Higher Education in Poland
As in most European countries there are three main levels of higher education in Poland. The first level leads to a Bachelor (licencjat or inżynier) degree. The second level to a master (magister) degree. After this people can then go on to study for a PhD (doctorate) degree.
Most students in Poland follow the Bologna scheme by studying for a three year bachelor degree, which can then be followed by a further two years of study to gain a master degree. Some universities also offer master degrees, which are granted after a longer programme of study, lasting between five and six years.
There are approximately 500 universities and collegiate-level institutions of higher education in Poland. This figure is made up of 131 government-funded and 326 privately owned universities, with almost 2 million students studying at them at any one time.
The top universities in Poland by most accounts are (in alphabetical order):
- Adam Mickiewicz University (Uniwersytet Adama Mickiewicza w Poznaniu, UAM) in Poznan.
- AGH University of Science and Technology (Akademia Górniczo-Hutnicza) in Krakow.
- Jagiellonian University (Uniwersytet Jagielloński) in Krakow.
- University of Warsaw (Uniwersytet Warszawski) in Warsaw.
- Warsaw University of Technology (Politechnika Warszawska) in Warsaw.
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