Poland

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Basic monthly living cost

  • Rent in a shared flat

    278
  • Share of utilities

    62
  • Internet subscription

    12
  • Local transportation

    21

Sample lifestyle cost

  • Fast food combo

    5
  • Cinema ticket

    5
  • Pint of local beer

    2

About Poland

For many people, Poland is one of the richest cultural areas of Europe. Poland is located in the center of Europe and has borders with the Baltic Sea, Germany, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Ukraine, Belarus, Lithuania and Russia. Most of the country is flat, but two mountain ranges are located in the south. Poland is home to spectacular natural scenery and beautiful architecture that includes castles, palaces, wooden churches and modern sports arenas.

For students who wish to travel to the country for education, there are many promising reasons to do so. The country offers a solid educational system including various law schools. It can be one of the more promising countries to obtain a legal degree in.

What is the Legal System in Poland?

Before entering into this type of field of study, students should have a better understanding of the legal system here. The country's legal system continues to evolve. It has both public and private laws under its code. The Constitution of Poland is the main ruling laws of the country. As a civil law country, parliament creates the laws. In many instances, laws are localized, making it somewhat of a challenge to learn these laws until you are familiar with the local area.

Study in Poland

What is the Law Degree in Poland?

In the country of Poland, individuals who wish to work as a jurist or lawyer, will need to obtain a Magister's Degree. There are many venues for these individuals to work in, once they obtain this law degree, including working as a judge, public attorney, legal advisor, advocate, notary, bailiff, and patent attorney. There are two bar associations in the country, the Polish Bar Council, which is the main advocate association, and the National Chamber of Legal Advisors, which is focused on legal advisors.

Law Higher Education in Poland

As a large country, there are numerous law schools in Poland. Students will need to complete their initial degree prior to applying for a law school. Law degrees take an additional two to four years, depending on specializations. The cost of the law degree will range significantly, but rates are comparable to other European law programs. International students may apply, but must do so directly to the law school. If accepted, the school will then help the student to obtain the necessary travel visa. Enrollment in law schools can be heavy and they are often highly competitive positions. Nevertheless, with a good demand for well-educated attorneys in the country, obtaining a law degree in Poland can be very beneficial.

Visa Requirements

  • C type visa – a short-term Schengen visa.
  • D type visa – a long-term national visa issued for up to one year.

What type of Visa do you need?

Visa name

C type visa; D type visa

Price and currency

USD 160

The application fee for a student visa to Poland is around $160. The fees are subject to change.

Who can apply for the visa?

Students from European Union countries do not need a visa to study in Poland. However, when you have arrived in Poland, you do need to apply for a temporary study visa at the local Voivod’s office.

Students from outside the European Union typically need to apply for a student visa before entering Poland. There are, however, a number of countries that are free of this requirement. You can check if your country is on the list here: http://www.msz.gov.pl

Where can you make the application?

Polish embassy or consulate

You should apply for a student visa at the Polish embassy or consulate in your current country of residence.

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How to make the application?

Once you get admission to your selected university they will send you proper documents that you will use to get your student visa. You should apply for a student visa at your nearest Polish embassy or consulate. These are the documents you may typically be asked to provide:

  • A signed and complete filled Visa Application of Poland for students.
  • Passport that must be valid for at least three months after you plan to leave Poland.
  • Photocopy of National ID card.
  • Official letter from the university or college in Poland where you plan to study.
  • A brief CV or resume.
  • All your previous certificates and diplomas.
  • Proof that you have proficiency in the language in which you wish to study.
  • Proof that you are financially strong enough to bear your educational and living expenses in Poland.
  • Health insurance certificate that is accepted in Europe.
  • Two passport-sized photos.
  • Pay the Visa Application Fee
  • Proof of Accommodation in Poland.

All students have to legalize their stay in Poland by applying for a temporary residence permit. This has to be done a short time after arrival in Poland. Universities will help you with the application procedures. A temporary residence permit entitles you to stay and work in Poland.

When should you apply?

It can typically take around 15 days to process your student visa application. However, the processing times vary depending on the country and the type of visa you are applying for. Make sure to apply as soon as possible.

The length of the student visa depends on the length of your course.

Processing time

15 Days

Work opportunities

International students have the right to work while studying in Poland as long as they are enrolled in an educational Institution. 20 hours of work are permitted during studies, as well as 3 months of full-time work during holidays. Full time work is permitted for Residence Card holders.

Hours per week

20

Why do you need this type of visa?

Your visa application may be rejected if you are not able to show proof of the required funds, or if you provide incorrect or incomplete documents.