Poland is one of the largest countries in the Eastern Europe. Its size is comparable with Italy and it borders Germany, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Lithuania, Russia, Ukraine and Belarus. It has a population of over 38 million people, which makes it the sixth most populated member of the European Union. Living in Poland is living in the heart of Europe. You drive only a few hours and you can be in another country.
The Baltic Sea, the Masurian Lake District, the Tatra Mountains, vibrant cities, lovely towns, picturesque villages - in Poland everything is at hand! Natural, cultural and historical diversity are remarkable and unique. Warsaw – the capital, a financial and political centre, Cracow - full of Polish history with wonderful monuments or Gdansk where you can taste not only the city life but also relax on the beach.
Great (north) Poland was founded in 966. The tribes of southern Poland then formed Little Poland. Poland merged with Lithuania by royal marriage in 1386. The Polish-Lithuanian state reached the peak of its power between the 14th and 16th centuries, scoring military successes against the (Germanic) Knights of the Teutonic Order, the Russians, and the Ottoman Turks.
Lack of a strong monarchy enabled Russia, Prussia, and Austria to carry out a first partition of the country in 1772, a second in 1792, and a third in 1795. For more than a century thereafter, there was no Polish state. The Polish people revolted against foreign dominance throughout the 19th century. Poland was formally reconstituted in 1918.
In 1939, at the beginning of World War II, a German-Soviet agreement divided Poland between the USSR and Germany. The Polish government-in-exile was replaced with the Communist-dominated Polish Committee of National Liberation by the Soviet Union in 1944. A new constitution in 1952 made Poland a “people's democracy” of the Soviet type. In 1955, Poland became a member of the Warsaw Treaty Organization, with its foreign policy identical to that of the USSR.
After the fall of communism, in 1991, the first fully free parliamentary election since World War II resulted in representation for 29 political parties. In 1999, Poland became part of NATO, along with the Czech Republic and Hungary.
Poland is one of the fastest growing economies, being the 6th largest economy in the European Union and the 21st in the world. It is worth mentioning that Poland is the only EU member state that showed a positive GDP during the recent economic crisis.
Poland is a member of the European Union (EU), the Schengen Area, North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO), United Nations (UN), and more.
Polish higher education system has a long tradition with its roots going back as far as the Middle Ages. The oldest university in Poland was founded in the 14th century and is one of the oldest and most respected universities in Europe. Nowadays all big cities offer third level education within a variety of public and private schools. Course availability is impressive and schools continue to expand their educational offers. Polish diplomas are recognized in the European Union and worldwide. Polish universities participate in various international student exchange programmes and are involved in bilateral agreements and individual exchange programmes organized by particular schools.
Higher education institutions in Poland can be public or private. Public schools are financed fully or partially by the state. Private schools are fully financed from private funds. Universities and medical academies are always public. There are approximately 400 higher education schools in Poland.
Higher education institutions in Poland include:
The higher education in Poland follows the Bologna Process, present in all European Union member countries. The system helps students to pass the courses in different countries.
In order to apply for a selected study programme you should contact the university’s admission office or one of its foreign recruitment offices.
Universities generally require 4-8 weeks to process your application and to prepare your visa application form.
Remember that some universities have additional admission requirements. It is necessary to contact your selected university before submitting your application.
The general admission requirements for Polish language students are:
The general admission requirements of the Bachelor's Degree Programmes are:
Applying for a Master’s degree requires a valid bachelor’s diploma. For more information on the study application process visit: http://www.studyinpoland.pl/en/index.php/how-to-apply/4-how-to-apply
Study programmes include: lectures, classes, seminars, laboratory classes and discussion groups. Lectures are attended by up to several hundred students. Small seminars require students to play an active part in discussions and make use of practical knowledge. Classes are usually made up of groups of 25-30 students. They are designed to support interaction between students. Personal interaction with the tutor is also encouraged. The purpose is to help students improve their critical thinking and transferable skills.
International students coming to Poland have the chance to study in English at the majority of Polish universities. Almost all leading universities in the country offer programmes in English in such fields as medicine, engineering, humanities, business and finance. Other study abroad opportunities in Poland include courses taught in other languages such as Russian, German and French.
In order to apply for a given academic course, international students need to present a document confirming their knowledge of a foreign language, at a sufficient level to participate in the classes. According to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, prospective students would have to present one of the following certificates:
However, some universities do not require language certificates, as they conduct their own language tests as part of their admission process.
To find and compare English and Polish language courses visit: www.languagelearningportal.com
EU/EEA students do not need Polish visa to study in Poland, however they should apply for a temporary residence permit if they wish to stay in Poland longer then 90 days. Most non-EU/EEA students need to obtain a student’s visa, which is issued by a Polish Embassy or Consulate in their country of residence. Short-stay visa permits students to reside in the country for up to three months, while the long-stay visa for up to one year. Visa can be renewed only once, that is why it is very important for non EU/EEA students to apply for a visa for the whole period of study in Poland.
The applicants shall come to the Embassy to submit their visa applications. The Embassy reserves the right to request some additional documentation. All documents should be provided in English and attached to the visa application in A4 size copy. In order to apply for visa you need to provide:
For detailed information, contact your local polish embassy or consulate.