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Study Architecture in Poland

Study Architecture in Poland
Alpina ChariJul 26, 2023

Study Architecture in Poland

You can study architecture in Poland in English at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Universities like the Warsaw University of Technology, the Cracow University of Technology, and the Gdask University of Technology offer architecture courses at affordable tuition to international students. A bachelor’s degree in architecture in Poland lasts 8 semesters and concludes with a Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts degree in architecture. Whereas a master’s degree in architecture that lasts 1.5 to 2 years culminates in a Master of Sciences degree in the area of architecture.

The Polish universities mentioned in the article follow the newest architectural education standards and are accredited by the concerned agencies to offer these programs, thus ensuring quality education. Let us go through a few of the finest universities in Poland that offer architecture programs (both first and secondary cycles). We will also discuss their fees to determine which one can fit your budget.

Highlights: Study Architecture in Poland

Courses offered  BSc/BA in Architecture (undergraduate) and MSc/MA in Architecture (postgraduate)
Duration of BSc in Architecture  3.5-4 years 
Duration of MSc in Architecture   2 years 
Annual tuition fees for BSc in Architecture  2,625-7,680 EUR
Annual tuition fees for MSc in Architecture  4,000-8,300 EUR

Best Universities to Study Architecture in Poland

University Name QS World University Rankings by Subject 2023: Architecture & Built Environment 
Warsaw University of Technology 151-200
Cracow University of Technology 201-240
Gdańsk University of Technology 201-240

In addition to these globally ranked universities, a few other universities deliver English-language architecture programs to overseas students. 

  • Poznan University of Technology
  • Vistula University
  • University College of Enterprise and Administration in Lublin

Warsaw University of Technology

Ranking at positions 151-200 by QS for architectural programs, the Warsaw University of Technology is the largest Polish university in technical sciences. Although it was established in 1915, its roots can be traced back to 1826, making it the oldest technical institute in the country.

The faculty of Architecture at Warsaw University of Technology delivers two programs in architecture. The undergraduate program is BSc Architecture, and the graduate program is MSc Architecture with a specialization in Architecture for the Society of Knowledge and urban planning.

Program Name  Duration  Annual Tuition Fees (EUR)
BSc Architecture  4 years  7,680
MSc Architecture ASK [Architecture for Society of Knowledge] 2 years 8,300

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Cracow University of Technology 

The Cracow University of Technology also called the Politechnika Krakowska has a 70-year-old history. It was founded in 1945 and ranks as one of the best technical institutes in the country. With 8 faculties university and 11 majors are taught in English. Currently, the institute holds 190,000 students that are pursuing a degree or other related programs at the university. 

The university’s Faculty of Architecture offers both undergraduate and graduate programs in architecture. The programs offered are accredited by the European Network for Accreditation of Engineering Education, the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), the Polish Accreditation Committee, and the Accreditation Commission for Polish Universities of Technology. These accreditations give the university an advantage over other universities offering similar programs.

Program Name  Duration  Annual Tuition Fees (EUR)
BA Architecture  4 years  5,000 
Master in Architecture (M.Arch.) 1.5 years  5,000

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Gdańsk University of Technology

Drawing on rich academic traditions, this technical university ranks 201-240 in the QS World University Rankings of Architecture & Built Environment. Nearly 15,000 students are enrolled in study programs at eight of its faculties. The Gdańsk University of Technology offers the following study courses in architecture. 

Program Name  Duration  Annual Tuition Fees (EUR)
Bachelor of Science in Architecture 4 years  3,870
Master of Science in Architecture 2 years  3,870

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Poznan University of Technology

The Poznan University of Technology is a public technical university in Poland established in 1919. There are nine faculty at this institution of higher education that offers courses at the undergraduate and postgraduate level. The following programs are offered by the Faculty of Architecture at the Poznan University of Technology. 

Program Name  Duration  Annual Tuition Fees (EUR)
B.Sc. in Architecture 4 years  3,833
M.Sc. in Architecture  2 years 4,058

Vistula University

Established in 1992, Vistula University is a private higher education institute in Poland. It offers 52 bachelor’s and master’s programs to the 12 thousand students currently enrolled at the university. The Academy of Finance and Business Vistula at Vistula University offers an undergraduate degree in architecture. The degree awards the title of engineer architect.

Program Name  Duration  Annual Tuition Fees (EUR)
Architecture 4 years 3,000 

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University College of Enterprise and Administration in Lublin

The University College of Enterprise and Administration in Lublin (WSPA) is a private university in Poland established in 1998. It has two faculties: The Faculty of Technical Sciences and the Faculty of Social Sciences. The Faculty of Technical Sciences offers the following undergraduate program in architecture in English. 

Program Name  Duration  Annual Tuition Fees (EUR)
Architecture 4 years 2,625

Admission Requirements to Study Architecture in Poland

The admission criteria are almost the same for bachelor’s and master’s level programs in architecture in Poland except for the academic requirements. 

Bachelor’s Level

  • High school diploma
  • English language proficiency at B2 level (IELTS 5.5 or TOEFL 70)
  • Passport 
  • Student visa 
  • Motivational letter 
  • Reference letters
  • University entrance test (if any)
  • Portfolio

Master’s Level

  • Bachelor’s degree in architecture or related fields 
  • English language proficiency (IELTS 6.0 or TOEFL 80)
  • Passport 
  • Student visa 
  • Motivational letter 
  • Reference letters
  • University entrance test (if any)
  • Portfolio

Career Opportunities

After completing their first-cycle degree in architecture, graduates are ready to begin their professional careers in implementation, construction, and supervision in civil engineering, urban planning, and developing architectural structures. Completing the coursework enables graduates to continue their education in the second cycle. A master’s degree in architecture imparts them with advanced technical skills and knowledge to start working as architects and increases both their employment prospects and salary expectations. Students interested in research and academics can also pursue a doctorate in the field. The average salary for architects in Poland is 34,380 EUR (ERI Economic Research Institute).

Note: The field of architecture is regulated in Poland and thus graduates must register their degree with the National Chamber of Polish Architects (IARP) to be able to start working as architects. 

Conclusion 

Architecture programs are offered by technical universities in Poland. To study architecture in Poland, students can apply to universities including the Warsaw University of Technology, the Cracow University of Technology, the Gdansk University of Technology, and the Poznan University of Technology. They offer undergraduate and graduate architecture programs in English. On the other side, Vistula University and the University College of Enterprise and Administration in Lublin exclusively provide undergraduate architecture programs in English. The full-time undergraduate programs in architecture last 4 years in Poland, and the graduate programs last 2 years. 

Although universities in Poland have an online admissions process, applying to multiple universities can take a lot of time. To make it easier for students, Gyanberry has come up with a platform called Gyanberry through which students can apply to multiple universities at the same time to increase their chances of acceptance. To inquire more about our platform get in touch with us by booking a free video call

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FAQ’s

Yes, Polish universities like the Warsaw University of Technology, the Cracow University of Technology, the Gdańsk University of Technology, and the Poznan University of Technology deliver architecture programs at both undergraduate and graduate levels in English for international students. Vistula University and the University College of Enterprise and Administration in Lublin on the other hand offer only undergraduate programs in architecture.

A bachelor’s degree or first-cycle program in architecture in Poland lasts a total of 8 semesters, i.e., 4 years of full-time study.

At the undergraduate level architecture programs in Poland cost 2,625-7,680 EUR per year to international students and at the graduate level, it costs 4,000-8,300 EUR. 

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