Institute of Political Science and Public Administration at the University of Opole – studying politics in the multicultural heart of Central Europe

The Institute of Political Science and Public Administration of the University of Opole in Poland is a strong regional academic community providing expertise, new ideas, and cadres for regional political and economic institutions. It was established in 2004 and currently employs more than 40 political scientists. The distinctive asset of the Institute is its attractive location in one of the multicultural regions of Central Europe. Opole Voivodeship, as an area of socio-cultural borderland, attracts with its cultural diversity and offers interesting material to conduct research. This co-existence of four cultures: Polish, Silesian, German, and Czech has an important impact on the research profile of the Institute, but members of our academia reach beyond the regional realities, focusing their scholarly attention also on countrywide and international issues. These multidimensional interests are reflected in the organizational structure of the Institute:

  • Department of Regional Studies
  • Department of International Relations
  • Department of Political and Administrative Systems
  • Department of Journalism and Social Communication
  • Department of European Studies
  • Department of Political Theory and Political Thought
  • Department of Public Governance and Public Policy


The Institute of Political Science and Public Administration and its studies offer

The Institute of Political Science and Administration is an important forge of cadres and future leaders. In the academic year 2017/2018 there were around 450 students in the precious walls of our Institute and we have around 140 graduates each year. As we trace career paths of our graduates, we have found that currently there are three MP’s, 12 mayors and voyts, 25 local councilors, more than  200 civil servants, and around 50 journalists among them. For those who wish to study in the Institute we offer the following programs in the Polish language:

  • Political Science (BA/MA/PhD)
  • Political Science with specialization in uniformed services (BA)
  • International Relations (BA/MA)
  • International Security (BA)
  • Journalism and Social Communication (BA)
  • Public Management (MA)
  • Public Relations (BA/MA)

and in English language:

  • Political Science with specialization Europa Master


The Institute of Political Science and Public Administration is a publisher of three journals: