Considering studying in Europe, you are always offered such a big variety of universities that it makes it literally harder to make a choice. Fortunately, Europe has a lot to offer; there are a lot of universities not only of high quality but also with a rich culture. Therefore, having such a great number from which to choose, it may be important for a student to find the high-ranking university, which is located in a nice place with interesting history, hospitable people, and rich culture. From the top universities in Europe, there are several in Poland which can be of student’s interest while deciding where to pursue higher education. Have not thought about getting higher education in Poland? Well, start to!
Why should I pursue my higher education in Poland?
- The quality of higher education is outstanding. The quality of higher education in Poland is constantly monitored and improved. In many universities, the studies are taught on both Polish and English languages. There are also a couple of Universities, which also have programs in Ukrainian, Russian, and German. Thanks to European Credit Transfer System – ECTS, the diplomas issued in Poland are widely recognizable and accepted in other European countries when applying for a job. In Poland, students can find universities of different majors such as medical, agricultural, technical, economic, music, and arts.
- Relatively low costs. Poland is a popular destination for studies also because of affordable costs of living and education. Comparing to other countries’ universities, the fee for higher
- education in Poland is from 1400 Euro to 3000 Euro annually: in Eastern Europe or Nordic countries, the fees are almost two times lower.
- Active Student Life. Students can spend their University days-off by attending numerous concerts, festivals, and performances. Restaurants, clubs, pubs also offer some special discounts for students.
- Polish cuisine, sense of humor, and hospitality towards internationals. No explanation is needed here.
It is important to mention that in many Polish universities students can study in English, which also gives them a chance not only to get knowledge of their major but to improve English Proficiency. On the other hand, for international students it is a chance to visit another country and to experience its culture and traditions. According to the fact that students can study in Poland in English, it makes the country one of the top destinations for getting a higher education.
Bologna Education System in the Higher Education Establishments
All Universities in Poland operate according to Bologna regulations. They have ECTS system, which functions as an operating system for study courses offered at universities. The institutions also have its quality assurance systems, which help the establishments to monitor and continuously improve the quality of education.
Such attitude towards continuous improvement, might lead several universities toward world ranking of Top Universities. Among universities in Poland, there are four institutions that are ranked to be the top ones according to QS University Rankings: EECA.
*QS University Rankings: EECA is a designed ranking of the top universities in Emerging Europe and Central Asia, which serves as a helpful tool for students while selecting the university. The assessment of the universities is based on four indicators such as Academic Reputation (40%), Employer Reputation (10%), Student-to-faculty ratio (20%), and Citations per faculty (20%). If you want to get more info on the indicators please visit this site (http://www.topuniversities.com/qs-world-university-rankings/methodology )
Polish Education System
Polish education system may seem a little bit complicated for people from other countries as it involves 6 educational establishments before students can enter university.
- One-year’s pre-school preparation is required for 6-year-olds before going to primary school. (Optional pre-school education is offered to children aged 3 to 5).
- Children aged between 7 and 13 attend a 6-year primary school, or namely, szkoła podstawowa.
- Primary education is divided into two stages. The first stage involves grades from 1 to 3 and provides integrated early school education. The second stage involves grades from 4 to 6 and already provides subject-based teaching. At the end of the 6-year primary school pupils are required to take an external test. It was designed to give teachers and parents a basic information about pupils’ achievements.
- All primary school pupils continue their education in the 3-year general lower secondary school, or namely, gymnasium. At this stage, pupils again need to take a compulsory external examination, which significantly influences an admission to upper-secondary schools.
- Upper-secondary school graduates continue their education in upper-secondary schools where they can choose specific program for studies themselves.
- Post-secondary education takes maximum 2.5 years for upper secondary graduates. After completing the program, the pupils get the award of a vocational diploma upon passing examinations confirming vocational qualifications in a given occupation.
Finally, after being awarded a diploma, the graduates of post-secondary school can enter higher education institutions. Higher education in Poland includes two cycles: Bachelor and Master degree programs. In addition, poles can also be enrolled in college programs.
As for internationals, the situation with enrollment is a bit different. Below, we would like to present you the top universities in Poland according to *QS University Rankings: EECA and give you some information about its majors, tuition fees, and scholarship possibilities.
University of Warsaw
University of Warsaw was founded in 1816 and today is considered the largest institution of higher education in Poland and the country’s leader in teaching and research. The University community consists of 44,600 students, 3,200 doctoral students, 3,400 postgraduate students, and 7,100 employees. It is important to mention that the University of Warsaw is currently ranked 6th in the EECA rankings and is also well known for its five University graduates who have won Nobel Prize.
As University of Warsaw is significantly focused on attracting international students, the university does its best to provide a big number of programs taught in English. Therefore, the international students are able to choose the major they want and enjoy the program fully.
English Programs provided by University of Warsaw
European Administration, Archaeology, Internal security, Chemistry, Economics, English studies, Philosophy, Teaching English to Young Learners, Psychology, and many others.
The majority of Bachelor programs in University of Warsaw are free of charge for EU/EFTA citizens. Yet, the applicants still need to pay an administrative fee amount of which is 200 Euro. In contrast, for those applicants who are Non-EU/EFTA citizens, the tuition fees start from 2,000 Euro up to 4,700 Euro annually. Students who would like to pursue doctoral degree are also offered more programs and the tuition fees are more less the same.
For more information and details, please visit this website http://rekrutacja.uw.edu.pl/en/
There are several scholarship opportunities for applicants from different EU countries. It is important to ask about scholarship possibility when applying to the university.
This university is considered to be the oldest one in Poland and one of the oldest in Europe. It was established in 1364 (!) and has a long history. Jagiellonian University is another of the most prestigious universities in Poland and takes 7th place in the EECA rankings. Currently the total number of students is 47,494. University community also includes 7,366 staff members. The educational establishment offers 87 fields of study and 142 specializations.
English Programs provided by Jagiellonian University
BA in International Relations and Area Studies, European Studies » European Politics and Society in a Global Context, Medical doctor program for college-university students, and some other programs are available for English speakers.
Some programs do not require tuition from candidates who are of Polish origin or are European citizen. Yet, other programs may require tuition fees between 4,000 Euro to 12,200 Euro. In contrast, those applicants who are Non-EU/EFTA citizens, are required to pay for tuition for all programs. The tuition fee depends on the program and can vary between 2,200 and 12,200 EUR for the first year of studies.
Warsaw University of Technology
Warsaw University of Technology has found its place among the leading technological institutes in Europe and claims itself to be the best technical university in Poland. In the ranking of Polish universities, it has taken the first place in its category for nine years and is ranked 18th in the QS University Rankings: EECA. The university has over 37,000 students and 19 faculties, covering all fields of science and technology.
English Programs provided by Warsaw University of Technology
Warsaw University of Technology provides many courses taught in English language. Among them there are Aerospace Engineering, Computer Science, Environmental Engineering, Telecommunications, and many others, which may be of student’s interest.
The prices for non-EU students start from 1,350 Euro up to 2000 Euro per semester. For EU citizens, several programs are free of charge and other start from 460 Euro up to 670 Euro per semester.
Warsaw University of Technology also offers several programs for those who would like to pursue Master degree too. The tuition fees are similar to the ones, which are charged for Bachelor programs.
Foreign students who study at the Warsaw University of Technology can apply for the financial support in the form of scholarship.
University of Wroclaw
University of Wroclaw was founded in 1702 by Leopold I and is considered the largest one in Lower Silesia. Currently, 40,000 students and around 1,300 doctoral students are enrolled in programs. 9,000 students graduate from the University every year.
University of Wroclaw focuses on scientific research, which makes it not surprising that nine of the alumni are Nobel Prize winners. The university is ranked 44th in the EECA rankings and strongly holds its position among other top universities.
English Programs provided by University of Wroclaw
Biotechnology, Political Science, European Cultures, English Philology, Classics and European Identity, Chemistry, Business and Administration, and International Relations are the programs, which are offered by University of Wroclaw for English speakers.
The tuition fees for programs is University of Wroclaw can vary between 1,500 Euro up to 3,000 Euro for both EU and non-EU citizens. Yet, some programs for EU-citizens are free of charge. Students who would like to pursue Master degree are also offered several programs for which the tuition fees are similar.
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