Find out all the necessary information you need to make a decision about studying in Poland; cost of living, visa, how to apply, the requirements you must have etc.
Situated in the center of Europe, Poland is among the largest and most populous countries in the region – ninth largest in Europe by area, and sixth in the European Union (EU) by population. Poland has enjoyed strong economic growth in recent years, particularly since joining the EU in 2004; in the midst of the economic crisis of 2009, Poland was the only European nation to report economic expansion.
With a history dating back for over a thousand years, Poland’s cultural heritage is incredibly rich. This includes its longstanding traditions in the higher education sector, with the first university in Poland founded in the 14th century. Today, Poland is becoming an increasingly popular study destination, with more than 57,000 international students choosing to study there in 2017/18.
Cost of Living in Poland
For many of those who choose to study in Poland, the country’s appeal is augmented by its relatively low living costs, which remain below those of most EU members. It ranges from EUR 400 to EUR 750 depending on the city you choose to live and study in.
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Applying to Study in Poland
Requirements you need for application to either English or Polish programs include;
- You need to provide proof of having successfully completed the previous level of studies, along with proof of English language proficiency (unless you are a native speaker).
- Some courses may require that you sit an entrance exam or present a portfolio of work. You can also choose to study in Polish, in which case you’ll either need to submit proof of proficiency in the language or enroll in a year-long language course to prepare.
Polish higher education lasts for three years at undergraduate (bachelor’s) level and one and a half or two years at master’s level.
Higher education in Poland is free for Polish citizens. If you wish to benefit from this as well, you will need to sit the same entrance exams as Polish students and study a course taught in the Polish language. Otherwise, international students are required to pay tuition fees, which are typically in the range of US$2,300-4,530 per year at public universities in Poland.
Fees at private universities in Poland will be slightly higher; depending on your course and the institution, the fees could be up to US$6,800 a year. Universities in Poland have recently stopped charging these fees in full up-front, in order to ensure that fees do not present too much of a barrier for international students.
Student Visa Information for Studying in Poland
Students who are residents of the countries within the European Union do not need a visa to study in Poland. However, upon arrival in the country, EU citizens need to apply for a temporary residence permit.
International students from non-EU countries will need to obtain a student visa before arrival. On arrival, they will also need to apply for a residence permit, which will be valid for two years.
For further assistance and information contact the Polish embassy in your country or visit the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ website.
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List of Cheap Tuition Universities in Poland with Fees Ranging from 2000-4000 EUR
- Academy of Economics in Cracow
- Academy of Economics in Katowice
- Academy of Humanities and Economics in Lodz
- Adam Mickiewicz University of Poznan
- Agricultural University Of Cracow
- American Academy of English
- Catholic University of Lublin
- College of Science, Warsaw
- European Academy of Arts
- Fine Arts Academy in Gdansk
- Gdansk Medical Academy
- Gdansk Technical Academy
- Jagiellonian University, Cracow
- Katowice School of Economics
- Kozminski University
- Lodz Technical University
- Medical Academy in Gdansk
- Medical Academy in Lodz
- Medical Academy in Wroclaw
- Music Academy Cracow
- Polish Open University in Warsaw
- Polish-Japanese Institute of Information Technology
- Poznan School of Banking
- School of Banking and Management in Cracow
- Silesian Academy of Medicine in Katowice
- Silesian Technical University of Gilwice
- Technical University of Cracow
- Technical University of Lodz
- Technical University of Lublin
- Technical University of Poznan
- Technical University of Warsaw
- University of Gdansk
- University of Management and Marketing
- University of Opole
- University of Silesia
- University of Warsaw
- University of Wroclaw
- Warsaw university of Technology
- Wroclaw Technical University