Six centuries of tradition
Academic tradition in Poland goes back 650 years, to the “studium generale”, the first Polish university, established in the mid-14th century. Poland was the sixth country in Europe to have its own university; the only older academies were those in Italy, France, Great Britain, Spain and Bohemia.
The emergence of modern universities in the 19th century brought a breakthrough in the model of higher education in Europe; the University of Warsaw was instituted at that time, in 1816.
Read more about the coming 200th anniversary of the University of Warsaw
A part of the European system
Poland is one of 47 states constituting the European Higher Education Area, which goes beyond the borders of the European Union. The three-cycle system of higher education qualifications, the ECTS system and many other solutions of the Bologna Process guarantee full mobility and make it possible to continue education in any signatory state.
A variety of academies
Poland has 132 public Higher Education Institutions (HEIs). Apart from the classic universities, there are medical and technological schools (polytechnics), schools of economics and agriculture, teacher training colleges, schools of fine arts, sports colleges and military, ecclesiastical and vocational colleges. The private education sector is also very well developed; Poland has some 280 private institutions of higher education. A hundred institutions of higher education in Poland is authorised to confer doctoral titles.
A wealth of programmes
Polish academies offer a a wide choice of programmes of 1st, 2nd, 3rd cycle studies and long cycle (uniform) Master’s studies, in full-time and part-time systems. Study programmes at the faculties of Medicine, Management, Foreign Relations and Economy are the most popular among foreign students. Foreign-language curriculum is developing as well; apart from 1,500 study programmes in Modern Languages, Polish academies offer over 500 programmes with a foreign language, mainly English, as the language of instruction.
Find out more about study programmes offered at the University of Warsaw
1.4 million students
1.4 million students per year receive their education in Poland. This makes our county one of European leaders, preceded only by Great Britain, Germany and France. According to the European Commission research, the region of Mazovia, of which Warsaw is the capital, belongs to the continent’s areas where the largest percentage of young people, over 75%, are students.