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Europe is a popular choice among Indian students looking for higher education. Countries such as Germany, France, Poland, Belgium, Austria, and the Nordic countries are fast emerging as destinations for affordable higher education. Poland, a central European nation full of history, has a well-developed higher education system. The Higher Education Institutions or HEIs as they are called, have a list of private and state institutions offering quality education at affordable costs. Granted by the Central Commission for Academic Degrees, the university-type HEIs offer at least one doctoral program. In the academic year 2016-17, Poland had 390 HEIs including 132 state institutions. Apart from HEIs, doctoral programs are also offered by research institutions such as the Polish Academy of Sciences, and other research and development institutions authorized to award post-doctoral degrees. All this makes Poland a much sought-after destination to pursue higher education dreams.
Medicine, business, economics, engineering and technology are some of the top fields of study that international students usually pursue in Poland. Following are some of the top Polish universities offering degrees in these fields:
In Poland, tuition fees for various programs differ according to the private and state universities offering them but, on an average, it is in the range of EUR 2000 to EUR 6000 per year. For degrees such as an MBA, the tuition fee is in the range of EUR 8000 to EUR 12,000 a year. The fee structure has been established keeping in view the cost of the education process in public and non-public HEIs.
For entering Poland as a student, there are different types of visas such as C-type and D-type to choose from. It is advisable to go through the information as mentioned on the website of Polish consulate before applying for a student visa. Along with the application form, other necessary documents such as travel documents, health insurance, and college acceptance letter are also needed to be submitted during visa appointment. It usually takes a period of 15 days for visa application forms to get reviewed. An Indian student, like any other non-EU student, needs a temporary residence permit that is initially issued for a time frame of 15 months, followed by options to renew up to 3 years till the duration of course of study. Students from non-EU countries need to purchase international medical insurance on their own before arriving in Poland.
Poland is comparatively cheaper in terms of cost of living as compared to other European nations and hence, is among one of the foremost destinations for higher education among Indian students. On average, the cost of living for a student in Poland can vary between EUR 350 to EUR 550. However, international students need to have enough means to cover their living costs as a prerequisite to pursuing courses in Polish universities.
Most of the Polish HEIs have their own dormitories that international students prefer as the cheapest option for accommodation. Student houses and private apartments for students are also available. Student houses in HEIs have shared and single rooms where rent is in between EUR 60-80 for shared rooms and EUR 100-150 for private rooms. Rent for independent one-room apartments varies according to cities and locations.
With a student card that offers massive discounts on public transport along with access to libraries and other facilities in HEIs, students can enjoy low-cost travelling throughout Poland. For Indian students with a Polish visa and a temporary residence permit, working while studying is a good idea, especially during the three-month-long academic holidays. Information about summer jobs, and other internship and training opportunities are usually available at career centres in HEIs.
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