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In 2015, the University of Lodz celebrates the 70th anniversary of its foundation. On this occasion, we invite you
to participate in the variety of events
we offer, such as the UL Alumni World
Convention 2015, the Joint Meeting of Lodz Universities’ Senates, or,
probably the most significant part
of the celebration, namely the Conferment of Honorary Doctorate upon Prof.
Umberto Eco. This honourable event
will take place on 24 May 2015.
Umberto Eco is an Italian philosopher, essayist, semiotician, literary
critic, and novelist. He is best known
for his groundbreaking 1980 historical mystery novel: “Il nome della rosa”
(The Name of the Rose), an intellectual mystery combining semiotics
in fiction, biblical analysis, medieval
studies, and literary theory. Eco has
also written academic texts, children’s books and numerous essays.
He is the founder of the Dipartimento di Comunicazione (Department
of Media Studies) at the University of the Republic of San Marino,
the President of the Scuola Superiore di Studi Umanistici (Graduate
School for the Study of the Humanities) at the University of Bologna,
a member of the Accademia dei Lincei
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Basic info
Country name (English): Poland City name (English): Lodz
Country name (Polish): Polska City name (Polish): Łódź
Website (Polish): (English):
Name of institution (English): University of Lodz
Name of institution (Polish): Uniwersytet Łódzki
Erasmus Institutional Code: PL LODZ01
E-mail address
Degree-seeking students Erasmus / other mobility students
Room no. 8
65 Narutowicza Street,
90-131 Łódź
Tel: +48 42 635 4237
Fax: +48 42 635 4789
Room no. 7
65 Narutowicza Street,
90-131 Łódź
Tel: +48 42 635 4790
Fax: +48 42 635 4789
Semester period Erasmus application deadline
1 October – mid February (Winter)
late February – 30 June (Summer)
30 June (for Winter Semester or whole year)
15 December (for Summer Semester)
International Relations Office: - for partner institutions
International Students Office: - for international students
Contact details
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It was established in 1945. The 12 faculties, and a branch unit of the University provide
programmes in 70 fields of study and 182 specializations. In addition, the University
offers several doctoral programmes, more than 70 postgraduate study programmes
(including an MBA programme, and those financed by the ESF), as well as studies in
For decades,
the University of Lodz has been
one of the biggest and most
popular Polish universities.
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English, French, Russian and Spanish.
More than 40,000 students attend the
University of Lodz. This figure includes
students of all levels: those of first- and
second-level degree programmes, as well
as postgraduate, and doctoral students.
The students, together with those studying in Lodz within Erasmus+ Programme,
come from about 80 different countries.
In this truly international atmosphere
everyone can experience the cultural diversity of both the city and the institution.
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 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.
International relations of the University are visible in various areas.
Currently, within direct cooperation agreements, the school cooperates
with about 200 partner institutions from all over the world. The mobility
of students is high priority for the University of Lodz, both within university
mobility programme (including countries outside the European Union) and within
the Erasmus+ Programme. Within the Erasmus+ Programme, the University
has so far signed 600 agreements with over 300 partner institutions. These institutions give our students, whether local or foreign, the possibility of spending a semester,
or a year, abroad. In return, we welcome many guests from abroad spending a period
of their studies in Lodz. The University of Lodz also takes part in other exchange and
research programmes, such as Campus Europae, Scholarship and Training Found (EEA
and Norway Grants), Compostela Group of Universities, Erasmus Mundus.
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The University of Lodz actively participates in many international educational
programmes, such as international
research and development programmes.
This includes a long-term implementation of projects within research and
industry consortia under the EU Framework Programmes for Research and
Technological Development (the University has participated in the Framework
Programmes since their 4th edition,
and partaken in the 5th, 6th and 7th
editions; now the university is preparing for the “Horizon 2020” – the latest
research and innovation programme,
proposed by the European Commission).
are divided into
Bachelor’s degree
undergraduate (3 years)
Master’s degree
graduate (2 years)
Doctoral degree
PhD (4 years)
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ECTS = European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System. ECTS helps
in recognition process of a student’s studies between different institutions
and national education systems. In Poland, one academic year corresponds to
60 ECTS credits.
ECTS credits
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• Accounting
• Administration
• Archaeology
• Biology
• Biomonitoring Studies
• Biotechnology
• Business Management and Analysis
• Chemical Analysis
• Chemistry
• Computer Science
• Cosmetic Chemistry
• Cultural Regionalistics
• Cultural Studies
• Ecobusiness Economics
• Economic Analysis
• Economics
• Environmental Protection
• Ethnology
• European Studies
• Finance and Accounting
• Finance and Investment
• Foreign Philology
(a range of programmes)
• Forestry
• Genetics
• Geography
• Geoinformation
• Geomonitoring
• History of Art
• History
• Human Resource Management
• Informatics and Econometrics
• International Cultural Studies
• International Economic
• International
• Journalism and Social Communication
• Law
• Library and Information Science
• Linguistics for Business
• Logistics
• Logopedics with Audiology
• Management
• Marketing
• Mathematics
• Microbiology
• Pedagogy
• Philosophy
• Physics
• Polish Philology
• Polish-German Studies
• Political Science
• Public Management
• Psychology
• Regional Studies
• Social Analysis
• Social Policy
• Social Work
• Sociology
• Spatial Economics
• Tax Law and Accounting
• Tourism and Recreation
• Western Civilization Studies
• Inter-Departmental Studies
in Mathematics and Natural Sciences
• Individual Inter-Departmental Studies
in Humanities and Social Science
Study offer in Polish
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Study offer in
foreign languages
• Ecohydrology
Master’s Degree (available also within Erasmus Mundus Programme - ECOHYD)
• Economics
Bachelor’s Degree
• Economics and International Business
Master’s Degree
• English Studies
Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree
• Romance Philology
Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree
• German Philology
Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree
• Russian Philology
Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree
*to start those BA programs, you need B1 level of Polish
• Computer Science
Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree
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• Climatology
Bachelor’s Degree
• Geography
Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree
• Administration
Master’s Degree
• School of French Law
French university-level diploma and Master’s Degree (in French)
• Asian Studies
Bachelor’s Degree
• Intercultural Communication
Bachelor’s Degree
• International Marketing
Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree
• American Studies and Mass Media
Master’s Degree
• Cultura-Sociedad-Politica
Masters Degree (instructed in Spanish)
• International Gender Studies
Master’s Degree (available also within Erasmus Mundus Programme - GEMMA)
• Political Management
Master’s Degree (instructed in English or Russian)
• International Marketing Management
Postgraduate (non-degree) studies
• Formation Franco-Polonaise de Gestion (MBA)
Postgraduate studies (instructed in French)
• Business Management
Bachelor’s Degree
• Management and Finance
Bachelor’s Degree
• Polsko-Amerykańskie Podyplomowe Studia Executive MBA
Postgraduate studies (partly in Polish)
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The International Relations Office (IRO) coordinates the cooperation with international
partners of the University of Lodz. The office is also responsible for managing all international contacts and agreements, which also includes initiating all sorts of exchange
programmes, Summer Schools, and other educational undertakings.
International Students Office (ISO) is a part of IRO and it is a section of particular interest to foreign students: full-time, Erasmus+, and other exchange students. The general
assumption is that the ISO provides an incoming student with assistance with everything related to taking up studies at the university. The ISO staff gives all the necessary
information as well as helps to sort out certain study-related problems if they occur.
Office of Career Services
Office of Career Services is to help students and alumni of the University of Lodz in navigating at the job market by supporting the search of internships and jobs and facilitating
contact between students and employers. They organize University Job Fairs, trainings,
workshops, appointments with employers, provide you with agreements of non-compulsory internships and career counseling (individuals and in groups).
International Relations Office
65 Narutowicza Street
90-131 Łódź
International Students Office
65 Narutowicza Street
90-131 Łódź
Office of Career Services
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The University of Lodz takes pride in the first School of Polish for Foreigners in Poland which is the oldest centre of its kind in Poland. It has been
in operation since 1952.
The main activities involve educating foreigners in the fields of the language,
history and culture of Poland, training the future teachers of Polish
as a Foreign Language, etc. The school runs courses which prepare foreign
students for their studies in Poland in Polish language. 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.
School of Polish for Foreigners
21/23 Matejki Street
90-231 Łódź
Tel: +48 42 635 4700
Fax: +48 42 678 4706
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The semester starts in the first week
of October and lasts till mid February, with a two-week break for Christmas holidays and a one-week vacation
period in February. The winter semester
examination session usually takes place
at the end of January and at the beginning of February.
The winter
The summer
The semester starts in February and
lasts till the end of September (however,
classes last till mid June), with a one-week
break for Easter vacations in March/April
and summer holidays from the beginning
of July to the 30th September. A period
for examinations is reserved in June, and
for make-up exams - in September.
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Erasmus+ Exchange Programme
- for Erasmus+ student
If you are an Erasmus+ Exchange Student (Erasmus+ Programme within European
Union) and you have been nominated by your University to come to Lodz, please
visit  where you will find all the necessary information on the on-line registration procedure. Each year the deadlines for
completing the registration are: 30 June for Winter semester and whole academic year,
and 15 December for Summer semester. After successful application, you will receive
an official Letter of Acceptance and we will book your accommodation in the dormitory
(please remember the number of places in dormitory is limited).
Once you arrive in Lodz, you may come straight to the dormitory as the receptionist
has a list of incoming students. The reception desks at the dormitories are open 24
hours a day from Monday to Sunday. On the following (working) day you should report
to the International Students Office with your passport or ID, health insurance valid
for the whole period of studies in Lodz. Also, you will get information how to get your
student ID card (called legitymacja). If you come to the ISO as soon as possible, you can
have your student ID card issued in as fast as two weeks (however, it may be issued no
sooner than the first day of the semester). Student ID cards can be collected only from
the Dean’s Office of the appropriate Faculty of the University of Lodz.
Each semester is preceded by a free of charge, two-week Intensive Polish Language
Course (more information: page 29). It is advised that students take part in this course
so that they can get acquainted with Łódź and the University. Also, ISO will organize
an informational meeting where you may meet your Erasmus+ coordinator to arrange
or modify the plan of your studies at the UL.
Erasmus+ (Partner countries)
We are glad to inform you that the University of Lodz participates in the Erasmus+
Programme that has been extended to Partner institutions, also outside the European
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Union. We invite Universities from all over the world to cooperate in the field of students
exchange! Contact us at:
Erasmus Mundus
The University of Lodz has become a partner in 5 Erasmus Mundus Action 2 projects:
EFFORT, EMBER, EURICA, IANUS II and PUEDES. If you are an excellent student determined to study at the University of Lodz within one of the mentioned Erasmus Mundus
Action 2 projects, please visit the website of a chosen project to find more information about your eligibility, application procedures and selection criteria, types of scholarships and study programmes offered. Once you receive confirmation that you have
won the scholarship, we will contact you in order to guide you through the registration
at the UL. For more information please contact us:
Mobility Direct
- bilateral exchange programme
If you are a student of a partner institution of the University of Lodz anywhere in the world,
it is possible that you come to study at our university for one semester (tuition free)
as an exchange student. For more information, please contact: or visit 
Free Mover
- individual student mobility
International students from non-partner universities
get the opportunity to study for one or two semesters at the University of Lodz as so-called Free Movers.
Free Movers are students that join mobility programme entirely on their
own initiative. They are visiting
students from universities mostly
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Citizens of the EU Countries, or EFTA countries being part of the EEA (i.e. Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway), and Switzerland; holders of a valid Polish Card (Karta Polaka), foreigners
who have been granted the permission to reside in Poland, all of them register in the online
recruitment system called IRK  and follow the instructions
there. The scheme also applies to certain other cases regulated by binding law.
There are three schemes of applying for the studies
1 For those who can study on the same terms as Polish citizens
For those who were granted scholarships
- in most cases, the applicants are accepted just on the basis of
scholarship or the referral attached to scholarship
without bilateral exchange agreements with the University of Lodz. Free Movers may
choose from the lectures of undergraduate courses of studies offered by all the Faculties, but they will be enrolled at the Faculty which matches most of their choices. Each
semester the University of Lodz has a pleasure to host about 200 students from such
countries as Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Georgia, China, Belarus, Russia, Japan, and many
more. They join classes with Erasmus+ students. For more information, please contact or visit 
A degree-seeking student
All candidates willing to study at the University of Lodz should contact the International Students Office at or (+48) 42 635 4237, where all the necessary
information will be provided.
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For other applicants who want to study in
Polish or foreign languages
- a tuition fee basis
Enrollment in short
First, the applicant is required to complete a set of documents and submit them to
ISO (these may be copies/scans of the documents, since the student needs to bring
the original documents with him/her after being admitted to the university).
Required documents
• an application form
• original school certificates and diplomas with transcript of records
• statement proving that the certificate/diploma allows the candidate to
study at the university level in their country
• medical certificate and health insurance policy
• 3 passport photographs
• an English (or other) language certificate
• a copy of the passport or ID
• application and tuition fee
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Students can study as: the Republic of Poland scholarship holders, exempted from tuition
fees but not eligible for scholarships, or as holders of scholarships granted by the sending institution (such as an embassy of the home country) with no tuition fees incurred.
They are most often accepted on referral from an accredited School of Polish Language
for Foreigners, or Ministry of Science and Higher Education.
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Then, if the applicant’s documents are initially accepted by the Faculty Coordinator, ISO
explains the applicant the procedure and, upon a specified payment, sends him/her
a Conditional Acceptance Letter. The candidate is accepted conditionally, because, to
be officially accepted, he/she needs to provide all of the required original documents
on his/her arrival. Conditional Acceptance Letter is needed to get a student visa. In order
to get the visa, the applicant needs to contact the Polish Embassy or Consulate in his/
her home country.
An applicant must have his/her school certificate or diploma with the transcript of records
legalized at the Polish Embassy in the country of their origin. Also, the candidate should
get a statement proving that the certificate/diploma allows him/her to study at the given
university level in their country – the statement should be issued by the Embassy or,
preferably, from the Ministry of Education.
Upon arriving in Poland, a student is required to present all the original documents listed
above plus some other documents, including health insurance, etc. (listed on our website).
Students wishing to obtain a room in the university dormitory need to fill
in the accommodation request which is available on the International Students Office’s
website:  (a place
in a double room in the university dormitory costs about 350-400 PLN a month).
The tuition fee for studies is from 2000 to 3000 Euro a year. The tuition is reduced by
30% for students of Polish origin. The non-refundable application fee is 200 Euro.
International students who wish to study in Poland and want to avoid costs of education
can apply for various state scholarships (funded by governmental institutions; not to
be confused with the notion of UL student benefits). Such scholarships 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,
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• hardship allowance,
• allowance for diploma thesis preparation.
Applicants who are not of Polish origin may inquire, at the Polish Embassy in their countries of residence, about inter-governmental agreements, thanks to which students are
entitled to receive co-financing or commence studies without fees and scholarship benefits (free of charge studies). Information on this issue may also be obtained at the Bureau
for Academic Recognition and International Exchange.
Students who are Belarusian citizens are entitled to apply for
the Konstanty Kalinowski Scholarship. This refers to Belarusian citizens who have matriculation certificates but could not commence or continue
studies at Belarusian universities due to political or other reasons. Details related
to the conduct of entrance examinations and organization of a preparatory course
are given by the Centre for East European Studies (Studium Europy Wschodniej).
Other programmes with partner institutions
The University of Lodz also participates in mutual study programmes with other higher
institutions in Asia and Africa. They are 2+2 programmes or 1+2, etc. where the students
start the studies in their home university and finish at the UL. Students receive two
diplomas: from their home institution, and a Polish diploma.
28/30 Ogrodowa Str.
00-896 Warszawa
Tel: +48 22 552 7990/7991
26/28 Krakowskie
00-927 Warszawa
Tel: +48 22 552 7990/7991
Fax: +48 22 552 1887
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Students Buddy
Network (ISBN)
International Students Buddy
Network is an organization
for all incoming university
students run by UL students
with the help of ISO. 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.
Dormitory No. 14
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Polish Language Course
It is advised that Erasmus students arrive 2 weeks before the actual start of semester
to take part in a free of charge, two-week Intensive Polish Language Course. You may
apply for it by choosing the appropriate option in the on-line Registration Form. Some
students can continue the 2-week course so that it lasts the whole semester. However,
the places in the semester classes are limited, so the priority will be given to students
who are first to send us the whole set of registration documents (with the Polish course
included in their Learning Agreement) as well as to students of Slavic Philology. For this
course students may get 4 ECTS for one semester.
Module course: “Poland – History, Culture and Society”
The University of Lodz offers you a module course designed especially for exchange
students. During this course you will get acquainted with the country you had chosen for
your study exchange. 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 at the ISO for free.
Events for Erasmus Students
Each Semester, the International Students Office and students organizations offer incoming students an interesting integration programme which enables them to get to know
Poland, Polish history, the city of Lodz, local customs and traditions, as well as make
new friends. The programme includes integration trips to attractive parts of Poland,
excursions to interesting spots in our city and the country side, visits to museums and
theaters, Christmas and Easter meetings where traditional Polish dishes are served
and students can experience how these holidays are celebrated in Poland. The costs
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of participation in these events are partly or fully covered by the University of Lodz. We
recommend the programme as our students really enjoy it!
Erasmus Student
Network (ESN)
Erasmus Student Network University of Lodz (ESN UL) is formed by students and for
students. They are here to help international students to understand the Polish reality
and fully integrate with both Polish and other exchange students, as well as they invite
students to unforgettable parties, going outs and other great undertakings.
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Visa /
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Polish Embassies abroad: 
Foreign Embassies in Poland: 
EU/EEA citizens
An EU citizen can enter Poland with his/
her official EU identification or a valid
travel document, such as a passport or
any other document certifying his/her
identity and country of citizenship. For
stays of up to three months no official
permit is necessary. For stays exceeding
three months, an EU citizen will have
to obtain a temporary residence permit,
known in Polish as karta pobytu obywatela
UE. For students, the residence permit is
issued for one year. Once issued, the residence permit also allows the person to
work in Poland. The residence permit
and the right to work also extend to
the immediate family, such as a spouse
and children. This document will be
issued by the Department of Citizens and
Migration Affairs operated by the Lodz
Voivodeship regional government.
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NON-EU/EEA citizens
A citizen of a non-EU/EFTA country can
enter Poland with a valid travel document (such as a passport) and a visa, if
required. A citizen of a non-EU country
has to obtain the visa from the Polish
Embassy or Consulate in his/her country of residence. The short-term visa
entitles a person to stay in Poland up
to three months. The long-term visa is
valid for up to one year. To obtain the residence permit, please follow the explanation given below. When you receive it
as a student, in most cases you are also
allowed to work in Poland.
Residence permits will be granted to citizens of other countries who have health insurance and sufficient resources to cover their expenses without the need of any kind
of government support. Documents that have to be submitted by the student to the Łódź
Voivodeship Office – Unit for Foreigners – in order to obtain the residence permit are:
• copy of the travel document (such as a passport or other identification document in case of EU citizens),
• health insurance document,
• official confirmation of student status from the Polish university (with information about the planned period of study),
• official statement from student’s home university declaring grant received (if
awarded) or/and other proof of financial sources (funds for living), such as a
bank statement,
• photographs,
• 2 application forms (known as wniosek o zezwolenie na pobyt).
When receiving a residence card, the work permit within Poland is obtained at the same
time. Persons whose visa ends, may apply for a residence card and submit the required
documents up to the last day of the visa validity. The first residence card is issued for
15 months, and the next one may be also granted for a longer period. The visa can be
issued for a maximum of 12 months.
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Health care
The students from non-EU/EEA countries should purchase health insurance in their home
country, before departure. According to state health regulations, foreigners (except for EU/
EEA citizens, see below) have to pay for a medical consultation. The cost is then reimbursed
by the health insurance company. More information can be found on: 
Should the insurance company in the home country not pay
benefits abroad, students must get insurance after arriving
in Poland. To obtain health insurance a student can apply to
a local branch of the National Heath Fund (56 Kopcinskiego
Street). A copy of the person’s passport and confirmation
of student status from the university (in Polish) will be necessary. Monthly payment is about 45 zł.
In the event medical care is required, a student from EU member country staying temporarily in Poland is entitled to free health care with a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC)
issued in his/her country. It is advisable that the student has a copy of this document.
The student is required to present this document along with official identification card
directly to health care provider.
A non-stop emergency medical service center (Pogotowie Ratunkowe) is in 137/141 Sienkiewicza Street (in the neighborhood of Galeria Łódzka). You may use their service in emergency cases, such as injuries, when no other service is available. See also: emergency
numbers (page 69)
103 Piotrkowska Street
90-425 Łódź
Tel: +48 42 664 1704
Fax: +48 42 664 1703
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Before seeing a doctor it is necessary to register at the registration desk and to present an insurance policy and student identification card, known as legitymacja in Polish. The UL campus
features a medical unit, called the Palma. To register there for
the first time, a student has to fill in a special form available
on the site (in Polish). It is advisable to go there with a person
speaking good Polish to avoid communication problems.
A person preferring the private health service can look for a specialist in a local newspaper
listing or a directory. One visit costs about 90 zł. Medications can be bought in a pharmacy, known in Polish as apteka. You can find one in the Campus, at 3 Tamka Street
(at the walkway between Tamka Street and Dormitory No. 10).
14 Lumumby Street
91-404 Łódź
Tel: +48 42 633 0416
+48 42 633 4200
58 Kopcińskiego Street
90-032 Łódź
Tel: +48 42 275 4003
Fax: +48 42 275 4912
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km 850 km
km 53
km Kiev
140 km
260 km
350 km
210 km
Distance to Łódź
Czech Republic
European Union
590 km
k m Lithuania
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Located in the center of Poland, Lodz is easily accessible by all
means of transport:
• to Łódź Władysław Reymont Airport (  ) and then by bus,
service 55 (direction: “Janów”, get off at the“Brzeźna/Piotrkowska” stop, in the
southern part of the city center), or service 65 (direction: “Świtezianki”, get off at
the “Plac Barlickiego” stop, in the western part of the city center). Then ask for
directions (eg. a shop assistant, or a taxi driver) to Lumumby Street (Polish: ulica
Lumumby, „oo-LEE-tsa loo-MOO-mby”), or show them your dormitory’s address.
It should be no more than 20 minutes away.
• to Warsaw Frederic Chopin Airport ( ) and then: by rail
link, bus (service 175) or taxi to Warszawa Centralna Train Station (and then by
train to Lodz), or by bus directly from the airport to Lodz.
• to Warsaw Modlin Airport ( ) and then directly to Łódź Kaliska Bus Station by “Modlinbus” ( ), or: by rail link* or by
bus ( ) to Warsaw Downtown (and then by train or
inter-city bus to Lodz).
frequent and fast connections with Warsaw (travel time: about 2 hours), and with other cities
in Poland ( ). Lodz currently has four railway stations: the Warsaw-bound Łódź
Widzew situated in the East of town (bus no. 85 links to UL neighborhood), Łódź Chojny in the
South, Łódź Żabieniec in the North, and the current main station Łódź Kaliska, with international transit trains, located in the Central-West part of the city (trams: no. 10, 12, 14; buses:
80, 98, 99). Note that, at present, the PKP is no longer the only railway operator. So, when you
are buying a ticket, always say the time of departure, to be sure you get the correct operator’s
ticket (major operators are: TLK, InterRegio and PKP Intercity).
1 By plane
2 By train
*wait to validate the ticket when the train starts, as it’s valid for a specific number of minutes,
rather than whole trip.
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to Łódź Kaliska Bus Station ( )
From Łódź Kaliska to the University Campus
you can take tram service no. 12 (direction Stoki).
The city transport network in Lodz consists of tram and bus services, and it is operated by MPK
Łódź (website: - Polish and English). This is a local company, therefore you
cannot use bus or tram tickets from other Polish cities. A single ticket, known in Polish as
bilet “BEE-let”, can be bought from any newsagent’s booth, and comes in three time varieties
(adult/student price in PLN): 20-minute (2,60 / 1,30), 40-minute (3,40 / 1,70) and 60-minute
(4,40 / 2,20). Attention! Until 31th October 2015, a 20-minute ticket is valid for 40 minutes
and a 40-minute ticket is valid for 60 minutes. It is due to modernization of roads in Lodz.
The expected length of the trip is indicated on the timetable at the stop: you may need to add
5 or 10 minutes during the rush hours. Just after entering the bus, or the tram, you validate
your ticket on your own. The puncher (usually a brown or orange box at the eye level) stamps
the date and time on your ticket. Within the time limit of the ticket, you can change to any
bus/tram service within the whole town. But, brace yourself for ticket controllers: they dress
casually (except ID tags), appear suddenly (often on a random part of the route), rarely communicate in English, and may fine you for the lack of a valid ticket. Once fined, do not pay in
cash right away: genuine controllers will issue you a fine receipt.
To use student tickets you must be able to show a valid Student’s ID when ticket controllers
appear. Student tickets are known as bilet ulgowy “BEE-let ool-GAW-vy”. There are also handy
24-hour tickets (in Polish: bilet dobowy, “BEE-let daw-BOV-ee”; 12,00 / 6,00 PLN) which work
on the same principles as the ones described above: however, not all agents have them. Some
tickets may also be available from a driver (but pay the exact amount): a single-fare ticket
(3,80 / 1,90 PLN) does not entitle to change the vehicle and is valid from the moment of validating it in this particular vehicle only.
The best option for those who frequently use public transport is an electronic travel card
known under its trade name Migawka “mee-GUV-ka”, credit card-like (but not a typical topup card), which is valid either for a specified route (cheaper) or all Lodz routes (still cheap). It
can serve you for a lifetime: the value, and expiry date of seasonal tickets you prolong your
3 By inter-city bus
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Migawka with, can be checked online, as well as they can be read by ticket controllers. The card
can be issued at the MPK Office (77 Narutowicza Street), or by the network of MPK agents
around the town (eg. at Łódź Kaliska station). To prolong the Migawka, you top it up with the
amount of chosen ‘seasonal ticket’ at the MPK agent’s. The most popular seasonal ticket is
valid for 30 days and costs 40,00 PLN (student ticket price). Prices as of January 2015
The Lodz city transport system may also differ from other cities
in the following ways:
• Luggage and animals are free of charge
• All night bus services cross at one stop in the centre of the town, and wait there
for 5-10 minutes, allowing passengers to change in any direction
• All doors of the bus/tram car are used both for entering and exiting
• Railway trains are not a part of city transport, but of a country-wide network
• Be careful if a bus/tram has its service number tagged or altered into “do zajezdni”,
or “ZAJ” – it will change the route and head to the depot
There is a good web page that will help you to get around the city with public transport:
The currency of Poland is the złoty (code: PLN,
“ZWAW-ti”, local abbreviation: zł), divided into 100
groszy (“GRAW-shi”, abbreviation: gr). Poland has
not adopted the Euro, so you will need zlotys for
cash payments. There are a few options: you can
withdraw zlotys from the ATM’s (several around
the campus, a lot in the town, they feature English
and certain other languages), you can exchange
money in a bank (one in Lumumby Street, a lot
in the town), or use a money exchange office called
kantor (several in Piotrkowska and Narutowicza
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streets). A kantor is perhaps the best option: it may
offer a better rate when you exchange a large sum
of money. Paying with bank cards, or credit cards,
is popular in the town: however, not all shops accept
this, and there is often a limit such as 5 or 20 PLN,
below which you are to pay in cash. Pay pass is becoming increasingly popular. Cheques
are rarely used. While paying in cash, do not be surprised when the shop assistant asks
you for the exact amount, or refuses a larger note (such as 100 zł), due to lack of change.
Post office
Post office, called poczta “PAWCH-ta”, features a logo of a golden
trumpet against a red background. This is the place where you can pay
local bills, send letters and parcels to any country, and use EMS courier
service. Sending a postcard costs 1,75 zł, a 2 kg parcel to Warsaw:
11 zł, a same-sized priority parcel to Japan: 74 zł (as of January 2015). Postcards and
letters require stamps, bought from the poczta (and, regrettably, almost nowhere
else). Registered letters and parcels need filling in a tiny form (sender and receiver’s details), and should be handed to the post office staff (while standard letters
and postcards you may put in the postbox). Website: 
There is a 24/7 post office in the tall building at Łódź Kaliska station, and the post office
nearest the UL Campus is in 115 Pomorska Street (weekdays 8 a.m.-7:30 p.m.).
Internet and Phones
A network of free WiFi hotspots is available throughout the city - check
locations at: You can also expect hotspots
at shops or restaurants.A registered UL Student may use both wireless
and wired connection in the Main Library. UL Dormitories generally have some kind of internet access, and landline phones. With mobile phones, pre-paid services (of networks such
as T-Mobile, Play, or Orange) are very popular and need no registration, but make sure your
phone has no network lock.
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Local shops may be open from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on weekdays (it
is better to check with a particular shop). You may expect shortened
opening hours at weekends. We recommend purchasing food and
basic household goods in large supermarkets (eg. Tesco, Real, E.Leclerc, and Carrefour)
which are located throughout Lodz. They are open daily from 8:00 a.m. till 10:00 p.m.
(approximately) and they offer very reasonable prices. Be wary of and make enough food
supply before public holidays, when all supermarkets and malls close. Gas stations (eg
Orlen, BP, Lukoil, Statoil) are open non stop, and they usually allow limited shopping.
A very popular place for shopping is Bałucki Rynek, a large stall market in the northern part
of Lodz where you can buy fresh fruit and vegetables at very low prices. For other, greater
shopping needs, there are three major shopping malls in the city – Manufaktura, Port Łódź
and Galeria Łódzka. And, in case you need to buy something in the middle of the night,
there are two large supermarkets (Tesco), several pharmacies (eg. at 55 Narutowicza
Street), and a number of store-equipped filling stations in the town, which are open 24/7.
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Cost of living
Dormitory rent (UL) 350-400 90-100 105-120
Flat rent
(one bedroom in a shared flat)
500-600 120-145 150-180
Flat rent (M2 type flat:
700-1000 170-245 210-300
Estimated monthly cost of food 500-600 120-145 150-180
Monthly ticket for public transport
(for Student ID holders)
40 10 12
Lunch in a student canteen 10-12 2,5-3 3-3,5
Monthly mobile phone top-up 5-25 2,5-5 3-6
Beer (0,5 l, lager) 3 (shop), 9
0,7-2,2 0,9-2,7
Spring water (1,5 l) 2 0,5 0,6
Loaf of bread 2,5 0,6 0,75
1 kg of cheese 20 5 6
Painkiller (pack of pills) 5-10 1,2-2,5 1,5-3
Taxi ride from outskirts to centre
(day hours)
30-40 8-10 9-12
Book (bestseller) 40 10 12
Monthly health insurance 45-50 12-15 14-16
Prices and currency rates as of December 2014
prices converted into:
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“The place is cool, but not cool enough for polar bears”, or “The statistically average Polish day is some 10°C, cloudy skies, and a lazy drizzle: it can
be tomorrow”, are some views on local climate. Usually, the coldest month
in Lodz is January (-2,5°C monthly average, but -15°C is not rare), and the warmest July
(+18°C monthly average, but +30°C at times). An average Winter provides splendid weather
for skiing in the mountains, and an average Summer is a mix of heat waves and showers.
October, when all courses start, may generally require a light coat and a pocket umbrella.
Days off
1 November All Saints’ Day
11 November Independence Day
24 December – 1 January Christmas Break
6 January Epiphany
Thursday to Monday
– moveable feast, between late March
and late April.
Easter Break
1 May Labour Day
3 May Constitution Day
Thursday – moveable feast, depends
on Easter Sunday; May/June
Corpus Christi
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(computer access)
Main University Library (Biblioteka Uniwersytecka w Łodzi – BUŁ, 32/38 Matejki Street).
It is one of the largest and most modern libraries in Poland. The main parts of the Library
(Open Access Area, Computer Catalogue,
Lending Department) are open Monday
– Saturday, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Open
Access Area – here books are located in open
stacks. Students can borrow books by
themselves, by taking them from shelves
and checking them in with a self-service
machine (for this a valid student ID is
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Main University Library (BUŁ)
Subject Areas
1st floor
Literature, Languages (P)
Music, Architecture, Fine Arts (M, N)
Education (L)
General works (A)
Books, Bibliography, Library Science
2nd floor
Central room:
Political Sciences (J)
Law (K)
Room in the wing:
Auxiliary Sciences of History (C)
History (D, E,F)
3rd floor
Social Sciences (H)
Ground floor
Lending department
Return machine
4th floor
Philosophy, Psychology,
Religion (B)
Geography (G)
and Natural Sciences (Q)
Medicine (R)
Agriculture (S)
Technology (T)
Military Science (U)
Naval Science (V)
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The books marked with a
red spine may be used only
within the Library main building.
The ones marked with a blue
spine can be borrowed and
carried outside the Library premises.
There are 4 main floors in the building. At each floor a number of desks with stationary computers are available. Students can also bring their own laptops or netbooks to the Library
and ask staff for a password to Wi-Fi.
American Corner
– provides information about the United States. It is situated in the Library
building on the 2nd floor. The American Corner is operated in partnership
between the University of Lodz and the U.S. Embassy in Warsaw.
The UL has plenty of rooms available for students, in 10 dormitories at the Lumumbowo Campus (the name comes from Lumumby Street), and a teaching
assistant residence hall in another part of the city. The Lumumbowo Campus,
situated reasonably close to the city centre, and most Faculty buildings, is
Tel: +48 42 635 6264
Fax: +48 42 635 6231
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surrounded by green spaces
with beautiful trees, which
gives it charming atmosphere any time of the year.
The campus also includes
the Centre for Physical
Education and Sports, which
is a modern complex featuring
a sports hall, swimming pool, gyms, and
a health and beauty salon. See the virtual walk
across the campus at  .
The Campus includes a medical unit, a bank,
and varied shops. The UL Dormitories have
their reception desks open 24/7. They have
cozy rooms at a really affordable rent, but will
require a deposit on moving in. A short walk from
the remaining dormitories, but in the very heart
of the Campus, lies the UL Dormitory No. 14 (21/23
Matejki Street), a default location for full-time
international students. The vicinity of 4 faculties,
the UL Library, Polish school, 2 cash machines, and
several places to have lunch and do shopping, makes it
a perfect house, especially if you add the shiny, newly redecorated interiors, and the quiet, green neighborhood, perfect for long walks.
Free transport from the dormitory to classes is available upon request to
the BONiPU ( ). Dorms No. 7 and 11 are obstaclefree, while dorms No. 10 and 14 use lifts. The Main Library contains study rooms
for visually and mobility impaired.
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The main UL Student Canteen is at 14 Lumumby Street (upstairs). It is open during
all academic year: a student hungry for lunch may enter at any time between 12
a.m. and 6 p.m., grab a tray, choose one of 3 menus, and pay directly. There are
also smaller canteens in most Faculty buildings.
First-cycle studies include physical education in their curriculum. The UL
Centre for Physical Education and Sports is at 20/26 Styrska Street (just
at the end of Lumumby Street). There are varied sports classes, from yoga,
through swimming, to basketball, tailored to anyone from absolute beginners to keen
players. An absence from classes generally means extra classes. A yearly doctor’s leave
exempts you from crediting. If you love sports, you can practice more with an academic
sports club, the AZS .
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City of 4 cultures
The city of Lodz is located in the heart of Poland, at a crossing point of many
important European routes. The local architecture and history attract a great
number of tourists. The rapid 19th century development of the textile industry
earned the place such nicknames as ‘The City of Factory Chimneys’, and ‘The Promised
Land’. This period in the history of Lodz was especially marked by the presence of four
cultures. The Polish, Jewish, German, and Russian inhabitants contributed to the rich and
diverse cultural background of our city, that the University strives to sustain.
Historical Buildings
Tenement houses and great residences are regaining their splendor, often
given a new quality. You will find here some of the finest examples of Classicism and Italian Neo-Renaissance, through Neo-Baroque and Art Nouveau
to Neo-Gothic and Neo-Roman styles of architecture. The revitalized structures have
been transformed into lofts, commercial and entertainment complexes, and art centers.
Nowadays, the complexes of the 19th century industrial age are unique in Europe. Two
of such industrial complexes, erected by a famous textile manufacturer, Karol Scheibler,
are situated within the Księży Młyn area. Another complex used to belong to Scheibler’s
chief competitor, Izrael Poznański. At present, the old Poznański complex is a shopping,
leisure and culture centre called Manufaktura. Also, some old historical sites like palaces
or manufacturers’ houses are reconstructed and adapted for the University’s needs.
Hollylodz/ Festivals
Lodz is the cradle of Polish cinematography and is famous for its
film traditions. The Polish National Film, Television and Theatre
School is invariably one of the best film schools in Europe. The
most known graduates are: Krzysztof Kieślowski, Roman Polański, Krzysztof Zanussi, Jerzy Skolimowski and Andrzej Wajda. And just like on Hollywood Boulevard, one can find the Walk of Fame on Piotrkowska Street
in Lodz. Moreover, you can learn the history of Polish cinematography
in the Museum of Cinematography, the only one of its kind in Poland.
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Pubs, cafes and restaurants
The city’s night life focuses on Piotrkowska Street in the centre of town. Here
are more than 100 pubs, restaurants, clubs, discos and cafes. The most timehonored Lodz pubs are: Łódź Kaliska (with art gallery), Stereo Krogs (for rock
fans), Biblioteka, Piwoteka (serving more than 140 brands of beer), Irish Pub, Riff Raff
(a great karaoke bar). Then there are new, and already trendy hangouts: 6 Dzielnica,
Niebostan, Owoce i Warzywa, Lokal, Bistro, and ShotMe. If you feel like dancing, why not
go to the Lordis, Loża, Kokoo, Dom, or Bedroom. Above all, do not forget about the OFF
Piotrkowska, a former factory yard, now filled with life (138/140 Piotrkowska Str.; try Meg
Mu, an African restaurant, or Spaleni Słońcem, a hangout convertible into an open-air
cinema). Average prices are: a glass of beer 7 zł and dinner for two people 60 zł. Transport
is handy: many taxi stops in Piotrkowska, and lots of hotels at hand. In the morning, you
can have the perfect breakfast at Drukarnia, Columbus Coffee, or Breadnia. Also, check
out some of the best veg bars in Poland (Green Way, W Te Pędy, Zbożowa). Just visit
Lodz and turn the night into an exceptional journey... you can continue the following day!
Philharmonic and Opera
Proud of high culture, the Lodz Philharmonic, named after Arthur Rubinstein (20/22 Narutowicza Str., ), hosts international classical and jazz musicians in a stunning interior, and will satisfy
the senses of true music lovers. However, for those who enjoy
opera and ballet, the prominent Grand Theatre is an absolute must
(Dąbrowskiego Sq., ).
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Entertainment centers
Make your afternoon spontaneous. Manufaktura offers a lot more than just
shopping and eating out: from bowling, through climbing, to a fitness
club. If you’re not there but close to the Galeria Łódzka mall,
the answer may be the nearby Silver Screen (5 Piłsudskiego
Ave.) cinema complex, with pool tables, and arcade
games. However, the city’s premier pool and
snooker club is the Frame (7/9 Narutowicza Str.).
and cinema
Films are mostly screened with
the original soundtrack (mostly
English) with Polish subtitles. Popular cinemas include the Silver Screen,
the Cinema City (with Imax), and the Bałtyk Cinema
(tickets 15-30 zł). Theatre plays (tickets: 20-80 zł), while
performed by brilliant actors, are as a rule staged in Polish
– best stages are the Grand Theatre, the New Theatre, and
the Stefan Jaracz Theatre.
Galleries and Museums
Most of them have English websites, and admission rarely exceeds 10
zł: Galeria FF (Photography), Galeria ASP (Academy of Art), Metropolitan
Gallery (, Wschodnia Gallery, Atlas Sztuki Gallery, Art
Museum MS Lodz (several locations), Central Museum of Textiles (with openair museum of town’s life), Museum of the City of Lodz, and the Se-Ma-For Museum
of Animation.
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Botanical garden
An enormous enclosed green space in the west of the town, definitely worth
visiting: it features a Japanese garden, hills incrusted with rock gardens, adorable ponds, all-coloured flowerbeds, and many rare species of plants. Admission:
6/3 zł (adult/student), open from 1 April to 31 October (36/38 Krzemieniecka Str.).
Łagiewniki Forest
Europe’s largest urban park, containing clusters of ancient forest (200-yearold oaks), untouched streams, and flourishing wildlife. Popular destination for
cyclists and joggers all year round, while barbecuers and sunbathers may congregate in Summer, especially by the lakes. Features a few holiday and conference
centres, a few historical landmarks, and a few bars with open-air gardens. Easily reached
by bus service 56 from the vicinity of the Grand Theatre.
Biking in Lodz
The growing biking trend is currently yielding a network of bicycle tracks
(as yet, mainly limited to major arteries). Contrary to many Western
cities, cycle lanes are not a part of the roadway, but they are usually
separated from it by a strip of lawn. Cycling on pavements is generally
discouraged: it may cost you a 50 zł fine, except for pavements wider than 2 m (i.e. roughly
4 square pavement tiles) but only at the side of roads where the speed limit is over 50
km/h. Still, if there is no cycle lane, you can use the rightmost part of the roadway. Front
and rear lights are obligatory. See also the map: 
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Sports arena
Like any major town, Lodz has a lot of sporting facilities, but what deserves
special attention is the multi-purpose indoor arena in the west of the town,
called Atlas Arena. It has over 10,000 seats, and repeatedly hosts volleyball
championship (World League, World and European Championship), basketball
games, boxing, as well as cultural events, such as major concerts (e.g. Depeche Mode, Slayer, Shakira, and Justin Bieber performed there).
AquaPark Łódź
(the Fala)
Are you ready to feel unique gentle waves
surrounding your body? The Fala water
park invites you to its indoor and outdoor pools,
water slides and a world of saunas. Just
a couple of minutes from the centre, near
the awesome Zdrowie Park. Admission
to swimming pool (for 1 hour, student
price): 16 zł from Monday to Friday, 19
zł for Weekend and Holidays. Open
daily 9 a.m.-10 p.m. (4 Unii Lubelskiej Ave., ).
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– general info
Poland (officially: the Republic of Poland)
is a country in Central Europe, bordered
by Germany to the west, Czech Republic
and Slovakia to the south, Ukraine, Belarus, Lithuania to the east. Poland’s north
border is lined by the coast of the Baltic
Sea and the border of Kaliningrad Oblast
(Russia’s territory). Poland has around
38,5 million inhabitants and occupies
an area of 312 628 square km. The capital
of Poland is Warsaw (Warszawa). The only
official language is Polish, which belongs
to the Slavic group of languages. The
ethnic composition of Poland is mostly
uniform (98% Polish-born citizens).
Poland boasts its beautiful sandy beaches
(at the Baltic Sea), large forest complexes
(numerous national parks), diverse lake
areas (e.g. The Masurian Lake District)
and picturesque mountains (e.g. the Tatra
Mountains). Climate in Poland is moderate and generally mild but characterized by
frequent change of weather (temperatures
like -15°C in Winter and 30°C in Summer,
are not the norm but may occur at times).
Poland has been a member of the United
Nations since 1945, NATO since 1999 and
the European Union since 2004. In 2007
Poland joined the Schengen area, which
is a group of countries in Europe with no
internal border control (there is a single
external border control instead).
Famous Poles:
Nicolaus Copernicus
Fryderyk Chopin
(pianist and composer)
Maria Skłodowska-Curie
(physicist and chemist,
Nobel Prize laureate)
John Paul II
(the Pope: leader of the worldwide
Catholic Church)
Lech Wałęsa
(politician, Nobel Prize laureate)
Roman Polański
(film director, Oscar winner)
Andrzej Wajda
(film director, Oscar winner)
Krzysztof Kieślowski
(film director)
Agnieszka Radwańska
(tennis player)
Robert Kubica
(racing driver)
Robert Lewandowski
(football player)
Justyna Kowalczyk
(cross country skier)
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Warsaw (Warszawa; approximate pronunciation: Vahr-SHAH-vah) – the biggest city and the capital
of Poland, located on the Vistula River (Wisła). The city was completely destroyed during
the WW II but rebuilt soon after it. The Old Town (reconstructed after the war) is listed
on the UNESCO World Heritage Site list.
The most popular places to see in Warsaw are: Royal Castle and the Old Town, Royal
Baths (Łazienki) – the largest park in Warsaw (in the city centre) with classicist buildings
and a number of monuments, National Museum (one of the largest museums in Poland),
Warsaw Uprising Museum (interactive), Copernicus Science Centre (interactive museum
on the bank of the Vistula River), Fryderyk Chopin Museum (interactive), Wilanów Palace
and the Palace of Culture and Science (built in 1955 and still being the tallest building
in Poland). Warsaw is around two hours away from Łódź by car. 
Cracow (Kraków; pronunciation: KRUCK-oof) – located in the southern part of the country
(on the Vistula River) was once the capital of Poland. Nowadays it is one of the most
popular Polish tourist spots, partly thanks to its historic centre being on the UNESCO World
Heritage Site list. The architectural symbol of the city is the Wawel Hill, where the Gothic
cathedral and the monumental Royal Castle with renaissance inner courtyard are located.
Cracow boasts the Europe’s 2nd largest market square (dominated by the Cloth Hall – Sukiennice), and numerous 13th and 14th-Century houses, and churches with their magnificent
interiors (the most famous: St. Mary’s Church). Worth visiting is also the district of Kazimierz, adjacent to the old town. Kazimierz used to be inhabited by Jewish
communities until the WW II.
The city of Cracow is home to
the oldest Polish university
(and the second oldest in this
part of Europe) – the Jagiellonian University. Cracow is
around five hours away from
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Wieliczka (pronunciation: v’yeah-LEECH-kah) – the world’s only
salt mine that had been in continuous operation for seven
centuries is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It’s spread over nine
levels and presents a magnificent world of underground corridors,
chambers and chapels. Wieliczka Salt Mine lies only around ten
kilometers away from the centre of Cracow. 
Poznań (pronunciation: PAWS-nun) – is a city on the Warta river in westcentral Poland. It is one of the earliest Polish cities and boasts a wide
array of museums, beautiful churches, nicely landscaped open spaces,
lakes and impressive architecture. The city’s greatest leisure area the Malta, which faces a beautiful lake, is an amazing destination for
such holiday activities as skiing, sailing, or baths in thermal springs. The city’s Cathedral,
the oldest in the country, dates back to 10th century, and is a place of burial of the first
Polish rulers. Poznań hosts many international, cultural and sporting events. An example
is the famous Malta Festival each summer, drawing actors, musicians, and dance troupes
from around the world. Poznań is 2 hours away from Łódź. 
Tri-city (Trójmiasto) – a complex of three cities on the Baltic Sea adjoining each
other: Gdańsk, Sopot and Gdynia (Gdańsk is the eastern- and southernmost among them).
The cities are linked by local public transport and to get there from Łódź you need around
6 hours. 
Gdańsk (pronunciation: g’dansk) is a historical seaport and nowadays one of the largest
cities in Poland. The city is over a thousand years old and is the most popular and well
known of the three cities thanks to its role in World War II, and the 1980s Solidarity movement that played a major role in bringing an end to the Communist rule across Central
Europe. Gdańsk’s main tourist attractions are located along or near Long Street and
Long Market (Ulica Długa and Długi Targ), among them is the most recognizable symbol
of the city: the Neptune’s Fountain, as well as the medieval port crane (the largest of its
time in Europe) and St. Mary’s Church (the largest brick church in the world). Gdańsk is
also famous for its amber craft which can be bought from many shops and street stalls.
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Sopot (pronunciation: SAW-pawt) is the smallest town of the Tri-city, which lies between
Gdańsk and Gdynia. It is a health resort and spa with the longest wooden pier in Europe.
Sopot has beautiful sandy beaches. The city is also well known because of the International Song Festival held annually in summer.
Gdynia (pronunciation: G’DEAN-yah) is a seaport,
the youngest of the three cities. Gdynia was built
between 1921-1926 in order to provide Poland with
a free access to the sea, since Gdańsk at that time
was declared a “free city” and put under the League
of Nations. The main tourist area in the city
is Skwer Kościuszki (Kościuszko square),
from which the Dar Pomorza and the Dar
Młodzieży museum ships can be spotted.
Gdynia is the host to the Gdynia Film Festival – one of the biggest film events
in Poland which promotes Polish cinema.
Annually in summer, the city also hosts
the Heineken Open’er Festival – which is
one of the most popular contemporary music festivals in Poland. To
the north-west of the Tri-city lies
the Słowiński National Park which is
famous for its moving sand dunes,
coastal lakes, and healthy microclimate (featuring pine essential oils).
Toruń (pronunciation: TAW-roon) – lies
on the Vistula River and is the birthplace
of Nicolaus Copernicus. The city was founded
in the 14th century and since that time many
of the buildings in the present Old Town have not changed
and they retained their medieval look (among them,
the Copernicus House). Thanks to its exquisite medieval red-brick Gothic architecture, the Medieval Town
of Toruń was included in the UNESCO World Heritage List.
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Toruń is also widely known for its gingerbread, which is recognized as part of its heritage, tradition and legend, and undoubtedly is the city’s trademark. Toruń is around 3
and a half hours away from Łódź (to the north). 
Masurian Lake District (Mazury; pronunciation: ma-ZOO-ry) – it is a vast region full
of lakes and forests that covers the north-eastern part of Poland. It is a very popular summer
holiday destination for those who like to sail or practise other water sports. The most popular towns in the region are: Giżycko, Mikołajki, Mrągowo, Augustów. The Masurian Lake
District is around five and a half hours away from Łódź. 
Wrocław (pronunciation: V’RAW-tsluv) – the principal city of Lower Silesia (a region situated
in the south-western corner of Poland, to the border with the Czech Republic and Germany).
Wrocław is situated on several rivers which divide the city into several islands connected
by over a hundred bridges. The Wrocław’s Market Square with Town Hall - a fine example
of Gothic - is the most popular tourist spot in the city, together with the tourist trail, where
small figurines of dwarfs are placed, across different parts of the city. Worth seeing is
also the oldest zoo in Poland and the pioneering example of reinforced concrete architecture – the Centennial Hall (a UNESCO World Heritage Site). Wrocław will be the European
Capital of Culture 2016. The city is around 4 hours away from Łódź. 
Zakopane (pronunciation: Zack-aw-PUN-eh) – is the town called „the winter capital”
of Poland. Located in the very south of the country, Zakopane lies in a valley surrounded
by the Tatra Mountains. Thanks to its location and easy accessibility either by car or public
transport (trains, buses) Zakopane is the best gateway to the whole area of the Tatras.
The town and its surroundings are one of the most popular tourist
destinations in Poland the whole year round. It offers a wide range
of activities both in winter and summer: skiing, snowboarding,
hiking, climbing, sleigh rides. Zakopane is also proud of its unique
culture which comprises of wooden architecture, traditional food,
local dialect, folk music and costumes. Zakopane is around seven
hours away from Łódź, and about two and a half hours away from
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New Horizons Film Festival (Nowe Horyzonty)
held annually in July in Wrocław
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International Festival of Independent Cinema
Off Plus Camera
held annually in May in Cracow
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Two Riversides Film and Art Festival (Dwa Brzegi)
held annually in summer in Kazimierz Dolny and Janowiec (towns on
the Vistula River)
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Open’er Festival
held annually in July in Gdynia
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Coke Live Music Festival
held annually in August in Cracow
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Przystanek Woodstock
held annually in summer in Kostrzyn nad Odrą (a town in western
Poland, at the border with Germany)
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Music festivals
Film festivals
Selected festivals
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Orange Warsaw Festival
held annually in summer in Warsaw
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OFF Festival
held annually in August in Katowice (the principal city of Silesia,
south of Lodz)
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The International Chopin Piano Festival
is a piano festival held annually in August in Duszniki Zdrój
(south-west of Poland, at the border with the Czech Republic)
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Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity (WOSP)
Grand Finale
is a one-day long, money-raising event – held annually
on one Sunday in January throughout the whole country
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FashionPhilosophy Fashion Week Poland
is the biggest fashion event in East-Central Europe – held twice
a year (in April and October) in Łódź
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Light Move Festival
is about the art of light, displayed in the public space - held annually
in October in Łódź
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International Design Festival
is an event presenting design in its various modes (industrial,
graphic and fashion design, arts and crafts, architecture)
– held annually in October in Łódź
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Other festivals
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Did you know that...
• Marek Belka, head of the National Bank of Poland, former Polish Prime Minister, graduated from the Faculty of Economics
and Sociology of the UL (he also holds a PhD from the UL).
• The UL has been awarded a number of Teaching Quality Certificates issued by the University Accreditation Commission.
• The Bachelor’s level programme in Accounting, as well as the Master’s level programme
in Accounting and Finance, both offered at the UL Faculty of Management, have been accredited by the ACCA global professional accounting body.
• The UL Faculty of Law and Administration has been ranked 2nd among Polish law schools
for qualifying graduates for professional internship in legal professions, as shown in the
2012 and 2013 rankings by the Polish Ministry of Justice.
• The UL has been awarded the 2013 „Quality of The Year” distinction for implementing
the research project titled “Role of multidrug transporters in pharmacokinetics and toxicology - in vitro tests in pharmaceutical and clinical practice”.
• The UL ranked 4th among Polish Universities in the 2014 BRICS & Emerging Economies Ranking by Thomson Reuters, a part of the Times Higher Education global educational report.
• The DysTEFL “Dyslexia for Teachers of English as a Foreign Language” project coordinated from the UL has received the 2014 ELL (European Language Label) certificate.
• Many honorable people involved in education, art and politics have received honorary
doctorate from the University of Lodz. Among others, there is The Rt Hon. Margaret
Thatcher (former Prime Minister of UK) and Mr. José Manuel Barroso (current President
of the European Commission).
• In May 2015 the UL is celebrating 70th anniversary of its foundation! One of the most
important events that will take place during this event is awarding Umberto Eco,
the famous scientist and writer, with the honorary doctorate.
• The UL and Microsoft cooperate to establish an innovative IT tool that will facilitate
access to UL’s content with a single login ID and password via Active Directory system.
Thousands of students and employees already have access to the Office 365 suite.
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Did you know that...
Number – 112
Police – 997
Fire brigade – 998
Ambulance – 999
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Useful links
The University of Lodz:
(Biedermann’s palace virtual tour)
• (UL Capmus tour)
(UL Sports Centre tour)
• (Faculty of Economics and Sociology virtual tour)
• (Faculty of Law and Administration virtual tour)
• (Faculty of Management virtual tour)
A guide to Lodz:
• (click on “the globe” icon to switch language)
About Poland:
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English Polish Pronunciation
Good morning/afternoon Dzień dobry Jenn DAWB-ry
Hello/Hi ; also: Bye Cześć CHESH
Goodbye Do widzenia Daw vidz-ENya
How are you? Jak się masz? YUCK shem mush?
I am sorry ; also: Excuse me Przepraszam P’shep-RUSH-um
Thank you / Thanks Dziękuję/Dzięki JENK-OO-yeah / JENKy
Stop! Stop! STAWP
Please / Here you are Proszę PRAW-shai
I know Wiem V’yam
I understand Rozumiem Raw-ZOOM-yam
Do you know? / (…Sir/Ma?) Czy wiesz? / (Czy wie Pan/Pani?)
Chee V’YESH? Chee
V’YEAH pun / punny ?
I don’t know Nie wiem N’YEAH v’yam
I don’t understand Nie rozumiem N’yeah raw-ZOOM-yam
Yes Tak TUCK
Why? Dlaczego? D’lutch-EGG-aw ?
When? Kiedy? K’YEAH-ddy?
Survival Polish
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What? Co? TSAW?
What is this? Co to jest? TSAW taw yes?
Where? Gdzie? gj’YEAH?
Where is…? Gdzie jest…? G’JAY yes...?
…. my dormitory? ... mój akademik? ... mooy acka-DEMM-ick?
How? Jak? YUCK?
I don’t speak Polish Nie mówię po polsku N’yeah MOVE-yam paw PAWL-skoo...
Do you speak English /
Mówisz po angielsku /
MOVE-ish paw UNG-yellskoo? / FRUN-tsoo-skoo?
Excuse me, Sir/Madam! Proszę pana/pani! PRAW-shem PUN-ah /punny...
What is your name? Jak masz na imię? YUCK mush nah EE-m’yeah?
My name is… Mam na imię… MUM nah EEM-yeah…
1, 2, 3 Jeden, dwa, trzy YED-den, dvah, tshee
4, 5, 6 Cztery, pięć, sześć CHTURR-y, pench, shesh
7, 8, 9 Siedem, osiem, dziewięć SHED-demm, OSH-em, JEV-ench
0, 10, 100 Zero, dziesięć, sto ZURR-aw, JESH-ench, STAW
* (times) * (razy) RUZ-zy
+ (plus) + (plus) PLOOS
= (equals) = (równa się) ROOV-nah shaih
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Join us online!
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Hi, I’m Flavia. I study Management at the UL and I really
enjoy it! I’m happy that I’ve
found a place where a high
level of studies is combined
with fantastic atmosphere.
Ou r s
tu de nt s ab ou t us Hola! I’m Jere. I’m Argentinian, but currently I study
at a Spanish university, and
I’ve decided to spend half
a year in Lodz as an Erasmus
exchange student. It was
an unforgettable experience
and I met amazing people
and new friends!
Hello guys! I’m Lionel. When
I came to Poland I knew hardly
anything about Poland and
Lodz. Now I’m convinced that
I’ve made perfect decision.
I’m proud to be a student
of this university!
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Hi there! I’ve spent a year
at the University of Lodz
as an exchange student.
I recommend everyone doing
the same, you will have
a great time here!
Cześć! My name is Malwina.
I finished International Relations studies at the University of Lodz. Now I work
at the best International
Relations Office in Poland
and I invite you to come to
my university.
Hello, I’m Alex. There are so
many good things about Lodz
and the University that it would
take too much time to list all
of them. Shortly, I advice everybody who wants to study to
come to the University of Lodz
and find out for yourself – I’m
sure you’ll enjoy it.
My name is Anastasia,
I come from Ukraine, and
I’ve been studying here for 2
years now. It is a wonderful
University, and the city itself,
too. I have a lot of Polish
and foreign friends, as Lodz
has truly international
academic atmosphere.
Hello! I’m Liya, a Chinese
girl that has just finished
Master’s Degree studies
at the UL. It was a great
experience to be a student
here. I have gained
the diploma, and friends for
a lifetime!
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We’ve made it! Many hours spent on preparing this guide
really paid off. It was fun, we hope you will like it!
We would like to thank every single person who contributed
to the final outcome:
IRO/ISO staff:
Liliana Lato
Weronika Ćmielewska
Karol Kasiński
Malwina Sędzikowska
Graphic design
Sebastian Buzar
Mateusz Niewiadomski
Photos and photo
Our awesome students:
Anastasia, Flavia, Liya, Malwina,
Alex, Ihar, Jere, Lionel
AdTwinzz Kamil Zakrzewski
Urząd Miasta Łodzi
Photo stylist
Katarzyna Sałata
© University of Lodz
We are sorry, the tram map is slightly out of date due to roads reconstructions.
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General index
Admission: Degree programs .......................................................................(24)
Admission: Erasmus ...................................................................................... (22)
Buddy network ..............................................................................................(28)
Calendar .................................................................................................(20) (44)
City transport .........................................................................................(39) (79)
Climate ................................................................................................... (44) (61)
Degree programs ........................................................................................... (12)
Disabled ......................................................................................................... (51)
Dormitory ....................................................................................... (26) (43) (50)
Emergency numbers ..................................................................................... (69)
Erasmus info ................................................................................................. (29)
ESN .................................................................................................................(30)
Food and drink ................................................................................ (42) (51) (56)
Health Care .................................................................................................... (35)
Leisure time: Łódź ......................................................................................... (56)
Library ............................................................................................................(48)
Pharmacy ................................................................................................ (36)(42)
Residence permit .......................................................................................... (33)
Scholarships ................................................................................................... (26)
Shopping ................................................................................................ (41) (42)
Sports ..................................................................................................... (52) (59)
Student ID .......................................................................................(22) (39) (48)
Survival Polish ................................................................................................(71)
Tourist sites: Poland ...................................................................................... (62)
Transport in Poland ........................................................................................ (38)
Tuition ............................................................................................................ (26)
Useful websites ......................................................................................(70) (73)

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