Poland has an incredibly rich and amazing cultural history dating back to a thousand years ago. This includes but not limited to its longstanding traditions in the higher education sector, with the first university in Poland founded in the 14th century. Currently, Poland has become a popular study destination, with well over 46,000 international students choosing to study there last year.
If you choose to study in Poland, the country’s appeal is augmented by its relatively low living costs, which remain below those of most EU members. University fees are equally very affordable, usually no more than US$4,000 per year.
How to Apply
Polish higher education runs for three years at undergraduate (bachelor’s) level and one and a half or two years at master’s level. To apply, applicants must provide proof of having successfully completed the previous academic levels, plus proof of English language proficiency (unless you are a native speaker). Some programs might require that you sit an entrance exam or present a portfolio of work.Note that you are also able to study in Polish, in which case you’ll either need to submit proof of proficiency in the language or enroll in a year-long language course to prepare.
Students who are residents of the countries within the European Union do not need a visa to study in Poland. However, upon arrival in the country, EU citizens need to apply for a temporary residence permit. International students from non-EU countries will need to obtain a student visa before arrival. On arrival, they will also need to apply for a residence permit, which will be valid for two years.
Higher education in Poland is free for Polish citizens. If you wish to benefit from this as well, you will need to sit the same entrance exams as Polish students and study a course taught in the Polish language. Otherwise, international students are required to pay tuition fees, which are typically in the range of US$2,300-4,530 per year at public universities in Poland. Fees at private universities in Poland will be slightly higher; depending on your course and the institution, the fees could be up to US$6,800 a year.
Cost of Living
Fortunately for international students on a low budget, the costs of living in Poland are relatively low, although the amount of money you need will vary depending on your lifestyle and the city you’re based in. You will probably need at least 1,200-2,500 PLN (~US$320-670) per month to cover living costs, including accommodation. Also accommodation in student halls of residence is usually cheaper at around 400-600 PLN (~US$110-160) per month, whereas a shared rented flat could cost around 1,000 to 1,600 PLN (~US$270-430) per month
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