Year Abroad Program

Program Description

The Year Abroad Scholarship supports Polish language studies at the Jagiellonian University's Center of Polish Language and Culture in Cracow, Poland. Scholarships are awarded under the auspices of the Foundation's Exchange Program with the Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education. The Polish Ministry provides scholarship recipients with admission to the program, a tuition waiver and 1,350 zloty per month for living expenses. Additional funding of $900 per semester is awarded by the Kosciuszko Foundation. Airfare is not covered by the scholarship.

 Studies in Poland begin in October and end in June.  Students may apply for an academic year or one semester. Please note that the Ministry may elect to award semester-only grants.

Polish studies for foreigners catalog

For an overview of the program, please see Polish Studies for Foreigners 2015-2016 (PDF 445KB), the most recent catalog available.  The catalog includes an academic calendar, list of courses, information on dormitory housing, medical insurance, the University's grading system, and more.  


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

Selection Criteria

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

Application Procedure

The application posted for the Year Abroad Scholarship is used by the Polish Ministry  to administer a variety of programs/scholarships.  Read and follow the guidelines and instructions posted here.

I – Prepare the following supporting materials before applying on-line:

For Application - PART III

  1. Question #21 – a well-reasoned personal statement detailing your reasons for applying for the program. Include your academic and career goals. Minimum of 2 pages, double-spaced. Include your name, "Year Abroad-2016/2017" and page number in the upper right hand corner of each page. 

For Application - PART IV

  1. Item A – is not applicable to the Year Abroad program.  
  2. Item B – copies of certificates/diplomas (for upload) + send hard copy transcripts of studies (3 years of academic work) to the KF via USPS.
  3. Item C – Request letters of recommendation from two professors you have studied with in the US. Letters should be written on university letterhead and sent by professors directly to the Kosciuszko Foundation via USPS or e-mail. 
  4. Item D – is not applicable to the Year Abroad program. 
  5. Item E – Other documents such as Polish language certificates (for upload). 
  6. Item F – Photo of yourself, which is suitable for ID and for publication (for upload).

II - Use the following file naming conventions when saving files to upload to the on-line application form:

  1. Question #21 - <YA17-essay-Last name-First name>
  2. Item B - <YA17-diploma-Last name-First name>
  3. Item C - <YA17-LOR-Student Last name-First name-Prof Last name>
  4. Item E - <YA17-certificate- Last name-First name>
  5. Item F - <YA17-photo-Last name-First name>

III – Prior to applying, review the application questions at this link: Bureau for Academic Recognition and International Exchange.

IV - Complete the on-line application form at the Click Here to Apply button found further below. All responses must be in English.

  • In question 14a choose "Other".
  • In question 14b type in "Jagiellonian University".
  • In question 14c type in "Polish language and culture studies".
  • In question 15, choose "I am applying for a scholarship from the government of the Republic of Poland".
  • In questions 20a and 20b, indicate the start and end dates  you wish to apply for (first semester, second semester, full year). Use relative dates provided in the most recent Polish Studies for Foreigner catalog - academic year 2016/17 dates will differ slightly.  
  • In response to question 21, upload your personal statement/essay discussing your reasons for applying for the program. 
V - Complete the Exchange to Poland Checklist and send with a check or money order in the amount of $50 (non-refundable application fee) to the Kosciuszko Foundation.

We are currently Accepting applications for Academic year October 2016 - June 2017

Should you have any technical issues in completing the on-line application form please call or send an e-mail with a brief explanation.  Contact information is provided below.


Send hard copy materials to: 
Year Abroad Program
Kosciuszko Foundation, Inc.
15 East 65th Street
New York, NY 10065

Send e-mail requests and documents to:

Tel. (212) 734-2130 ext. 210

Deadline Date:
January 5, 2016

Scholarship Notification:
Decisions are generally made in writing in June.  In case of delays in the decision making process, candidates will be advised via e-mail of anticipated notification date. 

Changes in Contact information: 
If your contact information changes after application submission, please forward please send your new contact information together with dates of validity to 
When the on-line application period is closed:
Ask to be added to the Year Abroad mailing list.  We will add your e-mail address to our list for one year.  You will receive an e-mail notification when the new application cycle is open. 


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