Study Abroad in Poland - Competitive EU-Quality Degrees You Shouldn't Ignore Where to study

by Michal Piotrowski

Over the last years, Poland has rapidly become a favoured spot for international students, proving to offer not just top higher education, but also great work opportunities for students and graduates and a rich social and cultural life. Poland was actually rated as an ‘excellent’ place for studying abroad according to the StudyPortals International Student Satisfaction Awards in 2016.

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Poland has over 100 higher educational institutions, public and private universities and several institutions specialised in providing specific degrees in fields like technology, medicine, agriculture, music and more. The main advantages of Polish universities are the wide palette of English-taught programmes and the affordable tuition fees.

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Polish universities fit the European learning style

Polish universities fit the European learning style

In line with the Bologna process, Polish universities divided the usual 5-year higher education studies were into a three-year Bachelor’s programme (the first cycle qualification) and a two-year Master’s programme (the second cycle qualification).

However, not all specialisations are covered into this system, so in some cases, the length of studying varies between courses and universities; for instance, an engineer has to study for three and a half years in order to graduate and medical studies require a six-year Master’s programme. Magister is the title awarded to Polish graduates of the Master’s degree.

Within a university, classes are more theoretical, whereas other types of higher education institutions (polytechnics, academies, etc.) have a more practical approach. Another difference is that only universities are allowed to award doctoral degrees. Additionally, particular institutes only offer and award a particular type of degree, meaning a university will not grant a degree of inynier (engineer) which is the domain of a polytechnic, etc.

Attractive tuition fees in Polish higher education institutions

If you want to apply for study programmes taught in English, the average fees charged by Polish universities are:

  • between 600 and 5,000 EUR/year for Bachelor degrees
  • between 1,500 and 12,000 EUR/year for Master degrees
  • around 3,000 EUR/year for doctoral, postgraduate and specialist courses

To be admitted for the final exam, you will have to complete all courses and practical placements provided for in the curriculum, obtain relevant number of ECTS credits (minimum 180 for Bachelor’s degree and 120 for Master’s degree) and to submit their final thesis.

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According to the ECTS system, you will receive a certain number of credits for each course you attended, independently of the grade you will receive on your exams.

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Before the final exam, you will be assessed through one or more of the following methods:

  • tests
  • oral examination
  • papers/ midterm essays
  • research/ laboratory class reports
  • individual and group projects
  • class participation
  • portfolio

Upon graduation, you will receive a diploma of completion of studies in a specific field of study together with a Diploma Supplement (copy of the diploma translated into a foreign language, describing the degree, level and specialisation).

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Apply to some of the best universities in Poland

According to QS Rankings, based on criteria such as top quality education, services and facilities and student satisfaction rate, the best universities in Poland in 2016 are:

  1. University of Warsaw;
  2. Jagiellonian University;
  3. Warsaw University of Technology;
  4. University of Lodz;
  5. Nicolaus Copernicus University;
  6. University of Wroclaw.

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