Poland is one of the largest countries in the Eastern Europe. Its size is comparable with Italy and it borders Germany, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Lithuania, Russia, Ukraine and Belarus. It has a population of over 38 million people, which makes it the sixth most populated member of the European Union. Living in Poland is living in the heart of Europe. You drive only a few hours and you can be in another country.

The Baltic Sea, the Masurian Lake District, the Tatra Mountains, vibrant cities, lovely towns, picturesque villages - in Poland everything is at hand! Natural, cultural and historical diversity are remarkable and unique. Warsaw – the capital, a financial and political centre, Cracow - full of Polish history with wonderful monuments or Gdansk where you can taste not only the city life but also relax on the beach.

Great (north) Poland was founded in 966. The tribes of southern Poland then formed Little Poland. Poland merged with Lithuania by royal marriage in 1386. The Polish-Lithuanian state reached the peak of its power between the 14th and 16th centuries, scoring military successes against the (Germanic) Knights of the Teutonic Order, the Russians, and the Ottoman Turks. Lack of a strong monarchy enabled Russia, Prussia, and Austria to carry out a first partition of the country in 1772, a second in 1792, and a third in 1795. For more than a century thereafter, there was no Polish state. The Polish people revolted against foreign dominance throughout the 19th century. Poland was formally reconstituted in 1918.

In 1939, at the beginning of World War II, a German-Soviet agreement divided Poland between the USSR and Germany. The Polish government-in-exile was replaced with the Communist-dominated Polish Committee of National Liberation by the Soviet Union in 1944. A new constitution in 1952 made Poland a “people's democracy” of the Soviet type. In 1955, Poland became a member of the Warsaw Treaty Organization, with its foreign policy identical to that of the USSR.

After the fall of communism, in 1991, the first fully free parliamentary election since World War II resulted in representation for 29 political parties. In 1999, Poland became part of NATO, along with the Czech Republic and Hungary. Poland is one of the fastest growing economies, being the 6th largest economy in the European Union and the 21st in the world. It is worth mentioning that Poland is the only EU member state that showed a positive GDP during the recent economic crisis.

• The basic cost of studies is very competitive as the minimum tuition fee is 2000 EUR a year and is few times lower than the European average.

• Monthly living costs are around EUR 300-400 and they depend mostly on your life style.

• You should remember that in spite of the fact that Poland belongs to the European Union; the currency is still Polish zloty.

• Cultural life in Poland is diverse and dynamic, with many cinemas, theatres, concert halls, clubs and many, many others. In Poland, everyone will find something here to match their sport interests, from mainstream activities such as fitness and running, to modern dance, trekking or bodybuilding.

• Juwenalia is a traditional Polish student holiday, usually occurring in May. The Juwenalia traditions usually involve a student parade to the town square where the city mayor hands over the symbolic keys to the city.

• Poland's bigger cities, including Krakow, Warsaw, Lodz and Gdansk, provide a wide range of entertainment options, including bars, pubs, restaurants and clubs. Dancing is at particular interest, with many clubs in each big city. Dance clubs play disco, retro, jazz and rock 'n' roll, new wave and alternative.

• The cost of accommodation in a student dormitory varies from 80 EUR to 100 EUR per month, depending on the university, city, and the type of room.

• The cost of renting off campus varies considerably depending on the location and condition of the apartment, so check the local listings to get a sense of the prices. In Gda´nsk, international students typically pay around 150 EUR to 200 EUR per room per month, excluding bills, though it is possible to find cheaper accommodation.

• A three-course meal for two people costs around 25 EUR.

• Visit the beautiful Old Town, the Royal Route and Royal Castle, the Chopin museum, Wilanów Palace and the former Jewish ghetto in Warsaw.

• The Palace of Culture and Science is the tallest building in Poland.

• In Krakow, you can visit mediaeval cathedrals, the Renaissance castle, Baroque churches, the Art Nouveau theatre and the famous district of Kazimierz.

• The Masurian Lake District is a picturesque region of more than a thousand lakes, linked by rivers and canals, covered with thick forests it is a perfect dream spot for sailors, fishermen, hikers and cyclists.

• The Great Barrier Reef is the worlds largest coral reef and an amazingly popular tourist attraction.

Polish higher education system has a long tradition with its roots going back as far as the Middle Ages. The oldest university in Poland was founded in the 14th century and is one of the oldest and most respected universities in Europe. Nowadays all big cities offer third level education within a variety of public and private schools. Course availability is impressive and schools continue to expand their educational offers. Polish diplomas are recognized in the European Union and worldwide. Polish universities participate in various international student exchange programmes and are involved in bilateral agreements and individual exchange programmes organized by particular schools.

Higher Education Institutions

Higher education institutions in Poland can be public or private. Public schools are financed fully or partially by the state. Private schools are fully financed from private funds. Universities and medical academies are always public. There are approximately 400 higher education schools in Poland.

Higher education institutions in Poland include:

• Public Universities

• Technical Universities

• Medical Universities

• Academies of theatre and film

• Agricultural Universities

• Pedagogical Universities

• Academies of Music

• Academies of Arts

• Theological Universities

• Universities of Economics

• Maritime Universities

• Military Universities

The higher education in Poland follows the Bologna Process, present in all European Union member countries. The system helps students to pass the courses in different countries.

In order to apply for a selected study programme you should contact us for the timely admissions in Universities/colleges generally require 4-8 weeks to process your application and to prepare your visa application form.

Remember that some universities have additional admission requirements. It is necessary to contact your selected university before submitting your application.

The general admission requirements for Polish language students are:

• Proof that you are in good health.

• A valid passport.

The general admission requirements of the Bachelor's Degree Programmes are:

• IELTS 6.0 for Bachelors admission & 6.5 for Masters admission.

• Secondary School Certificate, bachelors transcripts, degrees.

• Curriculum Vitae.

• A valid certificate of no impediment to take up studies – valid for at least 3 months.

• A valid passport.

• Admission fee payment receipt.

• 4 passport-size photographs.