The University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn

The University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn


address: ul. Oczapowskiego 2
10-719 Olsztyn, Poland

phone +48 89 523 39 26

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. UWM is the largest academic institution in North-Eastern Poland. The strategy of UWM is to obtain a status of a Research University to enhance multidimensional development. At the University European and world trends are to be adopted to make the educational offer modern and adequate to the challenges of the surrounding world. In order to make students’ life more balanced there is great emphasis put on quality of nutrition and high standards in students’ canteen. At the UWM there is undertaken development of system of monitoring of scholarly output quality.

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.
Over the years, UWM offer was extended to new branches of study, and consequently, new faculties were established. Currently, there are 15 faculties, School of Public Health and Ełk Branch at UWM with available 74 courses. In  2019 at UWM was opened Doctoral School where all those who want to pursue scientific career can continue their education.

University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn is a member of 6 international universities networks, for example EUA-European University Association. UWM signed bilateral agreements and letters of intent with 145 institutions from 40 countries.

Our university takes part in Erasmus+ Programme and has signed approximately 400 bilateral agreements with universities from all over the Europe to provide greater opportunities of mobility among students and teaching staff. UWM is a very popular destination place for students who want to undertake their Erasmus+ Programme exchange.

From 2019 at the UWM students can take part in the project “Development Project at UWM in Olsztyn”. As a part of this project students can realize trainings, certified courses, traineeships, specialist trainings in English, study visits and thus use multilevel means to extend their personal and professional progress.

Our University is constantly developing. About 176 various projects have been currently running.
Apart from very research and educational activities at UWM there are plenty of possibilities to find and develop personal interests such as: singing in a choir, taking part in sport clubs, clubs of interests and others.
 One of the most important educational achievements of UWM is the accreditation of Veterinary Medicine given by the European Association of Establishments for Veterinary Education (EAEVE). The accreditation certifies the highest quality of education, in line with EU requirements.
The Faculty of Medical Sciences is included on the list of centres accredited in the United States. American students of this faculty are allowed to request financial compensation from the American government, just as if UWM was an American University. After completing their studies in Poland, they can also take National Medical Exam in the USA, having the same rights as their peers that have graduated from American universities. Owing to the accreditation, the rest of the UWM medicine graduates are also allowed to take such an exam, and to apply for a job in the United States of America. According to the statistic results from 2020 of Physicians Final Examination (LEK), graduates of medicine at the University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn are fourth in Poland. Concerning the passing rate UWM has the first position.
UWM is situated in a picturesque part of the city – Kortowo, the unquestionable pride of the University. Learning, leisure and recreation – all these needs are satisfied at one place – 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. Here students have everything they need for life: teaching buildings, laboratories, sports fields and recreation areas, dormitories, shops, services, student clubs, parks, greenery and space. During warmer months Kortowo campus is bustling with life and  teeming with young people enjoy this beautifully green area. KORTOWIADA is an annual student festival at UWM and largest event in Olsztyn. It has taken place every May since 1959 on the Kortowo campus. Four days full of events are attended by approximately 120 thousand people – students, citizens of Olsztyn and many guests, also from abroad. This is a spontaneous, joyful, amusing and colorful party. During the whole festival there are numerous of events and concerts including the „MEGA CONCERT” with performances of the greatest Polish and world music stars.
UWM campus has been awarded by monthly National Geographic Traveler in the national contest „Polish 7 wonders of nature”. „National Geographic Traveler” decided to award with distinction an academic society for incredible skill in local society integration around the most beautiful academic campus in Poland.