various schools and other educational institutions.
Poland has a five-stage education system. It consists of
preschools, elementary schools, lower secondary schools,
upper secondary schools, and higher education.
In Poland compulsory education begins at the age of six and
continues till the age of eighteen.
There are 145 elementary schools, szkola podstawowa, in the
city with some 39,000 pupils.
Krakow’s 99 lower secondary schools, gimnazjum, teach 24,000
pupils or so.
The city’s 161 upper secondary schools boasts aggregate
enrollment of over 40,000 students and their number break
down into 10 vocational secondary schools (srednia szkola
zawodowa), 31 basic vocational schools, 57 general high
schools (liceum ogolnoksztalcace), 19 specialized high
schools (liceum profilowane), 29 technical colleges, 5
supplementary technical colleges, and 10 artistic colleges.
Krakow’s 113 post-secondary vocational colleges, szkola
policealna, number some 13,000 students.
Also Krakow’s 10 Catholic church seminaries provide the
Adults may get further education in 91 schools, szkola dla
doroslych, including one lower secondary school, 16 general
high schools for adults, 21 supplementary general high
schools, and 30 supplementary technical colleges.
Most preschools as well as schools from the elementary to
the post-secondary ones are run by the Krakow municipality
and financed largely by the central government’s subsidies
but there is also a growing number the of private schools.
The neo-Gothic Collegium Novum building of 1887
Planty ring of gardens, the
Jagiellonian University's headquarters.
Higher education in Krakow.
Every year over 170,000 students attend Krakow’s 25
institutions of higher education. The largest is the
650-year-old Jagiellonian University
that together with its medical school totals nearly 45,000
students and 6,700 faculty members. The city’s other
institutions of higher education include varied technology
universities, arts academies, teacher-training colleges,
bachelor-degree vocational colleges, and business schools.
Institutions of Higher Education
Study in Krakow
For foreigners Krakow is a good place to complete or
continue their studies
Poland's oldest library boasts 4.5 million volumes and
its unique collection of medieval manuscripts and ancient
books contains tens of thousands priceless items.
Poland’s oldest university with its 6,700 faculty and
over 42,000 students is the country’s second largest institution
of higher education and the best one.