The Academy of Art and Design in Wroclaw is designed for students majoring in Art at UNC Charlotte. The Academy of Fine Arts in Wroclaw is one of the oldest and largest art institutions in Poland. Established in 1932, The Academy of Fine Arts in Wroclaw provides art education in twenty eight different specializations and has nine faculties.
Facts & Figures
Founded in 1946
Poland’s landscape is comprised of several natural wonders and topographies, including mountains, rivers, and even dormant volcanoes. Poland’s rich history boast a wide variety of modern and heritage sights both near and far from the campus, making for great sight-seeing and weekend trips including ancient castles, modern metropolitan areas, and even the infamous concentration camp Auschwitz. Poland boasts country wide transport, and city-wide public transport to make travel between campus and towns easy for students.
1. Where can I find out more information about studying at the Academy of Art and Design in Wroclaw?
Be sure to check out the Wroclaw University of Fine Arts website for international students. To get here, please go to Wroclaw's homepage
, choose the "English" option in the top right hand corner to translate the content into English, and scroll all the way to the bottom of the page. Then click the "International Relations Office" link. You can also refer to the International Student Guide here: Guide for International Students 2016 17.pdf
UNC Charlotte students will first need to complete an Office of Education Abroad (OEA) application in order to receive approval to study abroad. To receive access to an application, students should follow the required steps listed on OEA's website, which outline the application process
under the "Fall, Spring & Year-long Exchange and Affiliate Programs" heading.
Application requirements may include (and are subject to change):
• Personal statement in English
• Personal statement in host country language (only applicable for students taking intermediate/advance language courses abroad)
• UNC Charlotte transcript
• 2 academic letters of recommendation
• 1 language evaluation (only applicable for students taking intermediate/advance language courses abroad)
• Disciplinary record clearance
• $135 application fee and deposit
Not all requirements may be listed above. Once students receive access to the application, more instructions can be found to assist the student throughout the process. After receiving approval to study abroad from OEA, students will be required to apply directly to the host university. OEA will provide instructions for how to complete this supplemental application after approval. Once the supplemental application is reviewed by the host university, students will be notified of their formal acceptance.
This exchange program is open to currently enrolled UNC Charlotte art majors. Must be a sophomore, junior or senior, with a minimum GPA of 2.5. All students who participate in a study abroad program are required to be in good academic and disciplinary standing upon applying and prior to departure.
You can find the most up-to-date list of courses here: COURSES 2016 17 (1).xls
Please note that the list of finalize course selections will not be available until one month prior to the start of the semester, therefore this list is subject to change.
UNC Charlotte Course Equivalencies & Credit
OEA is not responsible for determining UNC Charlotte course equivalencies. Students will work with the corresponding UNC Charlotte academic departments in order to understand what UNC Charlotte credit they will receive for the courses they take abroad prior to departure. The Department Chair of the academic department will determine this (not the student's Academic Advisor). More instructions can be found in the student's study abroad application and will be communicated by OEA once they begin the study abroad process. It's important that students have as many host courses as possible approved by their academic department(s) prior to going abroad in order to have flexibility when registering for courses at the host university. Courses abroad are not guaranteed (i.e. not all courses abroad may be open to international students, some courses may only be offered certain semesters, courses may be full, etc.).
All courses and earned grades from abroad will be reported on the student's UNC Charlotte transcript when they return. Once the official host university transcript is received by OEA, all grades from abroad will be translated into A-F letter grades. This process can take anywhere from 1- 6 months after the end of the student's program. Students cannot earn pass/fail credit abroad (there are very few exceptions to this). Grades from abroad will be factored into the student's UNC Charlotte cumulative GPA.
Please see the following information regarding the typical month range that students can expect to be abroad with this program. Please note that this is a general time frame and could differ per student, per program.
Spring: February to June
Academic Year: October to June
Please see the Academy of Art and Design in Wroclaw's Academic Calendar
for more specific dates.
Students who apply to participate in this exchange have the opportunity to apply for a dormitory option that is approximately 15 minutes walking distance from academic buildings on campus. In each room the student has for personal use: 1 bed (bedclothes, pillows and quilt are provided), 1 wardrobe, 1 desk with 1 chair and free access to Internet. Depending on the standard, in some rooms there is also a fridge. On each floor there is a common kitchen with a fridge and dishes for free use by students, shared bathrooms with showers and toilets and a studio for artistic use. In the building there is also laundry room with washing machines and common room with TV. Please note that housing is on a first-come, first-serve basis and is not guaranteed.
Should students not be placed in the dorms, there are many private accommodation options available nearby. However, it will be the student's responsibility to find the housing option on their own.
Housing Application Process
If housing is available on or off campus abroad and if the housing application process is facilitated by the host university, the student will be contacted directly by the host university with further instructions. This will occur after the student has been approved to go abroad by OEA and likely after they have been accepted by the host university. Housing is not arranged for the student by OEA nor UNC Charlotte. All students will have to apply for on or off campus housing through the host university, if applicable and/or available, or will need to secure their own private accommodations (if allowed). Housing is not paid to OEA nor UNC Charlotte. Housing will be paid to the applicable entity (host university, landlord, apartment complex, etc.).
Students should consider their housing arrangements before and after they study abroad. For example, if a student currently lives off-campus and have signed a lease for a year but will be going abroad during that year, they should be prepared to arrange someone to take over their lease or understand that their lease likely cannot be broken without a fee if they go abroad during that time. Similarly, while students are abroad and before they come back, it's important to determine where they will be living when they return from studying abroad.
Tuition & Fees
Student Accounts at UNC Charlotte will bill students for full-time tuition & fees according to their in-state or out-of-state residency rate prior to the start of the semester they will be abroad (according to UNC Charlotte's academic calendar). Students are expected to be the equivalent of full-time at UNC Charlotte while abroad. This means students should be taking the equivalent of 12 UNC Charlotte credit hours for undergraduates or 9 UNC Charlotte credit hours for graduate students. Students are not also paying tuition and fees to the host university while abroad.
The following are typical expenses incurred by students studying abroad. Students will receive a Cost Estimate Sheet for this university, upon request, when they meet with an Education Abroad Advisor.
- Round trip airfare
- International Health Insurance
- Personal expenses (additional meals, traveling, cultural activities, etc.)
- Application fee
- Study abroad fee
- Visa (if applicable)
Students are eligible to use financial aid towards their education abroad expenses. Make an appointment with your financial aid advisor to ask any financial aid-related questions. Please see our financial aid page for more information.
Students are encouraged to apply for scholarships. Please see our scholarship website for more information.
All students must have a valid passport before they leave for their program. You can apply for a passport at your local post office or at Union Station
located in UNC Charlotte's Student Union.
OEA is not qualified nor legally able to disseminate visa advice or assist with visa requirements. However, below is basic information regarding visas for this country if you are a U.S. citizen. It is the responsibility of the student to obtain a visa before departure if necessary. Please visit the embassy's
website for more information.
need a visa if you are in the country more than 90 days.
- You should go to the Ministry of Public Affairs
website to learn more about visas. Print out the completed online form, and submit it in person the to nearest Polish consulate, at least 5 weeks prior to your depature.
U.S. Department of State
Please see the U.S. Department of State's
website for more information regarding visas. Once on the travel.state.gov website, scroll to the bottom and choose "U.S. Passports & International Travel." At the top, choose the "Country Information" tab and type the country you are going to. Scroll down to "Entry, Exit & Visa Requirements" and read thoroughly. Note:
travel.state.gov will most likely take you to the consulate or embassy's actual website.
Students are responsible for purchasing their own airfare. Students should not purchase airfare until they have been both approved by the Office of Education Abroad and have been accepted by the host university. The official start date of the program (to include any mandatory on-site orientation or events) and end date of the program (to include the last day of exams and/or any other mandatory events) will be communicated to the student by the host university once accepted.
Office of Education Abroad
Office of Education Abroad
College of Health & Human Services (CHHS) 256
(704) 687-7747 | fax (704) 687-1661