STUDY IN POLAND

Poland is an incredible country with a diverse and rich education history. Studying in Poland will give you a high quality European degree, recognizable all around the World at a low cost. Not only will you enjoy high quality of teaching, but you will also have a chance to pursue your future career in the EU.

Polish schools compete with each other not only to provide a wide variety of high quality courses, but also offer attractive tuition fees in programs such as MBBS, engineering, international business, tourism, hospitality and other courses.

Studying in Poland will provide a solid education which will prepare any student for work in the most advanced labour markets of the world. You will have a unique opportunity of learning from outstanding specialists and renowned intellectuals in your chosen field. Pursuing your studies in a country of great historical significance and continued aspiration. will undoubtedly be a fascinating adventure.

What Poland can offer is a great quality of teaching and reasonable pricing. It is not as costly as in many other European countries, while your skills will be recognised and respected anywhere in the World. Depending on what type of studies you choose, it is possible to study and live for less than 7000-9000 euro per year, which is for rest of European Union not even a cost of tuition fee.

Education system in Poland is very demanding – it guarantees to deliver top specialists in their distinctive fields. The more specialised you become, the stronger will be your position in the market. Qualified faculty, student-centred staff, modern facilities, and a variety of courses taught in English with a state-of-the-art methodology can make Polish universities a good choice for students. Following a generous funding from the European Union, all Polish universities boast of high-tech laboratories.

Wide Spectrum Of Offered Courses

All leading universities of Poland offer Bachelors, Masters and PhD degree programs that are taught in English. The most popular disciplines include medicine, engineering, architecture, humanities, business and finance. Studying in Poland can ensure a comprehensive education, which would prepare students for work in the most advanced and competitive markets globally, at the same time stimulating their personal development.

Recognition

All degree studies are recognized all over the world and are equivalent throughout the European Union.

Language Of Instruction

All programs are fully taught in English language.

OK, SO WHY POLAND?

Lots of reasons, but most importantly because:
  • Low cost of living
  • practice and internships in companies in Poland and other EU countries and the world
  • Get TWO diplomas at the same time in one or several educational institutions
  • Enter a university twice a year: on a winter or a summer semester
  • ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) Student can take transfer to study in any EU country
  • Curriculum on American / International Standards. Courses completely taught in English language
  • No TOEFL, IELTS required if education has been in English Medium
  • Various Scholarships offers
  • Bachelors in 3 years and Masters in 18 months
  • Extended residence permission after graduation

Living & Working in Poland

Working during studies

To be able to study in Poland, a non-EU/EEA students must demonstrate that they possess sufficient means to cover the costs of living in Poland. Still, some students may wish to combine studies with work. In this case, non-EU/EEA students who stay in Poland with a visa generally need to apply for a work permit, which is granted only if no EU citizen can fill the position. Some forms of work (vocational training, summer student jobs programs) do not require a permit.. All full-time students who possess a student visa or a temporary residence permit and holders of the Card of the Pole do not need a work permit at all. For more information, please visit the websites of the International Organization for Migration (http://www.migrant.info.pl/home.html) or the Office for Foreigners (http://udsc.gov.pl/).

Working after graduation

If you prefer to stay and work in Poland. As a graduate of a Polish higher education institution full-time program, you don’t need a permit to work here. Just make sure your temporary residence permit is in order.

Summer Job

The three-month long academic holidays are a great opportunity to earn extra money and get some work experience. Admittedly, all full-time students can work all year long without a permit, but it is a good idea to find a job or an internship especially during the holidays. Some companies organize internship programs that can really help your future career

Working during the academic year

It’s not easy to work and study at the same time, but it can be done, especially if you’ve chosen evening or weekend courses. Nevertheless, think carefully about whether this is in your best interest, as it may affect your academic performance. Most universities have academic career centres, where you can find information about jobs, internships and trainings. You can also find job offers at the nearest labour office.

Weather in Poland changes all over the year, thogether with four seasons. Poland is situated in a moderate climate zone. In summer (July) – the temperature varies from 25° to 35° Celsius. The coldest months are January and February with temperatures falling a couple of degrees below zero. In the mountains, the weather conditions for winter sports are generally good.

Poland has as many as six distinct seasons. Apart from the four typical European seasons, there are also two periods described as early spring (przedwiosnie) and early winter (przedzimie). The seasons hardly conform to the calendar pattern. Throughout the year you might experience almost every type of weather.

Autumn: from September to November.

This is the time when you arrive to Poland when starting studies. Usually from the end of September till late November the temperatures vary from 5° to 15° Celsius. 15° Celsius means people usually wearing a bit warmer clothes. The nights are cold with around 0° to 5°Celsius. Very often it rains during this period, especially in November.

Winter: from December to February.

Winter in Warsaw can either be cold and snowy or windy and rainy. You can expect everything from the weather here. For the winter, be sure to have warm sweaters, winter coats, hats, gloves, sturdy boots, and thick socks.

Spring: from March to May

Spring in Poland lasts usually about 60 days. The daily temperature at that time ranges from 5° to 15° Celsius. Beautiful time, but it rains often. This is when vegetation season begins in Poland.

Summer: from June to August

The average temperatures is 25 degrees Celsius, which makes this season the best moment to travel and enjoy the beauty of Warsaw and Poland.

Costs of living

Thanks to fast growing and stable economy low costs of living and studying, while enjoying high quality of teaching is like a trademark of Poland.

Poland is going through a process of rapid economic development, thanks to that costs of living are still significantly lower than in most of the EU countries. A total amount of €200-€400 is enough to cover the basic cost of accommodation, food and transport. The cost of entertainment and participation in cultural events are also much lower than EU average, which effects costs of studies to be very competitive.

The minimum rate for studies is 2000 Euro a year, which is a few times lower than the EU average. For rapid economic development in the last 20 years, Polish economy has significantly been growing. For high level of security and personal safety Poland is much safer than most of the European countries. Even the Nordic countries, considered as very safe, have much higher crime rate than Poland. It’s perfectly safe in here for international students of all races, beliefs and origins.

International students in Poland can choose between staying at a campus dormitory and living off campus.

On-campus Accommodation

Dormitories on campus usually have all the facilities that you will need, including lockers, bedding, TV sets, free internet access, toilets, shower facilities, hot water, refrigerator etc. as well as communal kitchens and so on.Dormitories generally offer single rooms or double rooms. You may also request to share a double room with a classmate. The cost of accommodation varies from 100 EUR to 150 EUR per month, depending on the university, city, and the type of room.

Off-campus Accommodation

International students can also choose to live off campus. English listings for rental accommodation/roommates can be found on expat websites and estate agents are easy to find in Poland. The cost of renting off campus varies considerably depending on the location and condition of the apartment, so check the local listings to get a sense of the prices. In Warsaw, international students typically pay around 200 EUR to 400 EUR per room per month, excluding bills, though it is possible to find cheaper accommodation.

Prices for apartments vary from city to city. Like anywhere else, prices are related to quality and comfort (e.g. the number of people sharing a room). The location and the size of flat are also very significant factors. A one-bedroom flat with a shared kitchen and bathroom is quite cheap, but a flat with a large kitchen, dining room and bathroom is much more expensive, especially if it’s located in the city center.

The two main documents you will need to enter Poland if are not EU citizen are a valid travel document (passport) and a visa (if required). As a general rule Non-EU citizens need a visa to enter Poland.  As the country is part of the Schengen zone, you can apply for visa and travel all around Europe. There are several types of visas to choose from.
SCHENGEN C TYPE VISA

“C” type – a short-term Schengen visa allowing the holder to stay in the Schengen territory for up to 90 days in a six months period.

The Schengen visa is good for business visits, tourism, short private visits, participation in conferences, cultural and sports events. It can be issued either as single, double or multiple entry visa depending on the purpose of the trip. Examples of the purpose of the trip: Education, business, tourism, visiting family and friends, political, scientific, cultural, sports or religious events, studies, employment, other.

NATIONAL D TYPE VISA

“D” type – a long-term national visa issued for up to one year allowing travel around the Schengen area for three months in a half a year period.

The Polish national visa is usually good for those travelling to undertake studies and employment and also those who want to spend more than three months with their families and friends.

TRANSIT AIRPORT VISA

“A” type – an airport transit Schengen visa, so it cannot be used by a student coming to Poland.

Medical health insurance

Students from non-EU/EEA countries should purchase their own international medical insurance prior to their arrival in Poland. Otherwise they are required to sign a voluntary health insurance agreement with the National Health Fund (Narodowy Fundusz Zdrowia – NFZ) and pay their own insurance fees, which amount to about EUR 15 a month. Under this insurance scheme, students are entitled to free medical care and can use university health care clinics and health centres. Also, all foreign students have the option of purchasing additional accident insurance Medical Health Insurance

Resident permit

Every foreign student needs to have a Residence Card to stay in Poland.
Students from the EU needs Residence Card to legalise their stay after the first three formality-free months.
Non-EU students should apply for a Residence Card before their visa expires in one year.

A Residence Card is an ID card that proves that you have a residence permit. Together with your travel document it allows you to cross the Polish border as many times as you wish. It is issued for the period of your studies. You are allowed to travel through all the Schengen member countries as well as work in Poland if you have a Residence card.

REMEMBER: You should apply for the Residence Card when you are legally staying in Poland, which means after you arrive, but before the end of the three month period (EU students) or the expiration of your visa (non-EU students)

 

In every major city in Poland you can find a tourist information point where you can obtain information on places worth visiting. You can also receive maps, postcards and guidebooks. Usually employees speak English..

Below you can find a short description of several Polish tourist attractions that is highly recommended:

Warsaw

The biggest city and the capital of Poland, situated on the both sides of Vistula River (Wisła). The city was completely destroyed during the World War II and was practically rebuiIt from scratches. Warsaw's business downtown takes pride in its skyscrapers and the ambitious plans to build more. Do not miss the beautiful Old Town, the Royal Route and Royal Castle, the Chopin museum, Wilanów Palace and the former Jewish ghetto and finally, the Palace of Culture and Science – the communist „souvenir” which is the tallest building in Poland.

Krakow

Located on the southern part of the country on the both sides of Vistula River, the former country’s capital is one of the main tourist attractions in Europe. Most of the city guests are captivated by its magical atmosphere and the splendid architecture. In Krakow you can visit mediaeval cathedrals, the Renaissance castle, Baroque churches, the Art Nouveau theatre and the famous district of Kazimierz. Krakow is well known as an acedemic centre, not only visited by tourists but also by Polish and international students. Thanks to this Krakow sparkles with life throughout the year.

Wroclaw

The capital of Lower Silesia (Dolny Slask) has a huge Old Town built on several islands connected by over 100 bridges. Wroclaw has extremely complicated history, combining the cultural influences of Germany, Bohemia, Austria and Poland. 1000 years history has left its mark on the atmosphere of the city. The Wrocław’s gothic Market Square with Town Hall is the most popular place in the city together with the tourist trail, where small figurines of dwarfs are placed. There is also an UNESCO listed monument - the Centennial Hall build just before World War II
Recent years were important for Wroclaw's development in both economic and cultural dimension. Wrocław will be the European Capital of Culture in 2016.
This city is also known as an important academic centre in Poland. Nowadays it is known also of its sociable character: "Wroclaw - the meeting place".

Masurian Lake District

A picturesque region of more than a thousand lakes, linked by rivers and canals, covered with thick forests it is a perfect dream spot for sailors, fishermen, hikers and cyclists. It is situated in the north-eastern part of Poland, near the borders with Lithuania and Russia (Kaliningrad area). The main towns of this area are Elk, Ketrzyn, Gizycko, Mikolajki, Mragowo and Wegorzewo. But the best way to get there is through Olsztyn, which provides easy connections with most of the towns and villages of Masuria.

Tricity - Gdansk/Sopot/Gdynia

Situated on the south coast of the Baltic Sea, Tricity is a conurbation of three cities - within Gdansk, Sopot and Gdynia.

Gdansk is the capital city of Pomeranian Voivdeship and is popular among visitors because of its thousand-year history and impressive architecture. Gdansk is a historical seaport and nowadays sixth most populous city in Poland. Gdansk’s main tourist attractions are located in the Old Town – among them is the Neptune’s Fountain, the medieval port crane and St. Mary’s Church (the largest brick church in Europe). It is well known for its role in the Solidarity Movement that played a significant part in bringing an end to the communism.

Sopot is a popular resort located between Gdańsk and Gdynia. Sopot is both a nightlife centre as well as a chamber place for those who would like to take advantage of the sea air (health resort).

Gdynia was described by National Geographic as a "Polish New York". It is one of the youngest city in Poland build from scratch after World War I. It is well known from it's beautiful seashore, modern architecture and high standard of living.

Zakopane and Tatra Mountains

Zakopane is well known as the „winter capital” of Poland. The town lies in a picturesque valley surrounded by the Tatra Mountains and it is the best Gateway to the whole area of the Tatras. The Tatras are situated along Poland's southern border. They are shared between Poland and Slovakia. To protect the local wildlife, all of the mountain area was included in the Tatra National Park and put on the UNESCO Biosphere List. Zakopane offers a great range of activities, both in winter and summer and is also famous for its unique culture, especially traditional food, folk music and costumes.

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