If you are looking for a high quality European education for a good price you should look to study in Poland. The cost of living together with the tuition fees is lower than in many other European countries whilst the quality of the education system is equally high with over 400 public and private higher education institutions throughout the country.

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About Poland

Poland has had a fascinating and turbulent history and is often referred to as a nation of survivors. As foreign investments are shifting eastwards, Poland has grown to occupy a central position for global trade. This internationalization is spreading to the educational institutions as well, and today many Polish universities and colleges offers study programmes in English. Higher education is an important area of investment in Poland and the number of higher education institutions has increased five fold during the last five years. At the same time, Poland’s history of higher education and research stretches way back and some of the oldest universities in Europe can be found here, such as the Jagiellonian University of Cracow.

Poland has a truly rich cultural heritage with for example thirteen sites that have been put on the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites, including the Bialowieza Forest and the Wieliczka Salt Mine. Poland can offer an astonishing nature with 23 national parks, primeval forests, estuaries, chalk cliffs, limestone caves and the world's highest numbers of lakes.

The Second World War is one of the darkest pages in the history of Poland. The country had a Jewish community of nearly 3.5 million people, and three of the largest concentration camps were held here. Auschwitz-Birkenau, Treblinka and Belzec each claimed over 600 000 lives. Today, you can still visit the remains of these camps.

However dark the history of Poland has been, the country is now rushing towards a bright future. Poland is welcoming internationalization in all areas, from higher education to all aspects of business and trade. Poland is truly the country where east meets west. As a result of Poland’s willingness to welcome the world in combination with a great increase in investments from western economies, Poland is experiencing modernization of everything from infrastructure to shopping malls.

The Polish people are famous for their warmth and generosity towards visitors. When visiting Poland you should make sure to try the Polish dish of “bigos” (cabbage and meat stew), perhaps together with a glass of Polish vodka. However, even if vodka might be the drink most associated with Poland, tea and coffee is actually the most common ones. You will find small cafés with incredible prices in every street corner all around Poland.

In this study in Poland guide

A great reason to study in Poland, is the broad spectrum of educational opportunities offered here. Read more about the different types of higher educational institutes available in the Netherlands and a few practical details you should consider during your preparations for studying in Poland.

A large part of the Polish higher education market is made up of private colleges and universities. There are about 310 privately owned universities and colleges and 138 state schools of higher learning. This has resulted in a high level of competition that has given Poland lower prices for studying than in many other European countries. The higher education system is one of high quality and all leading universities offer programmes thought in English, within study areas such as medicine, engineering, humanities, business and finance. More than 100 higher education institution in Poland currently offer study programmes in English. Poland has taken active part in the Bologna Process. The ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) allows students to be geographically mobile and continue their education in other countries.

There is no central administration for admission. Instead, each institute is responsible for their own admission process. However, each applicant must generally hold a “maturity certificate” to qualify for admission in Poland.

Universities in Poland

There are both publically and privately founded universities in Poland. Public higher education is free for Polish students, and for international students that apply on the same terms as polish students. Private institutions have the advantage of not being centrally governed, and can rapidly respond to any changing needs of educational demand and labour market needs.

Students at both types of Universities can obtain three different types of academic degrees; bachelor degrees, master degrees and doctor degrees. T his system applies to all fields of education except Law, Pharmacy, Psychology, Veterinary Medicine, Medicine and Dentistry, which are still based on two-stage system (Master and Doctor).

Types of higher education degrees:

- Bachelor degree (BA): obtained following the completion of 3-3,5 year-long vocational/technical college studies;

- Bachelor degree (BSc): obtained following the completion of 3,5-4 year-long college studies in technical sciences, agriculture or economy;

- Master degree (MA, MSc) and equivalent degrees: Master of Art, MSc. Eng. (Master Engineer), Master Engineer Architect, qualified physician, dental surgeon or veterinarian – granted following the completion of 5-6 year-long uniform university studies. The MSc may also be obtained following the completion of 2-2,5 supplementary maters degree studies which may be taken by persons with a college diploma;

- Doctor degree (PhD, doktor) – a degree awarded to those who pass doctoral exam and successfully defend dissertation. To qualify for the academic degree of doctor must hold a master or an equivalent degree.

Medical Studies in Poland

In a lot of countries you need high grades to enter an education of medical studies. If you don’t reach up to those criteria of high grades, or if you just want to have an experience of studying abroad, there is another option for you - medical studies in Poland.

The medicine programme is 7,5 years long. You study 6 years in Poland at the university and after that is the pre-registration period as house officer. You can choose to do your pre-registration period as house officer in your native country.

You can choose to do your pre-registration period as house officer in Poland or in your native country. A lot of international students choose to do it in their native country. You are responsible to find your own place for your pre-registration period as house officer.

The Medical Universities in Poland are adapted to the common European programme, in keeping with the European admission standards for medical education. Inside Europe that education is going to be valid as if it was from your native country. If your are from a country outside Europe, contact a medical school in your native country and ask how it works.

Student Accommodation and Housing in Poland

The student housing is of course important when you are planning to study abroad. Most of the universities in Poland offer accommodation in their own student housing. As soon as you are accepted by the school you get a room in their student housing. Some of the students choose to have this as their permanent home, but most of the students live here the first time to get used to the country, the school and the student life and then they move to a private apartment. The standard of the student housing vary a lot from university to university but generally a private apartment has higher standard than the student housing. Most of the universities can help you to find a private apartment.

The cost of living in Poland is relatively low in comparison to many other European countries.

The private universities have more places to offer and therefore more humane admission requirements. The private programmes cost more money than the public universities. At the private programmes you pay a tuition that can vary from university to university but normally it is between 9 000 and 100 000 Euros per year.

As a European Union citizen you have the right to apply to the public programmes in Poland which are free. If you apply to those universities you have to compete with the Polish students and the admission requirements are a lot higher, and all the teaching is in Polish.