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English in Poland

News from Poland

In a newly published survey Poland has come in 9th place out of 70 countries in terms of English as a foreign language proficiency!

english language in poland

Here are the top 12 countries:

1 – Sweden
2 – Netherlands / Holland
3 – Denmark
4 – Norway
5 – Finland
6 – Slovenia
7 – Estonia
8 – Luxembourg
9 – Poland
10 – Austria
11 – Germany
12 – Singapore

The lowest ranking European countries in terms of English (EFL / ESL) language skills were France and Russia.

The tests were conducted by Education First on almost a million adult users of English as a foreign / second language. In Poland, as was the case in nearly all countries surveyed, women were found to have stronger English skills than men.

Higher Education in Poland

Warsaw university

An old picture postcard showing one of the buildings of Warsaw University. This was mailed in 1921 to Berlin.

Higher Education in Poland

As in most European countries there are three main levels of higher education in Poland. The first level leads to a Bachelor (licencjat or inżynier) degree. The second level to a master (magister) degree. After this people can then go on to study for a PhD (doctorate) degree.

Most students in Poland follow the Bologna scheme by studying for a three year bachelor degree, which can then be followed by a further two years of study to gain a master degree. Some universities also offer master degrees, which are granted after a longer programme of study, lasting between five and six years.

There are approximately 500 universities and collegiate-level institutions of higher education in Poland. This figure is made up of 131 government-funded and 326 privately owned universities, with almost 2 million students studying at them at any one time.

polish university

The university in Poznan in the 1930s. Poznan generally ranks in the top three of Polish universities.

The top universities in Poland by most accounts are (in alphabetical order):

- Adam Mickiewicz University (Uniwersytet Adama Mickiewicza w Poznaniu, UAM) in Poznan.
- AGH University of Science and Technology (Akademia Górniczo-Hutnicza) in Krakow.
- Jagiellonian University (Uniwersytet Jagielloński) in Krakow.
- University of Warsaw (Uniwersytet Warszawski) in Warsaw.
- Warsaw University of Technology (Politechnika Warszawska) in Warsaw.

university poland

The Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland. Founded in 1364 by Casimir III the Great.

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Education in Poland and the UK

News from Poland

Comparing Education in Poland with the United Kingdom

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According to a report by the Boston Consulting Group covered in an article published by the British newspaper ‘The Daily Telegraph’ Poland comes out better than the UK in several important aspects of education.

- Schools in Poland have smaller class sizes. Poland has an average class size of 20, while the UK average is 26.
- Polish children achieve higher levels in important subject areas. International test results for maths and science show that Poland’s students achieved higher test results than the UK.
- a higher percentage of students go on to university in Poland than do in the UK.

Well done Poland. It’s good to be able to report some good news from Poland!

Education in Poland

primary school poland

Pupils and teacher at an English as a foreign language class in a primary school in the Lubuskie region of Poland.

Education in Poland

Compulsory education in Poland starts at the age of five or six, at kindergarten / pre-school, and, from six-to-seven years of age, at primary school (szkoła podstawowa in Polish). All children must remain in education for a minimum of nine years. After six years of primary education, pupils begin their lower secondary education at ‘gymnasium’ schools. This ends with a compulsory examination in Humanities, Science and Foreign Languages.

polish schools

An Easter display on a notice board at a Primary / Elementary school in Poland.

After lower secondary schooling children have three main options. They can study for two years at a basic vocational school (zasadnicza szkoła zawodowa); for three three years at a high school (lyceum); or for four years at a Technical school (technikum). Both the lyceum and technikum forms of schooling end with a maturity exam (matura), which is of a similar level to ‘A’ levels or the international baccalauréat.

Polish school

A combined primary and lower secondary school in a small town in the west of Poland.

Related:

- Higher Education in Poland.
- Watch a fascinating short film, which looks at some of the differences between education in Poland and the United Kingdom here!

Top Universities in Poland

university poznan

A mid 1990s postcard sent from the Collegium Physicum at UAM – Adam Mickiewicz University – in Poznan.

The Top Universities in Poland

The top universities in Poland as recorded in most sources are (in alphabetical order):

- Adam Mickiewicz University (Uniwersytet Adama Mickiewicza w Poznaniu, UAM) in Poznan.
- AGH University of Science and Technology (Akademia Górniczo-Hutnicza) in Krakow.
- Jagiellonian University (Uniwersytet Jagielloński) in Krakow.
- University of Warsaw (Uniwersytet Warszawski) in Warsaw.
- Warsaw University of Technology (Politechnika Warszawska) in Warsaw.

university poland

A postcard issued in 1994 commemorating the 75th anniversary of Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan.

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Foreign Language Study in Poland

Fascinating Fact # 25

Children in schools in Poland typically learn two foreign languages. The most popular foreign languages taught in Polish schools are:

1 – English
2 – German
3 – French
4 – Spanish
5 – Russian

More than 70% of all children at schools in Poland are currently learning English as a foreign language.