Last update: 3 March, 2017

Education in Poland – FAQ

Is education in Poland mandatory?

Yes. Every child between the ages of 6 and 18 living in Poland is subject to compulsory education. This obligation also applies to children who do not possess Polish citizenship, regardless of the migration status of their parents in Poland.

Do I have to pay for my child’s education?

No. Education is free of charge in public elementary schools, gymnasiums and secondary schools until the child turns 18 or completes the school he was enrolled in before turning 18 (e.g. in comprehensive high school).

What does Polish education system looks like?

– kindergarten (for children 3-5/6 years of age);
– primary school (6 years; for children 6/7- 11/12 years of age)
– gymnasium – lower secondary school (3 years; for children 12/13 – 15/16 years of age)
– secondary school  (different types, education lasts 3 or 4 years depending on the type of school). 


How long is a lesson hour in Poland?

In Poland a lesson hour is 45 minutes.

Can my child receive in-school support for learning the Polish language?

Yes. Every child that is not a Polish citizen is entitled to additional free classes of instruction in the Polish language in the school he attends for the first 12 months, not less than 2 lessons per week.
The total amount of additional free lessons in  Polish and remedial courses in other subjects can not be greater than five hours per week.


Can my child receive in-school support in learning other subjects that he has not studied before, or for which the curriculum was different from the one in force in Polish schools?

Yes. Each child that is not a Polish citizen is entitled to additional free classes of the Polish language in the school he or she attends for the first 12 months, in the amount not less than 2 lessons per week. The total amount of additional free lessons of  the Polish language and remedial courses in other subjects can not be higher than five hours per week.