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 programs in 60 fields of study and 170 specializations. In addition, the University offers doctoral programs, more than 100 postgraduate curricula including an MBA program, and programs financed by the ESF. About 10 000 students complete their programs at the University of Lodz every year.
Our students, together with those studying in Lodz within Erasmus exchange, 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 45 000 students that attend classes at different faculties of the University are taught by 2 370 academic teachers, 623 of whom bear the highest academic rank. The interest in studying at the University of Lodz is determined not only by high quality of instruction, but also by modern programs 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 is repeatedly ranked among the top higher education institutions in Poland, and it especially excels in such fields of study as management, law, and economics.
The University of Lodz boasts the oldest and most recognized School of Polish for Foreigners that has educated over 20 000 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 143 partner institutions from all over the world. Within the Erasmus Programme, the University has so far signed 600 agreements with 300 partner institutions. These institutions give our students, whether local or foreign, the possibility of spending a semester, or a year, abroad, and, in return, we welcome many guests from abroad spending a period of their studies in Lodz. The University of Lodz takes part in other exchange and research programs such as Campus Europae, Norwegian Financial Mechanism, Compostela Group of Universities, Erasmus Mundus.
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 in Austin, Westfälische Wilhelms – Universität Münster, the R. H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland, University of Regensburg and Centria University of Applied Sciences (Kokkola, Finland) students of the University of Lodz can graduate with dual diplomas.
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.