Travel to Poland

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Since Poland’s accession to the European Union in 2004, it has invested heavily in the higher education system and has been ranked 2nd in Education in the 2016 OECD’s Better Life Index.

Compared to western european countries, Poland is still a cheap place to study, which gives international students an opportunity to keep a high life standard while studying. This sounds reasonable, as along with the fees the living cost is sometimes an expense that is hard to afford. And all this for no less quality of education and globally recognized diploma. Also, Poland is a study destination easy to travel to, as the net of the airports is well-built and most of them run flights to and from the UK.

Studying abroad is always an opportunity. Along with the academic knowledge you easily gain life experience and empathy, which are much valued in a professional career in today's world.


Official name

Republic of Poland in short form: Poland, in Polish: Polska

Official Language


Population (2020)

38 million, the sixth largest in the European Union

Capital city


Time zone

Central European time zone (GMT + 1 hour/ UTC + 1 hour)


moderate continental, with cold winters

Currency (June 2022)

1 zloty (PLN)

1 PLN = 0,21 €

1 € = 4,65 PLN

1 PLN = 0,22 $

1$ = 4,46 PLN

1 PLN = 0,18 £

1£ = 5,40 PLN

Poland offers very competitive costs of living and studying - it is a fraction of what a foreign student would have to spend in other European cities. Accomodation (including bills) typically costs < 200 EUR per month, food, local transport, books, going out and even an odd flight back home come to another 200 EUR per month.

Students COST 1 euro approx 4.4 PLN

Currency PLN ( Polish zloty)

Monthly student expensesapprox. in EUR
Rent in a single room in a dormitory ( WiFi & bills included) 160
Food 150
Transportation 15
Other expenses (pocket money) 150
Examples of other selected prices 
Bread 0.8
McChicken sandwich meal 4.5
cinema ticket 4
taxi (Initial charge) 1.5
pint of beer at the pub 1.5


Hotel Mercure Sepia **** Bydgoszcz

Mercure Bydgoszcz Sepia is 4-star hotel in a perfect location for both business guests and tourists. The hotel is located in the heart of Bydgoszcz, right next to Opera Nova, just 2 minutes walk from the Old Market Square and the Mill Island. The hotel offers 90 comfortable rooms of various standards, as well as meeting rooms, a restaurant, fitness room, sauna and roof terrace with a beautiful view.


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Hotel Holiday Inn **** Bydgoszcz

The Holiday Inn Bydgoszcz offers 132 rooms with a variety of different rooms configuration. Relax in a fully equipped and comfortable suite with an amazing view of city center. High speed internet access, working desk, safe and all amenities of a 4 star hotel establish this as the perfect solution for business and conference travelers as well as for families.

The Holiday Inn Bydgoszcz offers 132 rooms with a variety of different rooms configuration. Relax in a fully equipped and comfortable suite with an amazing view of city center. High speed internet access, working desk, safe and all amenities of a 4 star hotel establish this as the perfect solution for business and conference travelers as well as for families.

You’ll find glass-fronted, Mediterranean-designed Holiday Inn Bydgoszcz steps from the scenic Brda River in the heart of this medieval city.

When you arrive via the main 5 and 10 motorways, 5.5km away, you can leave your vehicle in our underground car park. Guests marvel at the crystal glass mirrors and marble decor as they step into in our stylish Lobby.

Holiday Inn Bydgoszcz

ul. Grodzka 36,
85-109 Poland


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Prepare with complimentary wireless Internet in your Guest room before meetings at Bydgoszcz Coca-Cola Bottlers Ltd, 4km away and Alcatel-Lucent, 1km away. It’s easy to get to seminars at academies like Nicolaus Copernicus University, just 1km away and NATO’s Joint Force Training Centre, 3.5km away. Your projects at engineering plants and furniture factories are within 5km of the hotel.

Admire the 15th-century St Martin and St Nicolas Cathedral and the contemporary Opera Nova concert hall from a boat on Bydgoszcz’s Venice-style waterways. Holiday Inn Bydgoszcz is conveniently located a 3-minute walk from the Old Town, with its bustling Market Square and grand, 17th-century Town Hall.

Budget flights touch down at Bydgoszcz International Airport, 3.5km away from Holiday Inn Bydgoszcz. Sink into a leather couch beside the open fireplace while you enjoy fine European wines in atmospheric Libretto Lounge Bar.

Choose the contemporary, riverside Holiday Inn Bydgoszcz hotel for a city-centre location close to nearby industries.

Legalization of documents - heading to study medicine / veterinary medicine abroad

Legalization of documents when heading to study medicine or veterinary medicine in Poland

Poland and its people are friendly and very hospitable. They sometimes are also quite formal and they like their documents and procedures right.

If you are successful at the interview / admissions process for Polish medical or veterinary schools, you will be required to provide additional documents and some of them must first be authenticated or legalized.

1) Passport Copy must be certified and there are different ways to do it.

  • copy of your passport can be certified by the student office at the university if you bring in person your original passport together with a copy of your passport
  • if you intend to send the documents by post, you can certify the copy in your home country by a Notary Public/Commissioner or Oaths/Garda/Police Station. The certifier should certify a copy of a document by writing 'TRUE COPY' and putting his/her signature and seal/stamp on the copy itself.

2) Leaving Certificate/ A-Levels/ Provisional Results Certificate copies must also be certified as your passport above (if you are providing the university with a copy instead of the original document) but it also needs additional legalization by Apostille . If you are submitting the original document, you do not need to certify it, just get an Apostille.

An apostille is a process in which various seals are placed on the certificate so it will be recognized as a legal document in the other country. An apostille is issued by accountable authorities for each individual country. In Ireland, it is the Department of Foreign Affairs in Dublin and Cork (more info here). If your diploma was issued in another country than Ireland you will find the list of relevant authorities here.

Studying medicine or veterinary abroad is challenging as the programs themselves are. Meeting the deadlines and keeping track of formal duties and documents may also be a challenge, so staying organised from day one helps a lot and prevents stress down the line. Depending on your preferences, you may start a new folder or calendar to keep all your documents and dates in one place as well as copies / scans of all documents. And remember, Medical Poland is here to help you too.


At the moment Bialystok University is ranked somewhere between 1000-1200 ("THE" ranking).
That makes it 6th result in Poland overall. However, in terms of the Teaching category, it is classified as the 2nd position. Also, 2nd place when it comes to gender proportions (76 vs 24).


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