Let's tell young people the best books are yet to be written:
the best painting; the best government; the best of
everything is yet to be done by them.

John Erskine

The idea is to enable students to acquire both general and specific knowledge and expertise, while developing the skills necessary for a smooth entry into the marketplace.  

Students develop the ability to establish contacts with the free human beings, using modern means of communication, tools, imagination and creativity and proficiency in foreign languages.

The University College of Tourism and Ecology in Sucha Beskidzka was founded in 2001 as a private higher education school. It quickly became an important educational centre, attracting both domestic and international students. UCTE aims to provide students with knowledge and experience delivered by renowned lecturers. The college is located within the walls of the Renaissance Castle, called 'Small Wawel', after the "Wawel" castle in Cracow. The  modern and effective educational offer complies with European standards and is based on innovative and stimulating curricula.


The University College of Tourism and Ecology offers professional training that will allow for easier entry into the labour market. Our graduates work in such sectors as tourism, information technology, promotion and marketing. The university offers its students the possibility to contact prospective employers during the course of study; it organizes internships both in Poland and abroad and often helps graduates to find jobs.

Every year UCTE's Academic Career Office prepares job offers from the best employers. Students can choose from hundreds of jobs in companies operating in Poland, throughout Europe or the United States. This rich work placement programme resulted from active cooperation with domestic and foreign business partners. Gaining work experience is important – this is why UCTE's students are offered internships in such places as Spain - Canary Islands, Gran Canaria and La Palma - Majorca, Malta, Tunisia, Turkey, Egypt, Italy, Greece - including Zakynthos, Rhodes, Kos - East Peloponnese, Ireland, Germany and France. 

They work for international IT corporations both in Poland and abroad, promotion and marketing sector and state administration. The Academic Career Office assists students in the preparation of application documents, assesses their professional dispositions and helps them make career choices. Creativity of our graduates has resulted in new businesses, which provide employment not only for their founders but also for other people. Our graduates find employment in global IT companies (working as: programmers, systems analysts, designers, webmasters, etc.), in units of local government administration and public administration (e.g. within promotion, sports and tourism departments), they work for news services and press agencies, newspapers, PR and advertising agencies, travel agencies, hotels, tourism and recreation businesses in Poland and abroad, they run eco and agritourism farms.

The founding of the University College of Tourism and Ecology in the Podbabiogórze region was a great opportunity for many young people who live away from major academic centers, to gain higher education - education complying with the European standards. For many of them, due to financial reasons, studying near their place of residence is the only possibility to continue their education. Sucha Beskidzka is an ideal, friendly for young people, place to study.

Ranking and Recognition

In recent years UCTE has been ranked as among the top higher education

institutions in Poland:

• 2nd place among Polish universities providing tourism courses by “Wiadomości Turystyczne” a leading travel industry magazine

• 6th place in the ranking of the most influential and opinion-forming weekly magazine 'Wprost'

• In the most important ranking of higher education institutions by 'Rzeczpospolita' and 'Perspektywy', UCTE has received a special award 'AWANS 2012' ('Promotion 2012') for the greatest qualitative leap among Polish higher education institutions.

From the very foundation of UCTE, its first rector has been prof. Janusz Sondel, a highly respected and valued lawyer, former lecturer at the Jagiellonian University, the winner of the Foundation for Polish Science Award, and recipient of a number of major prizes by the Ministry of Education. UCTE was awarded an honorary badge for "Merit to Tourism" by the Minister of Sport and Tourism in recognition of its contribution to the development of Polish tourism and its commitment to strengthening international cooperation in this field.

Our mission is to provide students with such skills and knowledge that will enable them to find satisfying jobs and use their competence and qualifications on the labour market. UCTE is committed to excellence in teaching and places a particular emphasis on professional training and creating a unique academic environment. In order to achieve this goal our curricula are designed to be correlated with the market environment and the offered courses anticipate the needs of the labour market. UCTE aims to enhance students' chances on the European labour market – our students can gain additional qualifications taking up various courses, workshops and trainings, as well as participating in plentiful meetings with significant actors in public life, politicians and scientists

The University College of Tourism and Ecology offers professional training that will allow for easier entry into the labour market. Our graduates work in such sectors as tourism, information technology, promotion and marketing. The university offers its students the possibility to contact prospective employers during the course of study; it organizes internships both in Poland and abroad and often helps graduates to find jobs.

One of the main tasks of the university, from the very beginning of its functioning, has been to equalize educational opportunities, to support development of economically disadventaged and gifted youths, as well as to help those who for various reasons, have less access to education.


As part of a reward scheme for talented youths, UCTE organizes, under the auspices of the Education Superintendent for Małopolska, a competition to become a UCTE student ('Konkurs o indeks'), which stimulates and motivates high school graduates – IT and tourism enthusiasts. Young people who take part in the competition have the opportunity to gain valuable experience before their final high school exams, to learn self-reliance and self-discipline and to be open to serious challenges. The main prize is a free of charge, three-year course within the Faculties of Information Technologies or Leisure and Tourism; the second and third place winners are entitled to two years and one year of fee-free study, respectively.

Most of the students benefit from the well-functioning financial aid system in the UCTE.

The University offers Rector’s scholarships for gifted but financially disadvantaged youths. The initiative is addressed to all high schools in Poland, allowing headmasters and teachers to select young people who could receive financial support at their next level of education - the University College in Sucha Beskidzka.

‘Equal chances’ is a scholarship for ambitious, talented and hard-working high school graduates,  struggling with financial or familial difficulties. The university has allocated funds for a fee-free year, full-time or part-time courses within any UCTE department.

For the most gifted high school graduates, who achieved a high average grade, the university has prepared a tuition rebate which allows to partially finance their tuition fees.

The idea behind the ‘Equal chances’ programme is to find the most gifted students and enable them to gain high-level education leading to a smooth and easy entry into the labour market. Qualification for the programme is set in several stages which allow to properly select the candidates and provide targeted support.

Thanks to the cooperation with high schools, following the opinions of headmasters and teachers, the university preselects candidates for the financial support programme in order to qualify the most needy and gifted students. UCTE also stays in touch with priests from local parishes who are responsible for the spiritual development of young people and can identify the ones with the highest potential. If necessary, the university interviews parents, however, the final decision is made by the Scholarship Committee consisting of representatives of the UCTE authorities, academic staff and student council.

UCTE support for gifted students from financially disadvantaged families results in their high average grades - many of them receive academic performance scholarships. The benefits of this programme are mutual as the success of the university is measured by the achievements of its students, who become experts in their fields, pursue successful careers and thus build the reputation of the University College of Tourism and Ecology.

From its very beginning, the university also addresses the ‘Equal chances’ programme to young people from the Eastern Borderlands who have the Polish Charter. UCTE funds their stay in Poland and scholarships which enable them to gain high quality education and a European diploma and later helps them with finding jobs. So far, beneficiaries of the aid programme have included many young people from, for example, Russia, Belarus and Georgia, who for various reasons could not receive a higher education in their countries of origin.

The numerous charities supported by the university include the orphanage in Katowice-Szopienice for which UCTE organises leisure activities and a number of events such as Saint Nicholas Day. The most gifted orphanage alumni receive financial support for their education. UCTE stimulates students by organising volunteer work, charities, pro-social activities and events integrating local and academic communities, for example: blood donation programme ‘Wampiriada’, Juvenalia, concerts, discussion panels with prominent figures in culture and politics, sports tournaments and field exercises. Participation in such events helps to improve students’ skills and gives them a better entry into the labour market.

Thanks to UCTE, young people’s way of thinking is changing: from consumer and short-term to creative and focused on self and community development. These changes are dynamic and the university is preparing further offers for its students and candidates. The university is committed to educating the next generation of modern citizens and well-informed Europeans, consolidating traditional and universal ethical values. It aims to develop sensitivity to the social aspects of economy and indicates the need for maintaining a balance between personal success and universal human values.

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