The University of Łódź was established on May 24, 1945, just a few weeks after the end of the Second World War in Europe. It was formed through an amalgamation of the educational institutes operating in Łódź and today it is a highly regarded university in Poland.
The university operates 12 faculties that are located throughout Łódź, Poland’s third-largest city. The university campus has a large number of dormitories to accommodate students as well as modern sports facilities and an array of entertainment options. The University of Łódź is also home to one of the largest academic libraries in Central Europe, which houses around three million books.
It is also considered a very international university, with foreign nationals making up a considerable proportion of the 38,000 students currently enrolled. Furthermore, the university offers degree courses in Polish, French, English and Russian languages, as well as the longest-running School of Polish for Foreigners in the country, which was first established in 1952.
International relations are central to the philosophy of the University of Łódź, and as such the university has agreements in place with over 200 higher education institutions all over the world, while the university is also part of the Erasmus student exchange programme. The university has cooperation agreements in place with ten universities across the world, including institutions in France, Finland, Germany and the United States, that allows University of Łódź students to graduate with dual diplomas.
Among the University of Łódź’s famous alumni are former Polish Prime Minister and former President of the National Bank of Poland Marek Belka, Polish Justice Minister Krzysztof Kwiatkowski and fantasy writer Andrzej Sapkowski.