Poland is one of the largest countries in Europe, a modern and dynamic member of European Union where education really counts. It is situated in the middle of the European continent at the crossroads between West and East. Poland is an ideal place not only for studying, but also travelling. A journey across Poland is a great opportunity to visit historical point of interests, such as monuments and sites listed on the UNESCO World Heritage List, to experience breath-taking landscapes of mountains, sea, lakes and woods as well as to taste Polish cuisine and hospitality. Compared to other EU countries the costs of living are a fraction of what a foreign student would have to spend in most other European cities.
The climate in Poland is determined mainly by the country’s geographical location and geography. Poland is in the temperate latitudes, where maritime air from the North Atlantic and continental air from the east converge, causing frequent day-to-day and year-to-year variability in the weather patterns. The average annual temperature in Poland is about 8’C/46’F and varies for the regions of Poland depending on height above sea level and distance from the Baltic Sea. In the summer, for instance, temperatures are lower in northern Poland because of the Baltic Sea. The lowest temperatures are in the mountains and the highest are in western and central Poland. Poland sees an average annual rainfall of 600 millimeters. The highest precipitation is in the mountains and uplands and the lowest occurs in the central, lowland areas of Poland. On the average, precipitation in summer is twice that in winter. Spring arrives slowly in April, bringing mainly sunny days after a period of alternating winter and spring -like conditions. In the summer months of June, July and August, showers alternate with dry, sunny weather and the temperature averages about 18’C/64’F; the maximum summer temperature is 40’C/104’F. Early autumn is generally sunny and warm before a period of rainy, colder weather in November begins the transition into winter. Winter, which may last one to three months, is cold and cloudy and brings frequent snowstorms but relatively low total precipitation. The average temperature in January is about -4’C/25’F but it can fall as low as -35’C/-31’F.
Polish currency is Polish zloty (PLN) consisting of 100 groszy (gr.). You can exchange money in many exchange offices and banks. Most of the banks are situated near the centre of Gliwice, so it is not very difficult to find them. Banks are open from 10a.m. till 6p.m. on weekdays. Cash machines accept all international cards such as: Visa Electron, Visa, Maestro, MasterCard, PolCard etc. The exchange rate is about: 1 EUR ≈ 4.20 PLN.