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Who we are

SWPS University


SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities excels in exploring the human mind and applying this expertise to address practical challenges of today and tomorrow. We believe that through better understanding of human intelligence we can learn to thrive in the world of new technologies and dynamic social change.

We are a leading higher education institution in Poland, excelling in Psychology, Law, Language Studies, Literature and Culture Studies, Media and Communication Studies, Management, and Design.

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Dynamic growth and
strong community

The University was established in 1996 by three eminent professors of Psychology and now, after more than twenty years of a dynamic growth, we are proud to be a strong community of over 300 permanent faculty of researchers and experienced academics, who teach over 14,500 students enrolled in 35 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs, across five campuses located in major cities in Poland. Our broad education offer includes 16 programs taught entirely in English to over 1,100 international students from more than 80 countries.

Our strategy
in practice

We expect all members of our community to act boldly and be guided by the principles of openness and responsibility in pursuit of their life goals. We aim to inspire them to celebrate their successes, always look for new solutions, and exemplify changemaking, wherever they are in the world as our alumni, friends, or partners. This is how we are implementing the strategy of SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities - the University we are proud of.

Vision and Mission

Explore and change the world

For us, knowledge of human behavior, supported by scientific research, is an element of social and individual development. Our research focuses on people, as individuals and members of social groups, and on their needs and motivations. Scientific disciplines that we specialize in spur social development, which improves quality of life.

We support people in their personal development

Through research and education in an inspiring environment, we help people to make their dreams come through and to achieve their goals.

Attitudes

We strengthen the following attitudes in our students, alumni and employees:

  • being proud members of our community
  • being true to the values of SWPS University
  • being intellectually inquisitive and practicing critical thinking
  • exemplifying creative passion and true engagement.

Values

We complement the classical academic values of Beauty, Goodness, Wisdom and Truth with values that are necessary to meet the challenges of the contemporary world, such as:


Openness

expressed in eagerness to seek new solutions, in creativity and cooperation, in accepting arguments based on rational data and in tolerance of other values and opinions.


Courage

that helps us to overcome our own and external limitations, and which allows us to see difficult problems as challenges rather than threats, and helps us engage in useful pursuits.


Responsibility

that obligates us to be engaged, both in thoughts and actions, to consider other points of view, and to take into account consequences of our actions, including their long term effects.

Accredited
degree programs

All of our degree programs are accredited by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education of the Republic of Poland and the Polish Accreditation Committee, and are fully recognized within the European Higher Education Area. We are also authorized to grant doctorates in 5 disciplines, and post-doctoral degrees (habilitacja) in 3 disciplines.

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Diversity

Since its inception, SWPS University has been dedicated to teaching and research. We are proud to count distinguished scholars, who engage in research on international level and publish in world’s leading academic journals, among our faculty. We highly value our teaching staff for their passionate approach to education, sharing their knowledge and experience, guiding students through the course of their studies, helping them grow as young scholars, future professionals, and most of all, as human beings.

To ensure that our students gain not only theoretical knowledge, but also practical experience, we collaborate with numerous highly-regarded professionals who excel in their respective fields and share their expertise through teaching.

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Our community

Our community extends far beyond scholars, students and alumni, and includes representatives of business, science, and culture. We have strong relationships with social and cultural organizations, and we actively contribute to a variety of cultural and social initiatives. We freely share our academic knowledge through open lectures, online platforms, meetings and workshops, at major festivals and public events.

By engaging in projects benefitting the local community and through internships, our students gain work experience and build their professional networks with various organizations and business partners, both locally and internationally. We believe that science and business can create new synergies through applied research, which provides solutions for real life problems.