About Cracow University of Economics

One of the Poland's premier academic institutions, the Cracow University of Economics has driven new ways of thinking about economy and business since our founding. Today, CUE is an educational destination that draws inspired scholars to international environment, keeping CUE at the nexus of ideas that challenge and change the academic field of our country.

  • 1882 - the Municipal School of Trade was established
  • 1896 - the name of the School was officially changed to be Higher Trade School
  • 1924 - the Institute of Commodities was established at the Higher Trade School and a two-year commodity studies program was begun
  • 1925 - the rise of the Higher College of Trade
  • 1925 - on 1st October 1925 the co-founder and the first director of Higher College of Trade conducted the inauguration of the first academic year. This moment is considered the birth of today's Cracow University of Economics
  • 1938 - classifying HCT as an academic school and changing its name to the Trade Academy
  • 1945 - the Trade Academy was re-opened after the war
  • 1950 - Trade Academy was transformed into the State Higher School of Economics
  • 1959 - more rigorous standards were imposed on the institutions of higher learning, and the Higher School of Economics was transformed into a one-faculty school named the Faculty of Production and Commodity Turnover
  • 1974 - Polish schools of economics were renamed academies of economics
  • 2007 - the Academy of Economics was given the official name of Cracow University of Economics

CUE is one of the nation's top public research universities.

Quick facts: lecturers - 716, associate professors – 81, professors – 59, staff - 650, students master - 12640, students undergraduate - 8165, students doctoral – 260, faculties – 5, affiliated schools - 3

CUE is one of the first Polish universities to offer educational programs for international and Polish students conducting in English.

Bachelor’s programs (6 semesters, 180 ECTS):
Applied Informatics (full-time)
Corporate Finance and Accounting (full-time and part-time)
International Business
Product Manager (full-time)
Master’s programs (4 semesters, 120 ECTS):
Corporate Finance and Accounting (full-time and part-time)
International Business (full-time and part-time)
International Finance and Accounting (part-time)

Doctoral program (6 semesters, 39 ECTS ):
Doctoral Studies in Economics, Finance and Management (part-time)

Motto: “The mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be kindled” - Plutarch

The Cracow University of Economics offers programs dedicated to training of motivated students from around the world who are interested in language skills

Polish Path
Polish Module
English Module
Scandinavian Module

Motto: “We are speaking different languages, as always but that doesn’t change the things we talk about” - Anton Chekhov

Campus life
The Cracow University of Economics campus is located in the center of Krakow, in the vicinity of the main railway station, the regional bus station, and a large transit hub (city trams and buses). The University owns 15 buildings where lectures and classes take place. The campus houses many facilities such as: the language center, the library, sports facilities, canteens and cafés, the career center and the university clinic.

CUE and the World – partnership

Asia – from 4 countries
Australia – 1
Europe – from 40 countries
North & Central America – from 5 countries
South America – from 3 countries

Motto: “If you want to make friends - talk to people. You can't make many new friends while sitting in a dark corner of your world”

Krakow is ideal place to live and study. The city is the historic heart of Poland, and its former capital. The area was already a bustling trading post and centre of civilization over 1000 years ago. Many of the streets still follow the medieval roads and you will find countless monuments of the past – not just in the city’s many museums, but all around you.

Kraków is an increasingly popular destination for travellers – with about 10 million tourists visiting the city every year. It is particularly trendy with younger travellers looking to have fun, to find something original and interesting. There is always something exciting going on: any kind of music imaginable, hundreds of events, festivals, parties, and activities to choose from.

Kraków is a Polish icon. Many nicknames have been given to this beautiful city: the "Little Rome", the "Florence of the North", the "Little Vienna", and even, the "Polish Jerusalem"... Flattering as these comparisons may be, the truth is, Kraków is unique and special: one of a kind.

Motto: “Krakow is one of the greatest small cities in the world”