In most cases, applying for a Masters in Poland means getting in touch with the institution you want to study at (there isn't a central agency that handles applications for postgraduate study).
There is no restriction on the number of simultaneous applications a student can make, but, as always with international study, you should ensure you have enough time to allow for communication with your prospective institutions and complete their procedures well in advance of deadlines.
You may also need to complete visa and immigration procedures before your course commences.
Application requirements and procedures will vary for different Masters programmes, but you’ll typically be expected to hold a relevant Bachelors degree (or equivalent).
Qualifications from elsewhere in Europe will usually be recognised by Polish universities without any issues (the Polish branch of the ENIC-NARIC network should be able to assist with any difficulties).
International degrees from countries outside Europe may need to be assessed by your institution, but this should be a relatively simple process.
Other requirements for a Polish Masters application may potentially include:
- A personal statement
- A set of academic references
- Identification documents such as your passport
More competitive programmes will probably have stricter application and admissions requirements. This is particularly likely for medical subjects, which are subject to a numerus clausus (a limit on the number of students who can enrol and graduate in any given year).
Many courses at Polish institutions are now offered in English, but this is not universal. You should therefore ensure that you meet the language requirements for any Masters programme you apply to.
If applying to study a course in a second language (whether English or Polish) you will usually be asked to demonstrate proficiency. You can do this by submitting a score from a recognised academic language test.
- For English-language courses tests such as the TOEFL or IELTS will usually be accepted
- For Polish language courses a test of Polish as a foreign language will normally be required. The most recognised test is the Certificate Examination of Polish as a Foreign Language (Egzaminy Certyfikatowe z Jezyka Polskiego jako Obcego).
Even if Polish is not required for your course, you may find that acquiring some language skills is worthwhile. After all, you could be living in the country for up to two years as a Masters student. That's more than long enough to acquire a strong grounding in Polish and to enjoy the benefits it brings!
Being able to communicate in another language will also look excellent on your CV and demonstrate that you have made the most of the opportunities made available to you when studying abroad as a postgraduate.