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Biotechnology in Poland. Is it tough to get admission into Polish university? Which to choose?

29 Jan 2015 #1
I am from Nigeria and planning to study Biotechnology in Poland . Can any one say me is it it tough to get admission in Polish university for international students especially in public universities like Warsaw, Krakow or Wroclaw.
29 Jan 2015 #2
Just give it a shot. You'll never know.
Monitor 14 | 1,820
29 Jan 2015 #3
I guess it's very easy, because there is no jobs for Biotechnology graduates in Poland. You can send inquiry to the universities which interest you how many applicants they had last year for English language course and how many were accepted.
21 Feb 2015 #4
Merged: Best place to study masters in Biotechnology?

Are there any good University to study Masters in Biotechnology?
Monitor 14 | 1,820
21 Feb 2015 #5
Here you have a ranking:

1 Uniwersytet Jagielloński 100
2 Uniwersytet Warszawski 77.87
3 Uniwersytet Przyrodniczy we Wrocławiu 77.60
4 Uniwersytet Gdański 70.85
5 Uniwersytet Wrocławski 63.98
6 Uniwersytet Warmińsko-Mazurski w Olsztynie 51.73
7 Szkoła Główna Gospodarstwa Wiejskiego w Warszawie 48.20
8 Politechnika Wrocławska 46.77
9 Uniwersytet Przyrodniczy w Poznaniu 45.67
10 Gdański Uniwersytet Medyczny 43.45
DominicB - | 2,709
21 Feb 2015 #6
Are there any good University to study Masters in Biotechnology?

As a clinical research biologist with a PhD and an MD myself, I highly recommend that you get a degree in biomedical ENGINEERING instead of biotechnology. I deeply regret that I didn't, and kick myself very single day. It is much more salable on the job market, and the wages are much higher, as is your lifetime savings potential.

Unfortunately, Poland is not the place to do this. Find a good engineering school in the US, the UK, Germany, Sweden or Denmark. UC San Diego has an excellent program (shameless plug by alumnus).

Until then, it might be worth your while to take a year off to beef up, 16 hours a day, every day, your math skills (Calc, trig, geometry, analytical geometry, linear algebra, differential equations, multivariable calc, basic probability and statistics for biologists, advanced probability and statistics for engineers, and formal logic. Also, take at least a basic course in programming and computer science, and review your physics (with calculus), cell bio, molecular bio, biochemistry and genetics. If you can fit in thermodynamics (with differential equations) and heat & mass transfer, so much the better.

Your first year of grad school is going to be brutal enough as it is without worrying about catching up on math. It will take all you have to keep up even if you are well prepared, and God forbid if you fall behind; you will never be able to catch up.

Good luck!

Why not Poland? There is precious little bioengineering R&D done in the country, so universities do not have abundant agreements with private companies like in the States. This greatly hampers your ability to network, to get good and interesting paid internships and fellowships. Also, the instruction is long on (outmoded) theory, and very short on practical courses, and what little there is is with equipment that belongs in a museum, and is jealously guarded by professors.

Actually, during your year off, you can come up with a research project that somehow involves fermentation (in the very broadest sense of the word, not necessarily beer), and apply for a fellowship from the Carlsberg foundation to study in Denmark. The fellowship is very generous, and laboratories are equipped with the best cutting edge instrumentation that no lab in Poland will see before you retire at a ripe old age. I also studied in Denmark with a Carlsberg fellowship, and have to say that I was given the royal treatment. The year I studied, I was the only person to apply for the grant.

Another reason is that even though tuition in Poland may seem low, it may turn out to be more expensive to study in Poland because there is little in the way of financial aid available in Poland, and it is exceedingly unlikely that you will be able to find any work as a foreign student.

Also, like monitor said, jobs in biotechnology in Poland are scarce as hens' teeth. It is exceedingly unlikely that you will be able to pursue a career in Poland in this field. Again, because of the lack of R&D dollars.
21 May 2015 #7
Merged: Oppurtunity in Biotechnology ?


Can any one say me how is the opportunities for a biotechnology graduate in Poland for a pole. I have been accepted in University of Wroclaw for Biotechnology.

DominicB - | 2,709
21 May 2015 #8
Not very good. Read my response further up in this thread.

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