The highly respected University of Lodz is one of the leading institutions of higher education in Poland. For decades it has been also one of the biggest and most popular Polish universities. It was established in 1945 as a successor of educational institutions active in Lodz in earlier times. The 12 faculties of the University provide programmes in 38 fields of study and 160 specializations. In addition, the University offers several doctoral programmes, more than 90 postgraduate curricula including an MBA programme, and programmes financed by the ESF. Over 140,000 students have graduated from the University of Lodz since its foundation (excluding postgraduate and PhD programmes). Our students, together with those studying in Lodz within Erasmus programme, come from about 70 different countries. In this truly international atmosphere everyone can experience the cultural diversity of both the city and the institution.
The 43,000 students that attend classes at different faculties of the University are taught by 2,360 academic teachers, 560 of them professors. The interest in studying at the University of Lodz is determined not only by high quality of instruction, but also by modern programmes of study offered in Polish, English and French, and adapted to the changing demands of the labour market. The University treats international cooperation as a way to foster its development and continue the city’s tradition. Our institution regularly hosts guest speakers, renowned politicians, businessmen and cultural representatives from Poland and abroad.
The University of Lodz boast the oldest and most recognized School of Polish for Foreigners that has educated over 19,400 students since 1952. The School runs 1-month, 5-month and 9-month courses which prepare foreign students for future studying in Poland. It offers basic courses of Polish as well as thematic Polish language courses in history, geography, biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics and philosophy with a view to giving prospective students the knowledge needed in Polish institutions of higher education.
International relations of the University are visible in various areas. Currently, within direct cooperation agreements, the school cooperates with 115 partner institutions from all over the world. Within the Erasmus Programme, the University has so far signed 461 agreements with 270 partner institutions.
The University of Lodz takes part in other exchange and research programmes such as Campus Europae, Norwegian Financial Mechanism, Compostela Group of Universities, Erasmus Mundus – GEMMA, Erasmus IP, Comenius, Leonardo da Vinci, and more. The University is taking part in 3 projects under FP6 and 12 projects under FP7 and has submitted 37, nationally and internationally funded, applications so far.
As a result of cooperation with a number of foreign universities such as Université Jean Moulin Lyon 3,Université François – Rabelais (Tours), University of Texas at Austin, Westfälische Wilhelms – Universität Münster, University of Michigan, University of Baltimore, the R. H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland and the Towson University students of the University of Lodz can graduate with dual diplomas. The University of Lodz also boast special research centres formed on the basis of existing departments, such as the Centre for European Studies, Centre for Translation Studies, Centre for Christian Studies, Centre for Women’s Studies, Regional Centre for Patent Information and many others.
The University Library is one of the biggest and most modern academic libraries in Poland. At present, its total collection amounts to 3 million volumes. The University Campus offers modern rooms within walking distance from most faculties. The University provides access to a state-of-the-art Sports Centre. Apart from abundant opportunities for social life (countless pubs), the students can join about 120 societies, scientific clubs, associations and other academic organizations.
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