Wroclaw’s reputation as a thriving student city with excellent educational institutions seems to have spread across Europe and beyond. The 2010 academic year has seen steep increases in the number of overseas students coming to study in the city. Many of these students are able to study through the Erasmus study abroad scheme allowing them to study overseas for one semester or an entire academic year. There are currently over 230 Erasmus students studying at University of Wroclaw and 150 attending Wroclaw Polytechnic University. These students come from a range of European countries from Spain to Estonia. Other partner schemes have been set up aiming to attract students from non EU countries such as Kazakhstan and USA. This academic year has seen over 120 non-EU students coming to study at the University of Wroclaw from countries throughout the Americas and Asia. There are also significant numbers of overseas students at Wroclaw University of Economics and Wroclaw School of Banking.

Studying abroad can be viewed as both an academic and character building experience. The chance to make a life for yourself in a foreign country and deal with issues such as a different language and culture, not to mention homesickness provides students with invaluable life skills which will certainly benefit them in the future. We also can’t forget the social life which comes with being an overseas student and the fact that there is no shortage of nightlife in Wroclaw.

Andreea, a Romanian Erasmus student studying at the University of Lower Silesia (Dolnośląska Szkoła Wyzsza) gave me her views on life in Wroclaw. Asked why she chose Wroclaw and if she would recommend it to a friend she replied, “I chose to come to Wroclaw because I can attend classes in English and because I heard the city is very nice. Of course I would recommend it to a friend, especially the university I’m studying in”. She said her favourite parts of the city were Ostrow Tumski and the city centre. It seems that for many overseas students such as Andreea, Wroclaw is an attractive option in terms of both lifestyle and the wide range of courses on offer.

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