Some facts about the University of Warsaw

Univeristy of Wasrsaw is a university with over 200 years of tradition and it consists of 21 faculties and 30 academic units.

Study at University of Warsaw

The University of Warsaw community

The University of Warsaw community is made up of 7,300 employees, 42,500 students of bachelor and master’s programmes, 2,900 PhD students, and 2,700 on postgraduate studies. 4,900 of all students and PhD students are foreigners. In 2018 the percentage of foreigners studying at the University of Warsaw increased to 6.6% of all students. That same year, foreigners constituted 10% of the total number of PhD students. Among short- and long-term students, the largest groups are those coming from Ukraine, Belarus, Spain, Italy, China, Turkey, Kazakhstan, Lithuania, Mexico, Portugal, Azerbaijan, and India. Welcome Point is an initiative set up to help foreign students adapt to living and studying in Warsaw. Students can request assistance from Welcome Point in various matters.


The University co-operates with 1,000 partners abroad, including 530 institutions that have signed a direct co-operation agreement with the University of Warsaw. The University is a member of 4EU+ Alliance, which is made up of six European research universities and in June 2019 recieved the status of an European university in the European Commission initiative “European Universities” financed by the Erasmus+ programme. Universities co-operate in the field of research, education, and initiatives related to the social responsibility of science. The University implements projects of two EIT Knowledge and Inovation Communities: EIT Food (food innovation projects) and EIT Climate (projects aimed at mitigating the effects of climate change and adapting to them).


Nearly 1/3 of the University’s budget are funds obtained for the purpose of conducting research. The funding comes, among others, from research grants obtained in national and European competitions. The University employees have won 15 out of 36 grants awarded to Polish institutions in the most prestigous European research competitions organised by the European Research Council.


According to the Shanghai Ranking, the Univerity of Warsaw is among the 3% of the best universities in the world, while according to QS Top Universities Ranking 2020, the University of Warsaw is among the 151-200 best universities in the world in the category of Politics and International Studies.

Nobel Prize laureates from the University of Warsaw

Henryk Sienkiewicz

He won the Nobel Prize in Literature for livetime achievement in 1905.

Menachem Begin

Former Israeli prime minister, he became a Nobel Peace Prize laureate in 1978.

Czesław Miłosz

Polish poet, novelist, essayist, literary historian, translator, and diplomat. In 1980 he became a Nobel Prize laureate in Literature.

Joseph Rotblat

Physist and radiobiologist, he became a Nobel Peace Prize laureate in 1995.

Leonid Hurwicz

Economist, who in 2007 was awarded the Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel.

Olga Tokarczuk

Writer, Nobel Prize laureate in Literature in 2018.

Additional information

If you want to learn more about achievements, history, and current events at the University of Warsaw, we encourage you to read the two publications below. Publication 1 Publication 2


The University occupies 184 buildings with a total area of 512,000 m². The land occupied by the University of Warsaw covers 776,500 m², of which 55,000 m² is the area of the Main Campus, where the University’s headquarters and our own Faculty are located. Krakowskie Przedmieście 26/28 is an important address on the tourist map of Warsaw. Historic buildings with elements of architecture from different periods are surrounded by carefully designed greenery, made up of 100 different tree species and over 120 species of shrubs.