Why Study in Poland
Poland is a large country with a rich history, a vibrant culture, and welcoming people. It is a fascinating country that serves as the geographical and cultural crossroads between Eastern and Western Europe. Located at the centre of the Northern European plain, Poland has been a nation of survivors since the foundation of the first Polish state more than 1000 years ago. Through its turbulent history, its people have managed to maintain their identity, and today, the country enjoys a crucial position as the largest of the former Eastern European states and one of the most populous members of the European Union. With a population of almost 39 million people, Poland is one of the most populous countries in Europe.
Poland is attracting an increasing number of international students every year. The country offers world-class education at modest tuition fees and a low cost of living. Located in Central Europe, Poland borders on Germany, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Ukraine, Belarus, Lithuania, and Russia. Warsaw is Poland’s capital and largest city is a modern, exciting hub with many universities offering a wide range of courses. Other major university cities include Cracow, Poznan, Lodz, and Wroclaw.
Why Study in Poland:
1. Quality Education: There are more than 500 universities in Poland, most of which are within the private sector. The country prides itself on having produced many notable university alumni, including the first-ever woman to win a Nobel Prize, Marie Curie, and the famous astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus. 14 universities in Poland feature in the QS World University Rankings of 2019. Poland has slowly built a reputation for students looking to get an unforgettable study experience and an internationally recognized degree. There were 72, 743 foreign students from 170 countries studying in Poland as of 2019.
2. Low Cost of Education: Compared to other European countries, international students coming to Poland are required to pay extremely low tuition fees, which are typically in the range of US$2,230-4,180 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$6,600 a year. Note that there are relatively few scholarships available for foreign students, so it is likely that you will need to cover your costs. However, it may be worth checking with the universities to which you are applying, to see whether any funding opportunities are available.
3. Work Part-Time: As an international student, you can work part-time in Poland. You can work for up to 20 hours a week.
4. European Union Visa: As an international student, you will get Schengen Visa and therefore get access to all the Schengen countries.
5. Post-Study Work Visa: An international student will be eligible for 6 months post-study work visa in Poland.
6. Access to the European Union: A Polish degree will be recognized across all the countries in the European Union, thereby giving you access to the job market in Europe.
7. Low Cost of Living: As a student, you can get by in Poland by spending around 450-500 Euros a month as your living expenses.