WARSAW AND POZNAN – WHY STUDY IN THESE CITIES?
- High Quality of Educational System Guaranteed: European tradition, track record and relevance
Higher education system in Poland has a 650 year-long history. Ten Nobel Prizes were awarded to Polish artists, scientists and other public figures. Maria Skłodowska-Curie is one of only four laureates to receive a prize twice. Today?s graduates compete successfully on a global job market with Polish trained specialists of all professions being highly appreciated by the recruiters worldwide. These include: economists, administrators, lawyers, doctors, engineers, architects and IT specialists.
Accreditation: The quality of the system is guaranteed by the State Accreditation Committee, which monitors all Polish higher education institutions on an ongoing basis. The standards are in line with the Bologna process thereby guaranteeing European Union standards of education for all graduates. According to its 2014 control results, over 80% of the Polish universities have outstanding and good rankings.
- Value for Money: Comparatively Low Costs of Studying and Living
While Poland benefits from rapid economic development, the cost of living is still significantly lower than in most EU countries. A total amount of EUR 200-400 is enough to cover the basic monthly cost of accommodation, food and transport. The cost of entertainment and participation in cultural events are also much lower than EU average. The basic cost of studies is truly competitive.
- Robust Economic Development
For the last two decades, the Polish economy has been growing at an impressive constant rate avoiding the crisis faced by most other EU countries. According to the European Commission, this trend will continue with Poland outperforming the rest of the EU in 2014-2015 as subdued inflation and an improving labor market bolster consumption. Gross domestic product will accelerate to 3.2 percent in 2014 and 3.4 percent in 2015 from 2013?s 1.6 percent. Unemployment rates at 9.6 per cent being lower than the EU average of 11.6 and one of the lowest in transition economies. Warsaw and Poznań being an example of regions with higher than average job opportunities.
- High Level of Personal Security
Poland is much safer than most of the European countries. Even the Nordic countries, considered as very safe, have a higher crime rate than Poland. It’s perfectly safe in here for international students of all races, beliefs and origins.
- Outstanding Culture and Entertainment Offer
Polish culture is well known in the world, for both historical heritage and present achievements. Five Polish writers were rewarded with Nobel Prize. Historical composers like Karol Szymanowski, Fryderyk Chopin and Ignacy Paderewski, and present ones like Henryk Górecki, Witold Lutosławski or Krzysztof Penderecki wrote new chapters in the history of music. Academy Award winners Andrzej Wajda, Janusz Kamiński, Roman Polański, Golden Palm winner Krzysztof Kieślowski and many other film industry artists are recognized all over the world. Polish cultural institutions provide high quality entertainment for all tastes. The number of festivals, book fairs, concerts, gigs, and other kinds of entertainment is massive. There’s also something for sport fans with clubs being available for most disciplines ranging from aerobatics and aikido to lacrosse and land sailing to water polo and windsurfing.
- Schengen Visa
Enrolment in a Polish university facilitates travel throughout the EU on a Schengen Visa thereby enriching the cultural experience of being in Europe.
History and Modernity
The capital of Poland since XVI century – practically rebuilt from scratch after World War II. The downtown skyline continues to be dominated by the Stalin’s donation to the nation: the gigantic Palace of Culture and Science with the newly built glass skyscrapers of the business district competing for attention. When in town savor the beautiful Old Town, the Royal Route, the Chopin Museum, numerous magnificent palaces. You may also join the Warsaw Summer Jazz Days, Chopin Concerts Under Willow Tree, Night of the Museums, Film Festival or simply visit one of the Theatres or Opera Houses. The city offers the hassle and bustle of its lively city center, the constant flow of traffic and the crowds of people as well as serenity of the many beautiful urban parks for those who seek it.
Ideal for Student Life – Creative and Welcoming
Warsaw is the biggest and fastest developing Polish city with a population approaching 2 million with over 250,000 of them students. It is the main economic and cultural centre. More than half of the population are new comers. The city attracts great numbers of people from all over the country and internationally in the pursuit of education or better job opportunities. It is said that on average some 20 new people move to the city daily. Most of them are singles. They include Poles, EU nationals and modern global nomads who come here looking for work. Warsaw is also visited every year by thousands of tourists from all over the world, especially during the summer.
Did you know that Warsaw is a:
Top Business Destination: Fortune Magazine lists only two European cities – Warsaw and Stockholm ? as the places to be for corporations. Decisive factors include: skilled and degree level educated workforce, growing middle class, competitive real estate prices, young population age and growing prosperity of the locals.
Great location: The city is close to the geographic centre of Europe making it a convenient hub for reaching other EU destinations.
Greenest city: With over 10% of its area is covered either by parks or nature reserves, its downtown is a world leader.
Family and Children Friendly: Warsaw is a fun place for families with children. Attractions include: Copernicus Science Centre, Water Fun Parks, Modern Playgrounds, Climbing Walls & Indoor Playgrounds, Art Workshops and World Class Birthday Party Venues.
The Coolest City Beach: National Geographics says that Warsaw has one of the best public beaches in the world next to Sydney and Vancouver.
The City Hall’s web-site in English is here. Find out more about this vibrant and friendly city.
Poznań is a vibrant and diverse city, and the fifth largest in Poland. It has all the attractions of a major city with a friendly and safe atmosphere. Just a short walk from campus, you’ll never be far from the action. Some three hours by train from Warsaw or Berlin.
Culture and the Arts: The city is big enough that it will take you months to discover everything about it, but it’s small enough so you won’t be completely lost the entire time you’re here. Poznań hosts an array of festivals and cultural experiences. 2014 samples include: concert of Hugh Laurie, Poznań Fortress Days, Transatlanty – International Film And Music Festival. Poznań also has a variety of independent music venues, which includes Kontener Art, on the banks of the river Warta, is open once again to provide the city with cutting edge music, visual art and much, much more. There are plenty of theatres, cinemas and museums to visit. Museums cover Archaeology, Army and Artillery Pharmacy , Musical Instruments and Art and Sculpture.
Food and Drinks: A true student city, Poznań has a variety of mainstream bars and pubs, as well as hidden gems off the beaten track. The city also has a fantastic selection of restaurants with food available from every corner of the world ? Indonesian, Jewish, Vegan and classic Italian or Spanish most at affordable prices.
Sport in Poznań: Home to many successful clubs, the city has a rich sporting heritage. Many of the clubs are in close proximity to the School and offer student discounts. Many other sporting interests are catered for in the city and county, with cycling, tennis, swimming and golf. Fans of water sports and fishing will find lakes stocked with eel, zander, pike, perch, white amur, carp and carp bream an added bonus. You may also try your hand at paintball, go carts, sumo wrestling or visit a flea market, model railways or salt cavern to cure muscle pain.
The City Hall’s web-site is here to learn more about one of the most future-oriented city in Europe whose potential has already been internationally recognized.