Excellent Educational Faciities
Poland conforms to the guidelines from the Bologna Process in European higher education. The degree system based on the three-cycle structure has been successfully implemented together with the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS). The European standard in higher education makes it easier for students to obtain recognition of their qualifications in other countries.
First-cycle studies (3 to 4 years) leading to the professional title of a licencjat or inżynier (Engineer, in the fi eld of engineering, agriculture or economics). This is the Polish equivalent of the Bachelor’s degree. It is focused on preparing students for future employment or for continued education within the Master’s degree programmes. To obtain this degree, students must earn 180-240 ECTS credits.
Second-cycle studies – Master’s degree program (1.5 to 2 years) following the first cycle studies and leading to the professional title of a Master (magister, or an equivalent degree depending on the study course profile). It is focused on theoretical knowledge as well as application and development of creative skills. In artistic disciplines, the focus is on the development of creativity and talents. The Master degree holders may enter a doctoral program (third-cycle studies). To obtain the degree, students must earn 90-120 ECTS credits.
Third-cycle studies – Doctoral degree programs (normally 3 to 4 years) accessible for graduates of Master’s degree program, leading to the PhD degree, offered by the university type schools as well as some research institutions (departments of the Polish Academy of Sciences as well as research and development institutions). The PhD degree is awarded to candidates who submit and successfully defend a doctoral dissertation before the thesis committee and pass the doctoral examination.
What is ECTS?
In addition to the grading scale, HEIs (Higher Education Institutes) in the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) under which a certain number of credits is allocated to a given subject, independently of marks awarded. To complete a year successfully, the student has to collect 60 credits (30 per semester).
The ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) is the standard adopted by all the universities in the European Higher Education Area (EHEA) in the process of convergence between Europe’s higher education systems. Since 2007, all Polish higher education institutions are required to use ECTS for both credit transfer and accumulation within their degree programs. The ECTS credits allow foreign students’ periods of study at HEIs in Poland to be recognized.
POLISH GOVERNMENT SCHOLARSHIPS
The Polish Government offers a number of scholarships and fellowships intended for university students, researchers or lecturers for studying and doing research at Polish public universities and institutions under either bilateral international agreements or a decision of the Minister responsible for higher education. Foreign student scholarship applications falling within such a quota are sent by Polish consular or diplomatic missions to the Bureau for Academic Recognition and International Exchange. There the applications are reviewed by the Bureau’s Section for Recruitment and Education of Foreigners in Poland. The final decision is taken by the Minister of Science and Higher Education.
SCHOLARSHIPS OFFERED BY HEIS:
Apart from the Polish Government scholarships, a number of Polish higher education institutions also offer their own
scholarships. These scholarships are often related to a specific field of study or degree program at a specific institution. Some higher education institutions have agreements with partner institutions in countries throughout the world. The available options have to be checked with particular universities.
Polish cuisine is mostly known for its comforting and fulfilling dishes like pierogi and kiełbasa. For the health conscious, it is also good to know that Poland is at the forefront of non-GMO, bio, and organic food trends. The culture of eating healthily and carefully choosing organic products is very popular nowadays in Poland. Since we have a straightforward capitalist system, this demand has produced a large supply. There are occasional fairs of organic food organised in every district of bigger cities as well as lots of restaurants for aware consumers. What’s more, the price of organic food is affordable, only slightly higher than for products available in supermarkets. No more need to pay four times the price only not to drink milk that never spoils or an evergreen apple!
Poland has a lot of original dishes to offer. One of them is ‘pierogi’ also known as dumplings.
As we all know, being a student is much more than only studying. It is only as important as the other components of higher education: partying, sports, music festivals, film festivals, hanging out with friends, going out of town for the weekends, etc. This is why you’ll never regret choosing Poland. Thanks to our rapid economic growth in the last two decades, the cultural offerings of Poland are comparable to any other European country, but with its own character.
Poland is visited each summer by the world’s biggest pop music stars. Young Poles are true lovers of alternative culture so they attend in droves festivals like Open’er or OFF Festival . Every year, each university organizes its own carnival called Juwenalia. During Juwenalia, all classes are cancelled so that everybody has time to party. There are plenty of things to watch/listen to/get involved in every day in the biggest cities, so you will find no time for boredom.