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Accompanied by its beautiful architecture and European charm, Poland’s extensive history provides study abroad students with a vibrant and culture-rich environment in which to study abroad while honoring one of the darkest events of human history. The country most affected by World War II and Hitler’s Germany, Poland still bears the scars of the Holocaust, yet has emerged as a popular travel destination as it provides visitors an array of architecture, cuisine, and beautiful landscapes to enjoy.

Located in Central Europe and sharing its border with Germany, Slovenia, the Czech Republic, Ukraine and Belarus, Poland is a beautiful country with vast landscapes and geographical features, home to the Carpathian Mountains and the Sudetes and the Baltic Sea to the north. With a population of almost 39 million people, Poland is among the most populous countries in Europe.

Why Study in Poland?

With over 2 million students enrolled in studies, Poland is a country that has come a long way since World War II and has made significant movements in the post-war decades to make Poland’s higher education institutions a desirable destination for students around the world seeking an international education experience. Poland’s higher education institutions have a great deal of history. The first university established in Poland, now called Jagiellonian University was founded in 1364 and is one of the oldest existing universities in the world.

Poland’s higher education system is divided between publicly funded and private universities, each with their own levels of accreditation and subjects of specialization. Poland’s higher education institutions are most noted for their offerings in fine arts, music and drama, while also offering a wide variety of technical schools in a variety of disciplines. For anyone wanting to study abroad in Poland, there are more than enough options available to satisfy most educational ambitions, as it is estimated that in each of Poland’s 24 cities, there are between one to eight publicly funded universities.

Poland is a country that values higher education for its citizens, as well as the promotion of global learning through mobility. As such, Poland adheres to the Bologna Declaration, which promotes student mobility through Europe, which makes Poland a welcoming and popular destination for students not only from all over Europe, but from around the world.

In recognition of the value of having a vibrant international student body from all over the world, Polish universities began to extend the language of instruction at many of its leading universities, where instruction and programming in English and French is now widely available.

More About Poland

Poland’s modern society can be characterized as one of regeneration. Following its disturbing periods of recent history, most notably during WWII and the Holocaust, Poland has worked hard to move beyond these events to become a progressive European country. Large cities in Poland such as Warsaw and Krakow have become central points for business and trade, and enjoy a booming tourism culture.

While Poland continues to progress, its past remains to be one of its defining features, serving as a popular destination for those who seek to honour the lives lost in the Holocaust and reaffirm the global commitment of “never again”. Visitors from all over the world make trips to Auschwitz-Birkenau, Treblinka and Belzec, Poland’s concentration camps, where over seventy percent of all persecuted Jews during WWII were imprisoned.

Now, Poland prides itself as a country of religious and cultural diversity, promoting qualities of peace and tolerance, and is a haven for the promotion of creativity and intellectual thought. It has produced significant advances in technology and other technical fields, making it a popular destination for students from all over the world seeking various options in their educational pursuits.

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Costs of Studying and Living in Poland

Before considering any study abroad program, whether it be for language acquisition or for an undergraduate or postgraduate university degree, it’s always advisable to be prepared for the costs of studying in another country.

Study Expenses

For Polish citizens, tuition for publically funded universities is free. For students from other countries, they will be required to pay tuition.

Students studying abroad in Poland may expect to pay EUR 2000 per year for Bachelor, Master and postgraduate Master degree courses, while PhD and the more specialized degree courses can cost about EUR 3000 per year in tuition fees. Private university fees can cost anything up to EUR 50,000 per year.

In some cases, students from other countries may apply along with Polish students for public funding, or to waive a portion of the tuition fees, but students who receive public funding may only receive placements in programs where Polish is the language of instruction.

Living Expenses

Poland is a relatively cost-effective place to live, with a recommended budget for international students of EUR 375-550 per month, depending on the city they inhabit. For instance, smaller cities such as Sochaszew or Radom, are at the lower end of the cost of living scale, whereas Krakow or Warsaw may be in the mid-range, with Pulkowice being the most expensive city to live in Poland.

Depending on their preferred type of accommodation, students can expect to pay around EUR 275 per month for shared accommodations, about EUR 100 more for private accommodations and up to EUR 450 for larger family accommodations. In general, study abroad students prefer to live off campus.

Study abroad students can expect to budget about EUR 100-150 per month for food or more, depending on the type of lifestyle desired. Other costs to consider will be travel and tourism and other expenses such as clothing and other necessities during your study abroad time.

Visas

Students who travel from non-EU countries to study abroad in Poland will be required to obtain a student’s visa which they can obtain at the Polish embassy or Consulate in their home country, or in many cases, they can apply for this online. It’s important to note that for students who are planning to stay beyond 45 days, they will need to apply for a permit for temporary residence.

Language

While Polish is the official language in Poland, many students will be able to find programs and courses that offer English as the language of instruction as well as other languages such as French. However, it is always recommended that students who plan to live in Poland learn some of its official language, as they will have an easier time getting around and communicating their day to day needs.

Cities

Warsaw

A hub of business, culture and history, Warsaw is home to over 1,744,000 people. It is consistently ranked as one of the most liveable cities in the world, with a booming economy and plenty of opportunity in industry. Warsaw is noted for its vibrant arts culture, boasting some of the world’s best theatre and music.

Krakow

Home to over 761,000 people, Krakow is Poland’s second largest city, known for its arts and education. Krakow is home to Poland’s oldest university, Jagiellonian University. Krakow is known to be a showcase for many different types of architecture, making it a popular visitor’s destination for people from all over the world.

Łódź

Łódź is now recognized as one of the most multicultural areas in Poland with a booming industry. Poland’s third-largest city, it is home to over 715,000 people. Playing an important role in the Holocaust, the city’s Jewish population was almost entirely wiped out and has since experienced significant growth and population regeneration.

Institutions in Poland

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