The number of international students registered in Polish universities climbed to approximately 89,500 in 2022, which is a 5.6 per cent increase from 2021. More than 4,700 students chose Poland as their study destination in 2022 compared to the previous year, according to the “Foreign students in Poland 2022” report. Currently, more than 7.3 per cent of Poland’s student population is international.
However, during the 2018–19 academic year, when there were 39,203 students, the number of Ukrainian students in Poland, who formerly made up the largest group, decreased while the number of African students climbed. Additionally, the decline in Ukrainian students attending Polish colleges has been impacted by the war in their country.
Foreign Students Increased for Study in Poland
Furthermore, Poland continues to be one of the least internationalized nations in the OECD and the European Union, and even though it saw an increase in the number of international students last year, it still enrols fewer foreign students than the most developed OECD nations or even China.
Poland’s neighbours, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia, and Lithuania, are drawing more students. Additionally, they emphasize that for a number of years, between 8,000 and 10,000 students from India would have chosen Polish higher education institutions but consular services prevented it. It was claimed that visa policy is the main barrier preventing the growth of international students for study in Poland.
The report is based on research conducted by Perspektywy organization as well as data from the Central Statistical Office for the 2021–2022 academic year that have not yet been made public, data from the Integrated Information System on Higher Education and Science POL–on, from OECD, UNESCO, and Project Atlas, as well as data from the OECD.
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