Higher Education in Poland

Warsaw university

An old picture postcard showing one of the buildings of Warsaw University. This was mailed in 1921 to Berlin.

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.

polish university

The university in Poznan in the 1930s. Poznan generally ranks in the top three of Polish universities.

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.

university poland

The Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland. Founded in 1364 by Casimir III the Great.

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