Study in Poland
If you heard of the beautiful Tatra Mountains or the Masurian Lake District, you probably wanted to visit Poland. If you are planning a trip for study purposes, then you should also know that Poland has some of the oldest universities in the world. Modernity also placed its contribution through the development of institutions specialized in medicine, maritime services, army, arts, economics and others.
There are over 400 higher-education institutions in Poland which welcome around 1.5 million students yearly. Poland is known to be an accessible European country, with a strong history and broad perspectives. Tuition fees are also below the European average while the rewards of studying in Poland are high. Below you will find everything you should know about this dynamic country.
5 Reasons to study in Poland
1. Tradition: Poland’s tradition of academic education goes back to 1364 when King Casimir the Great established the Cracow Academy, known today as the Jagiellonian University. The Cracow Academy, being one of the oldest in the world, took after academies in Bologna and Padua, and was the second university in Central Europe after Prague.
2. Modernity:Today, the Polish higher education system is developing rapidly. Poland holds fourth place in Europe (after the United Kingdom, Germany and France) in terms of the number of people enrolled in higher education. The total student population at over 400 university level schools is almost one and a half million.
Each year almost half a million young people begin their education at universities and colleges. The Polish university level schools offer over 200 high quality types of study as an integral part of the European Higher Education Area. Most schools offer courses in foreign languages.
3. Bologna Process: Poland plays an active part in the Bologna Process. Owing to the introduction of three-stage education modelled on Bachelor/Master/Doctoral studies as well as the European Credit Transfer System, both Polish students and international students studying in Poland stay fully mobile and can continue their education elsewhere in the European Union without any problems.
Within just the Erasmus Program that has been going on for over 20 years now, over 43,000 foreign students have come to study in Poland while almost 100,000 students from Poland have taken part of their education in another country within the European Union. Foreign students coming to Poland can expect the most attractive and diversified education opportunities meeting high European standards.
4. High quality of education:The Polish higher education system is well developed. The quality of the education provided is monitored and regularly evaluated. The main Polish institutions in charge of quality assurance in higher education are: the Polish Accreditation Committee, the General Council of Higher Education and the Conference of Rectors of the Academic Schools in Poland.
5. Competitive costs of living and studying:Compared to other EU countries, the tuition fees in Poland are really competitive and the costs of living are a fraction of what a foreign student would have to spend in other European cities.
Universities in Poland:
There are more than 500 universities in Poland, most within the private sector. The country prides itself on its many notable university alumni, including the first ever woman to win a Nobel Prize, Marie Curie, and the famous astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus.Six universities in Poland feature in the QS World University Rankings® 2016/17, while 15 rank within the top 200 in the QS University Rankings: EECA 2017 – a dedicated ranking of the top universities in Emerging Europe and Central Asia. Here are some of the highest ranked universities in Poland:
Teaching standards in the country are excellent and students will immensely benefit from smaller class sizes that offer more individualized attention.
Student living costs in Poland
Poland is an accessible European country with a pretty stable economy and living costs of 300 – 650 EUR/month. You can adjust your budget depending on the city or area you wish to study in. Larger cities such as Krakow or Warsaw require 450 – 550 EUR/month.
If you will find a degree course in a smaller town as Radom, Sochaczew or Stalowa Wola, you will need a total of 300 – 350 EUR/month. The most expensive city of Poland is Pulkowice, where you will spend around 600 – 650 EUR/month.