If you are an EU citizen then in order to obtain a student visa to study in the country for longer than 3 months you need to legalise your stay in the Republic of Poland, which can be done by registering your stay in the country. If you hold a laissez-passer from the United Nations then visas are not required for students.
For non-EU citizens then a visa to study needs to be acquired at the Polish consulate in your resident country before your arrival in Poland. Once in the country a Temporary Stay Card must be applied for at least 45 days before your visa expires in order to prolong your stay in the country and continue your studies.
Several documents must be submitted in the application, including a valid passport that must have at least three months validity from the date of planned departure from Poland. You also need to include a letter of acceptance from a Polish university or institution, evidence of proficiency of language in what you want to study, confirmation of funds to support your study, transport documentation, a short CV and several other documents confirming health insurance and qualifications.
There are several options for students in Poland to choose from their accommodation, with most universities and higher education establishments offering their students accommodation in dormitories which are usually the cheapest rooms available at around €60-80 per month for a shared room and €100-150 for a single room, although this price may differ depending on where you study.
Private housing is plentiful for students although the cost of this varies depending on where you want to study, what kind of accommodation and area you are looking for.
Many universities have accommodation services to assist international students in finding appropriate housing before they arrive for their studies.
Poland doesn’t have a centralised system for university applications, so each application needs to be made directly to the university itself which may include several steps, such as proof of language proficiency and confirmation of qualifications to support your application.
There may be specific entry requirements for your individual programme which depends on the area of study, such as references of supplementary certificates that prove you are qualified to study the programme.
Polish nationals don’t pay any tuition fees for their study, however international students do have to pay a tuition fee which is established by the universities themselves. Often these cost at least €2,000 for a Bachelors or Masters, with the fees for PhD and other specialised programmes starting from around €3,000.
There are private universities in Poland which can be applied to, however you may be facing fees of around €50,000 per year for these courses depending on location and area of study.
There are several funding options to choose from for international students wanting to study in Poland including scholarships that re offered by the Polish government or under deals associated with the European Union; there are also opportunities for funding from citizens from developing countries.