The Integration Week is organised specifically for long-term foreign undergraduate and graduate students. Thanks to the help of volunteers, every newly-enrolled student gets a "Guardian Angel", who helps them before arrival, answering questions related to student life, the university or accommodation.
During the first week in Poland, new students have the opportunity to learn about the region, the city and the University. The program prepared for that week includes trips to the Guido Mine, the Silesian Museum and other events that will help students to integrate with the academic community and among themselves. There is also time for adaptation meetings in faculties and for handling the necessary formalities before the beginning of the academic year.
The last point of the Integration Week is the "Global Village", during which international students (who have come under numerous exchange programs) meet with long-term foreign students. During this event, they have the opportunity to try traditional meals and learn about national dances and songs. The stakeholders and beneficiaries of the initiative are newly admitted foreign students, mainly from Eastern European countries. Due to the dynamic development of the University on international markets and the implementation of internationalisation strategies, the range of stakeholders is constantly expanding – these are not only students from Europe, but also from: India, Zimbabwe, Iraq, Bangladesh, Nepal or South Korea.
The basic benefit for a foreign student is the support from the very beginning of their stay in the new place. It is a key moment that can determine further professional career. The Integration Week helps to establish contacts among other foreign and Polish students. An indirect benefit is also the fact that Polish students have contact with foreign students without going to study in another country, which enriches the internationalisation of the educational process "on the spot". By working in international environments, they break language and cultural barriers, learn tolerance and diversity.