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Academic year 2021-2022

How do we operate during the pandemic?

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought about a significant change in the functioning of society and led to the introduction of restrictions which all the universities were obligated to implement. We feel we are responsible for the health and safety of our students and employees.

For this reason we made changes to the organization of work in our campuses, modified the teaching model and re-shaped the way we do research. We are prepared for the new academic year.


A message from the Rector

We are all wondering how the new academic year will look like, and whether, and to what degree, we will be able to return to the way we operated before the COVID-19 pandemic. We have successfully adapted to living, studying and working in restricted conditions. However, we do increasingly miss direct contact with students and colleagues in the real world. In the new academic year we will try to satisfy this longing. We will also use our experience and best practices that we have gained during the months of online education.

Although we are very well prepared for online teaching, we do hope that we will be able to return to our classrooms. Should the possibility of a full return to our campuses prove to be impossible due to the pandemic, we will prioritize classroom teaching for the first and last year students. We will also ensure that all practical classes and workshops take place on campus.

If the continuation of online education is necessary, we will offer diverse forms of teaching, including hybrid and hybrid flexible (HyFlex) courses. We have equipped classrooms in our campuses in the latest equipment for online teaching and internet access. Our lecturers are constantly learning new skills of using online tools and expanding their competencies in online teaching methodology.

Throughout SWPS University, we have adopted a few rules, which we will follow also in the upcoming academic year. Firstly, safety and health. We will monitor and minimize the risks arising from the pandemic and prevent them. Our safety is also dependent on the efficacy of the immunization program. We encourage everyone who can be vaccinated to do so. Immunization is not just a personal decision. It also helps to ensure the health and safety of others.

Secondly, faithfulness to our mission of creating the best possible conditions for education, work and development. We will teach, learn and work differently - but still as effectively as ever. We are traditional in the way we set goals for education and work, and innovative in the way we pursue them.

Thirdly, flexibility. We are preparing for teaching in our classrooms, however, we will actively respond to he changing conditions resulting from the pandemic. The implemented solutions are and will be developed with the participation of various stakeholders and will respect their needs, decision powers and level of responsibility. That is why specific solutions relating to the organization of teaching will vary depending on the faculty, program, mode and year of study.

Fourthly, community. We must be together. This is yet another year that will require of us - the entire community of SWPS University - to cooperate, communicate well, be ready for change, but also to be tolerant, open and sensitive. We will continue to initiate and promote activities conducive to mutual support and assistance.

The previous semester proved that we are able to take advantage of modern technologies in teaching and working. We familiarized ourselves with, and indeed grew accustomed to, functioning in virtual space. However, in the academic environment we want to build relationships and collaborate also in a more direct manner - in physical space on our campuses.

I am certain that the upcoming academic year will not only bring us new experiences, but will also enhance our skills and strengthen the university community. Our open and creative academic team has always risen to any new challenges with excellent results. I hope to see you soon.

prof. dr hab. Roman Cieślak, Rector of SWPS University

Guidelines for candidates
and international students

Studies in English

If you are our student that had to return to their home country due to the pandemic, or if you are now applying for admission to one of our courses and you need assistance, we are here to help you. The decision to come to Poland is not an easy one and that is why the experts from our admissions offices are there to provide you with all the information you may need.

Subject to all the requirements
of the Chief Sanitary Inspectorate

At the same time we assure you that classes in the university buildings will take place in safe conditions and subject to all the requirements of the Chief Sanitary Inspectorate. For a general overview of class and teaching organization in the first semester of the 2021/2022 academic year, please click the button below

Priceless experience

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the academic reality by imposing limitations which made it impossible for the university to function as before. But we knew we had to face that challenge from the very start. We were motivated by the feeling of responsibility for the education of 14 thousand students who put their trust in us. Owing to the outstanding commitment of the entire academic community, we resumed teaching online according to the original schedule.

During the first semester of online teaching we conducted 86% of the scheduled classes accounting for nearly 75 thousand teaching hours in various forms and modes delivered by 1200 lecturers, as well as 28 thousand live meetings with student groups.

During the online examination period we prepared nearly 35 thousand individual student spaces in 700 online tests. The largest one was attended by over 500 participants. Effective organization of online teaching has allowed us to fully meet the requirements of the teaching programs and realize teaching outcomes also in the subsequent semesters.

These numbers show not only how large the scale of the effort was, but also how much work has been done both individually and institutionally by our employees.


online meetings with student


online teaching hours




online tests

How we have built
a distance learning system

For English subtitles, please click the Subtitles Icon in the bottom-right corner of the video screen, once it starts playing.


Today we can say with full confidence that our university has fulfilled its educational mission, even though now, during the pandemic, that mission is pursued differently than before. We made every effort to ensure that the change in the organization of teaching does not negatively affect the classes or the cooperation between the students and the lecturers.

We have learned to provide distance learning using the latest technologies. We constantly search for new possibilities, while developing our online teaching competencies, such as HyFlex format. We have equipped our classrooms with the latest tools for combining in-class and online teaching and we have established a Center for Excellence in Distance Education, where researchers and educators work on applying new learning solutions.

Thanks to the experience we have gained over the past months, we now know which tools work best in online teaching, how to conduct online exams and thesis defenses.

of education

Flexible approach

The goal we set for ourselves now is to maintain the quality of teaching while at the same time ensuring safety of our students and lecturers. We have been achieving this by means of flexible organization of classes aimed at the optimal use of available capabilities.

We apply such teaching modalities that in given conditions, considering the pandemic sanitary requirements imposed at a given time, ensure the highest level of education available to students.

You may expect that some classes will take place on campus and some lessons online, however regardless of the mode, you will be expected to participate in them in real time. This flexible approach may be challenging, however this is the way that currently still allows you to follow your dreams.

Preparing for university, ensure that you have internet access, a computer, and good headphones with a microphone. More information will be provided via the Virtual University platform before the beginning of the next academic year.

Class modalities
the 4+1 formula

Classroom activities

Students participate in traditional classes in the university buildings, in accordance with the current sanitary regulatoins.

Online synchronous classes

Students participate live in classes conducted online with the possibility of direct interaction with the lecturer and with other students.

Online asynchronous classes

Students participate in classes conducted online which are prepared earlier by the lecturer and made available for viewing in any place and at any time.

Hybrid classes

Within the scope of a given subject, all the students in one group participate in classes conducted both in the university building and online according to the original schedule. This means that part of the teaching hours are conducted in the classroom and the rest are carried out online.

HyFlex course model

Lessons take place in the classroom and are transmitted online in real time. Thanks to this solution, groups can be split – some students participate in-class on campus, while others work online.

Where can I get
more information

Detailed information regarding the organization of classes in your field of study will be available in your faculty. Information regarding whether the given class will be conducted in the university building or online will be available in the Virtual University in the form of a note in the class schedule as well as an e-mail notification sent to your university mailbox.

Please check your university e-mail regularly

Please read the information posted in the Virtual University

A general overview of class organization during the first semester of 2021/2022 is available here

You will also find practical guidelines and answers to previously asked questions in the FAQs section.

Nobody can predict the future course of the pandemic. We will adapt to the changing conditions as we go along, which is why staying in touch with the university and being current with the information is of vital importance.

Support for students
Creating jobs

We have invested close to EUR 220,000 (PLN 1 million) in two assistance programs for students who have found themselves in difficult circumstances due to the pandemic.

Student support scheme

Thanks to the student support scheme our students find temporary employment at the university. So far, we have received 420 applications from our Polish and international students. For those, who fulfilled the criteria, we have created close to 140 jobs at the university.


Through this program, established by the Pro Akademika foundation in cooperation with SWPS University, students conduct learning sessions on methods and tools of distance learning for primary and secondary school teachers.

Grants and welfare support
provided by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education

The scheme includes a variety of financial aid benefits subsidized by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education including: rector’s scholarships, grants for persons with disabilities and welfare benefits which are designed especially for students who found themselves in difficult circumstances as a result of the pandemic.

Health and safety rules on campus

be safe

Let’s be together and let’s be safe

We all want to feel comfortable and safe. Therefore, we have introduced the following rules:

“Physical contact zones” are regularly sanitized with the use of professional agents.

In the university premises it is required to cover your mouth and nose (face mask, face shield). Entrance to university buildings is possible on the strict condition of wearing a face mask and sanitizing your hands.

Hand-sanitization facilities are located in every campus directly by each entrance.

In the university premises it is required to cover your mouth and nose (face mask, face shield). Entrance to university buildings is possible on the strict condition of wearing a face mask and sanitizing your hands.

In the cafeterias and coffee bars we have ensured the option of payment by credit card.

Plexiglass partitions have been installed at all the service desks.

In order to minimize the risk of building up large gatherings of people in one place, we have introduced online and telephone service as well as individually scheduled appointments in all offices for handling student affairs where you can safely submit or collect documents.

Information on the maximum number of permitted occupants is displayed on the door of each classroom and lavatory. Please follow the above safety recommendations.

be safe

Protecting ourselves and others

We do our best to ensure the safety of our students and employees, however we also need YOU to be responsible and do YOUR part:

Wash your hands frequently and avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Use soap and water, and if they are unavailable, use alcohol-based hand sanitizers (min. 60%).

When coughing or sneezing, cover your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or a tissue. Immediately discard the used tissue to a closed dustbin and wash your hands with soap and water.

Maintain a safe distance and avoid large gatherings. It is recommended to maintain a distance of at least 1.5 meters.

If you experience fever, cough or difficulty breathing, seek medical assistance. Stay at home until you get well.

Maintain a safe distance and avoid large gatherings. It is recommended to maintain a distance of at least 1.5 meters.

Remind others to observe these rules.

maintain a safe distance

at least 1.5 meters

wear a face mask

in the university premises

cover your mouth and nose

when coughing and sneezing

wash your hands regulary

for at least 30 seconds

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