University of Silesia in Katowice

Uniwersytet Śląski w Katowicach


Address: Bankowa 12,
40-007 Katowice, Poland

Phone: +48 32 359 22 72,

+48 32 359 22 73

e-mail: e-mail:


phone +48 32 359 21 83

The University of Silesia in Katowice is one of the largest and most dynamically developing public universities in Poland. Founded in 1968, the university quickly gained a reputation as a vibrant academic institution and important interdisciplinary research hub. With outstanding research teams and well-equipped laboratories, the university is an important player on the global research arena.

Education. The University of Silesia gives its students a unique possibility to develop their interests, fulfil their passions, and gain practical skills necessary in constantly changing job market. The university offers over 83 degree programmes (including 6 conducted in English) and over 205 majors approved by the Ministry of Education and Science. Students can choose from numerous high-quality degree tracks at the Bachelors, Masters and Doctoral levels. Implementing the lifelong learning idea, the University also runs two important initiatives: the Children’s University of Silesia and the University of the Third Age.

As an interdisciplinary university, the University of Silesia offers a wide array of degree programmes as well as specialised fields of study and research in a broad range of disciplines.

Study areas:

Social Sciences,

Natural Sciences,

Science and Technology,


Art studies and multimedia,

Law and Administration.

Students’ facilities. The university offers excellent conditions for study and leisure. With 9 student dormitories, the University of Silesia can provide accommodation for all its international students. The canteens and students’ clubs are also part of the campus. Students have free access to all academic libraries as well as to the Scientific Information Centre and Academic Library and the Silesian Digital Library. Students associated with the University Sports Association can practice various kinds of sports, such as yoga, ju-jitsu, bridge, chess, skiing, horse riding, basketball, and many others.

Polish language courses. Each year, more than 500 international students attend Polish language and cultural classes provided by the School of Polish Language and Culture. It is a specialised unit of the University of Silesia which runs a variety of successful Polish language courses scaled to meet the needs of different learners. The school offers a Polish Language Course for Foreigners Planning to Study in Poland and the Summer School of Polish Language, Literature and Culture. Details at:

Silesian Science Festival KATOWICE is one of the biggest science communication events in Europe jointly organised by all public universities in the Silesian Province, with the University of Silesia in Katowice as the initiator and leader of the festival. Each year the festival programme consists of hundreds of activities promoting science and art: lectures, workshops, exhibition stands, exhibitions, concerts, meetings with special guests, and other initiatives.

European City of Science 2024. Katowice was awarded the title of the European City of Science 2024 — the EuroScience Association appreciated, among others, exemplary cooperation between city authorities and universities organising the Silesian Science Festival KATOWICE headed by the University of Silesia. The prestigious title of the European City of Science has been awarded every two years since 2004. Its idea is to intensify changes for the societal transformation towards science in specific European cities. As part of the European City of Science 2024, a year-long programme focusing on citizen science activities is planned, implemented within six thematic paths. Moreover, the establishment of the Green Science Zone connecting the campuses of seven universities based in Katowice as well as the Network Science Centre is planned.

Transform4Europe. The University of Silesia in Katowice, together with six universities from abroad, forms a prestigious European University as part of Transform4Europe alliance. The universities have got together to conduct joint scientific research at the highest level and educate young people within international study programmes. They will also create a common multilingual campus in order to take care of the future of their own regions, countries and the entire Europe.


Facts & figures

  • Founded in 1968
  • 2000 academic staff
  • nearly 22 000 students
  • over 1000 foreign students


  • University of Silesia in Katowice:
    Bankowa 12, PL 40-007 Katowice, Poland
    phone: +48 32 359 21 83, +48 32 359 22 72, +48 32 359 22 73
    International Students Admissions Office: