The presented data comes from EURYPEDIA.


The education system in Poland is centrally managed by the Ministry of National Education and theMinistry of Science and Higher Education. Full-time compulsory education (to be received in school) covers children and young people aged 6-16 years, whereas part-time compulsory education (to be received in school or non-school settings) concerns young people aged 16-18 years. Compulsory education includes the final year of pre-primary education, 6-year primary education and 3-year lower secondary education. Nursery schools (przedszkole), primary schools (szkoła podstawowa) and lower secondary schools (gimnazjum) are administered by commune (gmina) authorities. Upper secondary schools, which are not compulsory, are attended by the vast majority of the population in the age group 16-19/20 years and are administered by district (powiat) authorities. Autonomous higher education institutions offer mainly first-, second- and third-cycle programmes (long-cycle Master's degree programmes are available only in a few fields of study). Adult education is provided by continuing education centres, practical training centres and further and in-service training centres.

For a brief description of the different levels of the education system and other related topics such as the teaching profession and special needs education, please refer to the Eurydice National System Overview.

While Eurypedia provides comprehensive and comparable information on the Polish education system, further information may also be found on the websites of the Ministry of National Education, the Ministry of Science and Higher Education and the Central Statistical Office (statistical data).

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Mikolaj Sobocinski,
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