Poland is situated in Eastern-Europe. Poland is the sixth most populous member state of the European Union, hosting 38.5 million people. Poland's capital and largest city Warsaw is a very lively city with its picturesque Old Town which is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Vistula and the Oder are Poland’s longest rivers and connect cities are Kraków, Wrocław, Gdańsk, and Szczecin.
The Polish higher education system is characterized by its high number of private institutions: There are about 460 institutions of higher education, including 326 privately owned institutions.
According to OECD tertiary education attainment is increasing, however, with about 25% of the adults holding a tertiary qualification in 2012, compared with 11% in 2000. Poland has increasingly become a destination country for international students. In 2016 Poland hosted 57,119 international students from 157 countries. Currently, international students make up 4.1% of the total student body in the country (ten years ago the figure was only 0.6%)
In line with the Bologna process, Polish universities offer three levels of degrees: The first-cycle studies (3 to 4 years), leading to the title of a licencjat or inżynier (engineer), is the Polish equivalent to the bachelor degree. It is followed by two or two and a half year master programmes. In some subjects (e.g. law, pharmacy, psychology, and medicine) there are long, integrated master degrees (five to six years). The final stage is doctoral programmes (usually with an additional three years).
The below table shows the national breakdown of Polish universities and how they stand across the spectrum of above average (receiving a score of ‘A’ (very good) or ‘B’ (good)), or below average (receiving a score of ‘D’ (below average) or ‘E’ (weak)). In doing so, U-Multirank offers a clear picture of the countries strengths and areas for improvement.
Polish higher education institutions perform strongest in U-Multirank’s teaching & learning and regional engagement dimensions, while their performance in the knowledge transfer and international orientation dimensions are below the average of the global U-Multirank sample of institutions.
Students from EU/EEA countries do not have to pay tuition fees at public universities in Poland. All other foreigners are required to pay tuition fees that on average are the following: EUR 2,000 per year for first, second and long cycle studies; EUR 3,000 per year for doctoral and postgraduate studies. For more information click here.
In general, the requirements for international students applying for universities in Poland include:
Admission for MA (Master) candidates requires:
To be able to study in Poland international student have to legalize their stay in the territory of the Republic of Poland. European Union (EU) citizens who would like to stay longer than three months in Poland, simply need to register their stay in the country. Non-EU citizens need to obtain a visa at a Polish consulate in your their country before arrival in Poland. For more information, please click here.
Poland offers government, foundations and university scholarships that are available as well to international students both from within the EU itself and from countries outside the EU. For more information, please click here.
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