Poland’s tradition of academic education dates back to 1364, when King Casimir the Great established the Cracow Academy, known today as the Jagiellonian University. One of the oldest academies in the world, the Cracow Academy, was the second university in Central Europe after Prague.

Today, the Polish higher education system is developing rapidly. Poland holds fourth place in Europe (after the UK, Germany and France) in terms of the number of people enrolled in higher education. The total student population, at over 400 university-level schools, is almost one and a half million. Each year almost half a million young people begin their education at universities and colleges here. Polish university-level schools offer over 200 high quality types of study as an integral part of the European Higher Education Area. Most schools offer courses in foreign languages.

Average length of a full-time higher education programme:

  • Bachelor’s degree programme: 3-3.5 years
  • Master’s degree programme: 2-6 years
  • Doctorate/PhD: 3 years

Tuition fee for non EU-students:

  • Fees at public Universities and private colleges are established by the institution itself.
  • Tuition fees range from EUR 2000 to 6000 per year and depend on the institution and study program (for MBA programmes, the cost is on average EUR 8000-12,000 per year).
  • Population: 37.95 million (2021)
  • Capital: Warsaw
  • Geographical size: 312,679 km2
  • GDP: € 512.71 billion (2021)
  • Official EU language(s): Polish
  • Currency: Polish Złoty PLN

The Polish higher education system is well developed. The quality of the education is monitored and regularly evaluated. The main Polish institutions in charge of quality assurance in higher education are the Polish Accreditation Committee, the General Council of Higher Education and the Conference of Rectors of the Academic Schools in Poland.

Poland plays an active part in the Bologna process. Owing to the introduction of three-stage education modelled on Bachelor/Master/Doctoral studies as well as the European Credit Transfer System, both Polish students and international students studying in Poland stay fully mobile and can continue their education elsewhere in the European Union without any problems.

International students coming to Poland can expect the most attractive and diversified education opportunities, meeting high European standards. They can study medicine, biotechnology or engineering, but also art, business and many other subjects. The diploma awarded to them upon graduation is recognised in Europe and in most countries of the world.

Number of higher education institutions: 428

Number of international students in higher education: 46900+

Accommodation approx. 200 euros

Housing costs depend on the location, quality of the accommodation and on the season but the prices per month usually range from €100–150 in the dormitories to €200–300 in private flats.

Food approx. 150 euros

Studies and personal requirements (books, culture, recreation): approx. 100 euros

The ISIC (International Student Identity Card) card is the most advantageous card for all students. It allows cardholders to get student discounts for transport, restaurants, cinemas, museums, exhibitions and concerts.

Total per month approx. 450 Euros

The average monthly living expenses for a student in Poland are approximately 400-600 euros. 

You may apply for the student visa at the competent representative authority at the earliest six months before your planned travel date. You should not apply later than 15 calendar days before your planned stay.

  • Valid travel document
  • Passport-sized photos
  • Admission letter of the Higher education institution
  • Proof of sufficient financial means to cover the living costs.
  • Proof of accommodation
  • Proof of appropriate travel health insurance
  • Flight reservation
  • Other documents

Contact your EUCAS advisor for more details.

Generally, a student residence permit does cover the right to take employment in Poland. However, if you are granted a study permit, you are automatically also granted permission to work.

You can technically work as much as you like if you do find a part-time job. There are no restrictions on that, not like in the other countries. But remember. You’re moving to Poland to study. And going to class, working on assignments, passing your courses should be your focus.


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