In fact, Warsaw is a cheaper place to live than many Eastern European cities, including Prague, Bratislava and Tallinn according to Mercer’s Cost of Living Ranking.
For extra cash, international students can work in Poland while studying. Foreign students of full-time studies in Poland can now work in Poland without having to obtain work permit throughout the year – not only during three summer months. The rules came into force on 1 May under the Regulation of the Minister of Labor. The new rules were introduced by the Regulation of the Minister of Labor and Social Policy of 21 April 2015 “on the cases in which, employing a foreigner on Polish territory is allowed without having to obtain a work permit”.
It’s very common in Poland to go on to do postgraduate study, with as many as 80% of students choosing to stay to do a Master’s or PhD. However, if that isn’t for you, there are also some options to work in Poland after graduation. The ‘Stay Card’ that some students will need to study in Poland can be extended to allow graduates to continue living and working in Poland long enough to find work. Graduates from full- time courses at a Polish institution can apply for one of these and its renewable.
In general, the requirements for international students applying for universities in Poland are as follows:
Admission Information for BA or BSC (Bachelors) Candidates:
Admission Information for MA (Master) candidates:
SPRING ADMISSION DEADLINE: NOVEMBER 30
It’s very important student applies for selected program adequately earlier, so that decision concerning visa issuance by the Polish Embassy in their home country is made before the fall/spring semester begins.
QUESTION & ANSWER
Q: Studying in Poland: How much does it cost?Questions & Answers
A: In Poland full-time education at state institutions of higher education is free for Polish
citizens. It is also free for foreigners who commence studies in at state HEIs on terms applicable to Polish citizens. All other foreigners are required to pay tuition fees of no less than a PLN equivalent of:
In justified cases the Rector of the HEI may, at the student’s request, reduce the tuition fee or waive it altogether.
Q: Do I need to speak fluent Polish?
A: You do not need to because universities offer a large variety of study programmes in English. Nevertheless, you may learn Polish either for private everyday use for the time you stay in
Poland, or for joining a university course in Polish. Information on language certificates is provided by the State Commission for Certification of Command of Polish as a Foreign Language (www.bu-wiwm.edu.pl).
Q: Do I need a visa? If so, how do I apply for one?
A: Nigeria students need to arrive in Poland with a student’s visa obtained at a Polish Embassy or Consulate in Abuja. With our professional team of experts, we can make your dream in studying in Poland a reality.
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