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University of Lodz

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.

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About school

The 40,000 students that attend classes at different faculties of the University are taught by 2,280 academic teachers, 579 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 programmes of study offered in Polish, English, French or Russian, 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. UL is one of only four Polish Universities which gained a place in the QS World University Rankings.

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.

As a community of scholars, students, alumni and employees, which is rooted in dialogue, the University of Lodz strives to sustain the legacy of the multinational and multicultural city of Lodz. As a spiritual heir of this tradition, it is an institution, whose identity is developed on humanism and democracy.

In search for the truth and the urgency to spread its message, the University is open to the world in its entire diversity and abundance. The basis for its functioning is the unity of science, teaching, and education for the service of the right, and justice, and the commitment to the universal ethical values and the European academic tradition.

United in diversity
The greatest strength of the University of Lodz is its unity in diversity, its activity in a spirit of freedom of scientific research, liberty of academic discussion, and the spread of knowledge.

Inspiration for development
The University of Lodz, as one of the leading universities in Poland, actively participates in the innovative development of the city, the Lodz region, and the entire country, as it indicates the courses of action needed to solve social and economic issues.

The University of Lodz educates intellectual elites of Poland and foreign countries. Its alumni are valued for their responsibility and wisdom, broad intellectual horizons, tolerance and openness to different views and ideas.


The candidate is required to complete a set of documents:

  • an application form
  • copies of certificates and diplomas,
  • a copy of transcript of records,
  • an English language certificate,
  • a cover letter,
  • a copy of the passport with a picture,
and send them to the International Students Office. These may be copies/scans of the documents, since students need to bring the original documents with them after being admitted to the university. If the documents are in a foreign language, they need to be translated into English or Polish.

The documents are considered on their merits.

After the positive decision is made, the candidate is given bank account information to pay for the recruitment process. A signed statement and proof of payment must be returned to the International Students Office. The candidate is sent a Confirmation Letter and asked to legalize their documents. In some cases, candidate is asked to contact the Polish Embassy in their country to legalize the documents first.

After the candidate has received the legalization of his/her certificates, the International Students Office sends a Letter of Acceptance to the candidate. Usually, the letter is needed to get a student visa.

In order to receive a visa, the student needs to contact the Polish Embassy or Consulate in their country. The documents needed to get a visa are similar or correspond with those needed for the enrolment process into the university. Usually the Embassy asks to see the proof of the tuition payment and the financial statement of the funds needed to study in Poland.

Students wishing to obtain a room in the university dormitory need to fill in the Accommodation Request (a place in the university dormitory in a double room costs about $100-120 a month).

Upon arriving in Poland, a student is required to present all the original documents listed above.

Unless the candidate holds a grant of his/her government, there is a tuition fee that applies to different studies, both in Polish and English. Candidates who present a proof of Polish origin, pay 30% less. Members of the EU are treated like Polish citizens. For more updated details on tuition fees, please contact the International Students Office.

If the students apply for the studies using the copies or scans of the documents, they will be asked to sign the statement agreeing to provide the University of Lodz with the original documents on their arrival to Poland. Failing to comply with this requirement will result in a removal from the students´ list.


International students who wish to study in Poland and want to avoid costs of education can apply for various scholarships which either exempt them from paying a tuition fee or serve as a financial support in covering their living expenses in Lodz.

Foreigners of Polish origin applying for a scholarship awarded by the Government of the Republic of Poland should contact the Polish Embassy or the Polish Consulate at their permanent place of residence to receive further information concerning the scholarship.

Students who are holders of the Polish Government Scholarship, may receive the following benefits in the course of their education in the Republic of Poland on a one-time basis:

  • relocation allowance during the first year of studies,
  • hardship allowance,
  • allowance for diploma thesis preparation.

Candidates who are not of Polish origin may obtain information at the Polish Embassy in their respective countries on inter-governmental agreements, thanks to which students are entitled to receive co-financing or commence studies without fees and scholarship benefits (free-ofcharge studies).

Information on this issue may also be obtained at the Bureau for Academic Recognition and International Exchange
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University`s Accommodation

Kind Type Location Entry fee Cost per month Minimum stay
Dorm Student residence Lodz 100 €