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Study in Poland

The Land Of Rich Culture & Revolutions!

Poland has over 400 public and private higher education institutions to offer. Conducted in the English language, the programmes are of extremely high quality, while study costs and the cost of living is substantially lower than most other European countries.    

Why Study in Poland?

Poland’s universities date back to the 14th century, when Jagiellon University was founded. Despite that, they outperform some well-respected American universities! The number of universities has quadrupled over the last few years, and the students have increased five-fold. It offers an opportunity for students to receive a quality education in a thriving academic environment.

All leading courses in Polish universities have been conceived in the English language and are also taught in English. The tuition fees are not high and the living costs are fairly lower than in most other countries. These factors make it one of the best study destinations for international students with a limited budget.

Poland has fast become the destination of choice for the study of medicine. Other popular degrees include engineering, architecture and physics.

Since Poland is one of the 26 European countries covered under the SCHENGEN visa, students studying in the country are free to visit the 25 other countries. Since 2004, Polish diplomas have also become recognised better internationally.


Choose from over 400+ Public / Private Institutions

With/Without IELTS

You can apply With/Without IELTS

LowTuition Fees

Tuition Fees are low compared to major international destinations

English Programs

Bachelors/Masters programs taught in English.


Experience multi-culture environment


Get Scholarship / Sponsorship opportunities*

Full Time Work

Possibilities of working full time during your Masters*

1 Yrs PSWV

Get Up to 1 Years of Post-Study Work Visa*

Education System in Poland

There are about 400 HEIs (Higher Education Institutions) in Poland. They are divided into state and private institutions. Due to a high level of competition amongst the two, they are offering top quality programmes for extremely low prices.

Poland higher education offers PHDs, Master’s/equivalent degrees and Bachelor degrees. Most Polish universities participate in international student exchange programs with other popular universities, which gives the participating students an added international experience.

Poland has taken an active part in the Bologna Process. This has resulted in students being able to transfer their credits and be geographically mobile to pursue their education in other countries.

Academic Year:

An academic year is called a year of a degree course the student has enrolled in.

The universities in Poland offer a total of 2 significant intakes, namely, Fall & Spring.

Fall Intake

This is the First intake offered by all of the universities in September/October.

Spring Intake

This is the second intake offered by many universities in January.

Types of Institutes in Poland

The higher education system in Poland includes five different types of institutes, namely:

Public Universities

These are state-affiliated universities, financially supported by the state/government.

Private Universities

Private firms run these universities without any financial support from the state/government.

Technical Institutes

These institutes specialise in Engineering and Science and are known for their research and graduate programs.

Community Colleges

These institutes are an affordable option. They provide higher education/lower-level tertiary education, granting associates degrees, certificates & diplomas. After graduation from community colleges, you can continue your university studies for another two years to complete an undergraduate program.

HEI (Uczelnia Akademicka)

There are two main types of higher education institutions (HEIs) in Poland: university-type HEIs (uczelnia akademicka) and non-university HEIs (uczelnia zawodowa).

Types of Degrees in Poland

A student needs to clear all the subjects that he/she has enrolled for to achieve their certificates/degrees.

Diploma/Advanced Diploma

Offered by community/junior colleges, students complete 1/2 years of studies depending on their program.

Bachelors Degree

Also known as an undergraduate degree, depending on the university a student takes admissions in, he must successfully clear all the subjects in that program. These programs are for 3 years.

Masters Degree

Depending on the university a student takes admissions in, these programs are for 2 years. To get a masters degree, he/she must successfully clear all the subjects in that program.

HEI (Uczelnia Akademicka)

The Polish higher education system includes both public and non-public institutions. Each HEI, based on the quality of their scientific research and didactic offer may also be classified as academic (research-oriented) or professional (focused on providing higher education best suited for the job market). Moreover, there is a popular division of HEIs into groups according to the areas of knowledge and training which they focus on. However, it has to be stressed that the classification of HEIs based on scientific domains is a traditional one. The scope of programmes offered by a HEI can be broader than its name would suggest. For example universities of technology kept their historical names but they may (and do) offer courses in other fields of science.

Academic HEIs offer first-cycle and second- or long-cycle programmes. They may also provide education at doctoral level. On the other hand, they are not allowed to offer so called specialist education (short higher education programmes of at least 3 semesters duration at the level equivalent to level 5 of the EQF).

Aside from academic HEIs, doctoral programmes may be offered also by scientific institutes of the Polish Academy of Sciences (Polska Akademia Nauk). The list of institutes can be found here.

Professional HEIs usually offer first-cycle programmes with practical profile. They may also carry out second-cycle or long-cycle programmes with practical profile as well as provide specialist education. However, they are not entitled to organize doctoral programmes nor award doctoral degrees.

HEIs with academic profile may use certain words, like “uniwersytet” (university), “akademia” (academy) or “politechnika” (university of technology), as name components if only they meet the requirements indicated in the Law on Science and Higher Education. However, certain Polish HEIs that do meet condition to use the word “uniwersytet” do not use it in their name, preferring to keep the traditional name referring to the HEIs character. On the other hand, many non-public HEIs misuse the word “university” in English versions of their names, as names’ translations can be created at will and are not officially verified by state.

Cost of Studying in Poland

Study costs for foreign students are gratuitous in Poland, provided they join at HEIs. However, the competition for admission for these students is also much higher.

Study & living costs are otherwise rather low. Private universities are more expensive than public universities.

Health insurance is mandatory for foreign students, for the entire duration of the stay.

The cost for Undergraduate/Bachelors Programs is 2000 – 6,000 EUR Per Year.

The cost for Post-Graduate/Masters Programs is 2,000 – 8,000 EUR Per Year.

On average, the cost of living in Poland is approximate 250 – 500 EUR/month. This depends on which part of Poland you will live in and the kind of accommodation you take.

The types of accommodations available are:

1. On-Campus: Staying in the hostel/residence of the institute you are studying in.

2. Off-Campus: Staying in lodging/apartments/homes out of institutes campus.

Student Life in Poland

Poland is situated at the geographical and cultural crossroads of Eastern & Western Europe. It’s one of the oldest countries to be around; the largest of the former Eastern European states and the most populated member of the European Union. The vibrant mix of European ethnicities makes it a wholesome environment to be in.

Students usually use the accommodation in their place of study or rent out shared houses/apartments. Work while studying options are available, and will help in recovering basic living costs.

The Polish are notorious for airing their views on current affairs and other conservative topics. Such discussions can generate invigorating and enjoyable spaces for young minds.

Job Opportunities Post Studying in Poland

International students can work in Poland post completing their bachelors/masters by receiving 1 year post study work visa.

Students pursuing masters degree are eligible for work permit during the course of their studies by taking up contract based work*.

Considering the exposure students get with the diversities in culture, the world becomes their playground! The confidence that such an environment inspires makes them ideal job candidates.

The Application Process & Visa Requirements for Studying in Poland

To be eligible for applying for admission in a university in Canada, the student must fulfil the below criteria based on the degree he/she is applying for;

  1. Must be an Undergraduate: 10+2
  2. Minimum 3 years of Bachelors Degree to apply for PGDM
  3. Strong Recommendation Letters
  4. Statement of Purpose/Personal Statement, Essays & Resume
  5. Certificates of achievement & extra-curricular activity participation
  6. Sound financial background

Once you have all the above in place, you can apply for admissions to your chosen university.

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