University of Warsaw Academic exchange

Incoming and outgoing students and staff

In 2016 more than 8,000 UW affiliates and students went abroad. Students take part in grant and internship programmes, academics teach and participate in research projects and conferences, and general staff participate in training. Meanwhile, more than 5,000 people came to UW from abroad. Our University is the most frequently chosen by international students out of all Polish universities. The number of undergraduates, postgraduates and scholarship holders under various international exchange programmes keeps growing.


Academic exchange

In 2016/2017 the University’s community includes 4,400 international students: 2,200 at on 1st cycle (bachelor) and 2nd cycle (master) courses or long cycle (uniform) Master’s studies, 300 at on doctoral (3rd cycle) programmes, 1,900 came to UW for a period up to one academic year. International exchange for students, doctoral students and employees is organised under:

LLP Erasmus, Erasmus+ In terms of academic exchange the University of Warsaw stands out not only among Polish universities but also internationally. In 2013, the European Commission selected – out of more than 3,000 higher education institutions from various countries – 100 universities which have been successful in student exchange. UW ranked 7th in this list.


In December 2013 University of Warsaw was awarded with the Erasmus Charter for Higher Education for the whole period of the Erasmus+ programme (2014-2020). Erasmus+ mobility projects are financed through European Union funds under the Key Action 1: Learning mobility of individuals. University of Warsaw exchanges students and staff with the schools from programme countries and partner countries.


In 2016, the University of Warsaw received a distintion for its performance in the implementation of the Erasmus Charter for Higher Eductaion (ECHE), given by the European Commisssion.


The University is mostly visited by students from Spain, Germany, Italy, France and Turkey.


More information for Exchange and Guest Students


Erasmus Mundus projects

UW not only participates in EU exchange programmes but also coordinates projects to encourage both students and staff to go abroad:

  • SALAM 1, SALAM 2 – Study Abroad Learning And Mobility for promoting structured cooperation and European higher education for Iran, Iraq and Yemen. UW leads a consortium of 16 universities.
  • SIGMA, SIGMA Agile – Critical Skills Learning for Innovation, Sustainable Growth, Mobility and Employ Ability in the Multicultural Environment of the Western Balkans, with 20 participating universities.

Additional information

International Relations Office  

Krakowskie Przedmieście 26/28
00-927 Warsaw
ph.: (+48) 22 55 24 008

fax: (+48) 22 55 24 011

External links:


EU programme for education, training, youth and sport


Erasmus Mundus  

EU cooperation and mobility programme in the field of higher education


National Agency for Academic Exchange


UW works with over 800 institutions outside Poland.

Our relations with non-EU universities are developing dynamically too, it is most evident in Asia, but also in Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Mexico and Brazil. International agreements with these countries enable us to run joint education, research and academic exchange projects.


380 universities in 73 countries that work with UW under bilateral agreements

440 universities that work with UW under Erasmus+ programme

165 universities from 43 non-EU countries that work with UW under Erasmus Mundus programme