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Study in Poland

Situated in the center of Europe, Poland is among the largest and most populous countries in the region – ninth largest in Europe by area, and sixth in the European Union (EU) by population. Poland has enjoyed strong economic growth in recent years, particularly since joining the EU in 2004; in the midst of the economic crisis of 2009, Poland was the only European nation to report economic expansion.

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 46,000 international students choosing to study there in 2014/15.

For many of those who choose to study in Poland, the country’s appeal is augmented by its relatively low living costs, which remain below those of most EU members. University fees are likewise relatively affordable, typically no more than US$4,000 per year.

Click on the tabs below to learn more about the top universities in Poland, popular cities for students, applications, visas and more.

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Fast Facts

  • Located in central Europe
  • Area: 312,685 sq km
  • Population: around 38.4 million
  • Capital: Warsaw (also the largest city)
  • Borders with Belarus, Czech Republic, Germany, Lithuania, Russia, Slovakia, Ukraine and the Baltic sea
  • The government is a parliamentary republic, with an elected Prime Minister and President (the latter is a mostly symbolic role).
  • Poland has a TV channel dedicated to the Pope.
  • National currency: zloty (PLN)
  • National symbol: white-tailed eagle
  • More winners of the “World’s Strongest Man” competition than any other country
  • 17 Nobel Prize winners
  • 9,300 lakes, 23 National Parks and one desert
  • 90% of Poles have completed at least secondary education, the highest score in the EU, along with Czechs, Slovaks and Slovenes.
  • Polish-born astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus was the first person to suggest that the Earth was in fact not the center of the universe.
  • 70% of the Nazi extermination camps during WWII were located in Poland, including the three most infamous, Auschwitz, Treblinka and Belzec.
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