University of Warsaw In the heart of Europe

Study in Poland, travel around Europe

Poland is a member of the European Union, the community of 28 states of the continent of Europe. The beginnings of the Union go back to the 1950s; Poland joined it in 2004. Three years later Poland joined the Schengen Area, which includes 25 European states.


This means that whoever enters Poland may freely travel around all the member states: Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Holland, Greece, Spain, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Latvia, Malta, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden, Hungary and Italy, as well as three states from outside the Union: Island, Norway and Switzerland.

In the heart of Europe


PL: a world-famous brand

Poland is one of the most dynamically developing countries not only of Europe, but of the world. It belongs to states most often selected by investors. According to the World Investment Report, issued by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development and considered the world’s most important publication pertaining to foreign investment, Poland is the fourth most attractive country in Europe and fourteenth in the world, and the most highly assessed location in Central Europe.


Recently it recorded the highest increase in foreign investment, and in the number of workplaces created by foreign investors, of all the European countries. Despite the global crisis, which did not leave the European Union untouched, the country’s GDP is growing and, as a national brand, Poland is among the twenty most valuable brands worldwide.


In the Social Progress Index issued by the Social Progress Imperative, which shows the level of satisfaction of the citizens’ needs, Poland holds the 13th place worldwide.


The birthplace of scholars and artists

Offering the opportunity study and conduct academic research in Poland, we invite you to a modern, dynamically developing country that makes investment in scholarship and innovativeness its priorities. It is also a country with a fascinating past and a centuries-old academic tradition; the achievements of many great Poles are the best advertisement of our rich culture and history.


Poland was the birthplace of ground-breaking discoverers, such as the astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus, the author of the heliocentric model of the universe, or Maria Skłodowska-Curie, the laureate of two Nobel Prizes: in physics and in chemistry. Frederic Chopin and world-famous contemporary composers, like Jan A.P. Kaczmarek or Wojciech Kilar, were also born in Poland. Poems by Wisława Szymborska and Czesław Miłosz and the prose of Stanisław Lem have been translated into dozens of languages. Films directed by Andrzej Wajda, Agnieszka Holland and Krzysztof Kieślowski have been watched and admired all over the world.


Studying in Poland is not only an opportunity to acquire best-quality education, but also to get truly acquainted with the Polish tradition and culture.

Additional information


population: 38 million; 7th largest country in Europe

capital: Warsaw, 1.7 million inhabitants

area: 312,000 km²

location: Central Europe

membership: European Union, North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) and others


Centre of Europe

In 1775 the royal cartographer and astronomer Szymon Antoni Sobiekrajski as the first person in history calculated the exact geographic centre of Europe; according to his computation, it was Suchowola, a town in the north-eastern corner of today’s Poland (53°34′39″N 23°06′22″E). Since then, the title of the “centre of Europe” was given to localities in Hungary, Lithuania, Belarus, Slovakia, Ukraine and Estonia; yet regardless of geographical calculations, Poland has always been a bridge between East and West, and its culture benefited from the country’s location and the meeting point of two cultural spheres. Today, although belonging to the Western world, Poland still maintains strong links with its eastern neighbours.

External links:

To find out more about Poland, its history, culture, tradition, economy and position in today’s world, see:

Polish Institute in your own country


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