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During the past ten years, there has been a fivefold increase in the number of educational institutions in Poland and a fourfold increase in the student population.  Nearly half a million young people enter into Polish colleges and universities every year.

1. Grants and scholarships

  • Higher education is free for Polish citizens and for international students who are accepted on terms applicable to Polish students.  All other international students pay tuition fees:
2000 euros per year for mater’s courses
3000 euros per year for doctoral study
3000 euros per year for vocational courses and apprenticeships;
2000 euros per year for a Plish language course
  • The Bureau for Academic Recognition and International Exchange ( provides scholarship for international students from the following countries:: Albania, Algeria, Angola, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Belarus, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, China, Columbia, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, Ecuador, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, Georgia, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Iran, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Korea, Latvia, Lichtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malta, Mexico, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Peru, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Syria, Switzerland, Sweden, Tajikistan, Taiwan, Tunisia, Turkey, the Ukraine, USA, Uzbekistan, the United Kingdom, Venezuela, Vietnam.

2. Helpful websites for studying or working

3. General application deadlines
  • Most programs have applications in June or July

4. Student visa process and deadlines


  • Non EU/EEA students need to arrive in Poland with a student’s visa obtained at a Polish Embassy or Consulate in their country of residence. Visa for US citizens are free. It is important to remember that visas are granted for a maximum of three months. In order to extend the stay in Poland, it is necessary to apply for a residence permit for a specified period of time in Voivodeship office 45 days before visa expiration date. For further assistance students are strongly urged to contact the International Relations Office of their university. More practical information about: coming to Poland, legalizing your stay, medical care and insurance, driving licence, addresses of diplomatic missions of in Poland is available at (Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs).
  •  This is a link to the visa page on the Polish Embassy website.  Poland is part of Schengen.  Therefore its visa requirements are the same as other Schengen countries.