In Poland, the first university of technology was the Preparatory School for the Institute of Technology, opened in January 1826. The school was closed in 1831 and re-opened as Emperor Nicolas II University of Technology in 1898. On the day of opening the University had 3 faculties: Mathematics, Chemistry and Engineering & Construction. In 1902 Faculty of Mining was opened.
German troops entered in 1915 but allowed the WUT to open with Polish as language of instruction. Daily lectures started at the University in 1920 at Faculties of: Mechanics, Electrical Engineering, Chemistry, Architecture, Civil Engineering, Acquatic Engineering and then Geodesy. In 1933 Faculty of Engineering was created. Number of students grew within 20 years and before the start of World War II, WUT became the most important scientific centre of engineering in Poland and gained international prestige.
The university was the centre of scientific research for people whose achievements were fundamental for world´s science and technology. During WW II, WUT operated in the underground. Teaching continued in a form of clandestine and open courses, scientific research was also conducted. There were many works and projects that were to serve the reconstruction of Poland after the war and constitute the foundation for the development of science in the future.
After the War classes restarted in January 1945 and the number of students and academic staff grew significantly.
The students of the Warsaw University of Technology have always kept attached to patriotic values. They first protested against having Russian as the language of instruction and then contributed to Academic Legions and went to war against Russians. University was the General Headquarters. Many students and university professors fought and died in the war. In the Audience Hall of the Main Building there are special plaques which remind of the freedom movement acting in the 50´s and 60´s as well as and plaques and monuments commemorating the dead.
The international position of Warsaw University of Technology is supported by the offer of full B.Sc and M.Sc. study programs in English, run currently at 9 Faculties. These courses are basically aimed at foreign students but they are also available for Polish students who want to broaden their abilities and improve their chance in the world labour market. For students who come from overseas countries, WUT Centre for International Cooperation has opened International Students Office which is there to help them accommodate in the new environment. WUT´s Foreign Language Centre offers special courses of Polish language for foreign students.
Foreign reputation is, in turn, proven by more by 120 international academic and research cooperation agreements with universities, research centres and high-tech industries from 50 countries around the world (Europe, US, China, Russia and Japan topping the list).
WUT offers a broad range of international and European exchange programs for students, teaching staff and researchers, such as: LLP Erasmus,Erasmus Mundus, Leonardo da Vinci, etc.WUT takes part in new Action 2 of Erasmus Mundus program - cooperation with India (Willpower program) for M. Sc. and Ph.D. students and participates in European bilateral cooperation with industrialized countries: EUKLA (cooperation with Republic of Korea) and EU - Canada Student Mobility. ATHENS is a 1 week exchange session, held twice a year, by a network of leading European technical universities (coordinated by ParisTech).
WUT also holds over 30 active bilateral agreements concentrated on students exchange, with HEI´s from all over the world, including universities in USA, Latin America and Far East. In addition, WUT students may take part in summer exchange programs organized by many faculties, in cooperation with other universities of technology from all over the world.
WUT offers also joint educational programs with foreign universities based on bilateral agreements and within the framework of Erasmus Mundus program.
WUT has also recently established a Cooperation Platform of CEE Metropolitan Universities of Technology, which is a joint initiative of WUT, Berlin Institute of Technology and the National Technical University of Ukraine. This project has already resulted in the incorporation of 11 leading universities from the Central and Eastern Europe.
Foreign language courses
The Foreign Language Centre functions as an inter-faculty organisational unit of the University. It was established to teach students foreign languages and to develop their knowledge of foreign languages, as well as to test that knowledge as laid down by the University statutory requirements (e.g. qualifying exams for the student intake, practical work experience or scholarships abroad, final exams for doctoral graduates etc.).Students may choose from the list of the following languages: English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Russian and Polish (for foreign students). General language instruction is provided as well as that for special purposes (technical, professional and business).
Warsaw University of Technology is a student-friendly university. A flexible programme of studies, broad curriculum offer, well-functioning scholarship system, good sport and tourist base (two sea yachts, its own stadium in the centre of Warsaw and a student hostel in Bieszczady) make up an attractive image of the university. Scholarship Fund and Cultural-Development Fund allows for a wide range of activities of the Students´ Self-Government, over 30 student organizations and over 130 scientific research groups.
This activity results, among others, in the series conferences, music festivals and concerts, job fairs and other annual student events and parades. Students can realize their passions and talents in artistic groups; at the university there are two choirs, the Song and Dance Company, the Folk Dance Group, The Engineers Band, the Theatre of Warsaw University of Technology and a number of student media (including internet radio and internet TV). The legendary club Stodola has been one of the best student clubs in Poland for over 50 years. A spectacular success of the recent years was the participation of the male volleyball AZS team in the Polish first league.
WUT offers good accomodation base. There are 12 dormitories available at the moment for international students. 11 of them are located around 25 minutes by foot from the Main Building of the University. Rooms are given officialy twice a year for winter session and for summer session.
Warsaw University of Technology is also very active in the process of life-long learning. Numerous postgraduate courses have been enriched with a pioneering (for technical universities) project Third Age University, which enjoys great popularity. The full picture of the University is completed with the activity of the Association of Graduates and Friends of Warsaw University of Technology, which supports its alma mater and strengthens bonds connecting past and present generations.
The Centre for Physical Education and Sports promotes physical training and sports among both students and the whole academic community of the Warsaw University of Technology.
Students in years 1-3 practice various sports disciplines that give them pleasure, satisfaction as well as improve their fitness and stamina. The most popular sports among male students are: basketball, volleyball, martial arts and body-building; swimming, aerobics and dance are usually practised by women students. Around 10000 students do sports and the most talented ones become members of the Academic Sports Club (AZS).
Every year the prestige and numbers of the Club increase. Male basketball and volleyball teams have achieved high standards and play in the national leagues. University students are ranked highly in national and academic sports meetings. Some of them represent Poland in international arenas, e.g. in rowing. The number of Club sections is also growing. There were 24 last year. The Club now comprises 1400 students.
A highly qualified staff of teachers and trainers (coaches) take care of the didactic and educational processes; five of them have the highest training qualifications
Many organisations offer scholarships or grants. Some of these might help you to study for a Bachelor at Warsaw University of Technology!