• Faithful to my Homeland, the Republic of Poland

  • Poland’s traditions of academic education go back to 1364, when King Casimir the Great established the Cracow Academy, known today as Jagiellonian University. The Cracow Academy, one of the oldest in the world, took after academies in Bologna and Padua, and was the second university in Central Europe after the school in Prague. Around two centuries later, in 1579, King Stefan Batory transformed the existing Jesuit College in Vilnius into the Vilnius Academy, and in 1661 John Casimir, King of Poland, converted the Jesuite College in Lviv into the Lviv Academy. Thus, by the end of the 17th century, the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth had three flourishing universities, providing academic education to both national and international students. Today, the Polish higher education system is developing dynamically. Poland holds the fourth place in Europe (after the United Kingdom, Germany and France) in terms of the number of people enrolled in higher education. The total student population, at over 450 university-level schools, is almost 2 million. Each year, almost half a million young people begin their learning at higher education institutions here. Polish university-level schools offer over 200 first-rate fields of study as an integral part of the European Higher Education Area. Most higher education institutions also offer their courses in foreign languages. Poland plays an active part in the Bologna Process: owing to the introduction of a three-stage education modelled on the Bachelor/Master/Doctor template and the European Credit Transfer System, Polish students and foreigners studying in Poland stay fully mobile, and can easily continue their education elsewhere in the European Union. Within the Erasmus Programme alone, running for 25 years, almost 30 thousand foreign students have come to study in Poland, whilst almost 100 thousand students from Poland took a portion of their education in another European Union country. Foreign students coming to Poland can expect an attractive and diversified educational range meeting high European standards; they can study medicine, biotechnology and engineering, but also art and business. The diploma awarded to them upon graduation is recognized not only in Europe. For students from outside the European Union who come to study in Poland, this may well mark the beginning of the fascinating adventure of discovering Europe: being invited to study in Poland means that you are invited to the European Union, of which Poland is an active member state. We invite you to discover the European Union, which offers not only varied, interesting cultures and the opportunities associated with strong, innovative economies, but also provides excellent conditions for successful higher education in a challenging and friendly atmosphere. With top-quality, internationally recognized degrees, almost no other region in the world can set your career off on such a promising start. This guide will provide you with the information you need to begin. Come to the European Union.


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