If you heard of the beautiful Tatra Mountains or the Masurian Lake District, you probably wanted to visit Poland. If you are planning a trip for study purposes, then you should also know that Poland has some of the oldest universities in the world. Modernity also placed its contribution through the development of institutions specialized in medicine, maritime services, army, arts, economics and others.
Poland’s traditions of academic education goes back to 1364 when King Casimir the Great established the Cracow Academy, known today as the Jagiellonian University. The Cracow Academy, being one of the oldest in the world, took after academies in Bologna and Padua, and was the second university in Central Europe after Prague. About two centuries later, in 1579, King Stefan Batory transformed the existing Jesuit College in Vilnius into the Vilnius Academy and in 1661 Jan Casimir, King of Poland, transformed the Jesuit College into the Lvov Academy. Thus, by the end of the 17th century, the Poland and Lithuania Kingdoms had three flourishing universities providing academic education to both national and international students.
Today, the Polish higher education system is developing rapidly. Poland holds fourth place in Europe (after the United Kingdom, 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 1,5 million. Each year almost half a million young people begin their education at universities and colleges. Most schools offer courses in foreign languages.
Compared to other EU countries, the tuition fees in Poland are highly competitive and the costs of living are a fraction of what a foreign student would have to spend in other European cities.
Vibrant students life
In Poland students life has a long and interesting tradition. It was not only about the common meetings and having fun. For instance during communist era students associations were usually connected with conspiracy. Nevertheless the popular students festivals came from these times and continues today.
Nowadays in Poland there are more students than ever in the past (including international students). No wonder then that the students festivals are more spectacular comparing to those former ones. Concerts, spectacles and… some days off from the university! Active students should appreciate variety of students associations working on every university.
Above that Polish cities offer a wide range of attraction for everyone who thirst nigh life experience or other cultural events. Clubs, pubs or restaurants are open towards students who usually benefits from some special discounts.
Affordable costs of living
It is not a secret that average cost of studying in Poland is even two times lower than in western Europe or Nordic countries. It is because in Poland earnings are generally not as high as there but on the other hand living costs are adequately lower. That’s why Poland can be a perfect place for everyone who would like to study in the European Union (on a good European level) in a reasonable price.
Both services and products costs are affordable and it’s quality are at least as good as in other European countries (groceries are said to be one of the best quality in Europe).
Comparing the admission and tuition fees with those in other countries ones can state that Poland is a perfect country for students.
Student living costs in Poland
Poland is an accessible European country with a pretty stable economy and living costs of 300 – 650 EUR/month. You can adjust your budget depending on the city or area you wish to study in. Larger cities such as Krakow or Warsaw require 450 – 550 EUR/month.
If you will find a degree course in a smaller town as Radom, Sochaczew or Stalowa Wola, you will need a total of 300 – 350 EUR/month. The most expensive city of Poland is Pulkowice, where you will spend around 600 – 650 EUR/month.