Poland is a great place to study a graduate program. Cities like Warsaw, Krakow, and Gdansk offer international students excellent education opportunities, medieval history and plenty of outdoor activities.

Education in Poland is booming. Tuition fees are significantly lower than other European countries and standards are improving. Come study a graduate program in Poland and find out what all the fuss is about.

To study in Poland, you are required to have completed a secondary level education and have a school leaving certificate confirm you are eligible to apply to university. Possession of further certificate examinations such as the International Baccalaureate or English Baccalaureate will qualify you to freely apply for undergraduate studies at a Polish university.

If, however, you only possess an equivalent qualification from your home country, this document needs to be legally recognized as one of the Polish diplomatic outposts or another appropriate institution. Legalization refers to certifying that your diploma is in compliance with the law of the country it was issued in. Thereafter, you have to verify its compliance with Polish law. This process of granting recognition of a degree from a foreign academic institution is called nostrification.

Similarly, in order to be accepted for the postgraduate studies, you need to present an undergraduate diploma from a Polish institution or an overseas equivalent, also recognized in Poland. You are obliged to present nostrification of your foreign diploma to a Polish University by the end of the first term.

Poland’s economy has largely avoided some of the catastrophic effects of the global recession and actually saw growth of 16% between 2008 and 2011. However, youth unemployment remains a big problem in Poland, as the country struggles to repurpose itself as a service-led nation.

As with all EU countries, students from the EU can work freely in Poland, whether part-time during your studies or afterward as a graduate. Opportunities exist in industries such as telecommunications, computer science, and logistics, where your language skills will be highly prized.

International students from the EU can study a graduate program in Poland without issue providing they fulfill the following:

  • They have a valid passport
  • They are studying for more than three months at the institution
  • They have sufficient income to support themselves during their studies
  • Have comprehensive health insurance

However, EU students who are living in Poland for more than three months will need to register for a residency permit which is valid for up to two years.

In most cases, non-EU students will have to get a study visa in order to come and study in Poland. Your chosen university should be able to help, but you will need to speak to the Polish embassy in your home country.  

Most international students coming to study a graduate program in Poland will opt to live in one of three types of accommodation:

  • University accommodation – such as halls of residence or dormitories
  • Private accommodation – House and flat rentals
  • Shared accommodation – Renting rooms in a shared house or flat

Living in university accommodation is often the preferred option for most international students, as you’ll have somewhere to stay straight on arrival and often not have to worry about bills. It’s also a great way to meet other students and get support.

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