Updated: Aug 10, 2020
Higher education in the EU is considered widely as of a high-quality, very prospective and really affordable. Universities in Europe offer a great variety of programs in all possible fields and areas. Where is the best place to study and which country offers what you're looking for?
Let's start with the motivation - do you remember what made you consider moving to Europe? Tracking back your reasoning should lead to discovering that initial thought which started to bug you: Can I study in Europe? Which European country is the best to study? Let's find out together.
Defining the perfect European destination to study abroad is not as simple or arbitral as solving 2+2 equation as it has various shapes, colors and sizes. The most important in choosing university comes down to your dreams and expectation - surprisingly or not, they're uniquely yours, so what seems to be an advantage in your eyes can be perceived as the biggest downfall by somebody else.
What should you take into account when choosing where to study in Europe?
You'll be able to pursue your career goal - if you already know that Medicine is what you'll truly passionate about, you won't be looking at places able to offer you a degree in Arts or Economics. After choosing the major and its availability, make sure it's taught in English (unless you know the native language of the country you chose) and that the offer includes the program you're eligible for (BA, MA, PhD). We've prepared a sample list briefly touching on the high-ranking Polish universities you can easily recreate for your own research.
Students-friendly environment - are there any organizations, students scientific association or research groups you can join? Is it easy to use academic facilities such as libraries or laboratories if you need them? What about the cultural offer: do they have any theaters, stadiums, galleries or concert halls? Studying is not only about attending classes and passing the exams. Be aware of the extramural activities available for you. In many places, students have special privileges such as major discounts or free subscription plans for varied products and services. Don't miss out on them!
Value for money - what if the the price you pay for the studies is considerably low, if living costs outgrow your needs? Spending time in a foreign country is meant for you to enjoy it which includes spending money for some little pleasures from time to time. If you won't be able to see your friends out for a pizza once in a while or will miss your favorite movie's premiere just to be able to not starve yourself for the rest of the month, it's probably not an ideal city choice. The cheaper the living, the more you can afford there.
Lively cities, beautiful nature - it's good to have a chance of a nice weekend getaway. Mountains, forests, lakes or beaches - whatever appeals to you the most, will help you get through difficult times as a private harmonious oasis. It's important to not get bored and explore as much as possible - we bet traveling was somewhere on top of your priority list when you were considering moving to Europe for some time.
Easy to get around - public transportation will be your friend if you want to save money for some pleasures and attractions and in the same time experience whatever there is waiting for you. Check how big are the distances between the dorms, university campuses, city center and other spots you may find vital for your everyday life. Are there city bikes or scooters you could use? How long does it take to get from point A to point B? Will you be able to have some free time not wasting it completely for commuting?
Development opportunities - look for availability of varied workshops for students, business incubators, professional courses and valuable internships in the industry you're interested in. Studying should give you a chance to test your knowledge out and put it in practice as it matters significantly on today's market.
If you want to know what other detailed factors to include while choosing a place to study, check out our simple guide.
Apply to university of your dreams in some easy steps - each uni handles documents a bit differently and demand different formalities before admission, but major matriculation requirements are similar everywhere.
The candidate must hold a matriculation certificate (the Matura certificate) or another equivalent document proving eligibility for admission to higher education in the country in which he or she completed secondary school. Second-cycle studies require having a Bachelor, Engineer or Master's degree or the equivalent of such a diploma.
Again - specific requirements vary depending on a university, but docs almost always necessary include:
passport or ID card,
certificate of high school graduation,
proof of language proficiency in Polish and/or English,
application form with a photograph,
bachelor's/engineer's/master's degree if applying for a second cycle.
Length of education
Academic year typically begins in September or October and finishes in June. There are also programs offered with a January/February start date.
In Poland, full-time higher education programs last as follows:
➤ Bachelor's degree program: 3-3,5 years
➤ Master's degree program: 2-6 years
➤ Doctorate/PhD: 3 years
The number of foreign students in Poland continues to grow and now is close to 85.000 which make up 6,37% of the total number of students in Poland.
The biggest groups of international students come form Ukraine (39,000), Belarus (7,000), India (3,500), Spain (2,100) and then Turkey, Czech Republic, Germany, Norway, China, Russia (about 2,000 from each of those countries).
The fastest growth in the number of foreigners coming to study in Poland is seen in Asian countries such as Kazachstan, Azerbaijan and Uzbekistan.
In Poland, there are over 800 programs in English with Medicine and Management being the most commonly chosen by international students.
Fees & Funding
On average, tuition fee is about $3,000 a year for an undergraduate program and $6,000 for a graduate one. Private institutions can set their own fees, which may be higher than state institutions.
Why should you choose Poland? All things considered, it has all you need to live a successful and exciting student life! And if you need any help with arranging your arrival, finding accommodation, getting health insurance, bank account, getting around and even starting a language course or a gym membership, we're here for you :)