Every year more and more students are choosing to pursue their study abroad in Poland. These students are drawn to Poland because of its high-quality education institutions, low tuition fees, and equally low cost of living. Read on to find out why you should consider studying abroad in Poland as international student.
Poland which is Located at the center of the Northern European plain, serves as the geographical and cultural crossroads of Eastern and Western Europe. Poland has been a nation of survivors since the foundation of the first Polish state more than 1,000 years ago. Today, Poland is the largest of the former Eastern European states and the most populous new member of the European Union.
Why you should consider studying in Poland
Education System in Poland
The education system in Poland dates back to the middle Ages. Jagiellon University, for instance, was founded in the 14th century, and today is one of the oldest universities in Europe. There are about 400 courses offered in English in Polish universities, many of them at an undergraduate level. Poland has several well-respected universities and they include; Jagiellonian University and Warsaw University. Warsaw University is ranked number 1 in the Top Coder international IT ranking, outperforming such well-respected American universities as the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
The number of higher institutions in Poland has increased over the past ten years, while the number of students increased fivefold. International students who decide to study in Poland will have the opportunity to receive a quality education in a quickly burgeoning academic environment.
Medical universities in Poland are drawing an increasing number of international students. Many international students who have been unable to get into a medical program in their home country choose instead to study medicine in Poland and they usually get admission into the program without stress. Though these courses are taught in English, Polish speaking skills are likely to become necessary by the end of the program, when students begin consultations with patients.
All leading universities in Poland offer high-quality programs taught in English, including medicine, engineering, humanities, business, and finance.
Tuition fees and Cost of Living
As with many other EU countries, Poland offers inexpensive tuiton fees for international students and sometimes free tuition to EU students. For example, English language courses offered at the University of Warsaw cost between £1,300 and £2,500 per year. The majority of study programs in Poland cost significantly less than in the UK and other European countries, with the notable exception of medical courses, which have fees of around £10,000 per year.
Cost of living on the other hand, is far lower than in Western or Northern Europe, which means that the total cost of a university education is significantly less in Poland than elsewhere in Europe. Let’s see a breakdown of living cost in Poland:
- Monthly student bus ticket: £9
- Pint of local beer: £1.20
- One kilogram of cheese: £4
- Loaf of bread: £0.50
- Take-away kebab: £1.50
- Meal in an inexpensive restaurant: £3.80
So the low cost of living in Poland makes the country one of the best study destinations for international students living on a low budget.
The majority of universities in Poland provide some kind of student accommodation. However, due to the low cost – which can be as low as £80 per month for a shared room – the demand for such accommodation is high. If you are interested in pursuing university housing, you should contact your university as soon as you receive your acceptance letter. Many students in Poland choose to live in shared apartments or houses, with costs ranging from £100-£200 per month, depending on the location.
Working in Poland
If you are looking forward to working while studying in Poland, please take note of this. International students who are citizens of EU/EEA countries are eligible to work in Poland without a work permit. However, finding work in Poland without Polish language skills might be difficult for international students. Even if you do find employment, wages are low and student jobs generally pay the equivalent of about £2 per hour. For this reason, many international students choose to return to their home countries during summer breaks to work.
List of universities in Poland
- Pomeranian Academy of Medicine in Szczecin
- Poznan School of Banking
- Ryszard Lazarski University of Commerce and Law in Warsaw
- School of Banking and Management in Cracow
- Silesian Academy of Medicine in Katowice
- Silesian Technical University of Gliwice
- Stanislaw Staszic University of Mining and Metallurgy
- State Film, Television and Theatre Higher School “Leon Schiller” in Lodz
- Technical University of Bialystok
- Technical University of Cracow
- Technical University of Czestochowa
- Technical University of Gdansk
- Technical University of Kielce
- Technical University of Koszalin
- Technical University of Lodz
- Technical University of Lublin
- Technical University of Opole
- Technical University of Poznan
- Technical University of Radom
- Technical University of Rzeszow
- Technical University of Szczecin
- Technical University of Warsaw
- Technical University of Wroclaw
- Technical University of Zielona Gora
- University of Agriculture and Teacher Education Siedlce
- University of Bialystok
- University of Finance and Management in Bialystok
- University of Gdansk
- University of Insurance and Banking in Warsaw
- University of Lodz
- University of Management and Marketing
- University of Mining and Metallurgy Stanislaw Staszic
- University of Opole
- University of Silesia
- University of Szczecin
- University of Warsaw
- University of Wroclaw
- Warsaw School of Economics
- Warsaw School of Information Technology
- Warsaw School of Social Psychology
- Warsaw University of Technology
- West Pomeranian Business School in Szczecin
- Wroclaw Technical University