National Higher Education System

There are a multiplicity of state sector Higher Education Institutions in Poland, including [but not exclusively]: Universities, Technical Universities, Agricultural Academies, Schools of Economics and Medical Academies.There are also private Higher Education Institutions. There are just under 460 HEIs in Poland.

The most popular programmes for Irish students are those in the Health Sciences. Generally, these programmes have their own entrance tests, some of which may be offered in Dublin or London.


Though fees are low or free for Polish-taught programmes, they are higher (sometimes considerably so) for English-taught programmes. Fees vary for non Health Sciences programmes, though generally they are between €1000 and €2500 pa. They are significantly higher for Health Sciences programmes, taught through English, usually in the bracket of €8000 to €11,000 pa.

Grants & Loans

There are no grants or loans available to international students from the local system

Application Process

There is no element of centralisation in the Polish system: you have to apply directly to the university of your choice, enclosing a dossier of documents, the contents of which varies from university to university. The admission requirements, processes and deadlines differ between institutions.

Some institutions, particularly in the Health Sciences subjects, require you to take an entrance exam.