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. 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.
The State Certification Exam is the official certification test of Polish as a foreign language and is recognized worldwide. Students who place in the intermediate and advanced test levels (B1, B2 and C2)are eligible to take the State Certification Exam. For additional information please see www.certyfikatpolski.pl and www.polishstudies.uj.edu.pl/certyfikaty
Students who take courses for credit and pass final exams will receive an official Transcript of Credit. The host university in Poland will send an official Transcript of Credit to the participant's home university in the United States. Students who wish to receive a Transcript of Credit for courses taken in Poland must complete the KF Credit Approval Form. A Transcript of Credit includes the name of the course, the number of hours of instruction, the proficiency level of the language course and a letter grade. Transcripts are mailed on or about September 15th. In the Polish educational system, 1 academic hour = 45 minutes. All language classes require attendance, classwork and include a mid-term and final exam. Afternoon lectures may require a thesis paper.
Students who take language courses in Poland may earn credit towards an undergraduate degree. Course descriptions provide the beginning and ending dates of each course, the total number of hours of instruction and the number of credits available.
To apply for credit, complete the top portion of the Credit Approval Form. 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, a description of the levels of language instruction, and the daily lecture topics which were offered during the previous Summer. Your Academic Advisor should complete the bottom portion of the form. For successful delivery of the Transcript, please be sure to include department/office, college mailbox, mail stop or room number, city, state and zip code.
You may request an official copy to be sent to your school and an unofficial copy to be sent to your home address. 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. The Kosciuszko Foundation's Credit Approval Form is found together with Kosciuszko Foundation's Summer Study Abroad application forms.