Poland is an exciting country to study abroad, and Polish universities have been increasingly successful in international university rankings over recent years. The best-ranked universities in Poland are the University of Warsaw (the country’s largest) and Jagiellonian University in Cracow (the country’s oldest, dating back to the 14th century).
One strength of the Polish higher education system are its specialised universities of technology and its medical schools. These institutions offer world-class education at modest tuition fees.
|University||QS Ranking 2023||THE Ranking 2022||ARWU Ranking 2022|
|University of Warsaw||284||601||401|
|Warsaw University of Technology||521||1201||901|
|Poznan University of Life Sciences||521||–||–|
|Adam Mickiewicz University Poznan (UAM)||801||1001||901|
|Gdansk University of Technology||801||1001||801|
|Nicolaus Copernicus University||801||1001||901|
|AGH University of Science and Technology||801||1201||601|
|Cracow University of Technology||801||1201||–|
|Lodz University of Technology||801||1201||–|
|Poznan University of Technology||801||1201||–|
|University of Gdansk||801||1201||–|
|University of Lodz||801||1201||–|
|Wrocław University of Science and Technology||801||1201||901|
|University of Wroclaw||801||1201||–|
|Silesian University of Technology||1001||1201||–|
|Warsaw University of Life Sciences||1001||1201||801|
|University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn||1001||1201||–|
|Lublin University of Technology||1001||–||–|
|University of Bialystok||1001||–||–|
|University of Rzeszów||1201||–||–|
|University of Silesia in Katowice||1201||–||–|
|Medical University of Warsaw||–||1001||901|
|SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities||–||1001||–|
|Medical University of Bialystok||–||1001||–|
|Maria Curie-Sklodowska University||–||1201||–|
|Wroclaw University of Environmental and Life Sciences||–||1201||–|
|Rzeszow University of Technology||–||1201||–|
|Wroclaw Medical University||–||–||801|
The QS World University Rankings are among the most important, most-referenced rankings. The QS ranking relies heavily on its academic survey, asking thousands of academics worldwide about the reputation of universities.
The Times Higher Education World University Rankings (or the THE Rankings for short) compile a wide range of statistics. Equal weight is put on teaching quality, research excellence, and research impact through citations (meaning how often a university’s research is referenced elsewhere).
The Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University (often just Shanghai Ranking, or ARWU) focuses on research output and quality, for example measured by the number of published and cited scientific papers and the number of staff or alumni winning the Nobel Prize or Fields Medal.
Poland is an exciting and modern destination for international students. Tuition fees in the Eastern European country are modest and cost of living extremely low, while the quality of teaching is high.