Study in Wroclaw (“Teraz Wrocław” project) – a project that was founded in 2006 on the initiative of the Wroclaw city authorities and universities. The project’s activities are aimed at promoting the educational offers of Wroclaw universities among young people from Eastern Europe who do not have a Polish Card (or Charter), and at simplifying recruitment procedures. Since the beginning of the project, more than 1700 people have successfully undergone the recruitment procedure and have become students and graduates of Wroclaw universities.
The project assistants provide free of charge information about opportunities and procedures of entering universities in Wrocław and assist Eastern European citizens wishing to receive higher education. “Teraz Wrocław” office, located at the Wrocław Univeristy of Economics, invites you to study in the public and private universities in the city. The “Teraz Wrocław” project participates annually in many educational fairs and presentations, and promotes various international initiatives in the field of education.
We support students and assist them with any issues regarding studying, living and residing in Wrocław during the initial stage of training.
What do we offer?
A wide range of courses at renowned public and private universities
- Free consultations on the recruitment process, conducted by a qualified team,
- Simplified recruitment procedure without entrance exams,
- Free participation in the project,
- Tested and developed methods of cooperation backed by years of experience,
- The “Teraz Wrocław” project is a non-profit initiative. We do not cooperate with any intermediary agencies. The office staff can provide advice and answer queries in Polish, Russian or Ukrainian.
The “Teraz Wrocław” project is a non-profit initiative. We do not cooperate with any intermediary agencies. The office staff can provide advice and answer queries in Polish, Russian or Ukrainian.
“Four years of fruitful cooperation”
Interview with Ałła Witwicka-Dudek, coordinator of the “Teraz Wrocław” project.
A few years ago, Ukrainians used to say that they cannot afford to study in Wroclaw. Has this situation changed? What interest has there been in the University of Economics and other Wroclaw universities among people in Kiev?
We have taken part in fairs in Kiev with the “Teraz Wrocław” project several times. Our promotion initiatives and course range is increasingly recognized, which is reflected in an increase of
interest among prospective students and their parents in studying at Wroclaw universities.
In addition, the socio-political situation in Ukraine makes people who are planning to get education, increasingly willing to look for such opportunities outside their home country. Citizens of Ukraine, Russia, Belarus and other post-Soviet countries are attracted to Wroclaw universities by the prospect of obtaining a European diploma and qualifications that are valued in the labour market of EU member states.
It turns out that the issue of tuition fees is no longer the main barrier for those interested. From the point of view of a student from behind the eastern border, clearly defined criteria and tuition fees, which generally do not change significantly during the course of the education process are definite advantages when it comes to finance.
Foreign students who pay for university and university accommodation expect good conditions: in most cases teaching in English and comfortable living conditions.
How else do Wroclaw universities promote themselves in Ukraine?
Wroclaw universities’ academic prospectuses are widely promoted in Ukrainian, Russian and Belarussian portals and forums on the subject. Classes in our universities are taught mainly in Polish, which is why the “Teraz Wroclaw” project is put forward in Polish communities in the target countries.
One very important source of information on the possibility of studying in Wroclaw for foreign high school students is the page www.study-in-wroclaw.pl. According to statistics, every year approximately 20 thousand individual visitors from over 60 countries learn about the project from that source.
Recently, EU Information Centres have become our information partners in Ukraine. Currently, similar Centres operate in almost every region of Ukraine, each of them being a powerful source of information about Europe, including European science and education. These Centres always attract active, curious young people, and these are the people we are looking for. The Centres’ representatives provide information to those interested in studying in Wroclaw, providing internet access and Skype for more detailed consultations with people working in the project.
We have plenty of promotional ideas, but the market in which we operate and the targets of our offers have their own priorities, often deviating from what we provide, which is why cooperation requires hard work, accurate recognition of needs and intuition.
The project has been running for four years. What do you think is its main success today?
The integration of Wroclaw academia around the theme of attracting new students can be considered a success of the project. “Teraz Wrocław” is a long-term project. We are pleased that it already exists in the minds of those potentially interested in studying in Wroclaw.
Currently, there are 150 people studying at universities in Wroclaw who were recruited through the project. The number of those wishing to study here is increasing year by year. For example, last year around 200 applications were received by the office. The most popular courses included economics and management, hospitality and tourism. From what we see now, this year’s competition for places at Wroclaw universities will be no less strong than before.
Interview by Julia Wakuła
Source: Portal, Quarterly Journal of University of Economics in Wroclaw