Polen - Poland
A nation with a proud cultural heritage, Poland can trace its roots back over 1,000 years. Positioned at the centre of Europe, it has known turbulent and violent times.
There have been periods of independence as well as periods of domination by other countries. Several million people, half of them Jews, died in World War II.
A new era began when Poland became an EU member in May 2004, five years after joining Nato and 15 years after the end of communist rule. It was the birthplace of the former Soviet bloc's first officially recognised independent mass political movement when strikes at the Gdansk shipyard in August 1980 led to agreement with the authorities on the establishment of the Solidarity trade union. The shoots of political freedom were trampled again 16 months later when communist leader Wojciech Jaruzelski declared martial law. But the movement for change was irreversible. Elections in summer 1989 ushered in eastern Europe's first post-communist government.
The presence in the Vatican of Polish Pope John-Paul II was an important influence on the Solidarity movement throughout the 1980s. The Roman Catholic church remains a very potent force in Polish life. Statue of the Mermaid, Warsaw's emblem Warsaw has weathered wars and occupation. In the years between the end of communism and EU accession, power in Poland switched between the centre right and the centre left. Successive governments faced sleaze allegations.
The country has had some success in creating a market economy and attracting foreign investment. There has been a massive movement of workers to western Europe. Poland still has a huge farming sector which is unwieldy and very inefficient. Poverty is particularly widespread in rural areas. Warsaw's profile on the international stage was raised by its support for the US-led military campaign in Iraq. A Polish-led international force, including 2,500 Polish troops, took on peacekeeping responsibilities in south-central Iraq in September 2003. Despite public criticism of the deployment, the conservative government elected in 2005 reversed the previous administration's plan to pull the troops out in early 2006.
The School of Business and Economics has the following Partner Universities as part of the ERASMUS Program:
1. University of Warsaw (Uniwersytet Warszawski)
University of Warsaw (UW), founded in 1816, is the best university and a leading research centre in Poland. The high level of scientific research, its connection with the education of students and the diversity and attractiveness of our teaching determines the position of the University in the country and worldwide. University of Warsaw is recognized by prestigious international rankings such as the Academic Ranking of World Universities (AKA Shanghai Ranking), the QS Top Universities and the Times Higher Education World University Rankings.
UW educates almost 66,000 students. Spread all around Warsaw the University has its “heart” in the centre of the capital of Poland while the central UW campus, the central UW library and its central administration are located exactly on one of the main Warsaw street, very close to the historical Old Town and on the former Royal route, as well as in the near proximity to the main Warsaw shopping and entertainment area.
UW offers undergraduate, graduate and post-diploma studies, organizes summer schools and vocational courses, initiates interdisciplinary programmes and introduces new teaching techniques. The offer is adapted to the needs of the changing world and the challenges and complexity of the labor market. Scientific and vocational development of UW students is supported by appropriate offices, organizations, and cooperation with numerous institutions. National and international companies highly value their graduates, among which you can find many prominent persons, successful entrepreneurs and recognized scholars and writers, including Nobel Prize laureates.
(Source: http://www.uw.edu.pl/en/page.php/about_uw/rese.html, 20.4.2012)
Fall Term: beginning of October - beginning of February
- Exams: mid January - beginning of Februrary
Spring Term: middle of February - beginning of July
- Exams: mid June - beginning of July
International Office (IRO)
- Website International Relations Office: http://www.iro.uw.edu.pl/
Contact for Incoming Students: Ms Klementyna Kielak
- +48 22 55 24 070
The IRO hosts an Orientation Week at the start of each semester. Furthermore, the Erasmus Student Network of UW (ESN) offers a mentor programm among other activities.
- ESN Website: http://www.uw.esn.pl
Center for Polish Language and Culture for Foreigners POLONICUM offers a wide selection of Polish language courses throughout the academic year. The Centre also offers several courses on Polish culture, history and traditions.
A two week intensive Polish Course is offered to incoming Erasmus students once a year in September. The course is free of charge
Polish is the language of instruction at the University of Warsaw but there are several full degree programmes offered in English and many faculties offer courses taught in foreign languages (mainly English). Some examples for degree programmes entirely in English are the Masters in Development Economics, International Economics, and the International Business Programm, but there are many others.
The International Relations Office (IRO) offers assistance in finding accommodation for short-term students and staff. A student who wishes to have university accommodation must state that in the online application form. Find more information here of by going to http://www.bwz.uw.edu.pl/en/ -> Practical Information -> Accommodation.
Cost of Living
While individual living expenses may vary, UW estimates that 1500 PLN per month is the minimum needed to cover the cost of accommodation, transportation, food and academic materials.
- shared room in a dormitory– 350 to 450 PLN
- single room in a dormitory – 450 to 550 PLN
- single room in a flat – from 700 PLN
- studio – from 1200 PLN
Some Prices for everyday goods to give you an idea:
- Transport: monthly student ticket – 45 PLN (3 Months: 110 PLN); single student ticket – 1,80 PLN
- Lunch in the students’ cafeteria – from 8 PLN
- Coffee in a bar – 8-12 PLN
- Ticket to the cinema – from 15 PLN
- The Website of the International Relations Office offers excellent information for Erasmus
Student Experience Reports from former Outgoing Exchange Students
Spots available for VWL and Statistics
Master and PhD only
Wrocław, where the University of Technology is located, is the largest city of western Poland (German name: Breslau). Today’s Wrocław University of Technology is an inheritor of the tangible property of the German Königliche Technische Hochschule Breslau and the intellectual and research traditions of the Lvov Polytechnic. The university has been functioning under the current name since 1945. Since the very beginning of its existence, it has been an important centre of technical education. Today, it belongs to the best technical universities in Poland – over 32 000 students study here under the guidance of 2 000 academic teachers, at the 12 faculties and the Department of Fundamental Studies, as well as in the 4 regional branches. It rates high in the annual rankings of Polish universities.
The mission of the University is to shape the creative and critical personalities of students and define the directions of development in science and technology. The education offered at our institution is strongly linked with scientific research and the needs of economy and is consistent with standards of the European Higher Education Area. The degrees awarded by Wrocław University of Technology are a symbol of high quality of education, confirmed by the National Accreditation Committee and the Accreditation Committee of Universities of Technology.
Wrocław University of Technology allows students to learn either according to standard programmes or to choose an individual programme. Also, there are many students’ organisations at the Wrocław University of Technology. Students have the opportunity to develop their scientific and creative passions, as well. The kind of such activity depends solely on the student’s imagination. The high level of research carried out, matching the world’s best, and the well-equipped laboratories result in a wide co-operation with Polish and international companies.
(Source: http://www.portal.pwr.wroc.pl/info_podstawowe,242.dhtml, 20.4.2012)
Erasmus Coordinator: Ewelina Wnuk
- +48 71 320 35 85
The International Office hosts an Introduction Days at the start of each semester.
There will be a free language course for Erasmus students at the beginning of the semester. For more information, see here. The University also offers additional courses in Polish Language, Polish History and Culture (taught in English) and other foreign languages (Italian, Spanish etc.).
Languages of instruction are Polish and English. To find out about courses in English, see http://www.dwm.pwr.wroc.pl/llp_erasmus/372/courses_in_english.html. If the list of courses is not available at the website, you can contact our faculty coordinator to receive the list of courses offered. You are allowed to take courses at different faculties, but you need approval of each coordinator.
The university offers possibilities for international students to stay in a student dormitory. You can inform them about your wishes with the application.The dormitories are situated within easy travelling distance of the university buildings. The range of facilities offered varies but most dormitories have areas for study and recreation, cafes, kitchen facilities, laundry facilities, car parks and are a safe and friendly environment for you to study in. There are mostly double rooms in the dormitories. There are kitchens with cookers on each floor.
- Prices range from 280 to 320 PLN (60-80 EUR)
Cost of living
Approximate cost of living, including accommodation in a dormitory, public transport, food and some entertainment is approximately 250-300 EUR per month.
- Guide for Prospective Students 2011
Student Experience Reports from former Outgoing Exchange Students
- Fact Sheets, Welcome Letters, Guides for international students and more