The University of Lodz is a responsible higher education institution, focusing its actions on intercultural and social integration. There are 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 12 faculties, and a branch unit of the University provide programmes in 90 fields of study and 160 specializations. In addition, the University offers several doctoral programmes, more than 50 postgraduate study programmes (including an MBA programme, and those financed by the ESF), as well as studies in English and French. We hear a lot of languages in the halls of the University. 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 Foreigners that has educated 25,000 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 250 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.
The University of Lodz’s 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.