Maria Curie-Skłodowska University is a state institution of higher education established in Lublin, Poland in 1944. It offers academic programmes at undergraduate, graduate and doctoral levels at 10 faculties.
UMCS also runs Foreign Languages Teaching Centre, Academic Sports and Physical Education Centre, Botanic Gardens, University Centre for Open Courses, Polish Language and Culture Center for overseas students, as well as several branches or affiliated colleges located in other towns of the region.
The standard offer of the Polish Language and Culture Centre is adjusted to diversified needs and requirements of participants and includes supplementary trips to major Polish cities, social events and visits to museums and theatres. The Centre offers a variety of tailor-made courses for foreigners who want to improve their language skills and broaden their knowledge on the history and culture of Poland. An important education institution is Main Library with a network of faculty libraries, as well as British Council Library and Alliance Francaise UMCS branches.
There are over 27 thousand students, eight hundred doctoral students and nearly two thousand superbly educated academic staff and highly qualified specialists in numerous fields. All these above-mentioned factors make Maria Curie-Skłodowska University the largest university in eastern Poland.
The University has already established numerous contacts to develop further academic collaboration with other universities and colleges in the world. Furthermore, it is a member of various international academic bodies and a participant in numerous programmes of academic cooperation, e.g: 7th Framework Programme, the Lifelong Learning Programme: Erasmus, Comenius, Grundtvig, Leonardo da Vinci, Jean Monnet, Thematic Network programmes, the Baltic University Programme with European partners, and e.g. the Fulbright student and scholar exchange programme with US partners.
The international cooperation encouraged by the University also includes growing numbers of foreign students and academic teaching staff studying and working in Lublin. The University is a member of the European University Association, Copernicus Campus and other international organisations. Its professors are experts for the United Nations, the State Committee for Scientific Research, Ministry of Education and many other Polish and international institutions. Its institutes and departments are valued highly in the ranking charts prepared by the State Committee for Scientific Research. Maria Curie-Skłodowska University cooperates closely with the local government and enterprises; the vice Rector for Research represents the University in the Council of a Sci-Tech Park in Lublin. Through its Foundation the University offers project development services to large companies, SMEs and the local community.