Poland is located in the very centre of Europe. With the total area of 312,679 km² it’s the seventh biggest country on the Europe. Polish population is over 38,5 million people. The capital city is Warsaw. Poland borders 7 countries: Germany on the west, Czech Republic and Slovakia on the south, Ukraine, Belarus and Lithuania on the east, and Russia on the north.
Most of the country is located on lowlands. On the south there are upland areas with two major mountain chains ,The Baltic sea coastline on the north measures 770 km. The longest river, Vistula (Wisła) is 1,047 km (678 miles) long. The climate is moderate.
Q: Do I need a visa? If so, how do I apply for one? :
EU/EEA students do not need any Polish visa, however upon arrival to Poland they should apply for a temporary residence permit if they stay in the country longer then 90 days.
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. 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 specified period of time
Q: Is health insurance required? :
Medical care in Poland is not free of charge. Health insurance is mandatory for all students for the entire duration of their stay in Poland. The students from non-EU/EEA countries are recommended to buy medical insurance in their home country or immediately after their arrival in Poland. Otherwise students are required to pay for any health service they get. Foreign students are also advised to purchase third party liability insurance and accident insurance.
Q: How do I find accommodation? :
Most Polish universities provide accommodation for international students at their own dormitories, but the number of rooms is limited. The host university should help students in finding appropriate accommodation.
Q: How much money do I need for living in Poland?
Depending on your personal situation, lifestyle and habits you may have different needs. In practice, you will need at least 1500 Euro per year in order to cover the cost of accommodation, pay for the local transport, and even go out occasionally. This amount should cover the costs of rent, food, clothing, personal hygiene, local transport, study materials, telephone and other expenses.