Looking for affordable study options in beautiful Europe? Poland is one of your best bet. There are more than 1.1 million students studying in Poland, at almost 450 universities with courses offered in Polish and the English language. The number of higher education institutions in Poland has quadrupled over the past ten years, while the number of students increased fivefold. Take a look at 5 reasons why more international students are flocking to Poland for higher education.
1. High Quality Education
Some of the Europe’s oldest universities can be found here in Poland. The country prides itself on having produced no less than 17 Nobel laureates, including the first ever woman to win a Nobel Prize, Marie Curie, and the famous astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus. Both public and private universities follow the standards set by Bologna Process which is a series of ministerial meetings and agreements between European countries to ensure comparability in the standards and quality of higher-education qualifications. Rest assured you will be getting high-quality degrees that are internationally recognized.
Did you know? Warsaw University is ranked first in the Top Coder, an international IT ranking outperforming well-respected American universities as the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
2. Affordable Tuition and Living Cost
Poland offers one of the most affordable tuition fees and living cost in all of Europe. If you’re Polish or are from EU countries there are no tuition fees for Polish-taught programs. If you don’t speak Polish and you’re not from an EU country, you will pay an average tuition of 2,500 EUR/year for an English-taught undergraduate degree. Tuition fee is significantly lower compared to private universities in countries such as France, Germany and the UK. Additionally, the cost of living in Poland is far lower than in Western or Northern Europe. With an average of EUR 600 a month, you can have a comfortable student life.
3. New Language and Culture
According to the EF English Proficiency Index, Poland ranked 16th on the scale which means English skills in Poland is classified under ‘high proficiency’. You will likely be understood everywhere you go. However, to truly immerse yourself into the culture, learning Polish is the way to go. Should you feel brave and try mastering the quirky and difficult Polish language, not only will people be impressed, they will surely appreciate your effort. By picking up the local language, it is easier for you to enjoy the different cultures Poland has to offer! The number of festivals, book fairs, concerts, gigs, and other kinds of entertainment is massive. Be ready to meet and interact with the crowd at the Palace of Culture in Warsaw, explore Krakow’s Wawel Castle, winter ski in the Tatra Mountains or sail in the Masurian Lake District.
Did you know? Polish is spoken in Czechia, Germany, and Hungary among other countries, and it can be a helpful tool to understand the basics of other Slavic Languages.
4. Student-friendly Infrastructure
According to international students in Poland through questionnaires done by Marie Curie-Sklodowska University (previously ranked the most international university in Poland by the Perspektywy Education Foundation), both the country’s and university’s infrastructures made Poland an attractive place to study. At a relatively low cost, students have access to city bicycle networks, car-sharing systems and public transport. Another popular feature that students mentioned is the variety of restaurants offering cuisine from all over the world. In 2016, American College Magazine listed Lublin, a city in Poland as one of the Top 10 Student-Friendly Cities in Europe.
5. Center of Europe
Located at the very center of Europe, Poland borders 7 countries: Germany on the west, Czech Republic and Slovakia on the south, Ukraine, Belarus and Lithuania on the east, and Russia on the north. Being part of the Schengen Area, anyone in Poland can travel hassle-free between 24 countries of the Schengen Area without internal land and sea border controls, from Portugal to Poland and from Greece to Finland. Imagine the travel opportunities you have not only for leisure but also for internships and traineeships abroad!