– I would like to welcome our international students. We will be glad to help you whenever you need it – said Katarzyna Basisty, the Welcome Point Coordinator, during the opening ceremony. – We are well aware of the fact that the beginning in a new country and a new institution is always difficult, but please treat it as a challenge, not as a problem. Remember that this is just the beginning of a great adventure of studying at the University of Warsaw – she added.
The Welcome Point is the central information service point for international students – both who come to the UW for one semester and those who pursue the whole cycle of their studies. Students will obtain here information regarding various university matters. WP team will assist students in dealing with formalities, explaining how to register for courses, how to use university library, and how to apply for an electronic student card. They will also provide information about student organisations, language possibilities, cultural and sport activities as well as living in Warsaw.
The number of international students in Poland continues to grow. Currently, there are 4 400 international students who study at the University of Warsaw, half of whom study on long-term programmes. The other group comprises participants in academic exchange programmes such as Erasmus+. – Learning from the best universities from abroad, we are planning to introduce a series of initiatives enabling international students, who study at the UW, to feel even more comfortable. The Welcome Point is one of those projects – says Assistant Professor Maciej Duszczyk, Vice-Rector for Research and International Relations of the UW.
From 15th September until the end of October, the WP office will be located on the main campus of UW (in the small courtyard). It will be open from Monday to Friday, 9.00 am – 4.30 pm. Throughout the year, it is available at www.welcome.uw.edu.pl.