Poland’s education system has seen some extraordinary changes in recent years. Following a huge drive in the nation’s pursuit of a world-class schooling system in recent years, Poland is now home to around 500 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 2018.
In the 2012 Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), Poland’s education system was ranked 10th best in the world, an indication of just how quickly the country has developed since the collapse of communism in 1989.
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 Prize winner Marie Curie (who is also the only woman to have won it twice), world-famous director Roman Polanski, composer Frédéric Chopin and astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus.
Best universities worldwide
Best universities in Australia
Best universities in Europe
Best universities in the UK
Best universities in the United States
Best universities in Canada
Best universities in Asia
Best universities in South America
Top 4 universities in Poland
The University of Warsaw is one of Poland's largest institutions and also one of it's most prestigious.
While most of the teaching is in Polish, the university offers more than 20 programmes which are taught in English, including programmes in economics, business and political science. The main campus of the university is located in the city centre and comprises several historic palaces.
Five 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.
The AGH University of Science and Technology was established in 1919 as the Academy of Mining. It came to be known by its current name in 1949.
The university's motto is “Labore creata, labori et scientiae servio” which translates to "Created in labour, I serve labour and science".
The university’s curriculum encompasses 59 fields of study, including more than 200 specialisations, run at 18 faculties. Education in English is offered in 17 fields of study.
Student experience in Poland
Founded in 1364, Jagiellonian University is the oldest university in Poland.
The main campus is centrally located in Krakow and the university has 15 faculties including humanities, law, natural and social sciences and medicine.
The university library is one of Poland's largest and houses several medieval manuscripts and also an extensive collection of underground political literature.
Over 70 student associations are part of the university usually to promote student's scientific achievements through organising lectures, excursions and international conferences.
The Warsaw University of Technology is one of the largest technical institutions in Central Europe with 19 faculties.
The most popular fields of study are geoinformatics, automatic control and robots, and biomedical engineering. The top three areas of study for employers were computer science, administration and management.
Although the majority of the teaching is in Polish, eight undergraduate courses, 13 master's courses and seven PhD programmes are taught in English.
Top universities in Poland 2018
Click each institution to view its full World University Rankings 2018 results
|Poland Rank 2018||World University Rank 2018||University||City|
|1||501–600||University of Warsaw||Warsaw|
|=2||601–800||AGH University of Science and Technology||Krakow|
|=2||601–800||Warsaw University of Technology||Warsaw|
|=5||801–1000||Adam Mickiewicz University||Poznan|
|=5||801–1000||Gdańsk University of Technology||Gdańsk|
|=5||801–1000||Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń||Toruń|
|=5||801–1000||University of Silesia in Katowice||Katowice|
|=5||801–1000||University of Wrocław||Wrocław|
|=10||1001+||University of Gdańsk||Gdańsk|
|=10||1001+||University of Łódź||Łódź|
|=10||1001+||Łodz University of Technology||Łódź|
Read more: Best universities in Central Europe