Poland, officially the Republic of Poland, About this sound listen, is a parliamentary republic in Central Europe. Poland is a unitary state divided into 16 administrative subdivisions, covering an area of 312,679 square kilometres (120,726 sq mi) with a mostly temperate climate. With a population of over 38.5 million people, Poland is the sixth most populous member state of the European Union. Poland’s capital and largest city is Warsaw. Other cities include Kraków, Wrocław, Poznań, Gdańsk and Szczecin.
The establishment of a Polish state can be traced back to 966, when Mieszko I, ruler of a territory roughly coextensive with that of present-day Poland, converted to Christianity. The Kingdom of Poland was founded in 1025, and in 1569 it cemented a longstanding political association with the Grand Duchy of Lithuania by signing the Union of Lublin. This union formed the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth, one of the largest (about 1 million km²) and most populous countries of 16th and 17th century Europe with a uniquely liberal political system which declared Europe’s first constitution.
- High Quality Universities: Poland has more than 450 HEIs (Higher Education institutions) which are also highly specialized enabling the formation of outstanding experts from a wide spectrum of fields.
- Price: Studying in Poland is cheaper than doing so in other parts of Europe. Tuition fees start from less than 1500 EUR per year and rarely go higher than 3000 EUR.
- Vibrant Student and Cultural Life: As we all know, being a student is much more than only studying. This is why you’ll never regret choosing Poland. Thanks to the 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 a Part of the Socrates–Erasmus Programme: Since 1998, Poland has been part of the Socrates–Erasmus programme and today more than 300 Polish HEIs participate. In 2013 alone, around 10,000 students from all over Europe came to Poland mostly choosing universities in Warsaw, Poznań, Kraków, Wrocław and Łódź.
- Scholarships for Non-EU Students: Each year, a considerable number of scholarships for non-EU foreign students are launched.
- Polish Hospitality: Extraordinary hospitality is deeply rooted in Polish culture. Poles won’t hesitate to offer you their flat for a night or two if you have problems with arranging accommodation and they always care to make your stay in Poland comfortable and interesting.