f you are looking for a high quality European education for a good price you should look to study in Poland. The cost of living together with the tuition fees is lower than in many other European countries whilst the quality of the education system is equally high with over 400 public and private higher education institutions throughout the country.
Poland has had a fascinating and turbulent history and is often referred to as a nation of survivors. As foreign investments are shifting eastwards, Poland has grown to occupy a central position for global trade. This internationalization is spreading to the educational institutions as well, and today many Polish universities and colleges offers study programmes in English. Higher education is an important area of investment in Poland and the number of higher education institutions has increased fivefold during the last five years. At the same time, Poland’s history of higher education and research stretches way back and some of the oldest universities in Europe can be found here, such as the Jagiellonian University of Cracow.
Poland has a truly rich cultural heritage with for example thirteen sites that have been put on the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites, including the Bialowieza Forest and the Wieliczka Salt Mine. Poland can offer an astonishing nature with 23 national parks, primeval forests, estuaries, chalk cliffs, limestone caves and the world’s highest numbers of lakes.
The minimal tuition fee is 2000 euro a year. Although, universities may set higher amount for particular courses, so you should verify the cost of studying in a University of your choice. The living expenses in Poland are much lower than in most EU countries. The amount of 200-400 Euros should cover the monthly costs of accommodation, food and transport. Moreover if you’re a EU/EEA citizen you are allowed to work full time without any permission. If you’re a citizen of Belarus, Russia or Ukraine you may work for 3 months in a period no longer than 6 months. All other nationals may work without permission in July, August and September.
The Second World War is one of the darkest pages in the history of Poland. The country had a Jewish community of nearly 3.5 million people, and three of the largest concentration camps were held here. Auschwitz-Birkenau, Treblinka and Belzec each claimed over 600 000 lives. Today, you can still visit the remains of these camps.