Language classes are available at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow and the John Paul II Catholic University in Lublin. All language classes are taught in Polish. Previous knowledge of Polish is not required. Students take a placement test before classes begin and are assigned to a beginner, intermediate or advanced group. With the consent of teachers, students can move up a level or down a level within the first days of the program. Language classes consist of approximately 10-12 students per classroom and include written and oral mid-term and final exams.
Lectures on Polish history, culture, literature, etc. are held in the afternoon and are offered at both the Jagiellonian University and the John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin.
Students who take courses in Poland may earn credit towards an undergraduate degree. Students must meet all course requirements and pass final exams in order to receive an official Transcript of Credit.
A Transcript of Credit includes the name of the course, the number of hours of instruction, and a letter grade. Language courses also include the proficiency level. Transcripts are mailed on or about September 15th. In the Polish educational system, 1 academic hour = 45 minutes. Credit listed for all courses are ECTS credits.
All language classes require attendance, classwork and include a mid-term and final exam. Afternoon lectures may require a thesis paper.
It is suggested that you talk to your academic advisor to determine whether the courses you wish to take in Poland can be used towards your degree requirements. Your academic advisor will need information such as course descriptions, start and end dates of each course, the total number of hours of instruction and the number of credits available. Details will be found on our John Paul II Catholic University and Jagiellonian University pages.
To apply for credit, complete the KF Credit Approval Form found at the right side bar of this page. The form is also found by clicking the link within the orange bar at the bottom of the main summer study abroad page. Present your academic adviser with program dates and course descriptions for the classes you wish to take. Last year's syllabus may be used as a reference guide for information on the host university's grading policy, levels of language instruction, and daily lecture topics. Ask your academic advisor to complete the bottom portion of the form. For successful delivery of the transcript is it imperative that the address information is complete (name of the department/office, college mailbox number, mail stop or room number, city, state and zip code).
All students who apply for a Transcript of Credit may request an official transcript and/or a student copy. If you wish to receive an unofficial copy, be sure to include your home address in the top portion of the form.
Please note that your home university may require you to complete its own credit approval or authorization forms.