Higher education in Poland (benefits, education system)


Poland has participated in the Bologna process since 1999, after the introduction of relevant norms and standards in education, science and technical equipment (educational institutions and research centers). The quality of education is also confirmed by compliance with the International Education Classification (ISCED).


Recognition of diplomas. Diplomas of Polish educational institutions are recognized in all countries of Europe and in most countries of the world, without further confirmation.

Student Exchange Programs. Almost all educational institutions are linked to international exchange programs (Erasmus and others), which allows students to study at other foreign universities for a semester / year, receiving a scholarship (from 300 to 600 Eur).

Dual training programs, internships and practices, work & travel. During the training, students can take paid practices and internships at the expense of European programs – improving the quality of education.

Dual Diploma Programs. Many educational institutions provide the opportunity for students to study in 2 universities in parallel and receive, at the end, two diplomas (a diploma of the Polish university and a diploma of another foreign university).

Cost of education. Compared to other European countries, the cost of studying at Polish universities is very attractive (teaching in Polish language programs from 900 EUR / year, in English programs from 1500 EUR / year). Also, many universities offer free programs on a grant and scholarship basis. Find out morе.

Ease of entrance process. Many institutions practice enrollment of entrants to study without passing entrance exams. The main criterion is the knowledge (confirmation) of the language of instruction at the appropriate level. Find out morе.

Visa. Poland is open to university entrants from Ukraine, so getting a student visa is a less complex process than other European countries. The main mother correctly collected all the necessary document.Find out more

Participation in international seminars, conferences, research.

Tourism without restrictions. Since 2007, Poland has been a member of the Schengen zone, which means the absence of borders between European countries (which are part of the Schengen area). Therefore, students with a visa or a broken card can travel freely and stay in the Schengen area for 90 calendar days.

Employment while studying. Students enrolled in stationary form have the right to work part-time during the educational process, and full-time during the summer holidays. Due to this, many students pay for their own accommodation and tuition fees.

Employment opportunities after graduation. Students who have completed their studies at Polish universities are given a privileged year to find work without a return to the country of citizenship. In addition, graduates have a wide market for vacancies of Polish and European employers.


The system of higher education in Poland is represented by state and private educational institutions, which in turn are divided into titles:

  • University (Uniwersytet). Educational institutions, which have the right to appoint a doctor’s degree not less than in 10 different disciplines.
  • General school (Szkoła Główna). Educational institutions, which have the right to appoint a doctorate degree not less than in 7 economic disciplines.
  • Polytechnic (Politechnika). Educational institutions, which have the right to appoint a doctor’s degree not less than in 6 technical disciplines.
  • Academy (Akademia) – Educational institutions that have the right to appoint a doctorate degree not less than in 3 different disciplines.
  • Higher School (Wyższa Szkoła). Educational establishments, which have the right to appoint a doctor’s degree not more than in 3 disciplines.


  • Stationary training. Classes are from Monday to Friday (from 08:00 to 18:00). The number of academic days depends on the educational program of the chosen specialty (it can take from 3 to 5 academic days). It is best suited for entrants who wish to enroll in undergraduate or postgraduate studies (not yet permanently employed)
  • Part-time training. It takes place according to the schedule of congresses issued by the university. Typically, congressional training is held every second Friday, Saturday and Sunday (that is, a week later). Best for students who have a permanent job.
  • Individual schedule. A unique form of education for students who, while undergoing in-service training, have been on a permanent basis and can not attend classes in a stable manner, according to the curriculum. During this form of study, the student independently and with the consent of the teachers, forms his own educational process and the passing of the examination session. Obtaining an individual takes place according to the decision of the Deсan, based on the application submitted by the student.


  • Bachelor (Licencjat). Duration of studies is 3 years (6 semesters). This form is being implemented, in most cases, in humanitarian managerial, socio-social and economic areas of study.
  • Engineering (Inżynier). Duration of studies is 3.5 -4 years (7-8 semesters). Realized exclusively on technical directions and specialties.
  • Undergraduate Master (Jednolite studia magisterskie). Duration of studies is 5.5-5 years (10-11 semesters), without division into bachelor and magistr. This form is inherent in the specialities: law, physiotherapy, psychology, medicine, dentistry.
  • Master (Magister). Duration of training is 1,5 -2 years (3-4 semesters).