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Study Abroad at the University of Warsaw
The UniversityWarsaw is a modern city of 1.8 million inhabitants which boasts the highest proportion of green space to buildings of any of the European capitals. The University, now the largest one in Poland and among the best in Central and Eastern Europe. Its main campus is located on Krakowskie Przedmiescie, one of Warsaw's most notable historic thoroughfares where almost every building boasts an illustrious history, it is composed of 18 faculties with nearly 3,500 instructors and 30,000 students. It is situated near Stare Miasto, the oldest and most beautiful part of the Warsaw, and contains many classic buildings, several of them are architectural gems. However, behind this unusual air of tradition is a university with very modern facilities and a large up-to-date library.
Warsaw University was founded in 1816, although two of its faculties existed earlier as separate schools. In 1831 (after the November Uprising of 1830-1831) it was closed by the Russian authorities for over 20 years. It conducted limited activities as a Polish institution of higher education in the years 1857-1869. Later (as one of the reprisals after the Polish uprising of 1863-1864) it was replaced by Russian Imperial Warsaw University. The University - reopened in 1915, as a Polish University. The Nazi authorities closed the University in 1939, but the scholars continued their research and teaching illegally, for which, if discovered, they risked being sentenced to death. Many of them, as well as students, were killed during the war. The University resumed its activities in 1945.
Institute for Social Studies
The following units are not known to offer study abroad opportunities, yet may be valuable conctacts for English speaking students and scholars.
Institute of English Studies
American Studies Center
British Studies Centre
English Teacher -Training College
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