Five points about Poland
- It is divided into 16 administrative provinces called voivode ships and has a population of 38 million and is the fifth-most populous member state of the European Union. Poland has the sixth largest economy in the European Union by GDP (nominal) and the fifth largest by GDP (PPP).
- The country has 17 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, 15 of which are cultural. Poland is a founding member state of the United Nations, as well as a member of the World Trade Organization, NATO, and the European Union (including the Schengen Area)
- Study in the European Capital of Culture Wroclaw, artistic Krakow, hipster Warsaw, multicultural Lublin, academic Poznan or beautiful coastal Gdansk. There’s something for everyone in each city, from student pubs to vegan restaurants and art galleries.
- Contemporary Poland is surrounded by the values of honesty, faith (as a very religious nation), respect and focus on family.
- Poland is one of the most religious countries located in central Europe and home to the world’s biggest castle
Location and Geography about Poland
Poland is one of the biggest countries in Central Europe with an area of 312,679 sq km (120,726 sq mi). This makes it the 9th largest country in Europe and the 63rd largest in the world.
Poland is located in a moderate climate zone and is dominated by four distinct seasons, Autumn from September to November; Winter from December to February; Spring from March to May; and Summer from June to August.
Economy of Poland
Nature has bestowed Poland generously with natural resources and rich in minerals. It is among the world’s biggest producers of hard and brown coal, copper, zinc, lead, sulphur, and construction minerals. The economy of Poland is an industrialized, mixed economy with a developed market that serves as the sixth-largest in the European Union. It provides high standards of living, safety and economic freedom, as well as free university education and a universal health care system.
Living Conditions and Cost of Living in Poland
If you dream of going abroad and becoming independent while studying, do not worry about the cost, Poland is ideal for a student on a tight budget. Dormitories start from €60 a month per student, cinema ticket starts from €2,50, and lunch in the cafeteria starts from €2. No wonder Warsaw is the most affordable European student city according to the 2016 QS Best Student Cities index.
Not only the high quality of teaching and safety, but also the low cost of living in Poland makes the country quite attractive to European and international students. Due to Poland’s ongoing economic development process, the cost of living is significantly lower compared to other European countries.
Overall, you will need around € 400 per month for your accommodation, food and transport expenses. Eating and drinking out is very cheap, while for a monthly transportation card you will only need to pay €10 – 20 with the student discount.
Poland’s education system is highly structured and organized, pre-school education is offered to children between 3 and 6 years old. 6 year olds are then obliged to attend to a pre-school class for one-year of school preparation. After that, children attend an 8-year primary school. Later on pupils can continue their education in one of many types of secondary schools (education is compulsory until the age of 18).
Nowadays, the Polish education system follows the objectives of the Bologna process and offers public and private institutions and offers three types of degrees: Bachelor’s, Master’s, and PhD. The academic year runs from October to June divided into the winter and spring semesters and you can either choose to study full or part-time. There are more than 1.2 million students studying in Poland, at almost 380 universities. What is even more impressive most of the programs are offered in both Polish and English languages, on top of that, there are hundreds of languages that are taught. There are a lot more colleges for arts as well as faculties of humanities and universities of technology, all of them equipped with ideal laboratories and super-computers.
Information Specific to International Students
Poland is an incredible country with a diverse and rich education history. Studying in Poland will give you a high quality European degree, recognizable all around the World at a low cost! Not only you will enjoy high quality of teaching, but also have a chance to pursue your future career in EU. Polish schools compete with each other not only to provide a wide variety of high quality courses, but also offer attractive tuition fees in programs such as MBBS, engineering, international business, tourism, hospitality and other courses.
Poland is a member of the European union and Schengen Area. As a result, you are eligible to apply for a student visa in Poland and travel within Europe. You will just need a certificate of secondary education, a financial viability certificate and English or Polish language proficiency!