More than 550 foreign guests were greeted by Rector Włodzimierz Nykiel during Welcome Meeting at the Faculty of Law of The University of Lodz. Year by year number of foreign students taking part in exchange programs increased significantly - approximately by 50%. The highest percent of them are the students from Erasmus+ Programme, which includes all European Union countries and Turkey, the latter a major source of incoming students. "During the first year of the Programme we only had 8 foreign students, and now we have 600" - said Eleonora Bielawska-Batorowicz the UL Rector's plenipotentiary for Erasmus Programme.
Another major exchange program is Mobility Direct based on bilateral agreements between University of Lodz and partner universities. Besides Europe Mobility Direct includes also Asian countries which allows numerous students from such places as Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, and China to study in Lodz. The most preferred departments among foreign students are the Faculty of Economics and Sociology, the Faculty of Philology, and the Faculty of International and Political Studies.
Numerous overseas students chose Lodz thanks to their friends who already had a chance to study here. "We are delighted hearing such positive opinions. An increasing number of students (both at full time studies and student exchange) means that students talk about The Lodz University and recommend us" - stated Liliana Lato, head of International Relations Office.
The idea of international student exchange programs is to combine studies with traveling. Most of foreign students wants to explore new country, culture, meet interesting people or learn a foreign language. That's why University of Lodz offers Polish language courses for newcomers, as well as city trips and special classes on Polish history and culture. In addition this weekend a welcome “BBQ Party” is planned for all exchange participants.
University of Lodz, one of top ten Polish universities, is highly preferred by foreign students, not only from Europe, but from all over the world.