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Last edited on 20 Jan 2018
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Welcome to Poland!

With a history dating back for over a thousand years, Poland’s cultural heritage is incredibly rich. This includes its longstanding traditions in the higher education sector, with the first university in Poland founded in the 14th century. Today, Poland is becoming an increasingly popular study destination, with more than 65,000 international students choosing to study there in 2016/2017 academic year, those are including 62,000 full degree studies and 3,000 within Erasmus+ Program.

Poland, with one of the best educational systems in the world according to the OCDE Pisa report, is also one of the largest countries of the European Union. With a long tradition in higher education, Poland hosts higher education institutions that date from the 14th century. The Jagiellonian University in Krakow, was established in 1364, as the second university in Central Europe and among top 100 most innovative universities in the world.

Regardless you plan to study in Poland a Bachelor's, Master's or PhD degree, Polish institutions provide international students with a wide range of fields of study. And don't be discouraged by the language there are more than 400 English study programs in Poland.


Higher Education System

Poland is a popular destination for international students and according to UNESCO’s latest statistics it is a host country to more than 23,000 international tertiary level student. Poland has 7 universities which features in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2016-2017 – the highest ranked being The University of Warsaw (501-600). There are a total of 121 state higher educational institutions and 210 non-state higher educational institutions in Poland, which offer a very wide range of different courses and programs. Graduates of higher professional courses are awarded the title of Bachelor of Arts/Science or Engineer (Bachelor of Engineering) after 3 to 4 years of study.

Graduates of university-type higher educational institutions are awarded the title of magister (Master of Arts/Science) or its equivalent after taking standard 5-year MA/MSc level courses or 1.5 to 2-year complementary MA/MSc level courses (intended for holders of the professional title of Bachelor of Arts/Science or Engineer received either at university-type institutions or institutions of higher professional education).

The academic degree of doktor (Ph.D.) is awarded to those who pass their doctoral examinations and submit and defend a doctoral dissertation (holding the title of magister or its equivalent is a necessary condition for successively obtaining the doktor’s degree).