Heart of Europe
Poland is located in the heart of Europe. It is a member state of the European Union and NATO. The population of Poland is over 38 million. The capital of Poland is Warsaw.
Studying in Poland provides a great opportunity to meet people from around the world, travel across the country, which is rich in history and natural beauty, and to take advantage of the thriving cultural scene. Thanks to its central location, Poland is also a good starting point for travel around Europe.
For current information about Poland, please go to the official website of the Republic of Poland.
The main campus of SWPS University is located in Warsaw, the capital of Poland. Warsaw is a city steeped in history, yet it is focused on the present and looking forward to the future. Within one day, you can travel back in time by taking a stroll around the Old Town, then return to the present and go shopping at one of the modern shopping centers, and finally take the subway, running under the Vistula River, to gaze into distant galaxies at the Copernicus Science Center. Warsaw is also a major academic center with numerous higher education institutions, welcoming students from all over the world. During summers, the city hosts many events available free of charge, including concerts, music festivals, open air film screenings, and entry to many art galleries and museums.
- 1.7M population
- 4660 public bicycles
- 20,000 hectares of green spaces
For current information about Warsaw, please go to the official website of the City of Warsaw.
Wroclaw, located in the center of the Silesian Lowland, is the largest city in Western Poland. The city has been classified as a global city of high sufficiency and standard of living by the Globalization and World Cities (GaWC) Research Network. In 2015, it was recognized as the fastest growing business center in Poland by the Mercer Agency in its Best Cities to Live In ranking. In 2017, the city will welcome delegates to the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) Annual Conference and will host the 10th edition of the World Games. The city is located approximately 300 kms from Dresden, Prague and Kraków, which makes it a good starting point for great weekend trips.
For more information about Wrocław, please go to the official website of the City of Wrocław.
Poznań is one of the largest academic centers in Poland, which is a home to over 130,000 annually. The city is also a lively cultural center and hosts many popular events, including the Malta Festival - the biggest theatre festival in Poland, Dancing Poznań - which has been attracting dancers from all over the world for the past seventeen years, and Made in Chicago - the only festival of the Chicago Jazz School in Europe.
Moreover, Poznań is a good starting point for traveling around Western Poland and Europe. Located about 3-hour train ride away from Wrocław, Berlin, and Szczecin (on the Baltic Sea) it serves as a good hub for interesting weekend trips.
For more information on student life in Poznań, please go to the official website website for students.
Katowice is a center of science, culture, industry, business, trade, and transportation in Upper Silesia and southern Poland. It is a city with a rich mining history, which is being respectfully preserved to create thriving public spaces for everyone to enjoy. One of such places is Nikiszowiec District, formerly an industrial area inhabited by mining families, currently converted into a cultural, gathering and shopping part of the city, popular with young people.
The city boasts a lively cultural scene, including the annual summer OFF Festival, which hosts a lineup of popular bands from around the world in a picturesque park, Dolina Trzech Stawów (The Valley of Three Ponds), the International Students' Folk Festival, Rawa Blues Festival and Silesian Jazz Festival.
Katowice is located near Kraków and the Tatra Mountains. It is also a good starting point for weekend trips to the Czech Republic and Slovakia.
For more information about Katowice, please go to the official website of the City of Katowice.
Sopot is a seaside resort on the southern coast of the Baltic Sea in northern Poland, with a population of approximately 40,000. It is a major health-spa and tourist resort destination with beautiful sandy beaches. The city boasts the longest wooden pier in Europe that stretches over 515 meters into the Baltic Sea.
The city is located about 25 kilometers from the grounds of the Open’er Festival, one of the most popular music festivals in Europe, that hosts a lineup of bands from around the world every year in late June and early July. Additionally, the city is famous for the Sopot International Song Festival, the largest such event in Europe after the Eurovision Song Contest.
Sopot is a great starting point for weekend trips to other Polish cities, such as Gdańsk, Gdynia, Szczecin, and Toruń. Its proximity to the airport in Gdańsk, allows for great weekend trips to Sweden, Lithuenia, Latvia and Estonia.
For more information about Sopot, please go to the official website of the City of Sopot.