Research & Development

Maria Curie-Skłodowska University cooperates with foreign universities and scientific and research centers. Cooperation is based on bilateral agreements or through participation of UMCS departments and the academic staff in project consortia.

UMCS has concluded almost a hundred bilateral cooperation agreements with universities all over the world, most of them with European universities. The majority of foreign universities in partnership with UMCS are important academic centers. We conclude agreements with many partner universities in order to create consortia to conduct scientific or teaching projects. Most of these projects are financed by European funds, which makes it possible to finance the participation of teachers and students in the projects.

UMCS participates in the European Commission Lifelong Learning Programme/ Erasmus, under which students can spend part of their study programme at European partner universities and go abroad for professional training stays, and UMCS teachers can lecture and take part in training courses. Every year, almost 200 UMCS students and over 50 academics take advantage of the Erasmus programme, in which UMCS has over 200 partners. These stays significantly influence the internationalization of educational process and enhance the European dimension in carrying out UMCS strategies. Highly popular among UMCS academic personnel are academic mobility programmes - Tempus. Owing to these programmes the University started cooperation with 101 partners, inter alia from Israel, Cyprus, Estonia, Portugal, Italy, USA, Mexico, Iceland, and with selected Eastern Partnership countries.

Student internships and exchange with foreign universities are also carried out under bilateral agreements on academic cooperation with universities all over the world, first of all in Europe, USA, China, Brazil, and Russia. UMCS students may also pursue study programmes and do internships through scholarship programmes of the Visegrad Fund, Fulbright Commission, CEEPUS (Central European Exchange Program for University Studies), DAAD (Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst), KAAD (Katholischer Akademischer Ausländer Dienst), Comenius, and British Council.

Under exchange programmes and government scholarship programmes at UMCS, foreign students pursue their studies at Bachelor, Master and doctoral levels. Many of them attend classes and lectures conducted in foreign languages, chiefly in English. A large number of students attend classes to learn Polish, offered by the Polish Language and Culture Center for Polish Communities Abroad and Foreigners.

UMCS constantly expands its foreign contacts to increase internationalization of studies, providing its students with the opportunity to fully use the European educational space on a higher level, and to remain an attractive academic center for foreign students and academics.

Especially active is the new cooperation between UMCS and China, and Lvov. In 2012 an agreement was concluded between this University and the Lvov National Academy of Arts in Lvov (Ukraine), and with International Arts Center “Art Museum” in Handzhong (China). The parties signed the agreement to conduct academic exchange; cooperate in science, culture and education; conduct joint research and/or teaching; exchange scientific information, materials, and publications in the areas of mutual interest; exchange teaching/research staff, and principal university administration staff; develop mutual cooperation; and conduct cultural and student exchange programmes. In 2013, UMCS opened the original Chinese Art Center in the Main Library’s new wing. The Center inter alia organizes courses of Chinese, symposia in various fields of science and art, and presents Chinese art and cinema. Furthermore, it also creates conditions for integration of UMCS students and foreign students.

The number of foreign students at UMCS has considerably increased owing to the dynamic and active promotional activities, in particular in Ukraine. A substantial majority of them are Ukrainians, there are also students from 12 other countries, inter alia from Belarus, Kazakhstan, Russia, Georgia, Romania, Lithuania, and Armenia. UMCS is the first of Lublin’s universities to open its information center in Lvov. The office space has been made available by Lvov councilor Roman Hrytsevych.


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