Study in Poland

Study in Poland

Last edited on 15 Jul 2024

Welcome to Poland!

Welcome to Poland, a modern and dynamic member of the European Union where education really counts. If you wish to learn more about our long and rich tradition of university education, which offers opportunities for young people aspiring to get a European degree recognized throughout the world, we invite you to study in Poland. Poland's university traditions are among the oldest in Europe. In 1364, King Casimir the Great established the Krakow Academy, known today as Jagiellonian University. Now Poland is fourth in Europe (after the United Kingdom, Germany and France) in terms of the number of people taking up higher education. The total student population at almost 400 university-level schools is over 1.1 million. Polish universities offer more than 800 courses in foreign languages as an integral part of the European Higher Education Area, where the level of tuition fees compares favourably with other EU countries. Foreigners studying in Poland can easily continue their education elsewhere in the European Union. Foreign students coming to Poland can expect an attractive and diversified educational curricula which meets high European standards - they can study medicine, biotechnology and engineering, as well as art and business. We invite you to consider the great opportunities that Poland can offer.

Poland is the place where you can earn a diploma that will open the door to the best companies in Europe and in the world. The country has many other perks, such as the fact that its medical schools are accredited in the US and the fact that while studying in Poland, you have access to the EU's study programmes and can do internships or traineeships abroad. With top-quality, internationally recognised degrees, almost no other region in the world can set your career off to such a promising start. Do not forget that with favourable geographic location and excellent transport connectivity the whole European Union is at your finger- tips. Being invited to study in Poland means that you are invited to the European Union. 

Higher Education System

The Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) in Poland are divided into State (public) and private (non-public) institutions. There are two main categories of higher education institutions: university-type and non-university institutions. In the university-type HEIs, at least one unit is authorised to confer the academic degree of doctor (PhD), i.e. it offers at least one doctoral programme. The Degrees and Titles Committee grants this authorization assessing i.a. unit research activities, achievements with regard to training of faculty Staff, scientific achievements, research base, as well as the guality of education.

Higher education institutions run full-time, extramural, evening and external courses. Full-time courses are defined as the basie type of studies. Poland conforms to the guidelines from the Bologna Process in European higher education. The degree system based on the three cycle structure has been successfully implemented together with the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS). The European standard in higher education makes it easier for students to obtain recognition of their qualifications in other countries. 

1st Cycle studies - (3 to 4 years) leading to the Professional title of a licencjat or inżynier (Engineer, in the field of engineering, agriculture or economics). This is the Polish equivalent of the Bachelor's degree. It is focused on preparing students for future employment or for continued education within a Master's degree programme. To obtain this degree, students must earn 180-240 ECTS credits.

2nd Cycle studies - Master's degree programme (1.5 to 2.5 years) following the first cycle studies and leading to the professional title of Master (magister, or an equivalent degree depending on the course profile). It is focused on theoretical knowledge as well as the application and development of creative skills. In arts disciplines, the focus is on the development of creativity and talents. Master's degree holders may enter a doctoral programme (third cycle studies). To obtain the degree, students must earn 90-120 ECTS credits.

Long Cycle Studies - In addition to the general structure, 11 fields of study including e.g. acting, art conservation and restoration, canon law, dentistry, law, medical analysis, medicine, production and photography, pharmacy, physiotherapy, psychology, pedagogy, scenography, fine arts, theology and veterinary medicine, offer long cycle programmes only. Long cycle studies - Master's degree programme (4.5 to 6 years) leading to the professional title of Master (magister), or an equivalent degree depending on the course profile). To obtain this degree, students must earn 270-360 ECTS credits. Such single long cycle studies are based on an integrated study programme containing both basis studies and in-depth specialisation. Completion of this degree will provide a qualification corresponding to a second cycle Master's degree.

3rd Cycle studies - Doctoral degree programmes (normally 3 to 4 years) accessible for graduates of Master's degree programme, leading to a PhD degree, offered by the university type schools as well as some research institutions (departments of the Polish Academy of Sciences as well as research and development institutions). The PhD degree is awarded to candidates who submit and successfully defend a doctoral dissertation before the thesis committee and pass the doctoral examination.

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