SWPS University

SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities is a leading private research university with headquarters in Warsaw, Poland, that excels in Psychology, Law, Language Studies, Literature and Culture Studies, Media and Communication Studies, Management, and Design.

Established in 1996, SWPS University conducts teaching activities across five campuses located in major cities of Poland: Warsaw, Wrocław, Katowice, Sopot, and Poznan. Its ten faculties offer about 30 Bachelor and Master’s programs in 90 majors, including 16 programs taught in English. Doctoral and post-doctoral degrees are awarded in seven and three disciplines respectively.

SWPS University embodies the values of openness, courage and responsibility. We are strengthening the attitude of exemplifying creative passion and true engagement in our students, alumni and employees. We value 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.

What does being part of ERUA mean for us?

“By supporting the Alliance in its mission, our university will actively participate in the transformation of the European Higher Education Area, particularly through our strong profile in psychology and social sciences. Together, we will strive to create the university of the future, united in its diversity.”

Dr. Wojciech Karczewski, Director of the Office for International Cooperation, SWPS University.

  • Emphasising critical thinking skills and focus on how to navigate in the world of new technologies and dynamic social change through applied research. In our community, we support the attitude of being intellectually inquisitive and practising critical thinking.
  • Promotion of open science, societal development, and impact, as well as local and global engagement with a wide range of actors. SWPS University freely shares and popularizes scientific knowledge in disciplines of sociology, psychology, law and management, computer science, as well as the latest trends in culture and design.
  • Strengthening mobility opportunities for the whole community of the Alliance.
  • Sharing support for creativeness and a just, open and inclusive society. We are an inclusive university promoting European values.
  • Supporting diversity. We support the alliance community culturally and linguistically thanks to the offering of Polish and other global languages courses (Chinese, Japanese, German, Spanish, English), as well as our diverse student and staff body.

Four things you should know about the SWPS University

Where are we located?

SWPS University has five campuses:

Warsaw Campus
SWPS University main campus accommodates five faculties: Faculty of Humanities in Warsaw, Faculty of Social Sciences in Warsaw, Faculty of Law in Warsaw, Faculty of Design in Warsaw, Faculty of Psychology in Warsaw.

Sopot Campus
The Sopot Campus, established in 2002, accommodates The Faculty of Psychology in Sopot.

Wrocław Campus
The Wrocław Campus was established in 2004. Two faculties are located at the Wrocław campus: Faculty of Law and Communication in Wrocław oraz Faculty of Psychology in Wrocław.

Poznań Campus
The Poznań Campus was established in 2010. The Faculty of Psychology and Law in Poznań is located on this campus.

Katowice Campus
The Katowice Campus was established in 2010. The Faculty of Psychology in Katowice is located on this campus.

What are we known for?

  • We are a modern university based on sustainable values. We owe our strong position to the combination of high-quality didactics with scientific research.
  • We are a leading higher-education institution in Poland in psychology and social sciences, which is reflected in national and international rankings.
  • We are the most opinion-shaping and cited university in Polish media.

What are our research priorities?

SWPS excels in Psychology, Law, Language Studies, Literature and Culture Studies, Media and Communication, Management, Design, Social and Political Science.

By conducting world-class interdisciplinary research, in collaboration with international partners, we actively participate in a global exchange of ideas. We focus on research projects that can be applied and implemented in various sectors of the economy and can improve the quality of life of individuals and whole communities.

Who are our international partners?

  • SWPS has currently over 130 cooperation agreements with partner universities worldwide, including North America, South Korea, China, Japan, and is actively participating in the EU Erasmus+ Program.
  • SWPS University offers programs with international partners, such as a double degree in Management, and a joint MA degree in Psychology of Global Mobility, Inclusion and Diversity in Society – Erasmus Mundus GLOBAL MINDS.
  • We are a signatory of Magna Charta Universitatum and a member of the Magna Charta Observatory of Fundamental Values.
  • We are a member of the European University Association (EUA).
  • We are a member of consortiums, such as Global Academy of Liberal Arts (GALA) – a select international community of 24 universities and colleges in 14 countries. GALA seeks to develop new kinds of research and teaching collaboration, to support enhanced international mobility among faculty, staff, and students, and to reimagine liberal arts education for the twenty-first century.

SWPS University in Numbers

5 campuses
30 BA and MA programs
90 majors
16 programs taught in English
doctoral degrees in 7 disciplines
post-doctoral degrees in 3 disciplines
130 international agreements

420 academic staff
395 administrative staff
approximately 18,000 students
including 1,500 international students of 80 nationalities

28 internationally active research centres
228 advanced research projects
with a combined budget of 26 million euros

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