University of Silesia, Katowice

silesia_logoThe University of Silesia was launched in 1968 and it was ninth university in Poland in that time. It was founded trough merging the branch of the Jagiellonian University in Katowice and the Higher School of Pedagogy.
Now this University, 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. The University of Silesia collaborates with about 300 universities from all over the world exchanging students and academic staff and conducting joint educational and research projects.


The University of Silesia offers various programmes in 4 educational areas: Art, Humanities, Science and Social Sciences. Students may find 41 programmes and 100 specializations approved by the Ministry of Education at the 12 faculties and several independent, interdisciplinary units that are part of this University.

Students are educated at three educational levels: Bachelor, Master and Doctoral. Graduates who would like to develop their qualifications may choose among about 60 postgraduate studies which are included in the educational offer of the university.

Students’ facilities

Different University’s facilities provide excellent conditions for learning and carrying out other activities which are important in a student’s everyday life.
Students are offered accommodation in the students hostels 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. 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.

International programmes silesia_university

International candidates, who would like to study at the University of Silesia should contact:
e-mail: [email protected]
phone: +48 32 359 20 71
Students incoming in the frame of Lifelong Learning Programme/Erasmus may contact directly with the Erasmus Officer by using the following contact details:
e-mail: [email protected]
phone: +48 32 359 11 78
International students get special back up from the Department of International Relations and Projects. 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.

Polish language courses

The Summer School for Polish Language, Literature and Culture in Cieszyn is certainly one of the best programmes of the University and probably the best Polish language course in the country. Cieszyn is a picturesque, old town at the foot of the Beskidy Mountains on the border between Poland and the Czech Republic (70 km south of Katowice). Classes are held from Monday to Friday. The Intensive Polish Language course (four hours a day) is accompanied by the following extra classes involving conversation. Students from all around the world, come every year to learn the language but also to spend a great summer and Cieszyn is certainly a place for that.
The Summer School lasts four weeks in August. The cost of the course is 680 EUR.


Central European Exchange Program for University Studies. CEEPUS website.

Visegrad Scholarship Program
Visegrad Fund offers Master’s and Post-Master’s scholarships for 1 or 2 semesters. Visegrad Fund website.

University of Silesia in Katowice
ul. Bankowa 12
40-007 Katowice
tel.: 032 359 19 56, 359 19 57, 359 24 00

Official website

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