various schools and other educational institutions.
Until 2017 Poland had a five-stage education system which consisted of
preschools, elementary schools, lower secondary schools,
upper secondary schools, and higher education. The
current Polish government has abolished the lower
secondary schools introducing 8-year elementary schools and
4-year high schools supplemented with vocational schools.
In Poland compulsory education begins at the age of seven and
continues till the age of eighteen.
Up to 2017 there were 145 elementary schools (szkola podstawowa)
in the city with some 39,000 pupils, 99 lower secondary
schools (gimnazjum) teaching roughly 24,000
pupils or so, and 161 upper secondary schools with aggregate
enrollment of over 40,000 students.
In 2017 Krakow adopted the new
network of 111 elementary schools (szkola podstawowa) and 31
high schools (liceum) plus 38
vocational secondary schools (technikum) and basic
vocational schools (szkola zawodowa). Apart from the
schools there are a number of elementary schools and high
schools run by various organizations and financed through
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 16 high schools for adults, 21 supplementary 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.
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.
Selected schools in Krakow
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schools on their sole responsibility.
International School of Krakow
Postal address: Lusina, ul. sw. Floriana 57, 30-698 Kraków,
http://www.iskonline.org Phone +48 12 270 14 09.
dedicated to excellence in the intellectual and personal
development of tomorrow's world citizens”.
The International School of Kraków (ISK) is an independent,
not-for-profit, co-education day school founded in 1993 to
provide high quality education to the international
community in Kraków, Poland. ISK offers an education for
children ages 3-18 (Early Years, Elementary School, Middle
School, High School) and boasts 52 teachers and 256 students
representing 33 nationalities and 27 languages. ISK has been
accredited by CIS (Council of International Schools in
Europe) and NEASC (New England Association of Schools and
Colleges in North America) since 2008.
ISK is authorized as an IB World School, offering the full
IB Diploma Programme, which includes six IB courses, taken
at either higher or standard level. ISK is also an official
College Board testing center for SAT exams.
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.