Study abroad semester in Poland

Welcome to Poland!

Poland has suffered a lot in the 20th century, but now its national independence and the brilliance of its citizens is making the country flourish. Polish cities are blooming after years of suffering, with a steady increase of the quality of life and international opportunities inbound and outbound. Several firms are relocating to Poland, leading to an increase in immigration of people seeking for good job prospects. Tourism is also becoming more interesting to foreigners.

Karol Cardinal Wojtyla, as Pope John Paul II, was the first non-Italian pope since the 16th century. Catholicism in Poland enjoys immense social prestige and political influence. The vast majority of the population is professing, making it one of the most Catholic countries in the world. Poland is member of the European Union but does not adopt the Euro. However, a favorable rate is set between Euro and their currency, making it cheap for foreign people to enjoy a high standard of living in Poland.

Sport is an important passion for Polish people, with a strong football, skiing and cycling support base. Climate is quite cold; however, this does not discourage people from practicing assiduously physical activities. Social life is enjoyable thanks to the rejuvenation of the country. Beer and vodka are some of the specialties that Poland can offer.

What are the best universities in Poland for semester students?

Are you still undecided whether or not Poland might be an appealing destination for you? On wearefreemovers you can find a selection of 5 academic institutions offering you the possibility of spending a semester or a full academic year in Poland. Let’s check some statistics about them.

Here you can see the positions of the Polish institutions among the world’s best universities rankings.

NAMEQSTHEARWUCWURCWTSEduniversal palmesU.S. News & World Report's Best Global Universities RankingsWebometrics
University of Warsaw321801–1000301-4003964525301324
Kozminski University-----4--
SGH Warsaw School of Economics-----4--
University of Wroclaw801-10001001+-833734-922757
Wroclaw University of Economics and Business-----2--

It is clearly recognizable that there are two types of universities to choose from: pure business schools and universities. The pure business schools are: Kozminski University, SGH Warsaw School of Economics and the Wroclaw University of Economics and Business, as can be seen from their good positioning in the Eduniversal ranking. Hence, don’t worry if you don’t see them ranked by the other rankers: this is due to the fact that they are considered to be “niche” institutions, and so not covered by the general universities rankings. Then, you can find also two universities: University of Warsaw and University of Wroclaw, which are mentioned in almost all the most important rankings, with the first one having a slight advantage over the second one.

Costs and fees

Poland is a cheap country. Monthly costs of living for a single person are just above 500€. Keep in mind that, as a student, you could have access to various discounts which can include food, travel, and accommodation expenses.

When it comes to university’s fees, Poland is cheap as well, with a median 1350€/semester for EU free mover students and 1875€/semester for non-EU free mover students.

Which Polish cities are available to free movers?

Currently there are 3 cities that accept free movers in Poland. Here you can find Polish institutions divided by city: