Year Abroad Program

Program Description

This scholarship supports semester and year long Polish language studies during academic year October 2015 - June 2016 at the Jagiellonian University, Center of Polish Language and Culture, in Cracow. Funding is provided by the Polish Ministry of Education and the Kosciuszko Foundation. The Scholarship includes acceptance to the program, a tuition waiver and a  stipend from the Polish Ministry of National Education in the amount of 1,350 zloty per month. Additional funding of $900 per semester is awarded by the Kosciuszko Foundation. Airfare to and from Poland is not included.

For an overview of the most recent program booklet available, please see the link Polish for Foreigners.  The catalog includes an academic calendar, list of courses, information on dormitory housing, the university's grading system, and more.

Most Recent catalog available

Polish for Foreigners 2013-2014 (PDF 445KB)


Undergraduate sophomores, juniors, seniors and graduate students who have a minimum GPA of 3.0 and who are US citizens may apply. Students who have Polish citizenship are not eligible. 

Selection Criteria

Selection is based on academic excellence, the applicant's motivation for pursuing Polish studies, his/her interest in Polish subjects and involvement in the Polish American community.

Application Procedure

Note: Kosciuszko Foundation's application instructions are slightly different than the instructions on the application form. Follow all directions listed here.

Submit a non-refundable application fee of $50 and the following materials:

  • Complete the KF Checklist and the Polish Ministry of National Education application entitled Bureau for Academic Recognition and International Exchange. Responses must be in English.
  • Three passport-size photos with your full name printed on the reverse sides. Xerox and colored copies are not accepted.
  • Attach official transcripts inclusive of Fall 2013 and copies of any relevant certificates or diplomas related to Polish language courses/classes you have taken.  Transcripts must be submitted in a sealed envelope.
  • Two confidential letters of academic reference from professors and teachers submitted on university letterhead.  Letters may be sent directly to the Kosciuszko Foundation.

Application Notes:   

  • Complete the on-line application form. 
  • In question 11, list your current address and the date through which it is valid. On a separate line clearly mark and provide your permanent address. 
  • In question 15, complete the line "Other" by indicating Year Abroad Program, Jagiellonian University Center for Polish Language and Culture in the World.
  • In question 16, circle or underline Scholarship of the Government of the Republic of Poland
  • In response to question 21, indicate whether you are applying for the 1st semester only, 2nd semester only or full academic year.  Please note that the Ministry may elect to award semester only grants.  
  • In response to question 22, attach a well-reasoned essay detailing your reasons for applying to the program. Include your academic and career goals. Minimum of 2 pages, double spaced. Include your name, "Year Abroad Program 2014-15" and page number in the upper right hand corner of each page. Submit two copies of your essay.
  • If there are any changes in your contact information from the time you submit your application through June 15, 2014, the scholarship notification date please update your contact information via e-mail to

Please note that e-mailed and faxed materials will not be considered. 
The Kosciuszko Foundation cannot confirm receipt of materials by phone. 

Submit all materials to: 

Addy Tymczyszyn
Kosciuszko Foundation, Inc.
15 East 65th Street
New York, NY 10065

Tel. (212) 734-2130 ext. 210

Deadline Date: Scholarship application and essay are due on January 7, 2014; supporting materials are due on January 15, 2014.

Scholarship decisions are made in writing on or about June 15, 2014.  In case of a delay in notification, information will post to this page or via e-mail.  A time-line of important dates for the 2014-2015 Year Abroad Scholarship program is available here.

Please inform the Grants Department of any changes in contact information.  Updates may be sent via e-mail to

Information posted below is for Kosciuszko Foundation's 2013-2014 scholarship recipients.

Click here to view a time-line of important dates for the 2013-2014 Year Abroad scholarships.

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