Poland is wild! There are few countries like it in Europe, with such a long history of resistance groups, fighters and real-life Phoenixes, who raise stronger from their own ashes.
Considering the culture and the solidarity the Poles have with everyone entering their country, as well as the low living costs and the multitude of universities, there’s no surprise that Poland has become one of the most preferred destinations for international students worldwide.
For a smoother transition and application process, we developed a small guide for you to follow.
Choose the right degree subject in Poland
First things first, you should choose a discipline. If you haven’t decided yet, you can check out the most popular subjects in Poland, as suggested by our data.
- Management degrees in Poland
- International Relations degrees in Poland
- International Business degrees in Poland
- Economics degrees in Poland
- General Engineering degrees in Poland
Choose the right Polish university
Polish universities are really cheap, compared to the rest of Europe. Some of the best are:
- University of Wroclaw, in Wroclaw
- Cracow University of Economics, in Cracow
- Poznan University of Economics and Business, in Poznan
- University of Gdansk, in Gdansk
- Wroclaw University of Environmental and Life Sciences, in Wroclaw
Prepare to apply
As for any country, your first concern should be the VISA. Poland is a member of the European Union, so EU/EEA students don’t need a VISA. Meanwhile, non-EU/EEA students should read about it and start preparing the necessary documents and setting appointments as soon as possible.
Consulates and Embassies will handle your paperwork, and the website for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs will help you with your Polish VISA, if there are questions or you don’t understand the instructions.
Also, check if you qualify for a scholarship in Poland. There are quite a few, so it’s worth a shot to see if any of them suits you. You can also check out the Studyportals Scholarship to get some help on financing your studies abroad.
Where to apply for a Polish Master’s degree?
To apply to a Polish programme, you need to access the university’s page and follow the steps there. Unlike other countries, Poland doesn’t have a certain website, where you can make a general application, which you can then send to a list of universities. You will have to work for it, so the rewards will feel even better in the end.
You can check the StudyInPoland website, where you can find frequently asked questions, information about life in Poland and what other things you should consider before moving there. Also, they have a list of featured universities on their homepage, so you could easily find phone numbers, programmes, e-mails and information about each of them.
Language requirements for a Polish university application
Dear God, you will need an English proficiency certificate… And you will need it right now!
Seeing how the application documents for both VISA and your Master’s programme require proof of your bilinguality (I know, cool word), you should invest time and effort and ace one of the following tests:
- C1 Advanced
Required application documents
General application documents
There is a list of minimum requirements that all students must reach, so they could get into a Master’s programme. This list includes:
- a matriculation certificate or equivalent document
- an English proficiency test
Also, the most common admission documents required by Polish universities are:
- undergraduate diploma or an official duplicate (issued by the university)
- candidate's CV with the details about the school and professional career optionally
- one academic reference and one personal reference
- filled out the application form
- 4 passport-size photographs
- copy of the candidate’s ID
- proof of English language proficiency (unless the first degree was taught in English)
- medical certificate with no contraindication for studying
- admission fee payment receipt
Specific entry requirements
If you opt for a Master’s programme in a department of arts, physical education, teaching, medical or technical universities, you will have to take an additional aptitude test.
Also, depending on the programme, other documents might include:
- notarised secondary school certificate or an official duplicate issued by the candidate's high school
- a supplement to the undergraduate program diploma or a copy of your Bachelor’s thesis
University application deadlines for Poland
In most cases, the academic year at Polish universities consists of 2 semesters of 15 weeks duration each.
- Beginning of October: Fall semester starts
- Mid-February: Fall semester ends
- Mid-February: Spring semester starts
- End of June: Spring semester ends
- Beginning of July – end of September: Summer vacation
As far as application deadlines are concerned, they vary from university to university dates but common dates are:
- Application deadlines for EU students: mid-September (the latest)
- Non-EU students: mid-July to mid-August (the latest)
Final steps after receiving your acceptance letter
Firstly: Wooo! You got in!
Secondly: Let’s make a shortlist of things you should prepare and the errands you need to run once you get there.
As an EU/EEA students, you won’t need a VISA, but no matter what country you come from, you will need to apply for a temporary residence permit, as your Master’s degree will surely be longer than three months.
Don’t forget to call your university’s International Relations Office and get more information on the more practical aspects, like coming to Poland, medical care and insurances, your driving license, and more
If you’re a non-EU/EEA student, for the VISA you’ll need (OK, not need, but you’re strongly recommended *wink*) to get medical insurance in your home country or immediately after you arrive. If you don’t have this covered, you will have to pay every health service you will get and that will rack your bill to a substantial sum. Oh, and EU/EEA students: you’re not off the hook: get your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC), or else you won’t be eligible for free health insurance. Wua-wua!