International Relations Office

University of Lodz

The University of Lodz is a responsible higher education institution, focusing its actions on intercultural and social integration. There are students of 95 nationalities currently studying at the University of Lodz. Our University builds academic community around the values of respect for cultural, religious and community identities as well as social sensitivity. UL strives to educate active global citizens who think critically, understand the complexity and the diversity of perspectives which underline most global problems.

The University of Lodz was established in 1945 and has long been one of the biggest and most popular universities in Poland. The 13 faculties provide programmes in 117 fields of study and 218 specializations. In addition, the University offers several doctoral programmes, more than 50 postgraduate study programmes (including an MBA programme), as well as studies in English and French. More than 28 000 students attend the University of Lodz. This figure includes students of all levels: those of first- and second level degree programmes, as well as postgraduate, and PhD students. UL is ranked 3rd in Poland in terms of international students hosted in 2019/2020 – over 1800! This year there are 1970 international students studying full time and 250 within exchange programmes at the University of Lodz (if it wasn’t for COVID situation, there would be around 800 exchange students). We hear a lot of languages in the halls of the University (and also at online meetings these days). Thus, a diverse multicultural and multigenerational community is built, drawing on the best traditions of the city of Lodz. International students often take part in different activities that originated at the University of Lodz within its University Diversity project. The main goal is to promote equality and intercultural dialogue, and to build strong and lasting relations based on diversity. Join Us! Unite and exceL! 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 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. UL is one of only six Polish Universities which gained a place in the QS World University Rankings.

The University of Lodz boasts the oldest and most recognized School of Polish for Foreign Students (SJPdC) that has educated 28,000 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 to provide prospective students with the knowledge needed in their future academic settings. After completion, the students are given right to be admitted without extra examinations to many Polish institutions of higher education.

International relations of the University are visible in various areas. Currently, within direct cooperation agreements, the school cooperates with about 260 partner institutions from all over the world. The mobility of students is high priority for the University of Lodz, both within university mobility programme (including countries outside the European Union) and within the Erasmus+ Programme. Within the Erasmus+ Programme, the University has so far signed 700 agreements with almost 400 partner institutions. These institutions give our students, whether local or foreign, the possibility of spending a semester, or a year, abroad. In return, we welcome many guests from abroad spending a period of their studies in Łódź. The University of Lodz also takes part in other exchange and research programmes, such as Campus Europae, Scholarship and Training Found (EEA and Norway Grants), Compostela Group of Universities, Erasmus Mundus, CEEPUS, Mizuta Scholarship.

As a result of cooperation with a number of foreign universities such as Université Jean Moulin Lyon 3, Université François – Rabelais (Tours), Westfälische Wilhelms – Universität Münster, and University of Regensburg, students of the University of Lodz can graduate with dual diplomas.

University of Lodz 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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