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University of Gdańsk


About University


The University of Gdańsk is a public research university located in Gdańsk, Poland. It is one of the top 10 universities in Poland. The University of Gdańsk was founded on 20 March 1970. It was formed from an amalgamation of two institutions of higher education: the Higher Economics School in Sopot and the Higher Pedagogical School in Gdańsk.

The University of Gdańsk offering 80 fields of study and 219 specializations at present is the largest university in the Pomeranian region and has had an indisputable influence on the development of modern Polish science and higher education. The university has 11 faculties with over 25.000 students, doctoral students, and post-graduates taught by more than 1.700 members of academic staff. In such fields of study as Biology, Biotechnology, Chemistry, Oceanography, Quantum Physics, Pedagogy, Psychology, Law, and Economic Sciences, the University of Gdańsk is one of the best institutions in Poland.



University of Gdańsk consists of 11 faculties:

  • Faculty of Biology;
  • Faculty of Chemistry;
  • Faculty of Economics;
  • Faculty of History;
  • Faculty of Languages;
  • Faculty of Law and Administration;
  • Faculty of Management;
  • Faculty of Mathematics, Physics, and Informatics;
  • Faculty of Oceanography and Geography;
  • Faculty of Social science;
  • Intercollegiate Faculty of Biotechnology (with the Medical University of Gdańsk).

Student Life in Gdańsk


Gdańsk is Poland’s maritime capital and one of the largest ports on the Baltic Sea is today a unique metropolis that has always been characterized by a spirit of freedom and courage. Anyone arriving in Gdańsk inevitably gravitates towards the Main Town. Here is where multilingual crowds of all ages take in the views across the extremely popular River Motława, as tourist boats sail past.

 In Gdańsk, the Old Town means the area where St. Catherine’s Church, the Great Mill, and Madison Shopping Mall are located, while the Main Town is the area where Long (Długa) Street and Long Market (Długi Targ) are located. The wealth of the old Gdańsk is proven by outstanding pieces of architecture such as the City Hall, St. Mary’s Church, the Arthus Court, and the Golden Gate.



The University of Gdańsk has a wide range of accommodations in its student dormitories located all over the Cities of Gdansk and Sopot. Double and triple rooms are available. All rooms have internet access. The University’s professional security guards assure the safety of residents. Depending on the particular dormitory, facilities include: kitchens, quiet rooms for study, and laundry facilities. There are also rooms adapted to meet the needs of handicapped students.

International cooperation


The University of Gdańsk cooperates with universities, institutions of higher education, and scientific/scholarly research institutions from almost all the countries in the world. This enables both a broadening of its range of courses and an increase in the expertise of the academic staff, as well as the expansion of the University of Gdańsk into new subject areas. An important element of these joint activities is the implementation of projects within the Framework Programmes of the European Union. 

The largest number of projects was realized within the 5th Framework Programme, including the establishment of three European Centres of Excellence: the Research and Education Centre for Urban Socio-Economic Development (RECOURSE), the Centre of Excellence for Baltic Development, Education and Research (BALDER), and the Centre of Excellence in Bio-safety and Molecular Biomedicine (BioMoBil). Successes were also enjoyed by the University of Gdańsk’s research teams within the 6th Framework Programme, where two of the realized projects constituted a so-called excellence network: Marine Biodiversity and Ecosystem Functioning (MARBEF), and the European Vigilance Network for the Management of Antiviral Drug Resistance (VIRGIL). UG research teams are also expressing considerable interest in the 7th EU Framework Programme by applying for grants announced by the European Commission.


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