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Best universities in Poland 2024

Explore the top universities in Poland using data from the Times Higher Education's World University Rankings 2024

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October 24 2023
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Top four universities in Poland 2024

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Poland rank 2024  World University Rank 2024   World University Rank 2023  University City 
=1  601–800   601–800  Jagiellonian University Cracow
=1  601–800   801–1000  University of Warsaw Warsaw
=1  601–800   351–400  Wroclaw Medical University Wrocław
4  801–1000   601–800  Medical University of Lodz Lodz

Poland’s education system has seen some extraordinary changes in recent years. As a result of a huge drive in the nation’s pursuit of a world-class schooling system in recent years, Poland is now home to more than 450 higher education institutions. Many of these institutions are specialised, unlike a lot of European universities, which tend to follow the traditional model of teaching and research in a wide range of disciplines. These are the best universities in Poland based on the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2024.

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The increasing prestige of Poland’s higher education system is not the only thing the country has to offer. With a number of universities offering English-language courses, as well as low living costs, a rich cultural legacy and beautiful scenery, it easy to see why Poland is fast becoming a very popular place to study.

Among Poland’s academic alumni are some names you may be familiar with, including the first female Nobel prizewinner, Marie Curie (who is also the only woman to have won it twice), the composer Frédéric Chopin and the astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus.

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Top 3 universities in Poland

=1. Wroclaw Medical University

Wroclaw Medical University dates back to 1811 and is located in the city of Wroclaw.

There are four faculty specialisations at the university, including medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, and health sciences. The faculty of medicine is the oldest and largest faculty at the university and was established in 1945. It was the site of Poland’s first open heart surgery in 1958. It was performed by the same doctor who also performed the first kidney transplant from a living donor at the faculty.

Students can choose to study in English in the faculties of medicine, dentistry and health sciences, with the rest of faculties offering education in Polish.

2.University of Warsaw

The University of Warsaw is one of Poland’s largest institutions and also one of its most prestigious.

While most of the teaching is in Polish, the university offers more than 20 programmes that are taught in English, including courses in economics, business and political science.

The main campus of the university is located in the city centre of Warsaw and comprises several historic palaces.

Four University of Warsaw graduates have won Nobel prizes, including the physicist Joseph Rotblat and the former Israeli prime minister Menachem Begin.

Other notable alumni include the composer Frédéric Chopin and David Ben-Gurion, the founding prime minister of Israel.

1. Jagiellonian University

Founded in 1364, Jagiellonian University is the oldest university in Poland.

The main campus is centrally located in Cracow, and the university has 16 faculties including humanities, law, natural and social sciences, and medicine.

The university library is one of Poland’s largest and houses several medieval manuscripts as well as an extensive collection of underground political literature.

More than 70 student associations are part of the university, usually to encourage students’ scientific achievements through organising lectures, excursions and international conferences.

Top universities in Poland 2024

Click each institution to view its full World University Rankings 2024 results

Poland rank 2024  World University Rank 2024   World University Rank 2023  University City 
=1  601–800   601–800  Jagiellonian University Cracow
=1  601–800   801–1000  University of Warsaw Warsaw
=1  601–800   351–400  Wroclaw Medical University Wrocław
4  801–1000   601–800  Medical University of Lodz Lodz
=5  1001–1200   1001–1200  Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań Poznań
=5  1001–1200   1201–1500  AGH University of Krakow Cracow
=5  1001–1200   1201–1500  Gdańsk University of Technology Gdańsk
=5  1001–1200   1001–1200  Medical University of Bialystok Bialystok
=5  1001–1200   801–1000  Medical University of Gdańsk Gdańsk
=5  1001–1200   NR  Medical University of Warsaw Warsaw
=5  1001–1200   1201–1500  Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń Toruń
=5  1001–1200   1201–1500  Poznan University of Medical Sciences Poznań
=5  1001–1200   1001–1200  SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities Warsaw
=5  1001–1200   1201–1500  University of Wrocław Wrocław
=15  1201–1500   1201–1500  University of Gdańsk Gdańsk
=15  1201–1500   1201–1500  The John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin Lublin
=15  1201–1500   1501+  Lodz University of Technology Lodz
=15  1201–1500   NR  Medical University of Lublin Lublin
=15  1201–1500   1501+  Medical University of Silesia in Katowice Katowice
=15  1201–1500   1201–1500  Opole University of Technology Opole
=15  1201–1500   NR  Poznań University of Life Sciences Poznań
=15  1201–1500   1201–1500  Poznan University of Technology Poznań
=15  1201–1500   1201–1500  Silesian University of Technology Gliwice
=15  1201–1500   1201–1500  Warsaw University of Life Sciences – SGGW Warsaw
=15  1201–1500   1201–1500  Warsaw University of Technology Warsaw
=15  1201–1500   1201–1500  Wrocław University of Environmental and Life Sciences Wrocław
=15  1201–1500   1501+  Wrocław University of Science and Technology Wrocław
=28  1501+   1501+  Bialystok University of Technology Bialystok
=28  1501+   1501+  Cracow University of Technology Cracow
=28  1501+   NR  Jan Kochanowski University in Kielce Kielce
=28  1501+   NR  University of Life Sciences in Lublin Lublin
=28  1501+   1501+  University of Łódź Lodz
=28  1501+   1501+  Maria Curie-Skłodowska University (UMCS) Lublin
=28  1501+   1501+  Rzeszów University of Technology Rzeszów
=28  1501+   1501+  SGH Warsaw School of Economics Warsaw
=28  1501+   1501+  University of Silesia in Katowice Katowice
=28  1501+   1501+  University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn Olsztyn

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