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Study modes in Poland

The Polish system of higher education involves a few study modes. The differences between them concern the degree a student receives and the course duration. The following study modes are available for students in Poland:

  • Bachelor studies (1st cycle studies) – last 3 or 4 years after which a student receives Bachelor title;
  • Master's studies (2nd cycle studies) – last 2 years and are designed for students with Bachelor degree; a Bachelor student receives Master's degree;
  • Master's long-cycle studies – last 5 or 6 years; a student receives Master's degree or a medical doctor title in case of medical studies;
  • doctoral studies (3rd cycle studies) – last 2, 3 or 4 years depending on a major; available to students with Master's degree; a Master's student receives PhD degree.

Some majors are only available in Master's long-cycle studies and cannot be completed in two cycles (Bachelor studies followed by Master's studies). They include: law, medicine, dentistry, psychology, pharmacy or veterinary medicine.
Moreover, public and private universities organize post-graduate studies for students who would like to expand their knowledge after graduating from Bachelor or Master's studies. Post-graduate studies are for students with Master's or Bachelor degree. They usually last 1 or 2 years and a student receives a graduation diploma or certificate.
All above-mentioned types of studies are available to foreigners. Foreign students can also take part in post-doctoral internships, science internships, specialization courses and medical internships. Foreigners can also take part in student work placements.

Studies can be completed in 3 systems:

  • stationary (full-time programme) – Monday to Friday, day hours,
  • evening – during the week, evening hours,
  • extramural – limited number of classes which are organized at weekends, every 2 or 3 weeks.