8 Reasons to Study in Poland
Not the most obvious study abroad destination, Poland has a lot to offer to international students from all over the world, including bachelor’s and master’s courses taught in English that are free of charge.
According to data by the Central Statistical Office, 57,000 foreigners studied in Poland last year which is a 23% increase compared to the previous year. The majority of international students come from neighboring countries, yet 7% of them are from Asia. Poland is a country with great university traditions: there are 380 universities offering courses on all educational levels, including Jagiellonian University (JU), founded in 1364.
Poland is located in Central Europe, well connected to its European neighbors, and is budget-friendly compared to many other places in Europe. Sounds appealing, doesn’t it? Let’s take a closer look at eight reasons to study in Poland!
Big choice of programs taught in English
Polish universities offer a variety of English-speaking programs. The majority of them are on master’s level, yet you can find English-taught bachelor programs as well. If you are more interested in humanities, you should look into Adam Mickiewicz University Bachelor programs.
If your passion is engineering, then check out bachelor programs at the Gdansk University of Technology or some other technical schools around Poland. Warsaw University offers more than 20 programs taught in English, including economics, business, and political science.
Internationally recognized diplomas
Polish universities follow the Bologna process: there are undergraduate and graduate courses that lead to diplomas recognized everywhere in Europe, the United States, and all over the world. Bachelor’s programs take 3 or 4 years to complete, master’s degrees take 1.5-2 years to complete, and doctoral programs last around three years.
Your grades will be transferable to universities in other countries thanks to the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). Some universities offer joint degrees with other European and UK higher education institutions, for example, with the University College London.
Low tuition fees and living costs
Depending on a university and a program, the tuition fees vary between 300 to 3,000 EUR per semester. In public schools, some bachelor’s and master’s programs are free of charge for international students. Among them are, for example, degrees in Archeology and English studies at the University of Warsaw. Besides, a lot of universities offer scholarships.
Living costs are also much lower than in many European countries. Warsaw was considered the most affordable European student city according to the 2016 QS Best Student Cities index.
Of course, expenses greatly depend on the city, the type of accommodation, and lifestyle, but they can be as modest as 500 EUR per month, including the rent, especially if you choose to stay in the dormitory. As a student, you will also get a public transport card and be entitled to many other discounts.
Safety and friendly people
According to the testimonials of French students who have been on Erasmus in Poland, they felt very safe on the streets of Polish cities and greatly enjoyed the friendly atmosphere. In larger places, you won’t have trouble making an appointment with the doctor in English, ordering food in a restaurant, or buying a ticket at a train station.
Excellent student life
Generally, international departments at the universities are very active and do their best to help international students, organizing excursions and student trips. Besides, there are plenty of exhibitions, performances, and festivals in Poland.
You can find everything here, from nice little cafes and lovely parks to grand historical and nature sites, that include both mountains in the South and the Baltic Sea in the North.
Apart from that, Polish people love to party and especially to dance! The restaurants, bars, and clubs are packed full on Friday and Saturday nights. The downtowns in larger cities turn into party places for young people. You will not feel lonely for a second.
Cheap connection to all European capitals
Poland is in the Schengen, which means your student resident permit will allow you to travel within the Schengen zone without restrictions. Besides, Poland is very well connected to all European countries through bus, sea, and air routes. Budget-friendly airlines such as Wizzair or Ryanair will take you everywhere from Reykjavik in Iceland (also in the Schengen) to Rome in Italy or Canary Islands in Spain.
Banach Scholarship Programme
Banach Scholarship Programme is a joint initiative of the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Polish National Agency for Academic Exchange. It supports students from developing countries wishing to undertake master’s studies, both in Polish and English, in the field of engineering and technical sciences, agricultural sciences, or natural sciences. The applicants should be from eligible countries that include Brazil, India, Georgia, and many others. The program offers a monthly scholarship of the NAWA Director during the statutory period of education and exemption from tuition fees at public universities.
Good film school
Along with many other universities, Poland boasts the famous Lodz Film School, one of the oldest film schools in the world, with alumni such as Roman Polanski. The school educates students in film art, television, photography, and acting. It offers a range of bachelor’s degrees, along with consolidated studies that take five years to complete.
The school enjoys a good reputation in the industry while being relatively inexpensive compared to many other film schools in the US and the UK. For example, the tuition fee for a Bachelor in Film and TV Production Organization is 2,000 EUR per semester.