The Polish university education system has a 650-year history of professional education. It has resulted in profits not only for Poland but also for many countries around the world
The Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) in Poland are divided into the state (public) and private (non-public) institutions. There are two main categories of higher education institutions:
While Polish citizens don’t pay for tuition fees in public universities, international students are charged with fees established by the universities. These cost the least
If you are a citizen of a Member State of the European Union, the only thing you need to enter Poland is a valid travel document or a document confirming your identity and citizenship (i.e. national identification).
For the high quality of the Polish educational system
The Polish university education system has a 650-year history of professional education. It has resulted in profits not only for Poland but also for many countries around the world, where the Poles have brought their professionalism and innovation. Would you like some examples? In the 19th century Chile, Ignacy Domeyko established geological research. Ernest Malinowski built Peru’s highest railway in the world between 1872 and 1876. The creator of modern anthropology was Bronisław Malinowski. Awarded 10 Nobel Prizes to Polish artists, scientists, and other public figures. Maria Skłodowska-Curie is one of only four winners twice.
Recruiters worldwide highly appreciate Polish specialists of all professions. Polish doctors, engineers, architects and IT specialists, in particular, are acclaimed, but other Polish graduates are also considered fully prepared to compete on a global job market.
For a high level of personal security
Poland is much safer than most of the European countries. Even the Nordic countries, considered as very safe, have a much higher crime rate than Poland. It’s perfectly safe in here for international students of all races, beliefs, and origins.
For outstanding culture and entertainment offer
For both historical heritage and current achievements, Polish culture is well known in the world. The Nobel Prize was awarded to five Polish writers. Historical composers such as Karol Szymanowski, Fryderyk Chopin, and Ignacy Paderewski, as well as present composers such as Henryk Górecki, Witold Lutosławski, and Krzysztof Penderecki, have written new chapters in music history. The winners of the Academy Award are Andrzej Wajda, Janusz Kamiński, Roman Polański, Krzysztof Kieślowski, winner of the Golden Palm, and many other artists in the film industry. Polish cultural institutions provide all tastes with high-quality entertainment. There are a huge number of festivals, book fairs, concerts, gigs, and other entertainment. There’s something for sports fans as well. Poland hosted the UEFA Football European Championships in 2012. On the world’s most important sporting events, thousands of fans from all over Europe will be attracted.
The Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) in Poland are divided into the state (public) and private (non-public) institutions. There are two main categories of higher education institutions: university-type and non-university institutions. In the university-type HEIs, at least one unit is authorized to confer the academic degree of doctor (Ph.D.), i.e. it offers at least one doctoral program. The Degrees and Titles Committee grants this authorization assessing i.a. unit research activities, achievements with regard to the training of faculty staff, scientific achievements, research base, as well as the quality of education (separate opinion of the Polish Accreditation Committee on the quality of education at the unit is required). Below, we present the list of public and university-type non-public HEIs.
Types of Higher Education Institutions
Teacher training colleges, foreign language teacher training colleges and colleges of social work
For international comparisons, teacher training colleges (kolegium nauczycielskie), foreign language teacher training colleges (nauczycielskie kolegium języków obcych) and social work colleges (kolegium pracowników służb społecznych) are classified as institutions of tertiary education (ISCED 5B), but are not recognized as HEIs in national law. They operate on the basis of school education legislation and are part of the school education system. Since 1990, there have been teacher training colleges and foreign language teacher training colleges, while in 2005 the first social work colleges were established.
All three types of universities offer three – year programs leading to a diploma. The first two types are specialized in teacher training and are therefore referred to as “initial teacher training institutions” in the legislation. The third type specializes in social workers ‘ training.
The first two types are established and administered by local authorities, while the third type is established and administered at provincial level (województwo) by the local government body. In the case of teacher training colleges and foreign language teacher training colleges, or the minister responsible for social security in the case of social work colleges, the establishment of a public college requires a favorable opinion from the minister responsible for school education.
All types of universities are supervised academically by an HEI, which offers programs leading to a master’s degree in the field of study corresponding to the field of specialization at a given university. The detailed arrangements relating to such academic supervision are set out in an agreement between the institution administering the college and the HEI. In addition, the minister responsible for education in the case of teacher training colleges and foreign language teacher training colleges, and the head of the regional education authorities (kurator oświaty) in a given province (województwo), and the head of the regional education authorities (kurator oświaty) in a given province (województwo) in case of colleges of social work
Tuition fees in Poland
While Polish citizens don’t pay for tuition fees in public universities, international students are charged with fees established by the universities. These cost the least:
2,000 EUR for Bachelor, Master degree courses and professional studies
3,000 EUR for Ph.D., specialized and vocational courses
Private universities have average tuition fees of 50,000 EUR/year, depending on the level of education and specialization. Also, you have the right to apply for a public university and compete with Polish students. However, admissions have a higher difficulty than in other cases and you will be enrolled in a programme taught in Polish.
Student living costs in Poland
Poland is an accessible European country with a pretty stable economy and living costs of 450 – 650 EUR/month. You can adjust your budget depending on the city or area you wish to study in. Larger cities such as Krakow or Warsaw require 500 – 850 EUR/month.
Accommodation costs in Poland
The costs of accommodation in Poland are a bit above the European average of 200 – 300 EUR/month. However, private rental apartments have high standards. Below you will find the costs of housing in most of the Polish cities.
On-campus housing is not too accessible to students. Only 12% of them live in residence halls and 57% of them are satisfied with the services and housing itself. A one-bedroom apartment in Krakow costs around 290 – 390 EUR/month, while Warsaw has prices of 350 – 460 EUR/month.
ENTRY REQUIREMENTS FOR EU CITIZENS
If you are a citizen of a Member State of the European Union, the only thing you need to enter Poland is a valid travel document or a document confirming your identity and citizenship (i.e. national identification). If you want to travel abroad during your stay in Poland, however, it is a good idea to have a passport with you, as it is necessary to visit some neighbors of Poland who do not belong to the EU.
There are no formal requirements for a stay shorter than three months. However, your studies will take longer. A residence registration is required for such a stay. You should register with the Provincial Office of the Voivodship.
ENTRY REQUIREMENTS FOR NON-EU CITIZENS
The two main documents you will to enter Poland if are not a EU citizen are a valid travel document (passport) and a visa (if required).
As a general rule you need a visa to enter Poland. There are, however, a number of countries that are free of this requirement. You can check if your country is on the list here: http://www.msz.gov.pl
Poland is a part of the Schengen zone, so you can apply for a Polish visa and travel all around Europe (excluding the United Kingdom, Ireland, Cyprus, Bulgaria, Romania, Croatia and states outside of the EU).
There are several types of visas to choose from:
5 easy steps to get a visa
1) Find a Polish consulate that can process you application. You can use the MFA’s search engine http://mfa.gov.pl
2) Read carefully ALL the information concerning visa application on the consulate’s website and follow ALL the instructions.
3) Set a visa appointment with the consulate. In most cases you will have to register through the website: http://www.e-konsulat.gov.pl
4) Prepare the necessary documents, including: application form, travel document (passport), biometric photo, health insurance, sufficient means to support yourself, documents confirming the purpose of your stay. The specifics of the required documentation may vary among consulates, so confirm them with the consulate’s website.
5) Submit all the documents including a printed and signed application form and the visa fee. Your visa application is complete. It will take up to 15 days for it to be reviewed.
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