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Study a graduate program in Poland

Graduate programs in Poland

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.

Population: 38,000,000

Education overview

Poland has instigated many reforms into its education system, some of which are starting to bear fruit. University education in Poland is open to students from all types of backgrounds, with several different types of institution.
These include:

  • Public universities
  • Private universities
  • Polytechnics
  • Music academies
  • Agricultural universities

Masters programs in Poland are known as Magister. Students can choose between taking a five year program straight out of school or a two year program following an undergraduate degree.

Immigration and visas in Poland

International students from the EU can study a graduate program in Poland without issue providing they fulfil 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.  

Life in Poland

Poland is a vibrant and exciting country, with welcoming and friendly people. Despite the country having a long history of invasions from neighbouring countries, Poland is a welcoming country for international students.

There are quite a few large student cities in Poland, including Warsaw, Krakow and Gdansk, but there are also plenty of opportunities to get out and experience the countryside, with lots of low lying but lovely mountains to climb.

Food plays a big part in Poland. The national cuisine is based around local produce such as pork, mushroom and cabbage, but it’s the desserts where Poland really comes into its own. Take your pick from strudel, cream cakes, dumplings and ice cream.

Working in Poland

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 afterwards as a graduate. Opportunities exist in industries such as telecommunications, computer science and logistics, where your language skills will be highly prized.

Accommodation

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.

Climate in Poland

Despite its reputation as a cold country, Poland actually has a relatively temperate climate. Summers are warm, with temperatures averaging out at between 18C-30C depending on the region. Winter is at its coldest between December and February, when temperatures often fall below freezing point.

Poland’s climate can be affected by cold fronts that drift in from Scandinavia and Siberia. When this happens, temperatures can drop as low -10C.

Transport

Poland is a major gateway between Western and Eastern Europe, where many imports and exports pass between the European Union and the rest of Eastern Europe. Poland has invested large sums in developing a series of motorways, as well as a high-speed rail network which is due to be introduced in 2014.

Poland has several international airports making it easier for students to get in and out of the country, as well as ferry links with Scandinavia all year round.

Currency

The currency of Poland is the zloty.

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