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Studying in Poland and Life - the quality of education, general life and obstacles


Egean 1 | 1
16 Feb 2018  #1
Firstly, I want to say hi and thanks for reading this. I am from Turkey and I am aiming to study the bachelor's degree in Poland. I read some good stuff and some bad stuff about general life like anywhere in this world. But as you can understand, it is a really hard decision. I want to study engineering (Not fully decided which one it is going to be yet.). My first question is about the education quality. I want to go there because I want to take higher quality education and be able to live on my own. There are articles that say there are great universities with european education but I contacted some Turkish who studied or still study in Poland. And they are pretty divided about whether its good or bad. There is not a common thought. That is one of the reasons that I am here writing this and hoping that you will help me. Besides education, I want to ask about general life and the obstacles that I will or might face. As a non-Muslim Turkish boy, what should I expect? I am raised by a modern family in a modern western city. I lived in UK and Italy for a while. But I have no idea if it will be the same like those two. I am not that socialised anyways. My last question for now is about Polish. I will study in English but I know that I MUST learn Polish. It is not because I want it, It is because I feel like I am obligated to learn it to show respect to people and country. But when I am in the learning process, Would it be so hard to live my general life? I am again so grateful that you read this long series of questions and I am hoping that you will help me with this tough situation. With great love and respect from Turkey.
Atch 17 | 2,843
16 Feb 2018  #2
The most important thing to consider is the quality of the education you will receive. I can't imagine that the quality of an engineering degree (what kind of engineering??) in Poland, delivered through English is going to be that good. Polish universities in general have poor links with industry and you'll probably end up doing a lot of theory and not much in the way of internships or practical stuff. If you can possibly afford it, I would suggest you go elsewhere.
OP Egean 1 | 1
21 Feb 2018  #3
I'm thinking between electric-electronic and mechanical. Well, yes, it can't be good as Polish classes but is it bad? I heard there are good universities in warsaw, wroclaw etc. My financial can afford Poland but not other european countries I think. That's why I am considering Poland so much.
Atch 17 | 2,843
21 Feb 2018  #4
Yes there are good universities in Poland but regardless of where you study, in every country, there are always universities that are noted for the quality of their degrees in particular disciplines, so one university might have a reputation for having an outstanding computer science faculty and another university might be known for archaeology or physics. So what you try to do is find the university that offers the best training in your subject area. Now the minute you start restricting your search based on language you immediately narrow down your options.

Secondly, courses in English at Polish universities are an afterthought. They receive minimal input from the university authorities and there is no way they will put the same amount of effort into the syllabus or any other aspect of the degree that they will put into the Polish language one. I took a look at Warsaw University of Technology (one of the more established and prestigious universities) and here is their page for the English version of their Electrical Engineering degree:

ee.pw.edu.pl/en/studia/kierunki-studiow/electrical-engineering-elektrotechnika-w-jez-angielskim

As you can see, nothing, zero, zilch. They simply can't be bothered to put any effort into creating even one page in English to give a potential student the most basic information on the course.

However, they do have this lovely page about studying electrical engineering through English, with some very limited information and the information is in Polish!

ee.pw.edu.pl/studia/kierunki-studiow/electrical-engineering-elektrotechnika-w-jez-angielskim

Another aspect of choosing a degree is getting a look at the detailed syllabus for the whole of the four year course. Now having looked at the Polish language page for the electrical engineering degree, I could find no link either there or anywhere else to that information.

ee.pw.edu.pl/studia/kierunki-studiow/elektrotechnika

Now maybe if one wants to spend an hour navigating the poorly designed website, then you might find that info - and you might not. That's how things are in Poland :)

Compare that to a UK university:

southampton.ac.uk/my/undergraduate/courses/electrical_and_electronical_engineering.page#modules

Something that you choose on the basis of affordability alone, can work out a waste of what little money you have and end up costing you more than you realize in the long run.
SigSauer 4 | 413
21 Feb 2018  #5
@Egean

I think considering your goals, that universities in Nordic countries would be a better option for you.
jon357 63 | 14,122
21 Feb 2018  #6
And they are pretty divided about whether its good or bad.

There are good ones and there are bad ones. Some of the best institutions that currently recruit students from Turkey (UKSW comes to mind) don't specialise in engineering.

However, they do have this lovely page about studying electrical engineering through English, with some very limited information and the information is in Polish!

That one's actually a very good course.

. Now having looked at the Polish language page for the electrical engineering degree, I could find no link either there or anywhere else to that information.

Not unusual in PL for several reasons.


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