Vistula University • Warsaw, Poland
Vistula University, or Akademia Finansów i Biznesu Vistula in Polish, was founded in 1992 and is part of the Vistula Universities Group. It is based in Warsaw and runs courses in both Polish and English at under, postgraduate, and doctoral levels. It is a private institution.
At the moment there are more than 3,000 students attending the university accompanied by over 230 academic staff. Areas of study at the university include: Economics (offers a Bachelor in Accounting and Masters in International Finance and Banking, for example), Computer Science/Engineering (bachelors and masters in, for example, Computer Systems Management), International Relations (bachelors in European Union Studies, Diplomacy, to name a few), Tourism and Recreation (bachelors in Business Tourism among others), Philology (bachelors in Contrastive Linguistics is one of the programmes on offer), and Sociology (Media and Communication, for one).
As for postgraduate studies at VU, nearly all are taught through Polish, and include examples such as: Real Estate Valuation, Methodology of Teaching Foreign Languages, and Integrated IT Systems in Companies. Hospitality Management is the postgraduate course conducted in English.
Aside from its taught programmes, the university also facilitates much research in fields like the Polish economy and the developmental potential of the pharmaceutical and medical industry. VU’s academic activities are aided by its library, which among its 100,000 books contains many resources such as journals, databases, Wi-Fi, and computer spaces.
Student life at the university is diverse with lots of facilities. There is an international office to help those studying at VU from abroad, while Polish students themselves can avail of Erasmus, internship, and scholarship opportunities. Accommodation-wise, Vistula owns no student housing of its own, but does work with student hostels that accommodate only VU attendees. The university does, however operate an infirmary on campus where a doctor and nurse tend to emergency medical needs.
From a social aspect, students have many options and opportunities. There are lots of student-run clubs in areas such as sport and the arts. Some of VU’s clubs include: Asian Union, Foto Vistula Club, Outdoors Club, Tennis, Athletes Club, and Volleyball. VU has modern and a wide range of sports facilities available for students to use individually or as a part of a club.