Poland education is a modern and dynamic country full of opportunities for young people willing to get quality education, enhancing their knowledge, improving skills and boosting international experience. It is a hub bridging east and west north and south, combining cosmopolitan attitude and rich historical legacy. With over 1.9 million students its boasts of the highest scholarisation indicates in Europe. All leading universities of Poland offer Bachelors, masters and PhD degree programs that are taught in English. The most popular disciplines include medicine, engineering, architecture, humanities, business & finance. Studying in Poland can ensure a comprehensive education, which would prepare students for work in the most advanced and competitive markets globally at the same time stimulating their personal development. Abhijit Ganguly spoke to Monika Wrobel,Head of International Admission Office, VPU.
Q) Where would you place Poland in comparison with the US and the UK in the field of education?
A) Poland is a very competitive market in terms of education. Our teaching standards are very high and many programmes are offered in English. In terms of fees, they are considerably lower, that is why it is not uncommon to find, e.g., US students graduating from Polish schools of medicine. Polish system of higher education is part of the system of the European Union – our students enjoy the same rights and privileges as those studying in the UK – they can also work and travel in the UE during their free time as well as participate in European mobilities and internships under the Erasmus+ programme.
Q) What are the subjects that Indian students are primarily going to Poland to study?
A )Medicine and medicine-related fields as well as technology are among the most popular programmes chosen by foreign students. At our school, Vincent Pol University in Lublin, Poland, physiotherapy, beauty science and tourism and hospitality are the programmes that capture most attention.
Q)Nowadays, all universities have dedicated offices to help students find employment after graduation. In that respect, what are the provisions that you have in place to help international students?
A) We have a separate Dean’s office for our international students which helps them with their studies, administrative matters, as well as issues related to everyday life, such as accommodation. We also have a careers office and an Erasmus Programme office, which assist students with their internships and future careers. All necessary assistance is given to international students and every matter can be dealt with in English.
Q) Can you suggest some courses which can make an Indian student employable globally?
A) As societies are generally ageing, I would recommend physiotherapy, the care of human ailments, as a novel programme still under-appreciated in some countries. I also feel that tourism and hospitality persist as one of the fastest growing global markets and offer good career prospects.
Q) Is there enough stress on technical education in Poland?
A) Yes, especially since mathematics has become a compulsory subject at the Baccalaureate exam.
Q) How easy or difficult is to get a student visa for Poland?
A) It is relatively easy for an Indian candidate.
Q) How safe is Poland for Indian students?
A) Lublin has a very large international community of over 6 thousand students. The total number of students in the city is over 80,000 which makes it very much a campus town where every fourth person is a student. It is a diverse, friendly and safe community.
Q) Your words of advice for aspiring students on going to Poland?
A) I urge everyone to come and visit Poland, you will be most welcome! It will be a priceless experience, which will provide a very good insight into life in the European Union. It will also be a great opportunity to combine education with practical experience in the European professional market.