Erasmus+? What is this?
We participate in Erasmus+, which is a European Union student exchange programme. It gives you a chance to study with us for one or two semesters with no tuition fee at all.
First of all, if you have never thought about joining Erasmus+ you should know that this is the biggest family in Europe: by 2013 more than 3 million students have benefitted from Erasmus grants since the exchange scheme’s launch in 1987. Currently more than 4,000 higher institutions participate in Erasmus+ framework across more than 30 countries involved. Poland is one of them.
Don`t worry if you have never considered Poland and University of Lodz as your next studying destination. We believe that our mission and passion can convince you – our main task is to educate young people, no matter from which country and culture they come from, in a way that will allow them to find their place in current highly competitive and demanding international world. While studying with us you will not only meet interesting people from many different countries, but you will also receive knowledge about contemporary world and will be able to live and work professionally in business, politics, media and diplomacy.
Our academic staff is highly educated – many of them work not only at the Faculty of International and Political Studies but also cooperate with professional think-tanks, both in Poland and abroad, as well as local, nation-wide and international media.
To improve knowledge and experience of our students, as well as to allow them aquire new points of view, we regularly invite well-known Polish and foreign experts: academic staff, decision-makers, journalists, NGOs staff, politicians and diplomats who share with our students their thoughts, ideas and concepts. This is also a great chance to improve a personal network of contacts.
But I don`t speak Polish – is this a problem?
You don`t have to speak Polish at all – not only all procedures but also courses are conducted in English. Also, some courses at our Faculty are held in Russian or Spanish.
Each semester is preceded by a free of charge, two-week Intensive Polish Language Course. It is advised that students take part in this course so that they can get acquainted with the city and the University of Lodz. Also, the University of Lodz will organize an informational meeting where you may meet your Erasmus+ coordinator to arrange or modify the plan of your studies at the University of Lodz.
The University of Lodz offers you a module course designed especially for Erasmus+ students. During this course you will get acquainted with Polish history and culture. The module lasts for one semester and is offered in both semesters (winter and summer) and ends with an exam (a written test in English). Students may get 4 ECTS (awarded only when the exam is passed). The textbook for this course is available for free.
Can I apply?
You are more than welcomed! First of all, please check if you are a student of our partner institution. As of 2015 our list of partners includes:
Do I have to pay?
Not at all. Erasmus+ exchange framework is based on no tuition fee. What is more, all students who participate in the Erasmus+ program receive an Erasmus+ mobility grant. This grant comes from the European Commission and is intended to contribute towards the extra costs arising from studying abroad.
All students who participate in the Erasmus+ program are eligible to receive a grant, regardless of their nationality.
Also, you don`t need to pay for a visa. An EU citizen can enter Poland with his/her ID document (a valid travel document e.g. passport, or another document certifying his/her identity and citizenship).
For stay up to 3 months no legalisation of stay will be necessary. For stays exceeding 3 months, an EU citizen will have to obtain a temporary residence permit (Karta pobytu obywatela Unii Europejskiej). In case of students, the residence permit is issued for one year. The residence permit – once issued – will also entitle its bearer to take up work. The residence permit and the right to work also extends to the immediate family – i.e. spouse and children.
How do I apply?
If you want to study as Erasmus+ student with us, you should first contact the Erasmus+ coordinator at your home university, and ask about a selection procedure. Then your home university coordinator should send us an official message with your selection.
It is also required that the departmental coordinators at both institutions (home university and University of Lodz) approve the student’s programme of study using the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) Learning Agreement.
Where can I find out more?
First of all you should contact an office of international cooperation at your home university (or their website) and check if Faculty of International Relations and Political Studies, University of Lodz in Poland is a partner of your home university under Erasmus+ framework.
If you want to learn more about Erasmus+ program you might either contact an office of international cooperation at your home university or Erasmus+ website of the European Commission.
If you need more information about studying with us, please your Contact Us form and we will be happy to help you.
When do you start?
The academic year in Poland is divided into two semesters – winter and summer, each lasting for 15 weeks.
The winter semester starts in early October and lasts till mid-February, with Christmas holidays of about ten days. The examination session usually lasts for two or three weeks, beginning in January.
The summer semester starts in mid-February and ends in June, with a one-week break for Easter. Summer holidays last for three months – from the beginning of July to the end of September, but only for those students who passed all exams at the summer examination session (taking place for two-three weeks in June). The ones who did not succeeded take the exam(s) in September.
Lodz is not a boring city, isn`t it?
Studying abroad is not only a time spent in a class-room and library but also means social activities in a spare time. We offer active students sports halls and gyms. What is more, all foreign students can become a part of the student community.
We know that studying abroad in a new country, where people speak language you don`t understand can be hard and frustrating. But don`t worry – not even one student is left without assistance. We cooperate with Erasmus Student Network which is a volunteer student organization. Its aim is to help foreign students who decided to spend some time studying in Lodz.
The values of Erasmus Student Network that all members stand and work for are: unity in diversity, diversity in the unity (we all have different backgrounds, but share one common aim and goal), students helping students (we passionately commit ourselves to volunteering for the benefits of others), fun in friendship and respect (we enjoy relations based on respect), international dimension of the life (we are open-minded, mobile, like to discover and explore, to co-operate and to interact to break borders), love for Europe as an area of peace and cultural exchange (we live and benefit from the cultural richness of Europe to the utmost), openness with tolerance (we understand and accept others and learn from them), cooperation in the integration (we share an holistic view towards internationality).
The Erasmus Student Network assists on regular basis not only Erasmus+ students but also our Mobility Direct students from non-European Union member states.
International Students Buddy Network (ISBN) is an organization for all incoming university students run by University of Lodz students with the help from University Lodz. It is placed in the dormitory No. 14, and the main purpose of ISBN is to serve the incoming foreign students with any kind of help including assisting them while learning about Poland, Lodz, the university and in other aspects of their new life in Poland.