Wroclaw University - 1702-2007

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Wroclaw is one of Poland's leading academic centres, behind only Warsaw and Krakow, with over 130,000 students busily beavering away at twenty-two different institutes of higher education. With Wroclaw's residential population of 634,000, this means that one in seven people in town is an academic and this extraordinarily high ration is a major factor in contributing to Wroclaw's status as a young, vibrant and intellectual city.

Wroclaw University is comfortably the biggest of the eleven institutions, accounting for nearly 41,500 students in 2004. Quite a feat if you consider the University's humble beginnings as a Jesuit academy of two priests and twelve pupils! This was back in 1638 when the Habsburgs of Austria secretly patronised the small Catholic academy in a largely Protestant Wroclaw. The academy grew incredibly quickly and as soon as 1659 four hundred students were enrolled with the Jesuits (presumably the teaching staff had expanded beyond two priests by now!) and soon even Protestants were sending their sons to the acclaimed institution. By 1700 it is estimated that as many as seven hundred students were attending classes and the Jesuits sought and obtained permission to open a university.

Emperor Leopold I approved and signed the foundation act in 1702, although construction on the main University edifice was delayed until 1728 and then suffered major interruptions during the war with Prussia, when the building was used as a field hospital, stable, storeroom and even a prison. The Prussians won the war in 1741 and the University fell into decline, until in 1811 King Frederick Wilhelm III decided to merge the Viadrina University of Frankfurt with the Wroclaw Leopoldina (as it was then known), giving birth to the modern title of Wroclaw University. The University had five faculties: Philosophy, Medicine, Law, Protestant Theology and Catholic Theology.

For the next one and half centuries Wroclaw University flourished and many more departments, clinics, laboratories and even museums were founded, including botanical, zoological, anatomical and geological collections. The University's excellent reputation also attracted lecturers as prominent as Robert Bunsen and Alois Alzheimer, who arrived to pass on their wisdom to the next generations.

The events of the Second World War however nearly saw the end of the institution, when during the siege of Breslau (the old German name for Wroclaw) the Nazis moved their headquarters into the University library - and as things grew desperate even used the University books as fortifications (they don't make hardbacks like they used to!). When the Soviets finally liberated the city, Wroclaw, including its University, were 70% destroyed.

A new chapter in the history of the University began immediately after the war in May 1945, when a group of Polish scholars and students, called the Scholarly-Cultural Group, came to academy's rescue. The group managed to organize the reconstruction of the near-demolished University in a very short time. Some of the old buildings were rebuilt, and several residential buildings were commandeered for the greater good. Besides this no small amount of effort went into re-establishing the collections of books and replacing equipment that had been lost or destroyed. Finally a number of reputable academics were found to work for the University, many coming from the former Polish universities in Lww (now the Ukrainian town of Lviv) and Wilno (now the Lithuanian capital of Vilnius), and some scholars in addition from Warsaw, Krakow and Poznan.

Today the University is still reaping the rewards of that saving grace and now boasts the following eight faculties: Faculty of Philology, Faculty of Social Sciences, Faculty of Historical and Pedagogical Sciences, Faculty of Law and Administration, Faculty of Natural Sciences, Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science, Faculty of Physics and Astronomy, and the Faculty of Chemistry; most of which can be found in or nearby the University Quarter in the north of the old town.

For those of you whose student days are nothing but happy memories, don't worry! You don't have to be able to down ten pints of snakebite and black to have a wander round the beautiful Baroque edifice that is the University's main building. Its 171-metre-long faade dominates the pl. Universytecki and, although it still houses both the Law and Natural Science Faculties, several rooms are open to the public including the celebrated Aula Leopoldina and the 300 Years Exihibition in the University Museum (1702-2002) as well as the Mathematician's Tower.

If you fancy studying at the institution find out more about the University at their official site. The University also has a special website, called Jungle Book, designed to help foreign students settle into the city. Check it out for more tips on student life in Wroclaw!

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dr.j.padmaja
India

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Reply Jun 12th, 2016
dr.j.padmaja
India

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dr.j.padmaja
India

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Rachel
China

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Reply Aug 23rd, 2014
Anar Agayev
Azerbaijan

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Reply Apr 13th, 2011
Haley
Nigeria

I will be coming to this esteemed University in September for my Masters. So looking forward to studying and also having a little fun.

Reply Apr 4th, 2011
Robert
Poland

Hi guys - you should find all information required here: http://international.uni.wroc.pl/en

Reply Feb 25th, 2011
ibrahim
Nigeria

I LEARNT ABOUT WROCLAW THROUGH MY FRIENDS.REALLY,I LOVE EVERYTHING ABOUT THE SCHOOL AND WANT TO JOIN VERY SOON

Reply Sep 3rd, 2010
Zeinab Khosousi Sani
Reunion

I want to countinue my study in physics in Phd degree in your university but I don't know how I can enroll or achieve what I want....please guide me

Reply Aug 28th, 2010
Peter Azanor
Nigeria

I want to apply for my masters in your university but i don't know how to go about it.....please can you give me guild lines on how to do this...

Reply Jul 21st, 2010
mujeeb
Pakistan

i want to know,how to apply in Poland universities for study,so please guide me how to apply

Reply Jun 9th, 2010
oppong kwame
Ghana

i want to apply a university in poland,but i dont know how,so please teach me the way out.

Reply Apr 26th, 2010
Oluwaseun Ologunorisa
Nigeria

I want to come to poland for my Master's Degreein Physics or information technology, what are the steps to take and how do you assist international student to get student visa...,can international student get work when study and is there any assistant for international student toward there tuition fees

Reply Apr 8th, 2010
Walid
Bangladesh

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Reply Mar 16th, 2010
Walid
Bangladesh

planning to come in poland for my higher study on tourism management. so, please help me in providing information as a friend. thanking you and all the best.

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bridget
United Kingdom

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Reply Jan 31st, 2010
bridget
United Kingdom

hello, looking for a university student. Who would like free accomodation and bills. They would have to clean a small appartment,and wash sheets for 3 other people staying there. The other people would be british cosmetic surgery patients staying in the appartment for a few days. Its a brillant way to learn english and not much work.

Reply Jan 31st, 2010
rosamaria philipps
United States

The university is a wonderful place, I really enjoyed it.Congratulations it can't be better.

Reply Sep 24th, 2009
N.Arul Pandiaraj
India

It is really interesting to go through the story of Good Old University in the World. N.Arul Pandiaraj arulpandiaraj@yahoo.com

Reply Jun 27th, 2009
N.Arul Pandiaraj
India

It is really interesting to go through the story of Good Old University in the World. N.Arul Pandiaraj arulpandiaraj@yahoo.com

Reply Jun 27th, 2009
Gary
United States

Spent a wonderful time there. Lovely city, lovely people, great Uni, will remember it forever!

Reply Mar 19th, 2009
L
United States

Spend the whole evening trying to get to University of Wroclaw website with no success.

Reply Jun 15th, 2008
SUKRUT
India

IS WROCLAW UNIVERSITY RECONGNISED BY MCI

Reply Jun 15th, 2008
John Mlynarczyk
United States

Last July Wroclaw U. released news its scientists discovered sheeps first milk cured Alzheimers. Please send more information to johnmlynarczyk@webtv.net

Reply Jan 7th, 2007
John Mlynarczyk
United States

Last July scientists at your University released news that sheeps first milk cures Alzheimers!

Reply Dec 23rd, 2006