List of universities in Poland

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This is a list of universities in Poland. In total, there are approximately 457 universities and collegiate-level institutions of higher education in Poland, including 131 government-funded and 326 privately owned universities, with almost 2 million enrolled students as of 2010.[1] According to the March 18, 2011 Act of the Polish Parliament, the universities are divided into categories based on their legal status and level of authorization.[2]

There are forty publicly funded and two private universities considered classical, granting doctoral degrees on top of bachelor's and master's degrees in at least ten fields of knowledge. The remaining universities are divided according to their educational profile usually reflected in their differing names. Academy is used for institutions which focus on fine arts, music and drama. The technical universities specialize in engineering and the physical sciences. (The name refers to the subjects taught; they are not technical schools.)

In total, there are 24 cities in Poland,[3] with between one and eight state-funded universities each.[4] Among the top are Warsaw, Kraków, Poznań, and Wrocław.[5] The Polish names of listed universities are given in brackets, followed by a standard abbreviation (if commonly used or if existent). Note that some of the institutions might choose to translate their own name as university in English, even if they do not officially have the Polish-language equivalent name of uniwersytet.

Density of collegiate-level institutions of higher education across Poland

Public universities[edit]

Please use table sort buttons for year of establishment in chronological order and alphabetical list of locations
Name in English Name in Polish (abbreviation) Location Est.
University of Białystok Uniwersytet w Białymstoku Białystok 1997
Casimir the Great University Uniwersytet Kazimierza Wielkiego w Bydgoszczy, UKW Bydgoszcz 1969
University of Gdańsk Uniwersytet Gdański, UG Gdańsk 1970
Jagiellonian University Uniwersytet Jagielloński, UJ Kraków 1364
John Paul II Catholic University Katolicki Uniwersytet Lubelski Jana Pawła II, KUL Lublin 1918
Maria Curie-Skłodowska University Uniwersytet Marii Curie-Skłodowskiej, UMCS Lublin 1944
University of Łódź Uniwersytet Łódzki, Łódź 1945
University of Warmia and Mazury Uniwersytet Warmińsko-Mazurski w Olsztynie, UWM Olsztyn 1999
Opole University Uniwersytet Opolski, UO Opole 1994
Adam Mickiewicz University Uniwersytet Adama Mickiewicza w Poznaniu, UAM Poznań 1919
University of Rzeszów Uniwersytet Rzeszowski, UR Rzeszów 2001
University of Silesia Uniwersytet Śląski, Katowice 1968
University of Szczecin Uniwersytet Szczeciński, US Szczecin 1945
Nicolaus Copernicus University Uniwersytet Mikołaja Kopernika w Toruniu, UMK Toruń 1945
University of Warsaw Uniwersytet Warszawski, UW Warsaw 1816
Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University Uniwersytet Stefana Wyszyńskiego, UKSW Warsaw 1954
University of Wrocław Uniwersytet Wrocławski, UWr Wrocław 1702
University of Zielona Góra Uniwersytet Zielonogórski, UZ Zielona Góra 2001
Jan Kochanowski University Uniwersytet Jana Kochanowskiego, UJK Kielce 1969
Pictures of selected locations
University of Wrocław main building in Wrocław 
University of Silesia Faculty of Computer Science, Sosnowiec 
University of Gdańsk Faculty of Social Sciences, Gdańsk 

Technical universities[edit]

Business schools[edit]

Teacher universities[edit]

Life sciences[edit]

Colleges of physical education[edit]

Specialist universities[edit]

Medical universities and colleges[edit]

Universities of economics[edit]

Academies of music[edit]

Academies of theatre and film[edit]

Academies of fine arts[edit]

Universities of social sciences[edit]

SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities

Theological universities[edit]

Maritime universities[edit]

Military universities[edit]

Former universities and colleges in Poland[edit]

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ Central Statistical Office (Poland): Studenci szkół wyższych (łącznie z cudzoziemcami) na dzień 30 XI 2008. Number of students at Poland's institutions of higher education, as of 30 November 2008. Retrieved 13 June 2012. (in Polish)
  2. ^ Ustawa z dnia 27 lipca 2005 r. – Prawo o szkolnictwie wyższym, Dziennik Ustaw, 2005, No.164, pos.1365. Legal Act of Polish Parliament. ISAP. Retrieved 13 June 2012. (in Polish)
  3. ^ "Ośrodki akademickie" [Academic centres]. Uczelnie publiczne i niepubliczne (see: left-hand column). 2013. Retrieved 30 September 2014. 
  4. ^ MNSW. "Wykaz uczelni publicznych nadzorowanych przez Ministra właściwego ds. szkolnictwa wyższego - publiczne uczelnie akademickie" [List of public universities in Poland, by Ministry of Science and Higher Education] (PDF file, direct download). Ministerstwo Nauki i Szkolnictwa Wyższego. Retrieved 30 September 2014. 
  5. ^ Zadroga, Aneta (10 March 2008). "Studia w liczbach: Warszawa bije Kraków" [University studies in numbers: Warsaw beats Krakow]. Gazeta Wyborcza., Kraków. Archived from the original on 14 February 2009. Retrieved 30 September 2014.