University of Warsaw Facts and figures


The University of Warsaw was founded in 1816 >>



University graduates have won 5 Nobel Prize awards:

  • Henryk Sienkiewicz, writer, winner of the 1905 Nobel Prize in Literature, awarded “because of his outstanding merits as an epic writer”,
  • Czesław Miłosz, poet, prose writer, winner of the 1980 Nobel Prize in Literature,
  • Menachem Begin, prime minister of Israel from 1977 to 1983, received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1978,
  • Joseph Rotblat, physicist and radiobiologist, was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1995,
  • Leonid Hurwicz, economist,  winner of the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences in 2007, awarded “for having laid the foundations of mechanism design theory”.


The University community consists of:

  • 44,600 students,
  • 3,200 doctoral students,
  • 3,400 postgraduate students,
  • 7,100 employees.


The UW encompasses 21 faculties and over 30 research units.



The University’s scholars investigate over 3,450 research topics per year.



The scholars participate in over 150 projects financed by European and other international funds and organizations, such as EU framework programmes, European Science Foundation, European Cooperation in the Field of Scientific and Technical Research, European Economic Area and Norway Grants, European Molecular Biology Organization.



Each year the body of publications produced by the University scholars increases by approximately 7,700 new items.


800 & 100

The UW cooperates with over 800 foreign entities. It is a member of approximately 100 international associations and networks >>


20 & 2,000

The UW offers over 20 English-language programmes. Within the Polish-language programmes, approximately 2,000 courses are taught in foreign languages >>

Additional information

studenci, panoramaThe University of Warsaw is one of the largest employers in the Mazovia region; with respect to the number of employees it is ahead of most corporations listed in the Forbes register of the largest firms in Poland.

The University’s community includes foreign guests: graduate and postgraduate students, academics as well as Erasmus and Erasmus Mundus scholarship holders.

Over 337000 canditates each year. Not only are they offered a wide choice of programmes in humanities, social and natural sciences, but they can also chose from a range of interdisciplinary programmes, which combine knowledge and skills in various fields.