Poland (IFMSA-Poland) - Wroclaw
Anaesthesia, Dermatology, Gynecology/Obstetrics, Infectious Diseases, Intensive and Critical Care, Internal Medicine - Cardiology, Internal Medicine - Endocrinology, Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology, Internal Medicine - General, Internal Medicine - Hematology, Internal Medicine - Nephrology, Internal Medicine - Pulmonary, Neonatal - Perinatal Medicine, Neurology, Nuclear Medicine, Oncology, Ophthalmology, Otorhinolaryngology, Paediatrics - Cardiology, Paediatrics - Endocrinology, Paediatrics - Oncology, Paediatrics - Pneumology, Paediatrics - Surgery, Psychiatry, Radiology, Surgery - Cardiothoracic, Surgery - Cardiovascular, Surgery - Gastrointestinal, Surgery - General, Surgery - Hand, Surgery - Maxillofacial, Surgery - Neurosurgery, Surgery - Thoracic, Surgery - Traumatology, Surgery - Urology, Surgery - Vascular
July, August, December
One meal per working day
No specific ECs
Natalia Kacorzyk
Wroclaw (pronunced "vrots-waf"), situated by Odra river, is the largest city in Western Poland, as well as one of the oldest. Historical capital of Silesia, at various times it has been part of Poland, Bohemia, Hungary, Austria, Germany. Each period of annexation left the city marked in some way. As a result, Wroclaw became a place with truly unique atmosphere, where artistic masterpieces from all epochs, decadent and cosmopolitan architecture and the spirit of a small town go hand in hand, right in the very heart of Europe. The city's official motto is "Wroclaw - the meeting place", which perfectly captures the essence of our home.
In 2016, Wroclaw held the title of the European Capital of Culture. Wroclove, how some call it, also found its way to The Guardian's 2016 Holiday Guide as the only Polish city on the list. What a great time to pay us a visit! :)


The tradition of medical education in Wroclaw dates back to the 18th century, when, by decree of the Emperor Leopold, the University of Wroclaw was founded. In 1950 the faculties of medicine, dentistry and pharmacy were separated from the main university and Wroclaw Medical University came to be. Throughout the years, many of those who chose our university as their alma mater, later became famous and renowned physicians and scientists, e.g. Alois Alzheimer, Albert Neisser or Jan Mikulicz-Radecki.
Today Wroclaw Medical University is one of the biggest and most desired medical schools in Poland. Our doctors speak Polish, English, some of them also German, French or Russian. The following hospitals are available for foreign exchange students:
- Jan Mikulicz-Radecki University Teaching Hospital - the biggest and most modern hospital in the entire province, features a variety of departments and provides rich teaching experience
- Independent Public Teaching Hospital No. 1 - situated at the main campus, not only pleasant to work in, but also to look at - you will find yourself tempted to take long strolls between the picturesque and totally instagramable red-brick 19th century hospital buildings (called by the locals "Old Clinics") intertwined with green terrains.
- A. Falkiewicz Specialist Hospital  - it houses our most renowned and specialised doctors, who made it into their ruling ground - a "hopeless case" is their "everyday case". If you think about exceeding in cardiac surgery, this is where you start.

Research projects are conducted by Department of Forensic Medicine, Molecular Technique Unit. The visiting students are introduced into molecular techniques applied in paternity testing and genetic investigation. Forensic Genetics applies various methods of DNA isolation and quantification, PCR, electrophoresis and DNA minisequencing or sequencing.
Furthermore, there is an opportunity to take part in the project about conservation of very old and valuable collection of Forensic Museum. The procedures include cleaning and filling up conservation fluids, as well as identification and description of the exhibits. The visiting students have a chance to prepare a poster or an essay concluding their work.

Current list of research projects available in this LC can be found at IFMSA.org “Research Projects” database.

We will provide you with one meal per working day, either at a restaurant or delivered to the dorm. Vegetarian and gluten-free options are also available, but please inform us in advance if you have specific dietary needs. 

You will be accommodated in a student dormitory. Kitchens, mixed bathrooms and laundry rooms are available on every floor. Rooms are either double or triple, every room has a fridge. Please take your own towel, hygiene products are not provided. If you prefer cooking rather than eating out, please bring your own kitchen equipment (pans, pots, bowl, cutlery). The dorm is located within a walking distance from the Independent Public Teaching Hospital No. 1, as for the rest, you will have to commute by public transit.


Wroclaw has a developed net of trams and buses, as well as the city bikes - the city is as flat as a pancake, so it's fairly easy to get around by bike or by foot. The cost of a monthly ticket for students covering all trams and buses is 49 PLN (ISIC or Euro26 Student is required for the discount). There are many taxi companies (we recommend "Ryba" and "Wicar"), Uber operates in Wroclaw as well. Check out the website: www.wroclaw.jakdojade.pl (also available as an app for mobile devices). This public transit app works in every major Polish city. Moovit application also works in Wroclaw
Wroclaw has an international airport - Copernicus Airport Wroclaw (WRO). There is a direct bus nr 106 operating between the airport and the main railway station. If you travel from another Polish city, Prague or Berlin, consider getting to Wroclaw by bus (www.flixbus.pl) or by train (http://old.rozklad-pkp.pl/bin/query.exe/en?). By default your CP is going to pick you up from the place of your arrival.


You won’t get bored in Wroclaw, which is a bustling center of student lifestyle. There will be parties, picnics, sport activities, games & movies nights, city tours, daytrips, weekend trips and much more. In 2016 Wroclaw was the European Capital of Culture, the World Book Capital and hosted the Theatre Olympics, as well as The 29th European Film Awards. Our city is also home to two annual big Polish summer festivals: Brave Festival and T-Mobile New Horizons International Film Festival (http://www.nowehoryzonty.pl/index.do?lang=en). If you're a culture maniac, you can't miss any of it! Everyday something exciting is happening here, especially in summer.
The national social programme for our incoming students takes place in July and August: NICE Project (weekend trips to Krakow, Gdansk and Wroclaw) and MedEx (medical education workshops). Our LC also throws International Food and Drink Party once per month, so make sure you bring some delicacies from your country!


The Dwarfs
 - the symbol of Wroclaw, over 200 dwarfs are scattered across the city. Can you find all of them?
Ostrow Tumski (Cathedral Island) - the oldest part of Wroclaw is situated by Odra River. You can feel the mysterious atmosphere of the island housing the magnificent Cathedral of St. John the Baptist.
Centennial Hall - UNESCO World Heritage object, a pearl of German modernism. Nowadays serves as a congress centre and concert venue. Right next to the Hall, Poland's biggest Multimedia Fountain is located.
Zoo & Africarium - the oldest zoo in Poland draws almost two million tourists every year and is currently the 5th most commonly visited zoo in Europe. Why is it so special? The animals are healthy and well-kept, the zoo, despite its age, is very modern. The main attraction is Africarium - an ultra-modern place designed to recreate the natural habitat of African flora and fauna. Visit the desert, savannah, rainforest and take a walk right on the bottom of the Red Sea...
Japanese Garden - it's hard to believe, but this charming garden is over 100 years old! Experience flora and fauna of the Land of the Rising Sun.
Aula Leopoldina & University Museum - a stunning baroque hall, situated in the main building of the University of Wroclaw. Every October, the representatives of all universities in Wroclaw gather here to solemnly commence new academic year.
Slodowa Island (Malt Island) - a popular park located on one of the islands in the heart of Wroclaw. Many concerts, gigs and movie screenings happen here in the summer. This is also a true center of students' nightlife/ 
Sky Tower - the tallest residential building in Poland. A publicly accessible viewpoint is located on the 49th floor, offering some stunning landscapes. Popular with the young crowd, the skyscraper houses a shopping mall, a bowling club and a billiard hall.
Hydropolis - exhibition & science centre focused on the role of water in space, in our bodies and in everyday life. This award-winning (by National Geographic) place will quench your thirst for knowledge ;)
"Zajezdnia" History Centre - an old tram depot which was renovated and adapted to house the museum of Wroclaw's modern history. Starting with the end of the 2nd World War, learn about the Recovered Territories, identity of our city, rise and fall of communism and finish on the most recent events.

In Poland public smoking and public consumption of alcohol are prohibited. The quiet hours last between 10 PM and 6 AM - during that time, excessively noisy behaviour may be reported to the police by stressed citizens. Marijuana and all other drugs are also illegal to possess or distribute. If you have any other questions about Wroclaw, contact our LEO: leo@wroclaw.ifmsa.pl