Summer Studies Abroad


Program description: Three-, four- and six-week Polish language and culture programs at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow. 

Program fees include: tuition, Polish language textbook, a double occupancy room in the student dormitory, breakfast and dinner, sightseeing trips on weekends and complimentary programs. See the side bar at right -->

Program fees do NOT include: airfare, registration, single rooms, lunches, medical insurance, travel insurance, personal expenses, theater performances, concerts, nor add-ons that may be offered during the program.

Housing: Students will be housed in the Dom Studenta Piast dormitory located at ul. Piastowska 47, 30-067 Krakow.  It is only 5 tram stops from the Old Town.  The dormitory is arranged in suites.  A suite consists of two rooms and a small bathroom. Rooms are double-occupancy. Towels, sheets, pillowcases and pillows are provided. Rooms are not air conditioned. Each room is equipped with an internet cable connection.  

If you are applying with friends and wish to room together, make the request on the accommodation form. Be sure to include your friend's full name.  Please note that, in order to be placed in the same room, both parties must be enrolled in the same session.  The same is true if four friends wish to share a suite: all four friends must be enrolled in the same session.  

Single rooms are available for an additional cost - see the fee schedule below. 

Meals: Breakfast and dinner are included in the program fee and are served in the dormitory cafeteria. Arrangements for vegetarian diets are possible, however, strict macrobiotic meals are NOT available.

Internet Access: Internet access is available in each dorm room. Ethernet cables are usually available at the reception desk free of charge. Students may purchase an extension with the proper wall outlet plug at a local electronics store in Krakow.  Wi-Fi access is available on the ground level of the dormitory, in the cafe and in outdoors areas outside the dormitory entrance. 

Language classes: Language classes meet Monday through Friday.  Classes meet in the morning and, depending on the program, end at 1:00 p.m. or 1:30 p.m. Short breaks are included.  Sessions A, C, and D include 75 hours of instruction. Session B includes 120 hours of instruction.

Sessions A, B and C will meet for an additional language class on Saturday July 6th.  Session D will meet for an additional language class on Saturday, July 27th. 

All language classes are taught in Polish.  The maximum number of students in each language class is 12.  

Can an absolute beginner apply? But of course! Previous knowledge of the Polish language is not required.

How do I chose a language level?  You're actually not going to chose the language level.  You'll be placed into a language level based on an oral and written tests which will be given on the first day of the program.  If the class is too hard or too easy, you'll be able to switch up or down a level with the consent of your teacher.  There are six levels of language instruction:

Basic User - Levels A1 and A2 (for absolute beginners)

Intermediate Users - Levels B1 and B2, which correspond with Polish State Certificate Levels B1 and B2 respectively

Proficient Users - Levels C1 and C2.  Level C2 corresponds with Polish State Certificate Level C2.

These language levels are structured in accordance with the level specifications defined in the European Council document, Common European Framework of Reference for Languages: Learning, Teaching, Assessment; CEFR.  For a detailed description of language skills and abilities  in each of the proficiency levels, please see the most recent syllabus. 

State Certification Exam

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  For information on state certification exams offered by the Jagiellonian University please see:

Can I take these classes for credit? Yes, most of the classes are available for credit. You'll need to meet Jagiellonian University's attendance requirements, complete all assignments and take mid-term and final exams in order to receive a Jagiellonian University transcript of credit.  Additional details will be found on our Classes and Transcripts of Credit page. 

How do I apply for credit? Review the course descriptions below and the detailed lists of lectures found in the most recent syllabus - you'll find the link below.  Discuss your course choices with your academic advisor to determine whether they can be used towards your elective and degree requirements.  Be sure that your course selections 1) do not overlap and 2) are available during the Session you are enrolling in - check dates carefully.  

Complete the top portion of KF's Credit Approval Form.  You may request an official transcript which will be sent directly to your home university and a student copy (unofficial transcript) for your own records.  Please include  complete address information for successful delivery.  

Ask your academic advisor to complete and sign the bottom portion of the form.  We'll need full and complete address information including the university name, room and/or floor numbers, college building or hall  names, proper zip codes and the name of the person to whom the transcript should be directed.  

Your home university may require you to complete its own credit and  authorization forms.  Universities in the US each have their own credit transfer policies. Approval for courses taken abroad may be based on whether or not you have met your home university's degree requirements for the course in question and may  take into consideration other factors.  Familiarize yourself with your  university's policies by speaking to your academic advisor or the appropriate persons at your Study Abroad Office,  Records Office, Language Department, and/or International Studies Offices. 

Do I have to take classes for credit? No. Students who do not wish to take courses for credit may attend classes on an audit basis (non-credit).  Students who audit classes are exempt from taking mid-terms and final exams. 

How do I put together a schedule of classes? You can chose one class per time slot.  The Jagiellonian University offers language classes in the morning and two lecture time-slots in the afternoon.  All together, three time slots are available per month. You may add one class per time slot for Sessions A, C and D. Students in Session B may add two additional afternoon lectures to their schedules provided that the courses do not overlap or conflict with other courses they wish to include in their schedules.  Kindly note that students who take the ART class forfeit the first lecture (3:00 - 4:30 p.m.) time slot for the month of July.    

Please note that course dates fit within the larger framework of Session dates.  When deciding on which classes to take, make sure the class is offered during the Session you will be attending and be sure that it does not overlap with another class in your schedule. 

Are classes given in Polish or English? Language classes will be given in Polish. Unless otherwise noted, afternoon lectures are given in English. 

Program dates and prices for 2019 are:

Session A 

4 weeks           

20 days of classes

28 days total

Depart from the US on July 3rd -> arrive in Poland on July 4th  

Session A Dates

Wednesday, July 3 - Arrival date; dormitory check-in begins 4:00 p.m.  

Thursday, July 4 - Opening Ceremonies and first lecture, placement test. 

Saturday, July 6 - Classes will be held. 

Wednesday, July 31 -  End of program/return to U.S. 

Session A Fees

Prog. Fee:  $2,140

Registration:  $95

Polish Art:  $85

Single Rm:  $290

Session B


30 days of classes

42 days total

Depart from US on July 3rd ->  arrive in Poland on July 4th

Session B Dates

Wednesday, July 3 -  Arrival date; dormitory check-in begins 4:00 p.m.  

Thursday, July 4 - Opening Ceremonies and first lecture, placement test.

Saturday, July 6 - Classes will be held. 

Wednesday, August 14 - End of program/return to U.S.

Session B Fees

Prog. Fee:  $2,700

Registration:  $95

Polish Art:  $85

Single Rm:  $445

Session C

3 weeks

15 days of classes

21 days total

Depart from US on July 3rd ->  arrive in Poland on July 4th

Session C Dates

Wednesday, July 3 -  Arrival date; dormitory check-in begins 4:00 p.m.  

Thursday, July 4 - Opening Ceremonies and first lecture, placement test. 

Saturday, July 6 - Classes will be held. 

Wednesday, July 24 - End of program/return to U.S.

Session C Fees

Prog. Fee:   $1,770

Registration:  $95

Single Rm:  $240

Session D

3 weeks

15 days of classes

21 days total

Depart from US on July 23th -> arrive in Poland on July 24th

Session D Dates

Wednesday, July 24 - Arrival date; dormitory check-in begins 4:00 p.m.  

Thursday, July 25 - Opening Ceremonies and first lecture,  placement test.

Saturday, July 27 - Classes will be held.

Wednesday, August 14 - End of program/return to U.S.

Session D Fees

Prog. Fee:   $1,770

Registration:  $95

Single Rm:  $240

Dormitory check-in for all programs: 4:00 p.m. through the next day. 
Dormitory check-out for all programs: by 10:00 a.m.

The dormitory reception desk is staffed 24 hours a day/7 days a week. 


Morning classes
8:00 am - 1:30 pm

1st Lecture

3:00 - 4:30 pm

2nd Lecture

5:00 - 6:30 pm

Sessions A, B, C, D:

8:00 am - 1:30 pm Polish Language  Intensive - PLI 

Sessions A and B:

1:30 pm - 4:00 pm Polish Art: Past and Present - ART

Sessions A, B, C:

Polish Grammar - GRAM-I

History of Poland -  HIST

Historia Polski -  HIST-PL 

Session B, D:

Polish Society -  SOC

Literatura i Kultura - LIT-TEMATY

Sessions A, B, C:

Polish Culture - CULT                               

Jews in Poland - JEWS

Polska Wspolczesna -  WSPOL 

Trudny jezyk? - JEZYK

Sessions B, D:

Polish Grammar - GRAM - II

Evening events for all students: Polish customs & traditions; dance workshops, cooking workshops; Polish songs, Polish film classics with English subtitles,  conversation and more...

 One academic hour = 45 minutes.  

One credit = 15 academic hours.

Credits listed in the course descriptions are ECTS credits.

For official number of hours for each course, please refer to the course descriptions below.  All language exams as well as all in-class tests are included in the total number of academic hours.  The inaugural lecture counts towards the total number of hours of each afternoon course.


The program syllabus includes information on the Jagiellonian University's teaching methods, grading system,  attendance policy as well as a list of lecture titles and a description for each language level.  Although a 2019 syllabus is not yet available, a list of lecture titles for the above courses may be found in the 2018 syllabus.


ART Polish Art: Past and Present (English)
This class is open to four- and six-week program participants.  The development of Polish art since the 10th century. Special emphasis will be placed on the importance of Poland within Europe, including the formative effects of geopolitics on the development of Polish artistic movements; Polish church art, folk art and posters and architecture. In-depth art history lectures will be conducted both at the University and in museums. The course will be accompanied by a program of field trips.  Note: There is an additional fee of $85 for this course in order to cover various museum admission fees and other expenses.  Students who enroll in Polish Art will not be able to enroll in any first lecture afternoon classes in July. Limited admission on a first come, first served basis. To reserve your space in this class, include payment for the ART course together with your  program fees.  
July 5 - 23; 1:30 - 4:00 p.m.; 45 hours, 3 credits
CULT Polish Culture: Lessons in Polish Literature (English) 
A presentation of some of the most interesting problems in the thousand year history of Polish culture, with special emphasis on themes related to national existence. Literary masterpieces of the past and present, including poetry of the two Nobel Prize winners - Czeslaw Milosz (1980), and Wislawa Szymborska (1996); Polish Romanticism; culture in a political context; the phenomenon of  exiled culture; literature and totalitarianism, and other "great questions" of Polish culture will be discussed.  
July 5 - 23; 5:00 - 6:30 p.m.; 30 hours, 2 credits
GRAM - Polish Grammar (English)
A series of lectures on the structure of the Polish language, its morphology and syntax, in English. The lecturer will let you know everything about Polish grammar you always wanted to know but never had any occasion to ask.   This course is offered in July and August sessions. 
GRAM-I -  July 5 - 23; 3:00 - 4:30 p.m.; 30 hours; 2 credits
GRAM-II - July 25 - Aug 13; 5:00 - 6:30 p.m.; 30 hours; 2 credits 
HIST - History of Poland (English)
A survey of Polish history from the Piast dynasty through the period of Jagiellonian rule, the time of the elected kings, 123 years of partitioned Poland, the 1920's and 1930's, World War II, the creation and functioning of the People's Republic, the collapse of the communist system.  
July 5 - 23; 3:00 - 4:30 p.m.; 30 hours, 2 credits 
HIST-PL Historia Polski (Polish)
Zarys historii Polski od dynastii Piastow, poprzez epoke Jagiellonow, krolow elekcyjnych, rozbiory, II wojne swiatowa, powstanie i funkcjonowanie Polskiej Rzeczypospolitej Ludowej - po upadek systemu komunistycznego.  
July 5 - 23; 3:00 - 4:30 p.m.; 30 hours, 2 credits
JEWS The Jews in Poland (English)
This course will make students familiar with the long and glorious history of Jewish communities in Poland as well as with the period from 1939-1945 (the Holocaust).  Post-Holocaust history of the Jews and Jewish culture in Poland will also be covered, with emphasis on Jewish-non-Jewish relations and anti-Semitism, and the recent revival of Jewish life in Poland. 
July 15 - 23; 5:00 - 6:30 p.m.; 15 hours, 1 credit
JEZYK - Czy rzeczywiscie ten jezyk jest taki trudny? (Polish)
Kurs teoretyczny dla osob zainteresowanych jezykiem polskim. Wyklady dotycza cech charakterystycznych struktury jezykowej, skladni, odmian stylistycznych polszczyzny i tendencji rozwojowych slownictwa wspolczesnego jezyka polskiego. 
July 5 - 13; 5:00 - 6:30 p.m.; 15 hours, 1 credit
LIT-TEMATY Literatura i kultura polska XX wieku: wybrane tematy (Polish)
Wybrane wydarzenia polskiej kultury wspolczesnej. Najciekawsze postaci, fenomen zjawiska kabaretow: Piwnica Pod Baranami, Kabaret Starszych Panow, filmy K. Krauzego - swiadectwo przemian polskiego spoleczenstwa (w trakcie zajec zostana wykorzystane fragmenty spektaki oraz filmow). August 5 - 13; 3:00 - 4:30 p.m.; 15 hours, 1 credit
PLI - Polish Language Intensive (Polish)
An intensive Polish language course designed to build a firm linguistic foundation. Courses in the Polish language are structured in accordance with the level specifications defined in the European Council document: Common European Framework of Reference for Languages: Learning, Teaching, assessment, CEFR. Please refer to the most recent syllabus available (see link above)  for detailed information regarding language levels and their descriptions. 
Sessions A, C, and D : 75 hours, 5 credits 
Session B: 120 hours, 8 credits  
 SOC Contemporary Poland and her Society in the 21st Century (English)
Since 1989, Poland has been a free market democracy with a civic society. Yet while economic and political changes are relatively easy to engineer, the social ones are much harder and take much longer. This course will present contemporary Polish society, noting remnants from the past, examining evidence of deeper transformations already accomplished and predicting negative and positive trends developing into the future.  
July 25 - August 2; 3:00 - 4:30 p.m.; 15 hours; 1 credit
 WSPOL Polska Wspolczesna (Polish) 
Kurs poswiecony bedzie obrazowi Polski XX i XXI wieku ze szczegolnym uwzglednieniem przemian spolecznych, politycznych, kulturalnych i obyczajowych w okresie transformacji ustrojowej po roku 1989.  W programie znajda sie takze zagadnienia zwiazane z kultura popularna i zyciem codziennym Polakow, a w tym polskiej mlodziezy.  Odwolania do historii sluzyc beda lepszemu zrozumieniu procesow zachodzacych w Polsce wspolczesnie.  Kazde zajecia beda bogato ilustrowane materialami video i audio.  
July 5 - 23; 5:00 - 6:30 p.m.; 30 hours, 2 credit


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Summer Study Abroad
Kosciuszko Foundation, Inc.
15 East 65th Street, New York, NY 10065
Tel. (212) 734-2130 ext. 210

Application Deadline:  May 10th

In addition to submitting an 0n-line application, all applicants must also submit an Accommodation form, Health Form, proof of medical insurance coverage, a valid passport number, RODO Data Sharing Form, and a signed copy of Kosciuszko Foundation's Rules and Regulations form. 

Applicants may submit a Credit Approval Form and a Health Care Proxy, but are not required to do so. 

Deadline for Additional Forms: May 20th

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