University of Warsaw Why University of Warsaw?

International position

Taking into account the total number of research universities that reaches 20 thousand, the University of Warsaw is among the top 3% of the world’s best universities. According to international rankings, it also is the best university in Poland and one of the leading ones in this region of Europe. In addition, the University of Warsaw holds very good positions in comparative evaluations of the quality of education, in particular study programmes, such as the Quacquarelli Symonds World University Ranking and Eduniversal Best Masters and MBA Worldwide. 27 programmes provided by the UW have been listed in QS World University Rankings by Subject 2023. 10 subjects run by the UW were ranked in the Shanghai Ranking of Academic Subjects 2022 (Physics was ranked 51-75 worldwide).


The quality of education

The quality of education at the University of Warsaw is confirmed by the annual appraisals conducted by the university itself which show that the majority of students are satisfied with their selection of the university and the education programme. The University’s strongest points are: its prestige, development opportunities, the study environment. The quality of education is also confirmed by research conducted with the University’s graduates. The University of Warsaw conducts the largest research enterprise of its kind in Europe by monitoring the careers of former students. Results demonstrate that having a diploma from the University of Warsaw is a definite asset in the job market; 94% of respondents have found employment after graduation.


The broad offer

Approximately 40,000 people study at the University of Warsaw (1st, 2nd and long cycle studies, doctoral programmes and post-diploma courses). The candidates are offered a very broad range of courses in the fields of humanities, social sciences and natural sciences, as well as many interdisciplinary courses combining knowledge and skills of many disciplines:

University of research

The leading concepts of the University’s activity are the unity of teaching and research, and the harmonious development of all branches of knowledge represented in its curriculum. The University employs nearly 4,000 scholars. Their scientific enquiry extends over 1,400 research topics; students who they concurrently teach have the opportunity of joining in their research projects. The University’s research teams have won worldwide recognition in many areas of knowledge and  have joined international research programmes.

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In the heart of Europe

The University of Warsaw community includes 4,800 foreigners: students, doctoral students, employees and grantees of, among others, the Erasmus+ programme. With respect to academic exchanges, the University of Warsaw stands out not only in Poland, but also internationally, being one of the leaders of the European Commission ranking issued as part its assessment of student exchange at over 3,000 institutions of higher education in the entire Europe. The University of Warsaw is most popular among students from Azerbaijan, Belarus, China, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Turkey and Ukraine.


The academic city

The University is located in the capital of Poland, one of the most dynamically developing European cities. Warsaw is the centre of political and economic life and has a lively social and cultural scene. It is steadily climbing the international rankings of the world’s most attractive urban areas: Top 50 of the City Brand Index, United Nations State of the World’s Cities report, best cities ranking and report by the Economist Intelligence Unit. In 2017 Warsaw took 15th place among most sociable and friendly cities in the world (Businnes Insider, The 19 most sociable and friendly cities in the world, 2017). Warsaw has also – for the second time running – been named fDi’sPolish City of the Future (fDi Intelligence, Financial Times, Polish Cities of the Future 2017/18, 2017). According to QS Best Student Cities 2024, Warsaw took 60th place among the best cities in the world. It received a high score in the Student View and Affordability categories.

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Two faces

The University’s historical Main Campus, located in the very heart of Warsaw, is renowned for its splendid architecture. Its imposing buildings, some going back to the 17th century, are one of the city’s main tourist attractions. The opening of the nearby University Library building, which took place at the very end of the millennium, marked a new chapter in the history of the University’s architecture. New buildings, completed in the following years, are modern, functional and moreover architecturally interesting. The Natural Sciences campus consists of imposing structures with state-of-the-art laboratories.

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Additional information

University of Warsaw

  • founded in 1816
  • the largest university in Poland and the best research centre in the country
  • occupies 1st/2nd place in the national rankings of universities
  • belongs to the top 3% of universities in the world according to global rankings such as Times Higher Education World University Ranking (THE), Quaquarelli Symmonds World University Ranking (QS), Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU)
  • holds very good positions in international comparative evaluations of the quality of education: 27 programmes provided by the UW have been listed in QS World University Rankings by Subject 2023; 10 subjects run by the UW were ranked in the Shanghai Ranking of Academic Subjects 2022 (Physics was ranked 51-75 worldwide)
  • belongs to the 4EU+ European University Alliance selected by the European Commission for funding in the ‘European Universities’ call for proposals, launched as part of the 2019 Erasmus+ programme
  • awarded the “HR Excellence in Research” title by the European Commission for adopting the principles of the European Charter for Researchers, which means that UW offers a friendly working environment and transparent recruitment procedure
  • distinguished by the European Commission for its participation in the Erasmus+ programme

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