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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.