University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn

UWM has undergone an intense transformation since its beginnings. Achieving such a progress would not be possible without funds of the European Union. Educational and scientific bases of the University have been significantly reinforced, for example by purchasing high-tech laboratory equipment.



The University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn (UWM) was founded on 1 September 1999. The establishment resulted from merging three institutions of higher education in Olsztyn, i.e. the Academy of Agriculture and Technology, the Higher School of Pedagogy, and Warmian Theological Institute.


At first, in 1999, there were 12 faculties, 32 branches of study, and 24.500 students at UWM. The University also had a right to grant doctoral degrees in 13 scientific disciplines, and postdoctoral degrees in 6 branches. According to the University’s Act of Establishment, the position of the first Rector of UWM was taken by Prof. Ryszard Górecki, PhD. 


Research activities carried out at the University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn comprise: statutory activities of scientific bodies, including activities that enhance the development of young scientists and doctoral candidates, funded  by the internal competitive procedure; basic research and other assignments funded by the National Science Centre.


The mission of the University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn is to carry out diverse activities with the aim of educating highly qualified graduates and scientific staff, to carry out scientific research responding to the needs of the region’s economy and to enrich the national culture. 

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Housing services

In Kortowo, you can choose one of ten dormitories. They come with single, double and triple rooms, furnished, with private bathrooms, refrigerators and Internet access. Each dorm includes a shared kitchen, a laundry room and a TV room. We increase the standard of the dorms each year, so some of them even include a gym and a sports hall. Room price ranges from PLN 290 to 420 per month.

Library services

The University Library in Olsztyn is a UWM organisational unit carrying out educational, service and scientific tasks. It also functions as a public science library available to residents of the region and the whole country. The Library is an educational centre of the University and an active culture-creating entity that is friendly to its users.

Student Life

Campus life

The University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn is situated in a picturesque part of city - Kortowo campus, the unquestionable pride of the University. Learning, leisure and recreation - all these needs are satisfied at the campus. Kortowo occupies an area of 230 hectares and is surrounded by forest and 4 lakes, the biggest one - Kortowskie Lake creates great conditions for leisure activities.

Student clubs

In the campus there are 188 scientific societies and student organizations, university radio station (Radio UWM FM), television (TV Kortowo) and magazines, the Kortowo Folklore Song and Dance Troupe, the Chior of the UWM, famous volleyball team AZS UWM and many others. All this constitutes a great social and cultural environment to interact and to acquire experience by meeting people from various fields of knowledge and from different countries.

Student Reviews

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I like the teachers approach to students, the material realized at the university and the environment with other students

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Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

My biggest dream was to start my University journey in Newcastle. However, from 2021 the rules for EU students have changed and I have been left hopeless knowing that I will never be able to afford my dream course in the UK. I have chosen to study Business Linguistics at the Univeristy of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn because this is the kind of course that can give me a...

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Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

Everything went well. The dean’s offices on both Faculties have a lot of nice workers and the deans are also very kind and helpful. I would definitely recommend the University!

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