Studying abroad in Poland can be a great opportunity for international students looking to pursue higher education.
Introduction to Poland
Did you Madam Marie Curie, a two-time Nobel Prize winner receive her education in Poland?
With an intricate blend of religious beliefs and scientific advancement, Poland is a destination to be in for higher education.
The official language of Poland is Polish but English is widely spoken. The official currency of Poland is the Polish Zloty.
The official language of Poland is Polish and the capital city is Warsaw. Poland shares its borders with Slovakia, Germany, and Russia.
Having a strategic location between Eastern and Western Europe, Poland is at times titled as the ‘Land of Strugglers’. This is partly due to its rich history of invasion and survival.
Poland is an important part of the European Union and the Schengen Area. Due to this, Poland’s economy is considerably strengthened.
For those of you who do not know, the Schengen Area or agreement is between 26 European countries, where the citizens can travel across borders without the need of a passport, e.g., France, Germany, and Spain.
Poland Top Universities
|University of Warsaw||Warsaw||601-650|
|Warsaw University of Technology||Warsaw||801-1000|
|AGH University of Science and Technology||Krakow||1001+|
|Adam Mickiewicz University||Poznan||1001+|
Education System in Poland
It is no secret that Polish graduated professionals are wanted globally for their intellect and skills.
The government of Poland has formed a State Accreditation Committee which monitors and promotes higher education for local and international student bodies.
For admission in Poland educational institutes, you will require Reference Letters from your teachers, all accurate previous academic reports, and English language proficiency certification like:
- 6 Bands
- 550 score in PBT
- 213 score in CBT
Pakistani students tend to apply for higher education in Poland institutions in the programs of IT, engineering, medicine and dentistry, finance and business studies, architecture, and agricultural degree programs.
Academic fields like law, pharmacy, psychology, and veterinary medicine are also preferred to be studied in Poland universities.
Admissions are held every year during the Spring and Fall semesters, these commence as:
- Spring semester from 16 February to 30 June
- Fall semester from 1 October to 15 February
The Polish education system is mainly established after the Bologna scheme and the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) which encourages international exchange students.
The Bologna system is the standardization of the European education system of the Bachelor, Masters, and Doctoral degree programs.
Steps for Applying in Poland
- Find an agent/guide for the admission process and traveling details
- Gather all your required documents and send in the admission application with the help of your agent
- Apply for the Polish study visa upon receiving the Offer Letter from the desired University
- Select and pay for the accommodation settlement for your stay in Poland
- Book a flight ticket and start packing
Polish Study Visa Requirements for Pakistani Students
It is advisable to apply immediately for the Polish study visa after you receive your Offer Letter from the applied university.
The processing time for your Polish study visa takes about 8 to 15 days with the addition of an interview of yours.
The Polish visa processing fee is around 60 Euro or Rs. 10,920 paid in cash.
It is better to book an appointment with the Polish Embassy in Islamabad or the Polish Consulate in Karachi through their official website before you pay a visit to them.
You will need the proofs of the following when applying for the Polish study visa:-
- Duly filled visa application form
- A bank statement confirming your account with substantial amounts (800 Zloty per month) to cover your accommodation, living expenses, and tuition fee during your entire stay in Poland
- Identification proofs (pictures and fingerprints)
- The acceptance letter confirming your positive admission by the University
- Proof of paid fee to the university for at least one semester
- Health Insurance or Medical Fitness Certificate
- Proof of return airline ticket to and from Poland
- Accommodation verification (rental deed)
- Recommendation Letter from the Inter-Board Committee of Chairmen (IBCC)
Tuition and Living Expenses for Study in Poland
To study abroad in any nation, you will need to have sufficient funds handy.
The educational cost in Poland is comparatively less than in other European nations.
The general fee for social sciences and art courses is around 2000 Euro a year while the fee for medical, vocational and science courses is around 3000 Euro annually.
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The tuition fee of both public and private educational institutions for programs range from 2000-6000 Euro per year.
In Poland, your living expenses will generally amount between 300-500 Euro a month. These expenses include the cost of transport, food, housing rent, and other essential needs.
Accommodation in Poland During Study
It is preferable to rent the university hostels/dormitories for your lodging as these are economical for Pakistani students.
We have listed the average monthly rent prices for different modes of accommodation in Poland during your stay:
- University dormitory room costs around 60-80 Euro
- A room on flat-sharing rates around 150-200 Euro
- A flat tolls around 300-350 Euro
Working Opportunities for Pakistani Students in Poland
You can acquire a Residence Permit while being in Poland as a full-time student. You will be allowed to work based on this permit.
By doing part-time jobs, you can not only cover up your expenses but also amass savings.
You are allowed to work up to 20 hours a week and during vacations for an extended time also.
You can earn about 2.5 Euro to 3.75 Euro per hour or 10-15 PLN in Poland.
You will easily be given work in call centers, cafes and restaurants, hotels, shopping malls, newspaper distribution firms, gas stations, and other menial jobs to support yourself.
After graduating, Pakistani students can apply for jobs related to their educational fields and are easily granted the Poland Work Permit.
To enhance your career and lifestyle prospects, you can also apply for Poland Permanent Residence and Poland Citizenship.
Why Study in Poland?
- Low tuition fee
- High-class education
- Good opportunity for a part-time employment
- Low crime rate
- Strong law and order workings
- Hotspot for local and international tourism
- Animated and striking cultural identity
- Recreational and entertainment supplements such as concerts, book fairs, festivals, and sport events
- Safe environment
- Good healthcare system
Studying abroad in Poland can be a rewarding and enriching experience for international students. Poland is home to a number of top-ranked universities offering a range of academic programs in different fields. The country has a rich history, vibrant culture, and affordable living costs compared to other European countries.
Pakistani students, in particular, can benefit from studying in Poland as the cost of living and tuition fees are relatively lower than in other European countries. Many universities in Poland also offer scholarships and financial aid to international students.