SGH Warsaw School of Economics

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SGH Warsaw School of Economics
Szkoła Główna Handlowa w Warszawie[1]
Szkoła Główna Handlowa (logo).png
Latin: Schola Princeps Scientiarum Oeconomicarum et Commercii[1]
Established13 October 1906
RectorMarek Rocki
Academic staff
Administrative staff
Location, ,
Coordinates: 52°12′32″N 21°0′32″E / 52.20889°N 21.00889°E / 52.20889; 21.00889
Colorswhite and green
AffiliationsCEMS, LLP Erasmus, PIM,[3] EUA[4]
Main building of SGH

SGH Warsaw School of Economics (Polish: Szkoła Główna Handlowa w Warszawie, SGH[1]) is the oldest business school in Poland. It is ranked first amongst Polish business schools in the Perspektywy ranking.[5]

Building C on Aleja Niepodległości

SGH Warsaw School of Economics was founded in 1906 as a private school under the name August Zieliński Private Trade Courses for Men. On 30 July 1919 it became a separate legal entity and was granted the status of an institution of higher education. The school was renamed Szkoła Główna Handlowa (SGH) in 1933. Following World War II SGH was nationalized and its name changed to Szkoła Główna Planowania i Statystyki (Main School of Planning and Statistics) with an abbreviation of SGPiS. The school regained its pre-war name after the fall of communism in 1991.

SGH Warsaw School of Economics offers courses leading to bachelor's or master's degrees to both full-time and extramural students. It also offers programs for doctoral and postgraduate degrees. Its Finance and Accounting program was ranked among the Top 40 European Masters in Management by the Financial Times, 2008.[6][7]

SGH Warsaw School of Economics cooperates with around 200 higher education institutions around the world within student and staff exchange areas. It is also a member of the CEMS, the LLP Erasmus, the Partnership in International Management network (PIM) and the European University Association EUA.

It is located at the northern edge of the Mokotów district of Warsaw. Bus and tram stops as well as the Pole Mokotowskie metro station are nearby.

Organizational structure[edit]

SGH Warsaw School of Economics abandoned the traditional departmental structure segregating students on the basis of their major.

Professors as well as research and teaching programmes are grouped in five Colleges (Collegiums) as well as a number of extra-collegial units, such as the foreign language teaching center.

Courses offered[edit]

SGH is a university with no departments. Within full-time and part-time studies, they are conducted in two levels. Bachelor studies, which last for six semesters, lead to a Bachelor's professional title. Holders of such a title may apply for a place and begin Master studies which last for four semesters. To obtain a diploma (as well as credit terms) it is necessary to gather the required minimum points. Individual subjects are divided into mandatory sections for particular fields, optional for those subjects, additional items which help develop the knowledge unrelated to specific subjects, and objects of education common to all economists. Different subjects can have different minimum points for each of these types of items.

SGH full-time students are offered the following fields of study in Polish:

  • Economics,
  • European Master in Law and Economics,
  • European Studies,
  • Finance and Accounting,
  • Quantitative Methods in Economics and Information Systems,
  • Management (Business Administration),
  • Public Sector Economics (Public Administration),
  • Social Policy,
  • Spatial Economic Policy,
  • International Economics,
  • Big Data.

From 2006/2007 Academic Year SGH Studies are divided into:

  • Bachelor's Studies (undergraduate) – 6-semester
  • Master's Studies (graduate) – 4-semester
  • Doctoral Studies – 6-semester
  • System based on ECTS credits

All SGH students study basic macro- and micro- economics, mathematics, statistics, philosophy, social science, law, history, geography, and languages during the first three semesters. After having passed the required examinations for the first three semesters, they then must register for one out of the six offered areas of studies. The BA degree is granted after completing a required number of credits (about six semesters of studies) and the MA (MSc) degree is granted after completing about eight to ten semesters (including six semesters for the BA) which is the maximum period of tuition free study at SGH. It is worth mentioning that students do not have to get the BA before applying for the master's degree, and the time span required for the degree in the given specialisation(s) depends mostly on students themselves, due to the free choice of courses (some limitations apply), professors, and the maximum work load per semester. [8]

International cooperation[edit]

SGH is currently working with over 250 foreign universities, as well as with many international organizations. Main partners are universities from the European Union, North America and Asia. Every year, an international students' exchange involves about 500 students of SGH Warsaw School of Economics and the university hosts over 300 students from foreign universities.

Among important international cooperation programs are: LLP Erasmus, CEMS (The Global Alliance in Management Education), Polish-German Academic Forum at SGH, Partnership in International Management (PIM), double diploma programmes (i.e. with Technical University Berlin), bilateral agreements and others.[9]

Student organizations[edit]

The Student Union, elective body representing all SGH students in the School’s Senate and participating in setting all study regulations, provides students with housing and financial aid as well as organizes a wide range of cultural events.

Along with over 20 local associations and 100 science clubs, all the most important international organizations are present at SGH. AEGEE, AIESEC or ESN give students a possibility to experience real teamwork, participate in project realization and events management.


  • Collegium of Economic Analysis (Kolegium Analiz Ekonomicznych)
  • Collegium of Socio-Economic Policy (Kolegium Ekonomiczno-Społeczne)
  • Collegium of World Economy (Kolegium Gospodarki Światowej)
  • Collegium of Business Administration (Kolegium Nauk o Przedsiębiorstwie)
  • Collegium of Management and Finance (Kolegium Zarządzania i Finansów)[10]


Warsaw School of Economics Library, Rakowiecka Street

The Library of SGH Warsaw School of Economics is the largest economics library in Poland with its 786 334 volumes of monographs; 216 778 volumes of serials; 983 titles of subscribed periodicals – Polish and foreign, and ca. 30 000 titles of foreign journals in electronic form. The SGH Library holdings are organized in several collections. Each collection is available in different departments, on precisely defined conditions: by free access, by library order slips, or by borrowing. Students are allowed to borrow books exclusively from the Students’ Lending Library.

Sports centre[edit]

There are two gyms, a fitness room, a swimming pool and a sauna available for students on the SGH campus. One may sign up for either Physical Education (PE) class or varsity team activities, neither of which is compulsory. PE classes include: soccer, basketball, volleyball, callanetics, aerobics, swimming and dancing. Varsity team activities offered are: karate, skiing, aerobics, rock climbing, tennis, table tennis, track and field sports, sailing, soccer, swimming, volleyball and basketball.

Notable alumni and faculty[edit]



The majority of Ministers of Finance in the governments of the III Republic of Poland were SGH alumni, including all from 1988 to 1997.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Statut Szkoły Głównej Handlowej w Warszawie. Szkoła Główna Handlowa w Warszawie.
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Szkoła Główna Handlowa – Informacje ogólne" (in Polish). Retrieved 2014-08-01.
  3. ^ "Partnership in International Management". Retrieved 2010-10-22.
  4. ^ "European University Association". Retrieved 2010-10-22.
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  6. ^ "Masters in management 2010, Financial Times Business School Rankings". 2010. Retrieved 2010-10-22.
  7. ^ "Warsaw School of Economics in 2008 Financial Times ranking". Retrieved 2010-10-22.
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  11. ^ "Composition of the PFSA (Polish Financial Supervision Authority)". Archived from the original on 2010-09-25. Retrieved 2010-10-22. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  12. ^ "History page by the Chancellery of the Prime Minister". 2009-01-01. Retrieved 2010-10-22.[permanent dead link]

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