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Student visa interview in Poland – common questions

 

Poland is popular destination not only for tourist reason but also a lot of students from the whole world are coming here for studies. Our country has really well developed system of higher education. We have more than 5000 courses and all of them gained Polish Accreditation Committee’s approval. In Poland, we have over 450 Higher Education Institutions. In top of rankings we have: University in Warsaw, Jagiellonian University in Cracow and Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan. Poland is open for all the students from other countries if they have necessary documentations as Poland student visa.

 

If you are interested in study in Poland, after being accepted on your chosen university, you still have to get student visa in order to start your education. Sometimes interview in the embassy can be intimidating, apart from sets of right documents, you have to answer on various type of question regarding your plan for studying here and stay in Poland.

 

Check our exemplary questions that can be asked during your study visa interview. They will always ask about your study plans, university choice, financial status and post-graduation plans. Make sure you are well prepared and you won’t be surprised by any question.

1 Why do you choose Poland not other European countries? Why do you want to study here?

Tell why did you choose this particular country and what is special about it.

 

For example:

 

Poland have high quality universities: University of Warsaw, Jagiellonian University in Krakow and in the top rankings. Studying in Poland is more affordable than in other European countries. Cultural life is very well developed – music and films festivals, sports, beautiful cities. Polish people are known for hospitality. They are open minded and interesting in other cultures. A lot of great people came from Poland – Chopin, Marie Curie Sklodowska.

2 Why did you choose that university and how did you find about it?

Tell about research you did about this university. You should have information about the program you have selected. At this point you should also have some correspondence with the faculty of the university. Mention strong points of your program, university, achievement of the professors.

 

For example:

“University” is very well known for research in “your field”. That’s why it will help me develop my skills and future career.

I admire *this professor* (his achievements), I know I can learn so many things from him.

I saw information about this university in ranking of top universities. I am also in touch with friend who really recommended it to me.

3 Why you don’t want to continue education in your home country?

Give your honest opinion.

 

For example:

The quality of education offer in Poland is much better than in country of my origin. I will also experience European university program and have better job opportunity in the future.

4 Where did you go to school in the past?

Give the name of your past college/university and addresses.

5 What will be your specialization at the university?

Give details about your course and why are you so interested to participate in it.

6 How many universities did you apply for?

Tell the names if you also applied for other universities. They can ask how many of them reject you, to check how good students you are.

7 What city is your university located in?

Learn some information about city you want to study in. Give address of your university. Also remember they can ask you what do you know about this city. You can tell about places worth to see and cultural events.

8 Can I see your previous high school/college diplomas?

You can take with you, your higher education diplomas.

9 What do you know about Polish schools?

Do research about education systems in Poland.

10 What is your English level?

If your course will be in English, you should have fluent English level.

11 How will you cover your trip and studying expenses?

You should know how much approximately you will need for one year living expenses in Poland plus course fee. It would be good if you have this money in your bank statement.

12 What will be the cost of studies per year?

You should know how much will be full cost of your studies per year. In this question do not include costs of living if they will not ask about it.

13 Who is going to sponsor your education?

This answer depends on your situation. You can have your own money that you collected for studies, some family member can sponsor you, you can have student loan or scholarship. Give honest answer.

 

Tip. You should be prepared that if someone from your family is sponsoring you, they can ask you about this person job and salary.

14 What are your plans after finishing university?

Give your future plans that should be related to your university program. Remember to mention that after finishing your course, you are planning to return to your home country and you are not making plans for staying in Poland. Give some proofs of your ties to home country – your family, job you want to take after graduating in your home town.

15 Do you know where do you want to work in the future?

Tell about job related to your course topic and how it will benefit your future career. You can give some names of companies in your country where you could work in the future.

16 Do you want to return to your home country after graduating?

You should show that you have reasons for returning to your home country.

17 What do you know about Poland and city you will be studying in?

You have to do research to know some facts about country you want to live in.

18 Isn’t this course also available by any university in your country?

Give honest answer, because interviewer could check it before. You can mention that quality of this course is not that good as in European countries.

19 Why did you choose this course?

Tell about your interest, future career plans related to this course.

20 Do you know some facts about university that you choose?

Read about history of this university and its biggest achievements.

21 What are the most famous tourist places in Poland?

You should know some famous places in country you want to study in.

 

For example: Old Town in Warsaw, Wawel Castle in Cracow, Masurian Lakeland, Malbork Castle,’ Baltic Sea, Tatra Mountains in Zakopane.

22 How long will your course last?

Remember exact dates when will your course start and finish.

23 Do you have acceptance letter for studies?

You should bring original letter and copy on the interview.

24 Can you give me names of some classes you will be attending on that course?

Check your course plan before the interview. You should be able name the most important and interesting classes for you.

25 What about language barrier? Is this course full in English?

Usually international programmes are fully in English but you should check that and make sure that you will be able to fully participate in this course.

26 Did you already book the tickets for your travel?

You should have with you your flight reservation tickets.

27 What is your recent academic degree? When you receive it?

Give your highest educational qualification. Remember the date when you received it.

28 Where will you stay in Poland?

Give full address of your accommodation. You should have accommodation letter proving that you will be staying in that place. Remember the distance from your accommodation to your university.

29 Are you planning something for your vacation?

Interviewer wants to know more about your relations with your family and your country. You should tell them that you want to go back home during holiday to visit your family. Reason for your stay should be clear.

30 Are you thinking about working in Poland during your studying?

You should show that your only reason for coming to Poland is studying and you want to strongly focus on that.

Good presentation on the interview in the embassy and complete set of documents will be guarantee for getting visa. All the questions are checking if your intention for getting visa are the same as in your application. Remember to treat this appointment seriously, by being punctual, well dressed and giving appropriate arguments during the interview. All the answers have to be in line with the documentation you are presenting and your current situation. Try to be specific and don’t give unnecessary details.

 

Good luck.

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