Study Abroad in Poland
Study in Poland
Accompanied by its beautiful architecture and European charm, Poland’s extensive history provides study abroad students with a vibrant and culture-rich environment in which to study abroad while honoring one of the darkest events of human history. The country most affected by World War II and Hitler’s Germany, Poland still bears the scars of the Holocaust, yet has emerged as a popular travel destination as it provides visitors an array of architecture, cuisine, and beautiful landscapes to enjoy.
Located in Central Europe and sharing its border with Germany, Slovenia, the Czech Republic, Ukraine and Belarus, Poland is a beautiful country with vast landscapes and geographical features, home to the Carpathian Mountains and the Sudetes and the Baltic Sea to the north. With a population of almost 39 million people, Poland is among the most populous countries in Europe.
With over 2 million students enrolled in studies, Poland is a country that has come a long way since World War II and has made significant movements in the post-war decades to make Poland’s higher education institutions a desirable destination for students around the world seeking an international education experience. Poland’s higher education institutions have a great deal of history. The first university established in Poland, now called Jagiellonian University was founded in 1364 and is one of the oldest existing universities in the world.
Poland’s higher education system is divided between publicly funded and private universities, each with their own levels of accreditation and subjects of specialization. Poland’s higher education institutions are most noted for their offerings in fine arts, music and drama, while also offering a wide variety of technical schools in a variety of disciplines. For anyone wanting to study abroad in Poland, there are more than enough options available to satisfy most educational ambitions, as it is estimated that in each of Poland’s 24 cities, there are between one to eight publicly funded universities.
Poland is a country that values higher education for its citizens, as well as the promotion of global learning through mobility. As such, Poland adheres to the Bologna Declaration, which promotes student mobility through Europe, which makes Poland a welcoming and popular destination for students not only from all over Europe, but from around the world.
In recognition of the value of having a vibrant international student body from all over the world, Polish universities began to extend the language of instruction at many of its leading universities, where instruction and programming in English and French is now widely available.
Costs of Studying and Living in Poland
Before considering any study abroad program, whether it be for language acquisition or for an undergraduate or postgraduate university degree, it’s always advisable to be prepared for the costs of studying in another country.
For Polish citizens, tuition for publically funded universities is free. For students from other countries, they will be required to pay tuition.
Students studying abroad in Poland may expect to pay EUR 2000 per year for Bachelor, Master and postgraduate Master degree courses, while PhD and the more specialized degree courses can cost about EUR 3000 per year in tuition fees. Private university fees can cost anything up to EUR 50,000 per year.
In some cases, students from other countries may apply along with Polish students for public funding, or to waive a portion of the tuition fees, but students who receive public funding may only receive placements in programs where Polish is the language of instruction.
Poland is a relatively cost-effective place to live, with a recommended budget for international students of EUR 375-550 per month, depending on the city they inhabit. For instance, smaller cities such as Sochaszew or Radom are at the lower end of the cost of living scale, whereas Krakow or Warsaw may be in the mid-range, with Pulkowice being the most expensive city to live in Poland.
Depending on their preferred type of accommodation, students can expect to pay around EUR 275 per month for shared accommodations, about EUR 100 more for private accommodations and up to EUR 450 for larger family accommodations. In general, study abroad students prefer to live off campus.
Study abroad students can expect to budget about EUR 100-150 per month for food or more, depending on the type of lifestyle desired. Other costs to consider will be travel and tourism and other expenses such as clothing and other necessities during your study abroad time.
Job during Study:
20 hrs works permitted during studies as well as 3 months full time work during holidays
February (few programs) / September