Yay! You are ready to get started on this study in Poland adventure. But now what? Here are four steps you should follow to cover all your bases:
First, you should shortlist your preferred fields of study. In Poland, like the rest of Europe, students apply to pursue a specific degree at the university. It is not possible to attend without having decided beforehand what exactly you want to study. You can apply to more than one degree (like a Bachelors in English Literature and a Bachelors in Economics) but you will have to designate one as your first choice and you will only be able to start school as a student in English Literature or a student in Economics (for example).
Second, you should consider the different universities that offer the field of study that peak your interest. Do you have any thoughts on where in Poland you want to live? If you have your mind set on a particular city, make sure your degree of choice is offered there as well.
Third, assess your eligibility to study at the universities you have selected and proceed to collect all the required documentation. Often, you will be asked to provide proof of your knowledge of English (usually at a B2 level) and apostilled copies of your high school or university diplomas. Getting all your paperwork in order may be more complicated than anticipated so make sure to give yourself plenty of time to get your ducks in a row.
Fourth, start your applications. If you meet all the requirements, you can go ahead and complete applications for the schools and degrees you selected. Remember that many universities charge an application fee and don’t forget to make note of all official deadlines to make sure you submit your application on time! But don’t worry if you can’t get everything together for the next cycle, many universities in Poland accept applications for both the Summer and the Winter Semester. That means, there are two points during the year in which you may start your studies.
For more information on visa requirements and legalization of stay you can check our blog.