Low tuition fee is very tempting and encourages many international students to choose Poland as their destination to obtain master or bachelor degree. Scholarship and internship programs are often available to all students. If you want to both study and work in Poland, you shall have no trouble finding a job. Most companies require communicative English skills and are happy to hire students to reduce costs.
If you wish to relocate to Poland, you should realize that the ease of it will depend on the country you are from. Obviously, moving to Poland will be the easiest for the UE citizens.
CURRENCY AND COST OF LIVING IN POLAND
Polish currency is złoty, which literally means “golden”. The recognized English form of the word is zloty, plural zloty or zlotys. You can find it under the code PLN (Polish New zloty).
1 PLN ≈ 0.23 EUR
1 PLN ≈ 0.25 USD
Poland is generally an inexpensive country. According to Numbeo.com, average cost of living in Poland is:
15-26% low than in Lithuania
15-30% lower than in China
7-36% lower than in Russia
70-96% lower than in Germany
84-147% lower than in the United Kingdom
93-184% lower than in the USA
104-163% lower than in Israel
by taking into consideration: consumer, rent, restaurant and groceries prices.
There are around 70 bank or finance organizations in Poland. They are under control of governmental agency, Polish Financial Supervision Authority, which assures that your money is safe. Even if it was at risk, there is Bank Guarantee Fund that will cover your loss up to some limit (e.g. equivalent of €100 000 in zlotys).
There are various requirements to make a bank account depending on which country you are from, but in general it is not very problematic. Most Polish universities have a person dedicated to help you sort it out. Bank staff commonly speaks decent English too. You can open online bank account here.
Citizens of EU/EFTA – if you possess a valid health insurance in your country, you can go to any Polish National Health Fund approved doctor and show your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) or a replacement certificate.
Most cities offer wide range of means of transport and getting from place to place is constantly getting easier. You may find buses, trains, fast city trains, underground, taxis, tramways and trolleybuses. Many cities also have many roads and various improvements for cyclists, so I you have a bike, you will have easy time using it.
Most transportation companies offer discounts for students and have monthly or semester tickets, which makes transport even cheaper for you.
Getting to Poland should also be easy. There are various low cost airlines (such as Ryan Air or WizzAir), ferries, trains and buses at your disposal.
There are plenty of places where you can eat in Poland. From cheapest fast food places and milk-bars, through pubs and clubs, to exclusive restaurants where you can get food from cuisines from all over the world.
If you are budget-short you can even find food for less than €2, if you search well! There are plenty of special offers such as 20-50% discount at low traffic hours.
If you strictly count your calories, eat only unprocessed food, gluten-free, lactose-free or need a list of allergens, Polish catering industry will serve your needs well. Also, if you are strongly attached to your national cuisine, you will probably find it in Poland, as there are plenty of international restaurants and shops.