STUDIES IN POLAND – TOP QUALITY IN THE WORLD
Latest OECD education ranking, the biggest international education ranking to date, places Poland 5th in Europe and 11th in the world, ahead of Britain and the United States. Alumni of Polish universities are commonly respected and their diplomas widely recognized. A great advantage is the fact that high quality comes with a low price, because of economic differences. For many countries the price of Polish zloty is low, therefore studies cost a few times less than in the UK or USA, so you can save money, without giving up quality. Practically all universities and colleges accept international students from abroad.
MASTER / BACHELOR IN POLAND
You can study almost every program on both master and bachelor level. You may choose social studies such as psychology, sociology and pedagogy, languages, sciences (e.g. biology, geography, physics and mathematics), engineering sciences (e.g. control engineering, IT, mechatronics and electronics), a wide spectrum of studies available at medical universities or money-related such as economy, accounting and international business.
Interdisciplinary studies are also available and becoming more and more popular, such as Advanced Medical Technologies, Social Innovation and Solidarity Studies or Aquaculture. MBA in Poland is also widely available.
COST OF STUDIES IN POLAND
Low tuition fee is very tempting and encourages many international students to choose Poland as their destination to obtain master or bachelor degree. Scholarship and internship programs are often available to all students. If you want to both study and work in Poland, you shall have no trouble finding a job. Most companies require communicative English skills and are happy to hire students to reduce costs.
If you wish to relocate to Poland, you should realize that the ease of it will depend on the country you are from. Obviously, moving to Poland will be the easiest for the UE citizens.
CURRENCY AND COST OF LIVING IN POLAND
Polish currency is złoty, which literally means “golden”. The recognized English form of the word is zloty, plural zloty or zlotys. You can find it under the code PLN (Polish New zloty).
1 PLN ≈ 0.23 EUR
1 PLN ≈ 0.25 USD
Poland is generally an inexpensive country. According to Numbeo.com, average cost of living in Poland is:
- 15-26% low than in Lithuania
- 15-30% lower than in China
- 7-36% lower than in Russia
- 70-96% lower than in Germany
- 84-147% lower than in the United Kingdom
- 93-184% lower than in the USA
- 104-163% lower than in Israel
by taking into consideration: consumer, rent, restaurant and groceries prices.
Dormitories in Poland usually come in 3 variations: with single, double and triple rooms. They often share a kitchen and a bathroom. Rooms are typically fully furnished (beds, tables and/or computer desks, chairs, cupboards and wardrobes), while kitchens offer a fridge and sometimes an electric kettle. Usually you get bed linen and access to washing machines. There is also Internet access, mostly including WIFI.
Prices vary from 300 zł (~70 EUR) to 800 zł (~190 EUR) per month per person.
• Security: Every visitor has to show and sometimes even leave an ID card to enter the building. There are administrative rounds (at night administrative staff make thorough security check of all floors).
• Cash deposit: Required by dormitories, but returned at the end of your stay.
• Heating: It is adjusted to outdoor temperature, so you should always feel comfortable.
• Visitors: There are many rules about them, but in general it is easy to bring your friends in or even stay for a night.
• Activity rooms: Every dormitory has its own style, but you can meet TV rooms, learning rooms and games rooms almost everywhere.
+ low price
– closing hours
– sometimes strict rules and regulations
Renting a room in a flat that is co-rented by other students is a popular option for flexibility at low cost. Less strict regulations than in dormitories are both pros and cons – it makes it more risky way as you have to check flat owner, other people living in that place, specifics of an agreement. Good practice is to rent AFTER meeting others and seeing the place for yourself to avoid unnecessary disappointment.
There are numerous websites with places for rent, guides how to find one and Facebook groups that may help with that.
• single rooms start from 450 zł (€100), shared from 350 zł (€80)
• studios start from 1000 zł (€230), double room from 1300 zł (€300)
Features depend on a region, city and specific flat.
Make sure to check all the agreements before signing them and to set clear rules with your landlord.
+ moderate price
+ sometimes better conditions than in dormitories
+ more independency
– you may find difficult landlord/roommates
– you may sign unfortunate agreement
According to Numbeo.com, prices for renting in Poland are:
22% lower than in Russia,
31% lower than in China,
81% lower than in Germany,
125% lower than in Israel,
147% lower than in the UK,
184% lower than in the USA.
There are plenty of places where you can eat in Poland. From cheapest fast food places and milk-bars, through pubs and clubs, to exclusive restaurants where you can get food from cuisines from all over the world.
If you are budget-short you can even find food for less than €2, if you search well! There are plenty of special offers such as 20-50% discount at low traffic hours.
If you strictly count your calories, eat only unprocessed food, gluten-free, lactose-free or need a list of allergens, Polish catering industry will serve your needs well. Also, if you are strongly attached to your national cuisine, you will probably find it in Poland, as there are plenty of international restaurants and shops.
Most cities offer wide range of means of transport and getting from place to place is constantly getting easier. You may find buses, trains, fast city trains, underground, taxis, tramways and trolleybuses. Many cities also have many roads and various improvements for cyclists, so I you have a bike, you will have easy time using it.
Most transportation companies offer discounts for students and have monthly or semester tickets, which makes transport even cheaper for you.
Getting to Poland should also be easy. There are various low cost airlines (such as Ryan Air or WizzAir), ferries, trains and buses at your disposal.
There is a lot of work in Poland – full time, part time and seasonal. If you are looking for a way to make some money in your free time, there will be plenty of possibilities. Not just for giving out fliers, but also free lancing jobs and internships related to the subject of your studies.
Poland is a modern country and has all kinds of business you can meet anywhere – from free lancers, small family businesses through medium companies up to international corporations.
Due to various subsidies for unemployed, in many sectors there is more work than workers, so you should have easy time finding something for yourself. For more detailed information, see: http://www.foreignersinpoland.com/work-in-poland/
There are around 70 bank or finance organizations in Poland. They are under control of governmental agency, Polish Financial Supervision Authority, which assures that your money is safe. Even if it was at risk, there is Bank Guarantee Fund that will cover your loss up to some limit (e.g. equivalent of €100 000 in zlotys).
There are various requirements to make a bank account depending on which country you are from, but in general it is not very problematic. Most Polish universities have a person dedicated to help you sort it out. Bank staff commonly speaks decent English too.
Citizens of EU/EFTA – if you possess a valid health insurance in your country, you can go to any Polish National Health Fund approved doctor and show your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) or a replacement certificate.
Others – if you’re not a citizen of mentioned countries, there are other ways of obtaining health insurance. Please, see: http://www.foreignersinpoland.com/health-insurance-in-poland/.
POLAND IS SAFE
According to the OECD ranking, Poland is currently the safest country in Europe and 2nd safest country in the world after Japan. That makes it a perfect place to live, work and study. You can feel comfortable on big events such as concerts (e.g. Open’er Festival), football matches and parades.