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Wroclaw University


Program Snapshot

Wroclaw University is a vibrant research and study institution with 40,000 students, in an undiscovered gem of a city located in the heart of southwest Poland. With a modern, metropolitan cultural scene, historic buildings and dazzling architecture, Wroclaw is bound to become a major toursit destination in the coming years. Discover it now for yourself! Fields offering courses in English include humanities and social sciences, natural sciences and technology. Polish courses are also offered at all levels for the adventurous language learner!

Wroclaw is located at the crossroads of the major routes of Central Europe and is only a few hours away by train from Berlin, Prague, Budapest and Vienna, as well as Minsk, Lvov, Vilnius. Wroclaw was founded in the 10th century and is one of the oldest cities in Poland with a long and rich history. In the following centuries it was ruled at various times by the Germans, Bohemians, and Prussians. The relics of the past intertwine with the present giving the City a unique, multicultural character. Nowhere else in Poland can one encounter such a mixture of nationalities, dominated mainly by active young people. Map it on Google!

ISEP Exchange: undergraduate and graduate programs available for an academic year or semester

ISEP-Exchange for International students.
ISEP-Exchange for US students.

Chance of Placement
ISEP Exchange chance of placement for US and International students are generally Good. For the most current chances of placement, please see the Sites Open for Application for US Students and the Sites Open for I-to-I Applications.

Program Dates
Semester 1: beginning of October till the end of January (early exams can be arranged with enough notice)
Semester 2: mid February till the end of June.

Fast Facts
Wroclaw, Poland (pop. 700,000)
Student Enrollment: 27,290
Language of instruction: Polish, English
University Home Page
Study in English
International Office Homepage

Faculty of Philology, Faculty of History and Pedagogy, Faculty of Social Sciences, Faculty of Chemistry, Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science, Faculty of Physics and Astronomy, Faculty of Natural Sciences, Faculty of Law, Administration and Economy.

Anthropology, Archaelology, Art history, Earth Science, Biology, Marine Biology, Chemistry, Communications (Film, Intercultural, Journalism), Drama, Economics, English, Environmental Sciences, Geography, History, Humanities, International Relations, Language (Classical, French, German, Russian, Spanish), Law, Mathematics, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science, Sociology, Tourism and Recreation.

Courses taught in English
Courses Taught in English

Courses for Graduate (Masters) Level
Students studying Economics, Chemistry, Physics, International Relations, Political Science, and Geography would be especially suited for study in Wroclaw.Find courses here

Academic Notes
Key courses for ISEP students are Interdisciplinary Studies in English. Students may choose from a variety of subjects grouped into three areas: Humanities and Social Sciences, Natural Sciences, Material Technology. Schedules and course descriptions are available online.


Transcripts are generally released in February for Semester 1, in July for Semester 2 and in July for the Full Year. Transcripts are sent to ISEP and then immediately released to the studentís home institution if there are no outstanding financial obligations.

Language Notes
Students do not need any previous knowledge of Polish, provided they find enough courses to fill their requirements. For students with a good knowledge of Polish and the appropriate prerequisites, the whole range of courses offered by the university is available. Courses taught in English are offered through the Interdisciplinary studies in English program. Non-English speakers who participate in this program are expected to pass TOEFL exam, at minimum level of 220 points, or equivalent.

Polish language courses (beginning through advanced levels) are organized by School of Polish Language and Culture and are included in ISEP benefits. Students will arrive two weeks before the semester begins for orientation and an intensive course of Polish language and culture. Polish language classes meet for 1.5 hours twice a week during the semester.

Special Academic Conditions
Master and Bachelor courses in English may be limited depending on overall student interest. This especially applies to courses in business and tourism.

Special ISEP Application Instructions
Students applying to Wroclaw should anticipate being flexible with courses. Most course schedules for the upcoming academic year may not be available at the time of application and students should select courses from previous semester, as most courses will be offered again in subsequent semesters. Students who absolutely need a course while abroad should indicate this on their application.

Hints for Researching Courses
Generally courses can be found by going to the "International" tab on the home page. Students may browse through courses on the Bachelors and Masters level, as well as "Other Courses" and Interstudies.

Housing and Meals
ISEP students are housed in double rooms with a private bathroom and kitchenette in student hostels. A monthly stipend is provided for meals which can be used at nearby student cafeterias, restaurants, or shops for groceries.


You are responsible for all of your personal expenses including: optional fees (e.g. computer, language, science lab fees), books, local transportation, entertainment, etc. The amount below is provided as a guide; the actual amount needed will vary depending on courses and personal habits. Your personal expenses per month, including books, are estimated at: $400-500

Two weeks before the semester begins, you have an opportunity to take part in an Intensive Course of Polish Language and Culture, which is free of charge for all exchange students. Then, during the orientation days, you get knowledge about the university, the city and have a chance to meet volunteers from í2Wroclaw" group, the other exchange students and your tutor.

Student Activities
Wroclaw is home to myriad international students. Students often cook with eachother in the dorms and the city offers students opportunities to go to the movies, dancing, shopping or sight-seeing. The cities proximity to other cities and countries also provides easy access for weekend travel, either with friends or on a school-sponsored excursion.

In 1702, the Austrian emperor Leopold I founded a small Jesuit academy in Wroclaw called Leopoldina, after its founder. In 1811, the Academy merged with the Protestant Viadrina University, which was moved to Wroclaw from Frankfurt (Oder), to form the Universitatis Literarum Vratislaviensis. The Wroclaw University is a State University under the supervision of the Ministry of Education. The University conducts teaching and research activities in all main academic fields. 42,680 students are taught and supervised by almost 1,815 members of academic staff.

What Past Students have to Say
"I absolutely LOVED Wroclaw! There is a lot to do in the city and itís very easy to get around. The people at the international office were very nice and helpful. I found it very easy to get acclimated, especially with the Polish tutor that helped me get a cell phone, show me around, and introduce me to the other exchange students. I had the best time of my life in Wroclaw. I made life-long friends from all over the world, traveled to 8 different countries, and had amazing experiences I will never forget." -Laura Ann Scieszka, Marshall University