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University of Silesia


Address Bankowa 12, Katowice 40-007, Poland
Tel. No. + 48 32 58 24 41 ext. 1300, 1367, 1400
Fax No. + 48 32 599 605, + 48 32 598 193
E-mail address
Faculties & Colleges
  • Faculty of Biology and Environmental Protection
  • Faculty of Philology
  • Faculty of Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry
  • Faculty of Earth Sciences
  • Faculty of Social Sciences
  • Faculty of Education and Psychology
  • Faculty of Law and Administration
  • Faculty of Engineering Sciences
  • Faculty of Radio and Television
  • Faculty of Pedagogic and Artistic Education
  • Business Language College
  • School of Polish Language and Culture
  • School of Management
  • International School of Political Sciences
  • Type of courses Full-time and part-time
    Length of courses 5 years - Master’s courses
    3 years - Bachelor’s courses + 2 years - Supplementary Master’s courses
    1,2 or 3-semester - postgraduate courses
    3-4 years - doctoral studies
    Date of commencement 1 October
    Class size 15-20
    Accommodation Available
    Fees National students - no fees for full-time studies.
    Foreigners can conduct their studies at the University of Silesia - as Republic of Poland grant holders (see below) - on full payment basis. Fees range from 3000 USD to 5000 USD depending on a course; registration fee - 200 USD). Persons of proven Polish descent undertaking studies on a tuition basis will be entitled to a 30 % fee reduction.
    Financial assistance Foreign students may obtain financial aid through the Polish Government. For information contact: Ministry of National Education, Foreign Studies Office, Smolna 40, Warszawa 00-920 or the Polish agencies abroad.
    Admission requirements Applicants have to submit:
  • a copy or an authorised photocopy of a secondary school certificate entitling to take up higher studies in the country of permanent residence ( for 5-year Master’s courses and for 3-year Bachelor’s courses)
  • Bachelor’s degree (for 2-year additional Master’s courses)
  • Master’s degree (for Doctoral studies)
  • a filled admission questionnaire,
  • health certificate confirming good health condition enabling to study.
  • A formal qualification in Polish is required. (for Polish Language courses see below)
    Student profile
  • National / Overseas students: 37760 / 124
  • Men / Women: 11571 / 26189 (30% / 60%)
  • Age range: 18 - 25 on average
  • Contact for application Department of Foreign Relations
    Bankowa 12
    Katowice 40-007
    Tel.: +48 32 58 24 41 ext. 1400
    Fax: + 48 32 598 193


    Faculties & Colleges


    28 Jagiellonska Street
    40-032 Katowice
    Phone: +48 (0) 32 255-12-60
    Fax: +48 (0) 32 255 58 73

    Dean: Prof. Iwona Szarejko

    Departments of:
    1 Animal Histology and Embryology
    2 Biochemistry
    3 Biophysics and Cell Biology
    4 Ecology
    5 Genetics
    6 Geobotany and Nature Protection
    7 Human and Animal Physiology
    8 Microbiology
    9 Plant Anatomy and Cytology
    10 Plant Physiology
    11 Plant Systematic
    12 Biology Didactics
    13 Zoology


    60 Będzinska Street
    41-200 Sosnowiec
    Phone: +48 (0) 32 291 83 81, 291 89 01/9
    Fax: +48 (0) 32 291 58 65

    Dean: Prof. Andrzej Jankowski

    Institutes of:

    1 Geography
    2 Geology
    3 Geophysics

    Departments of:

    1 Economic Geography
    2 Physical Geography
    3 Geomorphology
    4 Geochemistry
    5 Applied Geology
    6 Hydrogeology and Engineering Geology
    7 Palaeontology and Stratigraphy
    8 General Geology
    9 Paleogeography and Paleoecology of Quaternary
    10 Climatology
    11 Mineralogy and Petrography


    53 Grazynskiego Street
    40-126 Katowice

    Dean: Prof. Wladyslawa Luszczuk

    Departments of:

    1 Social Pedagogy
    2 Early School Pedagogy
    3 Pedagogy Principles and History of Learning
    4 Research into Educational Institutions
    5 Educational Studies and Research
    6 Theory and History of Education
    7 Informatics in Didactic
    8 Edeutology
    9 Creativity and Research Methods
    10 Comparative Education and Pedagogical Training
    11 General Psychology and Psychology of Work
    12 Clinical Psychology
    13 Social Psychology of Learning
    14 Psychology of Human Health and Development


    3 Zeromskiego Street
    41-200 Sosnowiec
    Phone: +48 (0) 32 291 72 89
    Fax: +48 (0) 32 291 85 49

    Dean: Prof. Marcin Surowiec

    Departments of:

    1 Physics and Chemistry of Metals
    2 Computer Science
    3 Problems of Technology

    Fields of study: Informatics, Technical Education (specialities: engineering and informatics; the study of materials with informatics; patent protection in engineering)


    8 Bankowa Street
    40-007 Katowice

    Dean: Prof. Genowefa Grabowska

    Departments of:

    1 Administrative Law
    2 Agricultural Law and Urban Economy
    3 Civil and Private International Law
    4 Civil Procedure
    5 Constitutional Law
    6 Criminal Law and Criminology
    7 Criminalistics
    8 Criminal and Proceedings Law
    9 Economic and Commercial Law
    10 Financial Law
    11 History of Law
    12 History of Polish Governmental System
    13 Labour Law and Social Policy
    14 Local Government Law
    15 Law of Mining and Environmental Protection
    16 International Public Law
    17. Public Economy Law
    18 Roman Law
    19 Theory and Philosophy of Law


    14 Bankowa Street
    40-007 Katowice
    Phone: +48 (0) 32 58 44 12
    Institute of Mathematics: +48 (0) 32 58 29 76
    Institute of Physics: +48 (0) 32 58 84 31
    Institute of Chemistry: +48 (0) 32 59 99 78

    Dean: Prof. Jerzy Ziolo

    Institutes of:

    1 Institute of Mathematics
    2 Institute of Physic
    3 Institute of Chemistry


    62 Bielska Street
    43-400 Cieszyn
    Phone: +48 (0) 33 52 09 31 Fax: +48 (0) 33 52 12 51

    Dean: Prof. Andrzej Wojtowicz

    Institutes of:

    1 Education in Fine Arts
    2 Social and Cultural Sciences
    3 Pedagogy
    4 Musical Pedagogy


    Plac Sejmu Slaskiego 1
    40-032 Katowice
    Phone: +48 (0) 32 256 24 22
    Fax: +48 (0) 32 255 32 29

    Dean: Prof. Wieslaw Banys

    Institutes of:

    1 Polish
    2 Polish Literature Studies
    3 Cultural Studies
    4 Library Sciences and Scientific Information
    5 English
    6 British and American Culture and Literature
    7 Romance Languages
    8 German Studies
    9 Slavonic Studies
    10 Eastern Slavonic Studies

    Departments of:

    1 Classical Studies
    2 Polish Language and Literature Didactics


    1b Bytkowska Street
    40-955 Katowice
    Phone: +48 (0) 32 59 70 11
    Fax: +48 (0) 32 58 70 70

    Dean: Dr Krystyna Doktorowicz

    Institutes of:

    1 Directing
    2 Theory and Practice of Process of Mass Communicatio


    11 Bankowa Street
    40-007 Katowice

    Dean: Prof. Jan Iwanek

    Institutes of:

    1 History
    2 Philosophy
    3 Political Sciences and Journalism
    4 Sociology

    Departments of:

    1 Economic Science
    2 History of Art


    Plac Sejmu Slaskiego 1
    40-032 Katowice
    Phone: +48 (0) 32 255 12 60
    Fax: +48 (0) 32 255 32 29

    Director: Dr Romuald Cudak

    The School runs courses of the Polish language and culture for foreigners: summer vacation course (4-week), semester courses of the Polish language and culture (October-January, March-June), preparatory courses of Polish for foreigners who wish to take up studies in Poland.

    For further information see also below.


    11 Koscielna Street
    41-200 Sosnowiec
    Phone: +48 (0) 32 266 76 56
    Fax: +48 (0) 32 266 40 57

    Director: Prof. Piotr Fast

    The College offers undergraduate professional studies of basic issues in economy, psychology, law and information science with particular reference to the terminology of business language.


    11 Bankowa Street
    40-007 Katowice
    Phone: +48 (0) 32 58 36 55
    Fax: +48 (0) 32 59 67 37

    Director: Prof. Jacek Wodz

    The study program developed in conjunction with the l’Institute d’Etudes Politiques de Bordeaux (France) and l’Universite de Louvain (Belgium) offers a graduate course with MA diploma in Political and Social Sciences. The course is at present unique in that it offers you the opportunity to combine the study of two languages, Polish and French.


    75 Pulku Piechoty Street
    41-400 Chorzow
    Phone/Fax: +48 (0) 32 241 04 78

    Director: Dr hab. Barbara Kozusznik

    The School of Management, a common unit of the three faculties: Law and Administration, Social Sciences and Education and Psychology offers the following forms of education: three –year Licentiate Studies in Management and Marketing, one-year post-graduate studies in Human Resources and workshops and training courses on Management.

    About the University

    The origins of the University of Silesia

    The history of the University of Silesia goes back to the period after World War II. After half a century of efforts, on June 8th 1968, the University of Silesia was founded, as the ninth university in Poland on the basis of the Higher School of Pedagogy and the Branch of the Jagiellonian University. At the moment of its foundation the University employed 46 full professors and associate professors, and 170 assistant professors and instructors. There were 4 faculties: the Faculty of Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry; Humanistic Faculty; Faculty of Technical Education and the Faculty of Law and Administration with the student body of almost six thousand. Soon , new Faculties were set up: in 1973 the Faculty of Social Sciences, Faculty of Biology and Environmental Protection, Faculty of Philology; in 1974 the Faculty of Earth Sciences; in 1975 the Faculty of Education and Psychology; in 1977 the Faculty of Pedagogic and Artistic Education in the Cieszyn Branch of the University and in 1978 the Faculty of Radio and Television.

    At present the University educates over 38 000 students in 10 faculties and 6 inter - faculty units. At the same time the University employs 1797 academic staff members. The University is an autonomous state university and has full academic rights, including the right to confer the doctoral degrees as well as post-doctoral degrees and honorary doctorates.

    There are campuses in five cities in the region: Katowice, Sosnowiec, Chorzów, Jastrzębie and Cieszyn. The majority of faculties are located in Katowice. The main University site, a five- minute-walk from the centre of Katowice, gives access to the many amenities of this progressive city.

    The Region

    The University is placed mainly in Katowice, a capital of Upper Silesia, which is the region of Poland located in the southern part of Poland, almost - in the centre of Europe. It is a heavily industrialised region. A coal, steel and other industries exert a strong influence on our life. For that reason we concentrate on equipping our students for life as well as for work, for a deeper understanding of their inner resources. Our close links with the Silesian region and local industries play an important role in ensuring that our courses meet the demands of the present day world and fulfil students' expectations.

    While describing the capital city of Upper Silesia - Katowice, one cannot avoid the word "largest". Therefore, with its population of about 400 000 its concentration of coal mines and various industries, Katowice is one the Polish greatest centres for economy, transport, science and culture A quarter of the population of Poland lives within an hour's drive from Katowice.

    As before World War II, Katowice is now a city where important economic decisions are made and where good business is done.

    Katowice is the place where state institutions are based such as State Coal Agency S. A., Higher Mining Office and others. The city has a number of banks, stock-exchanges, self-governing organisations and insurance agencies as well as other firms and institutions which jointly create a favourable environment for business. More than 40 000 businesses, including approximately 400 joint venture partnerships, operate in the city. Apart from that, Katowice also houses over ten science and research institutes.

    Katowice is a significant centre of science and education. There are nine institutions of higher education: the University of Silesia, the Academy of Economics, the Musical Academy, the Silesian Medical Academy, the Academy of Physical Education, the Silesian Polytechnic, the Graphic Art Department - branch of the Kraków Academy of Fine Arts, the Silesian Higher Theological Seminary, the Franciscan Higher Theological Seminary.

    Library of the University of Silesia

    The University of Silesia Main Library was found together with the foundation of the University of Silesia on the basis the earlier existing libraries of the Pedagogical College and the Jagiellonian University Branch in Katowice. The book collection consisted then of 80000 volumes. The development of the University, foundation of new faculties, growing number of students and staff members gave rise to the foundation of new libraries and enlarging the book collection. At present the structure of the library network of the University of Silesia covers the Main Library (ca. 300000 vols.) and 18 faculty and department libraries (ca. 1000000 vols.). Within the University there are libraries of institutions cooperating with the University of Silesia: the British Council Library, the Alliance Francaise Library and the Goethe Institute Library. There are about 2650 Polish and foreign journals subscribed by the University; special collections (microfilms, microfiches, tapes, records, cartography, graphics and others cover now about 24000 items). The Main Library keeps contacts with scientific centres at home and abroad (300 institutions, including 215 foreign), running exchange of scientific publications.

    The library offer also excellent computing facilities. This comprises networks of PCs, data bases and an InfoWare CD/HD system.

    Polish Language Courses

    All applicants whose first language is not Polish are required to submit evidence of their eligibility in Polish language. If you are planning to attend the University prepare yourself in advance at the

    School of Polish Language and Culture
    Pl. Sejmu Slaskiego 1,
    40-032 Katowice, Poland.
    Tel/fax: +48 32 512991;
    Tel: +48 32 2551260 ext. 424;

    The School provides courses for those whose level of Polish indicates that further tuition is required. Courses are available as follows:

    Four-month Polish Language courses:

    The curriculum for beginners.
    The curriculum for intermediate students.
    The curriculum for advanced students.

    Types of classes: languages classes, conversation, work in a media collection - handbooks, tapes, video tapes, computer programmes. Classes are held from Monday to Friday, 10 hours a week, 150 hours a course; consultations and work in media collection: 5 hours a week, 75 hours a course.

    Each course begins with a qualifying test which determines the participant's level. The course ends with an exam. A person who completes the course receives a diploma certifying completion of the course and a certificate which confirms the degree of mastery of Polish.

    The courses are organised twice a year, March - June and October - January, in Katowice.

    The course fee: The fee for the course is 1200 USD and includes language classes, conversation classes, using the "media collection". It does not cover the cost of meals and accommodation. There is, however, a possibility to book lunches in the university cafeteria and accommodation in the university hostel. For organised groups (5 people or more) there is a 10% fee reduction for each participant. A person who takes part in a higher level course after completing a lower level is offered a 10% fee reduction. The reduction of 10% is also granted to persons who take part in School courses for the third time. If this person is a member of an organised group additional 10% fee reduction is offered.

    Rules of participation The course is open to anyone who is over 18 years and has completed secondary education. In order to take part in the course you should submit a filled in application form for the course to the School together with a receipt of payment of the registration fee of the amount of 200 USD not later than two months before the beginning of a particular course.

    Intensive Polish Language Courses

    The courses are organised three times a year: in March, May and October. There are three types of curricula: for beginners, for intermediate students and for advanced students. Classes are held from Monday to Friday - 3 hours a day. The programme includes 60 hours: 40 hours of language classes and 20 hours of additional classes (conversation, work with audio-visual aids and computer programmes, writing essays). According to the needs and abilities of students, classes may be organised in groups or for individual students.

    Summer School of Polish Language, Literature and Culture.

    The courses of the Summer School of Polish Language, Literature and Culture are held at the University Campus in Cieszyn - a charming, historic city situated at the foot of the Beskidy

    Mountains, near the border with the Czech Republic. Duration of the course - four weeks during the month of August. The programme of the Course includes:
    • A Language Course (intensive training and extra classes on eight levels);
    • A Course of Polish Culture
    • Cultural events (theatrical performances, concerts and recitals, visits to museums, galleries and cinemas, meetings with Polish celebrities);
    • Excursions (sightseeing in and around Cieszyn and the region) are tourists' attractions because of beauty of the landscape and historic monuments, their cultural and historic significance. Normally participants often visit places such as Kraków/Cracow, Oswiecim/Auschwitz, the Beskidy Mountains, Upper Silesia and others.)
    • Recreation (students have at their disposal a gym hall and body-building equipment, a swimming pool, and a tennis court).

    Business Polish

    The course is designed for people who have a basic knowledge of Polish. The aim of the course is to improve their general language qualification as well as to teach the vocabulary and skills needed in business. The course is held in Katowice and includes 50 hours of classes.


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