Polish Higher Education System


Poland has been full member of the Bologna Process since 1999. Currently, there are 48 countries part of the process determined to ensure the high standard of education in these regions. 

Following Bologna Process, Polish institutions offer degrees in three-cycle structure with European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS).

FIRST CYCLE STUDIES

This is Polish’s equivalent of Bachelor’s degree and can be of 3-4 years depending on the course. Engineering is usually 4 years and in order to obtain the degree, the student must attain ECTS credits from 180-240.

SECOND CYCLE STUDIES

This is Polish’s equivalent of Master’s degree and can last from 1.5 years to 2 years. In order to attain this degree a student must attain 90-120 ECTS credits.

LONG-CYCLE STUDIES

Long-cycle studies help you obtain Master’s degree in 4.5-6 years. Along with the general structure, there are 11 study fields which offer long-cycle studies, including Medicine, Psychology, Law, Dentistry, Pharmacy and more.

THIRD CYCLE STUDIES

This programme leads to the PhD degree and it generally lasts for 3-4 years. Students with a masters degree can go for a PhD. The PhD degree is awarded after completion and submission of dissertation and defending it before the committee. 

RECOGNITION OF POLISH EDUCATION

Polish diplomas are recognised by many international countries under the international agreement. 

For the full list of countries, click here.

For information about countries with which Poland has not signed the agreement, click here.