University of Warsaw (UW) is one of the leading universities in Poland and an important, internationally recognized research centre. It belongs to the World-Class Universities and is featured by prestigious international rankings such as the Academic Ranking of World Universities (Shanghai Ranking), the QS Top Universities, the Times Higher Education World University Rankings and the CHE Excellence Group 2010 (subjects: chemistry, physics).
Being founded in 1816 the University of Warsaw has a long tradition to build on. Among our graduates many prominent persons and recognized scholars and writers, including Nobel Prize holders, can be found. From its beginning the University has been a centre of influence of the Polish science, culture and history. UW strives to combine this tradition with modernity. Our current priority is the modernisation of the infrastructure and the organisational structure of the institution as well as the curricula in order to meet the demands of the ever-changing world. A good example of the direction of these changes would be a growing offer of interdisciplinary programmes and research or the construction of the Centre of New Technologies.
Active international cooperation is one of the main objectives of UW’ strategy. The University is a member of ca. 70 consortia and scientific networks and has a vivid international research collaboration. It actively participates in the Erasmus and Erasmus Mundus programmes through around 1500 bilateral agreements. In 2010 the European Commission chose UW as one of the European Success Stories in Fostering Internationalisation at European universities.
The University of Warsaw consists of 20 faculties and 32 other independent teaching and research units offering a wide rage of programmes covering physical and life sciences, social sciences as well as in the humanities. The offer of programmes taught entirely in English is growing each year – in 2011 there were altogether 25 programmes in English at three cycles of studies – Bachelor, Masters and PhD. With around 55 thousand students the University of Warsaw is the biggest Polish higher education institution. Also more and more international students are choosing UW attracted by the prestige of the institution earned thanks to the high educational level and research work. UW students are well-educated and successful on the labour market.
Among 6300 staff 3300 are academics, including around 850 professors. University of Warsaw researchers and academic teachers are highly qualified and well known for their scientific achievements.
Long-term studies (leading to a degree) – http://www.rekrutacja.uw.edu.pl/en/
Short-term studies (non-degree exchange up to one academic year) – www.bwz.uw.edu.pl/en /