As Poland lifts lockdown restrictions to allow final-year students back to university, Coventry University says it plans to open its new campus in the country this September.
The Wrocław campus will be ready to welcome its first intake in September this year, subject to the Polish government further relaxing Covid-19 rules.
Plans for Coventry University Wrocław were approved by the Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education last July after a six-month application process. It is the first foreign university in Poland.
Applications are now open for undergraduate programmes in digital technology, business management and leadership, aviation management, and cyber security.
Courses can be taken full-time and part-time and can be started in September, November, January, February, April, and June.
The campus aims to recruit approximately 160 students in the first year, with ambitions to increase this number, and its choice of courses, in the future.
“Coventry University Wrocław is moving ahead with plans to open in September this year and I am delighted that our contractors have been able to continue safely with work to get the campus ready for our first intake this summer,” said John Dishman, pro-vice chancellor and CEO of CU Group.
“We are offering a range of exciting vocational degrees taught in a progressive and flexible way that is tailored to meet students’ needs. We aim to offer a career-focused experience to our students, one that is traditionally academic but is also designed to help them progress in their careers.
The Wrocław campus occupies two floors in the Centrum Południe office complex being developed by the university’s contractors, Skanska, whose staff on site are fitting out the campus while adhering to all required safety measures. Testing and commissioning of the building is scheduled to take place in the summer.
“We are progressing with fit-out works for Coventry University to open a great space for students in Wrocław on schedule,” said Anna Życińska-Wójcik, project director.
“This is our first project involving the adaptation of office space for academic use, which we are also carrying out under unique circumstances created by the Covid-19 pandemic. We are confident this project will produce a unique combination of friendly and modern spaces adapted to meet the new post-Covid way of working and learning.
Poland has been lifting its lockdown restrictions since 20 April – hotels, shops, museums and galleries, restaurants, cafes, hairdressers and beauty salons reopened this month, with social distancing measures in place. On 25 May, primary schools reopened for the youngest children, and final-year students were allowed back to university.
Face coverings in public will remain obligatory in Poland until a Covid-19 vaccine is available.
In January, Coventry University announced plans to open a second international campus, this time in Morocco.