Integrating international students: perspectives from cities, civil society and academia 2.0

19-20 April 2018, Lublin (Poland)

We are pleased to invite you to attend the conference organized by the Department of Strategy and Investor Relations which concerns integration of international students on the 19th and the 20th of April in Lublin (Poland). The conference is financed by City of Lublin. Participation in the conference is free of charge.

Internationalization of higher education is a global trend developing in academic and local communities in Poland. Migration of international students is a complex process involving students, academia, cities, civil society and business community. We would be delighted to see you on conference on various aspects of international students integration organized by the team of the Department of Strategy and Investor Relations in the City of Lublin in close cooperation with Lublin universities, companies and non-government organizations dealing with international students. The main themes of the conference include problems of academic migrations and internationalization of higher education, building strategies for academic cities, development of support systems for international students as well as development of legal, institutional, and cultural infrastructure and policies for international education.

The City of Lublin is the capital city of Lublin Region in south-eastern Poland. Its geographical location near the eastern border of the EU and historical experience of cultural crossroads makes Lublin an important center of cooperation between Eastern and Western Europe. With the population of about 350,000 inhabitants, Lublin is the largest city in the region and the biggest academic center in Eastern Poland.

Lublin is also home to over 65,000 students, many of them coming from abroad. Higher education institutions located in Lublin include five internationally recognized public universities and four private university colleges. Always open to the culture of the East, Lublin has also become the seat of the European College of Polish and Ukrainian Universities. High number of students makes Lublin a city full of young and dynamic people whose creative potential is used by Lublin research centers and companies in the sector of new technologies.

Representatives of the City of Lublin have included internationalization of higher education in its strategy and has actively encouraged international students to study in Lublin. As a result of city programs, e.g. “Study in Lublin” as well as cooperation of various local partners with universities, the number of international students in Lublin has increased to over 6 thousand in the current academic year (the highest rate of international students in Poland). Lublin has therefore focused on creating optimal environment for international student.

On the conference, you will not only explore matters pertaining to benefits and experiences resulting from the presence of international students in the city but you will also discuss various aspects of cooperation between municipal institutions, universities, business communities, and NGOs in the area of integration. We hope that our conference will help you to develop new strategies for success in academic internationalization and developing cooperation of international education networks. Furthermore, you will be provided with an excellent opportunity to join workshops on different international education skills as well as you will have a chance to listen to speeches delivered by outstanding experts and practitioners of international education. This will be followed by a discussion panel in which you are welcome to participate. The conference will be also an opportunity to discuss, share best practices, and network within international education community.

The conference will be of interest to a wide spectrum of international education professionals. We are excited to invite members of faculties and staff from all types of higher education institutions, representatives of international students’ services (international programs coordinators, foreign students offices, recruitment offices and other organizations providing assistance to foreign students), teams of marketing departments at universities, non-government organizations supporting international visitors, international students studying in Poland and their organizations, representatives of public administration bodies involved in shaping educational policies and members of the public administration bodies dealing with integration of international students.

Our partner universities in Lublin welcome all partners willing to talk about cooperation opportunities.

the City of lublin

The city of inspiration
This conference was financed by City of Lublin, because of that the participation in this conference is free of charge.

Lublin is one of the eight main academic centres in Poland, currently the largest one in the eastern part of the country. It is the seat of five public universities: John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin, Maria Curie-Skłodowska University, The University of Life Sciences, Lublin University of Technology and Medical University of Lublin. There are also four private higher education institutions: the University College of Enterprise and Administration, the University of Economics and Innovation, the College for Social Sciences and Vincent Pol University in Lublin. In total, there are more than 70,000 students in all higher education institutions, including almost 6000 international students. In support of students’ comprehensive development, higher education institutions provide them with opportunities to participate in interesting events and initiatives of both academic and non-academic nature. What attracts young people to Lublin’s high education institutions are unique academic climate, valued academic staff, and diversity of study programmes: from technology and life sciences to medicine, the humanities and arts.

Contact information coordinator

Victoria Herun
tel.: +48 81 466 2515



The Venue - 1st day

Lublin Conference Center
Artura Grottgera street 2
20-029 Lublin
tel.: +48 81 718 09 00

The Venue - 2nd day

IKEA po Sąsiedzku
Krakowskie Przedmieście street 55
20-076 Lublin
FB IKEA po Sąsiedzku


Sądowa street 6
20-027 Lublin
Single room 220 PLN per night
Double room 260 PLN per night


Booking information:
tel. +48 515 595 507,
Reservation Password:


Aleje Racławickie 12
20-037 Lublin

Single room 234 PLN per night
Double room 258 PLN per night

Booking information:
tel.: +48 81 533 20 61
Reservation Password:

From Lublin Central Railway Station to hotels by Lublin public transport

Lublin public transport consist of trolleybuses and regular buses. In Lublin, there are many types of tickets and you must validate your ticket in the ticket machine inside the bus when you get onto it. Mind that it is recommended to buy your ticket in kiosks located in close proximity to bus stops or in ticket machines. There are two reasons behind it:  bus drivers may run out of tickets availableand the fares for tickets claimed in buses are usually higher.

A regular ticket costs PLN 3.20 (less than USD 1). It enables you either to ride the whole route in one bus or to change buses in 30 minutes recorded from the moment you validate your ticket, i.e. you can go by one bus and then change it to a different one without validating the second ticket unless 30 minutes pass).
Holders of student ID cards under 26 can buy tickets for half the price.

There are also half-day, daily, and three-day tickets as well as one-, three-, and five-month travel cards. Current prices can be checked both in ticket offices and ticket machines. Should you be staying in Lublin for a few days, it is more profitable to purchase one ticket for your entire visit because it will be cheaper than buying single tickets for every bus ride.

In Lublin, each bus stop is provided with a timetable, which can be also checked on the internet under .

You can also use night buses: N1, N2 and N3. A single night ticket costs PLN 5, yet if you hold a travel card or a multi-day ticket, there is no need to purchase the single ones.

From Lublin Airport to the City of Lublin by train

When you travel in a group of 4 or more persons, the best way to travel from Lublin Airport to Lublin is by train. You do not need to book this service in advance!

-You can buy tickets either from the ticket collector on the train or in the ticket office in Lublin Główny - Central Railway Station. A single and a return ticket from Lublin Airport to Lublin Central Railway Station cost PLN 5.30 and PLN 13.30 respectively.

For timetables see

From Lublin Airport to the City of Lublin by Lublin public transport

1. Take bus 13 (towards ‘Paderewskiego’) to three hotels we recommend.
2. 'Ogród Saski' bus stop: a short walk to the Wieniawski Hotel and the Campanile Hotel
   'KUL' bus stop, a short walk to the Mercure Hotel

Fare at the ticket machine: PLN 3.20

To check the route you can use app (remember to change the language in the top right corner)


Krzysztof Żuk, Ph.D.

Mayor of the City of Lublin

Artur Szymczyk

Deputy Mayor of the City of Lublin

Zofia Sawicka PH.D.

Deputy Director, The Polish National Agency for Academic Exchange Warsaw, Poland

Professor Robert Frankel

Coggin College of Business, University of North Florida, USA

Conrad Hughes, PH.D.

Director of La Grande Boissière, International School of Geneva, Switzerland

Paulina Babis

Chief expert, Ministry of Family, Labour and Social Policy, Warsaw, Poland

Vasyl Pavliuk

The Consul General of Ukraine Lublin, Poland

Frans van Leijden

Director HAS Hogeschool in Limburg, the Netherlands

Francesca Andrich

Coordinator of the International Students Office and Activities Manager, Politecnico di Milano, Italy

Ilyas Nagdee

International students’ officer, The National Union of Students, London, United Kingdom

Professor Zbigniew Pastuszak

Associate Professor and Dean of the Faculty of Economics Maria Sklodowska-Curie University Lublin, Poland

Professor Zbigniew Grądzki

Vice-Rector for Science, Implementation and International Cooperation University of Life Sciences Lublin, Poland

Joanna Domagała

Deputy Head of International Office at Adam Mickiewicz University Ph.D. student Poznan, Poland

Anna Dąbrowska

Homo Faber Association, Lublin, Poland

Piotr Skrzypczak

Homo Faber Association, Lublin, Poland
Integration is a process of understanding.

Anna Szadkowska-Ciężka

Senior Specialist of the City of Lublin Coordinator “Communication for Integration” Cordinator “Lublin for All” Lublin, Poland

Niyi Aderibigbe

Founder and President of Diaspora Events Foundation “Nigerians in Poland” International Student Lublin, Poland

Katarzyna Jurzak

Rector’s Proxy for the Safety of Students and Ph.D. Students Jagiellonian University Krakow, Poland

Pawel Krasowski,

HR manager DataArt Lublin, Poland

Anna Tarnowska – Waszak

Director of Open University John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin, Poland

Joanna Bednarczyk

Homo Faber Association, Lublin, Poland

Jakub Olchowski Ph.D

Assistant Professor, International Relations Department, Maria Curie-Skłodowska University in Lublin, Poland
Fields of interest: International Security Transnational Processes “Information Warfare”

Mariusz Sagan, Ph.D.

Head of Department of Strategy and Investor Relations the City of Lublin, Poland

Nolwazi Zeena Mhodi

Partnerships Development Specialist and MA in International Relations Student

Maciej Zaporowski

Head of Division for Academic Relations in the Strategy and Investor Relations Department the City of Lublin

Viktoria Herun

Project Manager of “Study in Lublin” in the Strategy and Investor Relations Department in the City of Lublin

Małgorzata Kwiatkowska

Cultural manager at the Centre for the Meeting of Cultures in Lublin


Programme: Integrating international students: perspectives from cities, civil society and academia