The University of Silesia in Katowice has its origins in the Institute of Education in Katowice (Instytut Pedagogiczny w Katowicach), which was founded in 1928; at that time it was the only institution of higher education in the part of Silesia belonging to Poland. In 1950 Higher School of Education in Katowice(Wyższa Szkoła Pedagogiczna w Katowicach) was established. Later, the school merged with a established in 1965 in Katowice branch of the Jagiellonian University in Kraków. In 1968 on the base of these educational facilities, the University of Silesia in Katowice was established in its current form, as the ninth university in Poland.
The University of Silesia in Katowice conducts education and research. It offers undergraduate and Master's programs, PhD studies, as well aspostgraduate, postdoctoral research - habilitation, continuous education and training programs.