On 2 March 2020, the next edition of the Erasmus+ programme was launched. Hence, at the the Military University of Land Forces, the "Orientation Day" began – a welcome day for international students.

In the ongoing summer term, from 3 March to 30 June this year, the AWL will have 47 students from 9 countries: Austria, Belgium, Hungary, Romania, Portugal, Canada, the United States of America, Turkey and Lithuania.

The "Orientation Day" began with a solemn welcome to the students by the Vice Rector for Education. of Dr. Aneta Kazanecka's students. The meeting was also attended by the Dean of the Faculty of Management – PhD Józef Ledzianowski, lieutenant colonel; Dean of the Faculty of Security Sciences – PhD Zbigniew Grobelny, lieutenant colonel; coordinators of the Erasmus+ Programme at the AWL; representatives of the Faculty of International Cooperation and Social Communication; representatives of the Careers and Erasmus Office; academic teachers and students associated in the International Exchange Section.

A representative of the Careers and Erasmus Office provided students with information concerning their obligations as scholars of the Programme (participation in classes, informing about all unexpected events, difficulties, etc.) and their rights resulting from the Erasmus+ Student Charter.  Then the Head of the Faculty of International Cooperation and Social Communication familiarised students with the system of education and training at the AWL. The ceremony ended with a joint visit in the Hall of Traditions and a commemorative photo in front of the monument presenting a patron of the University.

Students of the International Exchange Section and their "Buddha" Programme are additional support for incoming students. Thanks to the Buddha Programme, each foreigner has their own Polish mentor, who will accompany them throughout their all stay at the AWL and support them in matters related to the arrival to Wrocław, presentation of the Academy and its teaching facilities as well as the city of Wrocław and its surroundings.

The Careers and Erasmus Office has also prepared a cultural programme for international students, which consists of study trips to cities of historical importance for Poles [i.a. Cracow, Oświęcim (including the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum), Warsaw (including the Warsaw Uprising Museum) or the town of Srebrna Góra (the Fort Srebrna Góra)]. The permanent offer of the Office's activities also includes the organisation of mountain training at the "Wysoki Kamień" Mountain Training Centre in Szklarska Poręba and the organisation of "International Erasmus Day" when Erasmus+ students present their home universities and their culture during a typical Polish treat. The main support for students in strengthening their intercultural communication competencies and language skills is the introduction of classes as part of the subjects: Cross Cultural Communication and Polish for Foreigners.

text and photos: Careers and Erasmus Office

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