University of Silesia in Katowice

Katowice, Poland
The University of Silesia in Katowice, which educates nearly 40.000 students, is one of the biggest public university in Poland. It offers Bachelor, Master and Doctoral studies as well as postgraduate courses. University’s programmes are approved by the Ministry of Education and continuously evaluated by the State Accreditation Committee what guarantees its excellent quality. The University of Silesia stays open for all international students. They are welcome to take up full-time studies taught in Polish or in English as well as the Polish language courses provided by the School of Polish Language and Culture.
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The University of Silesia in Katowice was founded on 8th June 1968 as the ninth university in Poland. It was created through a merger of the branch of the Jagiellonian University that had existed in Katowice since 1963 and the Higher School of Pedagogy, the only school in the region with a history dating back to 1928.
Today the University of Silesia, which is located in the 5 cities of the region: Katowice, Sosnowiec, Chorzów, Cieszyn, and Rybnik, is one of the most prestigious universities in Upper Silesia and one of the biggest public universities in Poland. It educates nearly 40.000 students.

International cooperation

The University of Silesia collaborates with over 400 universities from all over the world exchanging students and academic staff and conducting joint educational and research projects. It is a member of international associations such as the European University Association and the Heads of University Management & Administration Network in Europe. It actively participates in European Commission initiatives such as educational (Lifelong Learning Programme) and scientific (Framework Programmes).


The University of Silesia offers a wide range of programmes. At 12 faculties and several independent, interdisciplinary units students may find 42 programmes and 114 specializations approved by the Ministry of Education whose quality is continuously being evaluated by the State Accreditation Committee. Students are educated at three educational levels: Bachelor, Master and Doctoral. Graduates who would like to develop their qualifications may choose among over 70 postgraduate studies which are included in the educational offer of the university. Not forgetting about the youngest and eldest, the university is also involved in two important initiatives: Children´s University of Silesia and University of the Third Age.

Students´ facilities

The infrastructure of the university provides excellent conditions for study and leisure.Students are offered accommodation in universities students hostels located in Katowice, Sosnowiec, and Cieszyn. The university campus also includes canteens and students clubs. There are a large number of libraries accessible to the students. The oldest and the biggest library in the region of Upper Silesia, the Silesian Library, has over 1,800,000 printed, cartographic, iconographic and audio-visual volumes. In the nearest future Silesian students will be able to use the Scientific Information Centre and Academic Library which is a joint project of the University of Silesia and the University of Economics in Katowice. Students interested in sport can join the Academic Sports Association, which offers about 32 sports including: judo, yoga, ju-jitsu, karate, bridge, chess, skiing, horse riding, volleyball, basketball, and many others.

Support services

Students are supported by Student Affairs Office, Careers Office and Student Government. Thanks to those units students have a possibility to join students associations, participate in the meetings with employers and get detailed information about studies, accommodation, Deans´ offices, financial support and cultural or sport events.International students get special back up from the Department of International Relations and International Students Admissions Office.

Polish language courses

The School of Polish Language and Culture is a specialized unit of the University
of Silesia which offers an assortment of courses designed to improve Polish language skills and provide knowledge about Polish culture. The educational offer of the School includes monthly, semester-long and year-long courses which can be easily matched up to the level of personal linguistic advance. Foreigners who are interested in taking up studies in Polish can join a Polish Language Course for Foreigners Planning to Study in Poland.

Master's Programmes

Natural Sciences & Mathematics (7)
Computer Science & IT (3)
Engineering & Technology (1)
Medicine & Health (1)

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All the programmes offered by the University of Silesia are approved by the Ministry of Education and continuously evaluated by the State Accreditation Committee what guarantees its excellent quality.

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