Studying in Poland

The Polish higher education system is well developed.

More and more students each year are choosing to study abroad in Poland. These students are drawn to its high-quality education institutions, low tuition fees, and equally low cost of living.

Located at the center of the Northern European plain, Poland serves as the geographical and cultural crossroads of Eastern and Western Europe. Poland has been a nation of survivors since the foundation of the first Polish state more than 1,000 years ago. Today, Poland is the largest of the former Eastern European states and the most populous new member of the European Union.

Poland’s traditions of academic education goes back to 1364 when King Casimir the Great established the Cracow Academy, known today as the
Jagiellonian University. The Cracow Academy, being one of the oldest in the world, took after academies in Bologna and Padua, and was the second university in Central Europe after Prague. About two centuries later, in 1579, King Stefan Batory transformed the existing Jesuit College in Vilnius into the Vilnius Academy and in 1661 Jan Casimir, King of Poland, transformed the Jesuit College into the Lvov Academy. Thus, by the end of the 17th century, the Poland and Lithuania Kingdoms had three flourishing universities providing academic education to both national and international students.

Compared to other EU countries, the tuition fees in Poland are highly competitive and the costs of living are a fraction of what a foreign student would have to spend in other European cities.

Vibrant Culture and Exciting Student Life

The vibrant culture in Poland is really warm and welcoming for students studying in the colleges and universities. With components like festivals, sports, film festivals, hanging out with friends etc without any problem, students get exciting life with the exploration of vibrant culture.

Delicious Cuisines and Cheap Prices

Known for its comforting and delicious dishes, Polish cuisine has a lot to offer to students and even for health conscious, with widely available organic food. Like every other cuisine, Polish cookery has developed as the sum total of the geographic, economic, cultural, religious and even political factors that have gone into the nation’s making.

How to get a study visa:

Students from EU/EEA countries

In order to enter Poland to start a course of study, it is not necessary for an EU/EEA student to get a visa prior to arrival. However, when you have arrived in Poland, you do need to apply for a temporary study visa at the local Voivod’s office.

Students from non-EU countries

Before traveling to Poland, students from outside of the EU should apply for a student visa at the Polish consulate in their current country of residence. Students who have a valid visa and want to reapply for its extension have to do so at least 45 days before the current visa expires.

Some key Information:

AREA: 312 000 km2
POPULATION: 38.5 million inhabitants.
RELIGION: Catholics (94%)
CAPITAL: Warsaw: 1,700,000 people
MAIN CITIES: Łódź, Krakow, Wrocław, Poznań, Gdańsk, Szczecin, Bydgoszcz, Lublin, Katowice
TYPE OF SYSTEM: Parliamentary Republic
CURRENCY: The zloty (PLN)