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Why study at a medical college in Poland?

Poland has steadily been forging a reputation as a leading provider of medical education in Eastern Europe. Poland’s medical programs regularly international students from the US, UK and Asia, with students attracted by the high quality of education and relatively low tuition fees.
 
Medical qualifications from Polish universities are recognised around the world, with accreditation provided by all the leading medical boards.

What medical programs are offered in Poland?

As many Polish medical colleges are focusing on attracting international students, most colleges have state-of-the-art facilities and respected academics leading their medical programs.

Medical programs in Poland take between 4-6 years to complete, depending on your previous experience and level of education. Most programs are taught in English, with teaching split between preliminary education in medical sciences, before moving onto more practice-based learning and clinical supervision. You can study for a full range of medical specialisations in Poland.

Immigration and visas in Poland

International students from the EU can study at a medical college in Poland without issue providing they fulfil the following:
 
  • They have a valid passport
  • They are studying for more than three months at the institution
  • They have sufficient income to support themselves during their studies
  • Have comprehensive health insurance
     
However, EU students who are living in Poland for more than three months will need to register for a residency permit which is valid for up to two years.

In most cases, non-EU students will have to get a study visa in order to come and study in Poland. Your chosen university should be able to help, but you will need to speak to the Polish embassy in your home country

What are the costs of studying at a medical college in Poland?

Tuition fees at medical colleges in Poland are paid per semester, so the length of study will have an impact on the total cost of your medical program.

As a guide, you should expect to pay a total of between €45,000 and €70,000 for the duration of your medical program in Poland.

Working in Poland

Poland’s economy has largely avoided some of the catastrophic effects of the global recession and actually saw growth of 16% between 2008 and 2011. However, youth unemployment remains a big problem in Poland, as the country struggles to repurpose itself as a service-led nation.

As with all EU countries, students from the EU can work freely in Poland, whether part-time during your studies or afterwards as a graduate. Opportunities exist in industries such as telecommunications, computer science and logistics, where your language skills matched with a Polish medical qualification will be highly prized.

What to do next

If you would like more information on choosing and applying for to a medical college in Poland, sign up to our Free Application Service. We’ll get in touch with you with information tailored to your requirements, including advice on the best medical program for you.