Poland offers young Ukrainians the opportunity to study for free
Young Ukrainians can now study for free at Polish universities and stay in the country provided they work and study at the same time.
The opportunity will be offered to Ukrainians between the ages of 18 and 25 who wish to study at Polish universities or police academies, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.
In this regard, the program will help young people find jobs and provide them with accommodation or compensation for rent. At the same time, they will also benefit from public transport, health insurance and a vacation allowance of 1,8000 zlotys per year.
Graduates of Ukrainian schools and students already studying in Poland can join the program. To be able to participate in this project, students need documents such as a high school diploma or a certificate from the university where they studied.
In 2021, more than 1.2 million students studied at Polish universities. Among them, 6.8% were foreigners, of whom nearly 39,000 were from Ukraine and 8,300 from Belarus.
Poland is home to over 500 universities and the most popular university centers are Warsaw, Krakow, Wroclaw and Poznan.
European Union countries, including Poland, granted temporary protection to people displaced from Ukraine due to the occupation of that country by the Russian army.
Data provided by the UN Refugee Agency revealed that since the start of the war on February 24, Poland has taken in more than 6,114,787 Ukrainian refugees.
Previously, data from the EU Statistical Office (Eurostat) also showed that in June 2022, Poland has granted the highest number of temporary protection statuses to Ukrainians granting more than 60,125 temporary protections.
According to Eurostat, Poland was followed by Romania with 10,360 temporary protections granted, Ireland with 6,985 and Bulgaria with 6,920.
Furthermore, a survey recently carried out by the international employment agency Gremi Personal showed that about 20% of Ukrainian refugees who have settled in Poland plan to return to their country before the onset of winter.
About 1,240 people forced to leave Ukraine because of the war took part in this survey.
In this regard, the analysis center pointed out that 22% of respondents intend to go to Ukraine this autumn-winter, while 35% will stay in Poland until next year.
On the other hand, 26% of the refugees intend to return after the end of the war. Meanwhile, around 17% of respondents said they would stay in Poland indefinitely.