Frequently Asked Questions
1. Where is Poland located?
Poland is a country in Central Europe with a population of over 38 million and is the fifth-most populous member state of the European Union. The country borders Germany to the west, the Czech Republic and Slovakia to the south, Ukraine, and Belarus to the east, and Lithuania to the northeast. From the North, it borders the Baltic Sea with its beautiful sandy beaches and clear water, but the south-eastern regions are hilly and mountainous. The capital of Poland is Warsaw.
2. Is Poland good for international students?
Poland is a popular choice for international students, offering a captivating cultural experience. Incoming students from around the world appreciate the country’s historical landmarks, picturesque landscapes, vibrant city life, and diverse range of social activities. The local people are very friendly and heartwarming. They are extremely welcoming and hospitable to visitors to Poland.
3. What is the cost of living in Poland?
Due to the fast developing economy, the cost of living in Poland is among the cheapest in the European Union (EU). It offers a high level of salaries, low housing prices, and low taxes compared to other EU countries. The costs of accommodation are different, but you should understand that apartments close to the city center will be more expensive, no matter in which small or big city you live, therefore the average cost of an apartment for two or three people reaches 2835 PLN (600$) per month.
Groceries and food are much cheaper than in other European countries, so you will pay about 700-900 PLN (190 $) per month for them. Dinner in a low-cost restaurant costs just 15-30 PLN (4-6$), and a meal at a middle-range restaurant costs 30-50 PLN (8-12$). If you decide to visit any of Poland’s shopping malls, you will realize that prices are equal to other European countries, that’s why for jeans you will pay no more than 50$, and running sneakers from brands like Nike will cost over 70$.
When it comes to public transportation, Poznan has an extensive bus and tram system crossing across the city as well as a good metro system running from north to south and east to west. A standard public transport single ticket costs 4.40zł (0.98$). If you’re traveling to the further reaches of Poznan you need a ticket that costs 7zł (1.48$).
4. Do I need to speak the Polish Language?
The student does not need to be fluent in Polish because the International European University in Poland offers a large variety of study programs in English. The majority of local citizens have a sufficient level of English for daily use. Nevertheless, you can study Polish if you want to feel comfortable during your stay in Poland or for joining a university course in Polish.
5. What is the climate in Poland?
Poland has a moderate climate influenced by its central location in Europe and its proximity to the Baltic Sea. The weather can be unpredictable due to the collision of humid Atlantic air masses and dry continental masses. Winters are cold, with temperatures dropping below freezing, especially in December, January, and February. In mountainous regions, temperatures can be even colder, and snowfall is common. Summers are generally pleasant, with warm to hot temperatures in June, July, and August, ranging from 20°C to 25°C on average. Occasionally, heatwaves can push temperatures above 30°C. Summers offer longer daylight hours, making it a popular time for outdoor activities and tourism.
6. What currency is used in Poland?
Unlike most European countries, Poland does not use the Euro as its currency. The local currency in Poland is the Polish Zloty (PLN). Similar to the Euro, one zloty is divided into 100 groszy. Obtaining Polish currency is convenient for international students within the EU or the UK, as it is readily available at currency exchange counters. However, outside of these regions, such as in the US or Australia, it may be less common to find Polish zloty at currency exchange counters, but it can be easily obtained by ordering online.
1 USD = 4.73 PLN
1 EUR = 4.55 PLN
7. How much money does a student need to live in Poland?
Depending on the individual student’s unique circumstances, lifestyle choices, and personal habits, their financial needs may vary. In practical terms, a monthly budget of $450 to $800 is typically necessary to adequately cover expenses such as decent accommodation, local transportation costs, and occasional social outings.
8. How does public transport in Poznan work?
In Poznan the public transportation system is well-established. It includes bus and tram lines that provide convenient and efficient transportation throughout the city. The public transport system in Poznań is known for its reliability and adherence to schedules, ensuring that residents and visitors can easily travel to their destinations.
9. What are the prices for public transport tickets in Poznan?
Public transport tickets in Poznań are available in different types and prices. For short journeys, there are time tickets: 4 zł for up to 15 minutes, 6 zł for up to 45 minutes, and 8 zł for up to 90 minutes, allowing unlimited transfers within the specified time. Short-term tickets include a 24-hour ticket for A zone (15 zł) or A+B+C+D zone (20 zł), and a 7-day ticket for A zone (50 zł) or A+B+C+D zone (80 zł). Season tickets, available on the PEKA Card, offer various durations (14 to 366 days for network tickets and 14 to 90 days for route tickets) and allow unlimited travel without scanning the card on trams or buses.
10. Where and how can I buy a public transport ticket?
Public transport tickets can be purchased through various channels. You have the option to buy tickets from ticket machines, which can be found on most forms of public transportation, at bus stops, and at metro stations. Another option is to visit the SKM passenger service point. Additionally, there are mobile apps available that allow you to purchase short-term travel tickets. Online platforms provide the convenience of buying tickets and also offer the option to top up the Poznan city card or electronic student ID.
11. What are the prices of the products in Poland?
Groceries and food in Poland are significantly more affordable compared to other European countries, with lower and reasonable prices. International students often prefer low-cost grocery stores due to their popularity. On average, monthly food expenses range from 700-900 PLN (190 $). Dining at a low-cost restaurant typically costs around 15-30 PLN (4-6$) for dinner, while a meal at a mid-range restaurant ranges from 30-50 PLN (8-12$). Here are some examples of food prices:
- Bread: starting from 3 PLN
- 5L Water: starting from 3 PLN
- Milk: 3-4 PLN
- 10 eggs: starting from 6.50 PLN
- 1 kg of chicken breast: starting from 18 PLN
- Coffee: 5-15 PLN
12. What is Polish cuisine like?
Polish cuisine is diverse, with flavors ranging from meat and potatoes to cabbage and root vegetables. Iconic dishes like pierogi (dumplings) and bigos (stew) showcase the country’s culinary heritage. Meat dishes like kielbasa (sausage) and kotlet schabowy (breaded pork cutlet) are popular. Traditional desserts include paczki (doughnuts) and szarlotka (apple pie). Polish cuisine is influenced by neighboring countries, creating a rich blend of flavors from German, Jewish, and Ukrainian traditions.
13. Where can I try traditional Polish cuisine?
You can find traditional Polish cuisine on every corner of Poznan. Also, the Canteen of the International European University, Poland serves traditional dishes to acquaint international students with Polish culture and history.
14. I am vegetarian. Can I find something for me in Canteen’s menu?
The Canteen of the International European University, Poland is intended to provide a decent meal for every student. Vegetarian bars cater to a diverse range of dietary preferences. You can find out which meal is on offer at which location by checking the canteen’s menus or mobile app.
15. When does the academic year start in Poland?
Polish universities start their academic year in October and end it in June. There are two terms in the academic year – Summer Term and Winter Term. But we will help you choose the appropriate course you can enter any time of the year. There is also always the option to transfer to IEU, Poland any time of the year.
16. What is the academic calendar for universities in Poland?
Universities in Poland follow a two-semester system. The fall semester starts in October and runs until January or February, followed by an exam session. The spring semester begins in February or March and lasts until June or July, with another exam session. There is a summer break from July to September.
17. What is the duration of the Programs at the International European University, Poland?
The educational process at the International European University, Poland is designed in accordance with the Bologna process. Bachelor’s degree programs last for 4 years. Master’s degree programs can take 1 or 2 years to complete. The duration of the programs at the International European University, Poland varies based on the specific program.
18. Can international students apply to International European University, Poland?
Certainly, the International European University, Poland warmly welcomes international students and encourages their application. International students are expected to meet the same admission criteria as domestic students. However, they may need to submit additional documents such as a valid visa and proof of health insurance.
19. Does a student need health insurance to study in Poland?
EU citizens will need to get a European Health Insurance Card. Non-EU citizens need to get a commercial health insurance policy plan. International Students are required to register at the National Health Fund and attach their PESEL number (National Identification Number), study certificate, and passport. We will take care of the documents needed to get the best health insurance for international students in Poland. The Health Insurance fees are already included in the first year’s expenses so you don’t need to pay extra for this.
20. Can I provide documents online or do I have to submit them in person?
At the International European University in Poland, we strive to make the application process convenient for all students, including international applicants. To ensure accessibility and efficiency, we provide the option to submit your documents online. Our online application system allows you to upload the required documents directly. This means you can complete the application process from the comfort of your own home, saving you time and effort. We are committed to providing a seamless and user-friendly experience for all prospective students.
21. What documents are required to become a student of the International European University in Poland?
If you decided to become a student at the IEU in Poland, you should send us the following documents:
- Passport (or any other ID document you have);
- School certificate;
- Bachelor’s Degree with transcripts (for PG students);
- Filled Application form.
We will provide you with the Admission Letter based on these documents. Our dedicated team will assist you during every step of your Admission Process and will answer all your questions.
22. How long does it take to get an Admission Letter?
Upon submitting your online application, you can expect to receive the Admission Confirmation Letter via email within one or two working days.
23. Do I need a VISA to enter the International European University in Poland?
If you hold citizenship in any European Union (EU) member country, you do not need a visa to study in Poland. However, individuals residing in non-EU member countries must apply for a student visa in order to pursue their studies in Poland. It is important to follow the appropriate visa application process as per the guidelines provided by the Polish authorities.
24. What documents do I need to get a student VISA?
The required documents for a Poland visa application are:
- One Poland visa application form. You can complete the application form on the E-Konsulat website;
- Two passport-sized photos;
- International passport or ID card. It must be valid for at least three months after the return date and you should provide additional copies of your passport pages;
- Health insurance. Prior health insurance is important to cover you for at least the initial part of your trip until you set up long-term student health insurance in Poland;
- Proof of accommodation. You must prove that you have a place to live in, like dorms or student apartments;
- Proof of sufficient funds;
- A university acceptance letter. The letter has to be official and signed by the International European University, Poland and it should state your name, type of study, and the length of your studies (Provided by the university);
- An Invitation Letter from the International European University in Poland (Provided by the University);
- Paid visa fee receipt. The receipt is given to you after delivering the long-stay visa fee;
- For international students from non-English-speaking countries — a document proving your English language proficiency level.
25. How long does it take to get a student’s VISA?
After submitting your application, the processing time for a Poland student visa can take up to 15 days. It is recommended to apply for the visa promptly, but not more than three months prior to your enrollment date, after receiving the IEU, Poland Acceptance Letter, and covering the first-year tuition fees. During the summer season, there might be a possibility of extended processing time for student visa applications.
26. Are there any scholarships at the International European University in Poland?
Polish Universities of high level don’t offer any scholarships. The International European University in Poland doesn’t offer any scholarships as well. We suggest a high-quality educational process that corresponds to European standards and an unforgettable atmosphere for your student`s years. Modern universities, internationally recognized degrees and a variety of study programs will impress you and it’s definitely worth the price.
27. Are there any age limits to study in IEU, Poland?
At the International European University, Poland, there are no age limitations for prospective students. Irrespective of their age, individuals who possess a Secondary school leaving certificate and demonstrate the drive to learn and the determination to accomplish their goals are eligible to pursue a university degree. The university welcomes applicants from diverse age groups who are eager to embark on their educational journey.
28. Would it be possible to get a working permit and can the students of the International European University in Poland work while schooling?
If you are a full-time student and have a student visa or temporary residence permit you do not need to obtain a work permit. So, you can work anywhere you want if it doesn’t interfere with your studying processes and influence your marks. Please note that we do not assist with job searches, but universities have no objections in this regard.
29. Is it compulsory to pay for the Invitation Letter?
International students are required to pay for the Invitation Letter at the International European University in Poland. Acquiring the Invitation Letter expedites the visa process and significantly enhances the likelihood of a successful outcome. Therefore, it is crucial for students to fulfill this compulsory payment in order to streamline their visa application and increase their chances of obtaining a visa to study at the university.
30. Can I transfer my study credits to International European University in Poland and complete the program?
If you began your studying process in any other country and then decided to continue your studying process at International European University in Poland — we are ready to help you. International European University in Poland accepts competent and eligible international transfer students from across the globe. Admission will be based on the overall academic record of the student. Students who would like to transfer their credits to International European University in Poland must submit the following documents for admission:
- International Passport;
- School Certificate;
- Official academic transcripts from previously attended colleges and universities (with details of subjects and credit hours);
- Filled Application Form.
Students can send the documents by email. You need to provide us with a transcript from your previous university, and only after the evaluation of your documents International European University, Poland will provide you with the results of your application. All the relevant documents should be translated into English.
31. Does the International European University, Poland have accommodation on Campus?
The International European University, Poland provides affordable accommodation options for international students from Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East. The dormitories create a multicultural learning environment and equip students with a place for quality rest. The student hostels are located in the center of Poznan within walking distance of the university.
32. I don’t want to live in a hostel. Can I rent a flat in Poland?
Certainly! In Poland, there is a wide range of comfortable apartments available that are suitable for international students. Additionally, you have the option to rent a flat with a classmate or any other individual. Moreover, our assistance is always available to help you select accommodation that aligns with your preferences and offers the best price options.
33. How much is private accommodation in Poland?
Due to the development level of the Polish economy and the fact that Poland was the only European country that wasn’t affected by the economic recession, this country is cheaper and more comfortable for living and renting apartments than its European neighbors. Students will need around 700-800 USD per month for private accommodation and transport expenses.
34. What currency can I use to pay for my admissions?
The payment for your expenses at International European University, Poland, must be made in EUR (Euros). Rest assured, we will furnish you with all the essential details regarding currency rates, ensuring you stay informed. Additionally, our team is readily available to assist you in selecting the most suitable method for transferring money, ensuring a smooth and efficient process.
35. Does International European University, Poland offer online programs?
Yes, all educational programs at the International European University, Poland are available for On-Campus and Online study. Online courses are specifically designed to offer students flexible learning opportunities. Online programs are delivered through the University’s Online Educational Platform allowing students to access their courses and educational materials remotely.
36. What kind of extracurricular activities are available at the International European University, Poland?
Student life at the International European University in Poland is enriched by a diverse array of over 200 clubs, catering to various interests and passions. Student clubs encompass a wide range of activities, including sports, arts, cultural organizations, and outdoor adventures in nature. Students have abundant opportunities to engage in extracurricular activities and connect with like-minded individuals, fostering a vibrant and dynamic campus community.
37. What is a Career Center at the International European University, Poland?
The Career Center at the International European University, Poland plays a crucial role in supporting students’ career development and future professional success. The center offers a range of services and resources to help students navigate the job market and make informed career choices.
38. What is the alumni network like at the International European University, Poland?
The International European University, Poland has an expanding network of alumni that extends across different sectors and nations. The university stays connected with its alumni through diverse communication channels, including alumni events, newsletters, and social media platforms. Alumni from the International European University, Poland benefit from ongoing career support services and valuable networking prospects.
39. Does educational programs of the International European University, Poland are approved by international organizations?
Yes, the educational programs of the International European University, Poland are approved by the Ministry of Education in Poland, the World Health Organization (WHO), the Medical Education Directory (IMED), the Education Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG), and the Medical Council of Canada (MCC). International recognition ensures the legitimacy and international acceptance of the degree earned from the university’s educational programs.
40. How much luggage is allowed to be brought?
While there are generally no restrictions on the weight of luggage you can bring from your hometown to Poland, it’s important to consider that airlines typically allow a free baggage allowance of about 20-25 kg. Any excess luggage will incur additional charges based on weight, which can be expensive. It is recommended to pack only essential items that you may not easily find in Poland, as most things can be purchased locally. It’s advisable to include warm clothing like a coat, boots, a hat, gloves, and a scarf, as well as personal hygiene items. If you’re arriving in September or October, you may also want to pack a light jacket, jeans, socks, and sports shoes. However, for a trip during the winter months of November or December, it’s necessary to bring a warm coat, a sweater, warm trousers, boots, a hat, and gloves to stay comfortable in the colder weather.
41. I want to study at the International European University in Poland, but my English proficiency isn’t good enough yet. What can I do?
If your English proficiency does not meet the required level for studying at the International European University in Poland, there is no need to worry. The university understands the importance of language skills and provides dedicated English language courses specifically designed to support international students in improving their English abilities. These courses focus on grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation, and communication skills, enabling students to enhance their language proficiency and succeed in their academic pursuits.
42. What is ECTS and why do I need it?
The Bologna Process introduced European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS), a standardized system to measure student workload in European higher education. ECTS credits represent 25-30 hours of work, including contact hours, self-study, and assessment. It facilitates credit transfer and exchange programs, ensuring transparent and comparable academic achievements across institutions and countries.
43. What Documents Are Essential for ECTS?
To effectively implement ECTS, necessary documents include a Course Catalog or Study Programme, Course Syllabi, Learning Agreement, Transcript of Records, and Diploma Supplement. These documents provide comprehensive information about courses, modules, learning outcomes, credits, and assessments, and facilitate credit transfer and recognition across institutions and countries.
44. Does the Campus of the International European University, Poland is adapted for the needs of disabled people?
The International European University in Poland ensures that individuals with disabilities and limited mobility have unrestricted access to various facilities on campus. Buildings, laboratories, offices, and other spaces are designed to accommodate the needs of disabled students and wheelchair users. The university’s staff is trained to provide support and necessary facilities to ensure independent functioning for individuals with limited mobility.
45. Does the university adapt the educational process for students with disabilities?
Yes, the International European University in Poland ensures comfortable conditions and equal access to education for students with disabilities. The IEU, Poland employs an inclusive education approach, utilizing new technologies and interactive teaching methods to cater to diverse learning needs. The university guarantees physical accessibility throughout the campus, including ramps, elevators, and other features. They provide personalized support services, alternative keyboards, audiobooks, and text-to-speech technology to accommodate individual needs. The university fosters a supportive environment, adapts tasks and assignments, and promotes inclusivity in sports and physical activities. Mental health support, counseling services, and awareness campaigns are also provided to address emotional well-being and reduce stigma.
46. Does the International European University, Poland provide sports opportunities for disabled students?
Yes, the International European University in Poland provides sports opportunities for disabled students. The university has modified its Sports and Health Complex and equipped it with specialized apparatus to enable students with disabilities to participate in physical activities. We offer inclusive sports clubs and teams, collaborate with external organizations, and emphasize the importance of sports for the well-being of all students, irrespective of their abilities or limitations.
47. How large are the classes?
Studying classes at the International European University, Poland are designed for a small group of students to ensure that each student has enough attention from professors and fully understands studying subjects.
48. If I have already received a bachelor’s degree in my country, can I get a second degree at the International European University, Poland?
Certainly, it is indeed possible to obtain a master’s degree from a Polish university if you hold a bachelor’s degree. Additionally, you have the flexibility to select a different field of study for your master’s degree, even if it differs from your previous bachelor’s degree.
49. Who are the professors of the International European University, Poland?
The International European University in Poland boasts a team of accomplished educators, medical practitioners, respected scientists, and successful business professionals. This esteemed faculty is dedicated to employing contemporary teaching methods and equipping students with the skills needed to succeed in their chosen fields and meet industry requirements. The university’s scientific and pedagogical staff possesses extensive expertise in training highly skilled professionals, with over 80% of them holding prestigious academic degrees, titles, and international experience.
50. Does the International European University, Poland provides mental health support?
The International European University, Poland offers counseling services to students from Asia, Africa, Europe, and the Middle East to support their emotional well-being and help them cope with stress, anxiety, and other challenges. Counselors collaborate with students to develop coping strategies, resilience, and self-care practices. They also provide guidance on accessing local mental health resources and support groups. The university promotes a positive and inclusive campus culture, raising awareness about mental health and organizing awareness campaigns, workshops, and seminars to reduce stigma.