Poland takes steps to open up HE to overseas students

Government seeks to build on increasing numbers coming from abroad to study in the country

August 30, 2015
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Government plans may mean far more foreign students at Polish institutions such as the University of Wroclaw

The Polish government has introduced measures to promote further internationalisation of its higher education system by bringing in more foreign students.

There are currently about 46,000 foreign students studying in Polish universities. This in itself represents an increase of about 10,000 (or close to 30 per cent) over the previous year.

Yet new regulations introduced on 7 August are designed to provide further impetus to this trend by making conditions for study and research even more attractive.

This will mean that foreign students will no longer be required to pay upfront tuition fees during their whole period of study. Separate legislation has been amended to facilitate access through making it easier to obtain the Polish-language certificates necessary for study.

Along with legal changes, it is expected that competition between institutions eager to make greater inroads into this international market will produce downward pressure on tuition fees, acting as an additional incentive for foreign students.

matthew.reisz@tesglobal.com

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