Welcome to IFMSA-Poland!
On behalf of IFMSA-Poland, we would like to congratulate you on getting a placement for exchange in our country! We are working hard to provide you with the best social and scientific experience! It's going to be a great month!
If you want to learn more about Exchanges in Poland, visit out facebook fanpage: https://www.facebook.com/ExchangesIFMSAPolandENG/ and go through the Survival Kit developed specifically for the incomings: https://bit.ly/2N43rDF
Come and try us! :)
Republic of Poland (Rzeczpospolita Polska), is a country in Central Europe bordered by Germany to the West; the Czech Republic and Slovakia to the South; Ukraine, Belarus and Lithuania to the East; and the Baltic Sea and Kaliningrad Oblast, to the North.
The total area of Poland is 313.000 square kilometres making it the 9th largest in Europe. Poland has a population of over 38 million people which makes it one of the most populous members of the European Union.
Poland has the healthcare system based on general health insurance. Insured citizens are entitled to obtain free health services in Poland. An insured person and family members are entitled to receive free health services from healthcare providers who have concluded relevant contracts with the regional branch of the National Health Fund (NFZ).
There exist two lines of treatments - the first is free for all insured citizens and contains general practitioners, paediatricians, oncologists, opthalmologists, gynaecologists, psychiatrics, dermatologists, venerologists and dentists. To these doctors referral is unnecessary. The second line requires a referral from the 1st line doctor. This concerns also planned hospital admitions.
In Poland it takes 6 years to complete medicine (2 years of preclinical and 4 years of clinical subjects). After graduation, there is 1 year of obligatory intership during or after which we are entilted to take LEK - State Examination of Medical Doctor. Acquisition of license to practice medicine is followed by the residency.
Poland is located in Central Europe. Its Eastern border compromises the longest land border of the Schengen Area. Poland has long been a key country through which imports and exports pass.
Most of Polish LCs has active airports:
Bydgoszcz (IATA code: BZG)
Olsztyn - Szymany (SZY)
Warsaw - Chopin Airport (WAW), Modlin Airport (WMI)
You can easily find connections with popular low cost airlines, like Ryanair, Wizz Air or easyJet, as well as regular carriers like Lufthansa, LOT Polish Airlines, Air France, Finnair, Aeroflot etc. The most up-to-date information about flight network you can find at the airports' webpages. Even if your LC doesn't have an airport, you can easily reach it with via bus or train.
Bus and trains are also important means of transport. Please note that foreign students don't have discounts for trains. There are several companies offering enormous variety of connections between all Polish cities. At the moment, the most popular company is Flixbus offering connections between many cities with complimentary WiFi, power socket (110/220 V) and on-board toilet.
Krakow - Royal Castle / Wawel Cathedral / Schindler's Factory / Rynek Underground
Gdansk - Main City / European Solidarity Centre / Amber Museum
Wroclaw - Ostrow Tumski (Cathedral Island) / Japanese Garden / Millenial Hall / Sky Tower
The climate is mostly temperate throughout the country - it is oceanic in the North and West and becomes gradually warmer and continental moving South and East. Summers are generally warm, with average temperatures between 20 °C and 27 °C. Winters are cold, with average temperatures around 3 °C in the North-Western part and −8 °C in North-Eastern Poland. Precipitation falls throughout the year, however winter is typically drier than summer.