University of Warsaw

University of Warsaw is one of the most prestigious and the largest university in Poland with 55 500 undergraduate and graduate students.


It was established in 1816 as a Royal University of Warsaw and at the beginning there were only five departments: Law  and Administration, Medicine, Philosophy, Theology, and Arts and Humanities.  Through the years it grew very quickly – by the beginning of the 1930 it became the largest university in Poland.  It was closed during World War II but then in 1945 it was reopened.


Now the university is spread through the whole city, with three campuses in different parts of Warsaw. The eldest part is located in the heart of Warsaw, on Krakowskie Przedmieście, near the Old Town. It is the main campus and it comprises some departments of Humanities, the seat of the rector and the senate, the Old Library and Auditorium Maximum – main lecture hall.  The New Library is located in a walking distance, between Vistula river and the main Campus. Around 3 million books and newspapers are waiting for the students, most of them in free access


The university offers classes in 37 major fields and over 100 specializations, on 19 faculties and 25 independent research and education units.  Students can choose between various academic degree programmes from the 1st (Bachelor), 2nd (Master) and 3rd (Doctoral) level. Classes can be taken in English, French, German  and  other  languages. There is also possibility to learn Polish and over 50 foreign languages including Arabic, Basque, Hindi and Suahili


The University of Warsaw cooperates with variety of the educational institutions all around the world. In 2007 it had bilateral agreements with universities form 49 countries and 330 partners within the confines of Erasmus Programme.