Study in Poland

About Poland

Poland (Polish: Polska) is a large country in Central Europe. It has a long Baltic Sea coastline bordering Belarus, the Czech Republic, Germany, Lithuania, Russia (Kaliningrad Oblast), Slovakia, and Ukraine. Poland was first united in the first half of the 10th century and officially adopted Catholicism in 966 AD. The first capital was in Gniezno, but a century later, it was moved to Krakow, where it remained for half a millennium. Poland is a democratic country with a stable, robust economy, a member of NATO since 1999 and the European Union since 2004.

Capital: Warsaw

About People: PEOPLE OF POLAND: Almost 38,622,000 people reside in the Republic of Poland. Polish is the largest race in this country. The other minority groups are German, Ukrainian, Belarusian, and some other tribes. Polish is the official language of the country. However, other languages are also spoken in some regions. The Population 40 Million ( 4 Crores )


  • Continental: Moderate, Changeable weather.

  • Average temperatures:

  • January

  • on the coast and the West from 0 to -1°C

  • North-East from – 4,5°C to – 5,5°C

  • in the mountains (South) – 7°C

  • July:

  • on the coast 16,5°C

  • In the South, 19°C

  • Average annual rainfall: 600 mm.

Education System in Poland

  • Since 1999, following a reform of the System of Education, there are the following types of schools in Poland

  • 6-year primary school

  • 3-year gymnasium

  • post-gymnasium schools

Primary Education

The reformed 6-year primary school was introduced in the school in the year 1999/2000 on the Implementation of the Education System Reform and is divided into two stages:

  • Stage I covers grades 1, 2, and 3, called integrated teaching. Teaching at this stage is designed to ensure a smooth transition from pre-school to school education.

  • Stage II covers grades 4, 5, and 6.

Secondary Education

  • In the framework of the education system reform in 1999, three-year gymnasia was established as the first (lower) secondary school level. Since 2002, upper secondary schools have been operational.

  • Lower Secondary Education: Gymnasium offers three years of full-time general lower secondary education for pupils who completed the reformed 6-year primary school. It is compulsory for all pupils. The gymnasium targets pupils aged 13 to 16 and is considered the last stage (Stage 3) of general compulsory education.

  • Upper Secondary Education: The age of pupils in upper secondary education is between 16 and 18/19/20 years. Upper secondary education is not divided into cycles.

  • Post-Secondary (non-Tertiary) Education

  • Post-secondary schools admit graduates of general secondary schools based on a secondary school leaving certificate. The age of pupils is between 19 – 20/21.

  • Post-secondary schools provide courses within the following branches: teacher education, arts, economics and administration, medical studies, technology, agriculture, forestry and fishery, transport and communication, hotel services, and computing. The most popular branches include teacher education, economics, library science, hotel services, and computing.

  • Duration of education depends on the type of occupation, and most of them are 2- 5 years.

Tertiary Education

  • Under the new legislation, non-state higher education institutions were established. In the academic year 2002/2003, there were 395 higher education institutions (including the military, internal affairs, and church establishments), of which 125 were state and 270 were non-state institutions.

  • A school of higher education can offer uniform Master's degree studies and higher vocational studies as supplementary Master's degree studies. It can also offer postgraduate courses, Ph.D. studies, special studies, and courses.


Colleges in Poland

  • The West Pomeranian Business School.

  • Collegium Civitas

  • Cracow University of Economics

  • Mazovian College of Management and Linguistics

Visa Requirement

The process to obtain a Polish Student Visa for international students

Students must obtain a Polish visa to enter and stay in Poland legally. Visa approval to access Poland gives the right to stay on the territory of the Republic of Poland only. Students intending to study at Polish University need the mentioned documents to obtain a Polish student visa.

Documents Required

  • Passport (valid for three months after planned departure from Poland).

  • One passport-size photo.

  • Completed application form.

  • Evidence of immigration status in country of residence, endorsed in current or previous passport (if applicable).

  • Fee, payable by cash/postal order.

  • Accommodation booking or invitation from friends or family in Poland.

  • An official letter from a college or university

  • Transport documentation, such as a rail or airplane ticket.

Applications submitted without these requirements will not be considered by the Consular offices and will be returned to the applicant. Holders of Polish visas are still subject to immigration control at the Polish border and are not guaranteed entry. All visitors must possess sufficient funds to cover the cost of their stay.