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. 

Program fees do NOT include airfare, registration, single rooms, lunches, personal expenses, theater performances, concerts, health care coverage, optional trips or 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.  Each 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 wish to room with a friend, 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 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 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. All language classes are taught in Polish.  The maximum number of students in each language class is 12.  

Sessions A, B and C will meet for an additional language class on Saturday July 14th.  Session D will meet for an additional language class on Saturday, August 4th. 

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

How do I chose a language level?  All students will be given an oral and written placement exam on the first day of the program.  Students will be placed in one of six levels of language instruction: Basic User/Absolute Beginners will be placed in Levels A1 and A2; Intermediate Users will be placed in Levels B1 and B2 and Proficient Users will be placed in Levels C1 and C2.  These language levels correspond with the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.  

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. 

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

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.  You may also request a student copy (unofficial transcript) for your own records.  Please include your your complete address information for successful delivery.  

Ask your academic advisor to complete and sign the bottom portion of the KF Credit Approval Form.  To insure successful delivery of the official Transcript of Credit, we need full and complete address information including the university name, room and/or floor numbers, college building or hall  names, proper zip codes and to the name of the person to whom the transcript should be directed.  

Your home university may require that you 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 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. 

Is a 2018 course syllabus available? The 2018 syllabus will be available just prior to the start of the program.  You will receive a copy on arrival at the dormitory.  

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.  A list of lecture titles may be found in the 2018 syllabus.   

How many hours make up one credit?   One credit = 15 academic hours. In the Polish educational system,  1 academic hour = 45 minutes.  

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.

How do I put together a schedule of classes? 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 2018 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 4 - Arrival date; dormitory check-in begins at 4:00 p.m.  

Thursday, July 5 - Opening Ceremonies and first lecture, placement exams. 

Saturday, July 14 - Language classes will be held. 

Wednesday, August 1 -  Return to the US. 

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 4 -  Arrival date; dormitory check-in begins at 4:00 p.m.  

Thursday, July 5 - Opening Ceremonies and first lecture, placement exams.

Saturday, July 14 - Language classes will be held. 

Wednesday, August 15 - Return to U.S.

Session B Fees

Prog. Fee:  $2,500

Registration:  $95

Polish Art:  $85

Single Rm:  $420

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 4 -  Arrival date; dormitory check-in begins at 4:00 p.m.  

Thursday, July 5 - Opening Ceremonies and first lecture, placement exams. 

Saturday, July 14 - Language classes will be held. 

Wednesday, July 25 - Return to U.S.

Session C Fees

Prog. Fee:  $1,520

Registration:  $95

Single Rm:  $230

Session D

3 weeks

15 days of classes

21 days total

Depart from US on July 24th -> arrive in Poland on July 25th

Session D Dates

Wednesday, July 25 - Arrival date; dormitory check-in begins at 4:00 p.m.  

Thursday, July 26 - Opening Ceremonies and first lecture,  placement exam.

Saturday, August 4 - Language classes will be held.

Wednesday, August 15 - Return to U.S.

Session D Fees

Prog. Fee:  $1,520

Registration:  $95

Single Rm:  $230

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

Polish History      HIST

Polish History     HIST-PL (in Polish)

Session B, D:

Polish Society                    SOC

Selected Themes in Polish Literature   LIT-TEMATY (in Polish)

Sessions A, B, C:

Polish Culture           CULT                               

The Jews in Poland         JEWS

Polish Culture          KULT (in Polish)

Polish Literature         LIT-PL (in Polish)

Is Polish difficult?                        POL (in Polish)

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...


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, folk and poster art; 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 6 - 26; 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 - 24; 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 - 24; 3:00 - 4:30 p.m.; 30 hours; 2 credits
GRAM-II - July 26 - Aug 14; 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 - 24; 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 - 24; 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 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 16 - 24; 5:00 - 6:30 p.m.; 15 hours, 1 credit

KULT Polska Kultura Wspolczesna (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 spektakli oraz filmow).  July 5 - 13; 5:00 - 6:30 p.m.; 15 hours, 1 credit

LIT-PL Literatura polska XX wieku (Polish)
Najwazniejsze zjawiska w polskiej literaturze wspolczesnej.  Dwudziestolecie miedzywojenne: dziela Witkacego, Schulza, Gombrowicza. Poezja Milosza i Szymborskiej (Nagrody Nobla w dziedzinie literatury). Literatura wobec Holocaustu. Kultura na obczyznie, wspolczesna poezja. July 16 - 24; 5:00 - 6:30 p.m.; 15 hours, 1 credit

LIT-TEMATY Literatura i kultura polska XX wieku: wybrane tematy (Polish) Podczas wykladow studenci beda mogli zapoznac sie z najistotniejszymi zjawiskami wspolczesnej kultury polskiej.  Zajecia beda mialy charakter konwersatorium, podczas ktorego bedziemy obserwowac, tworzyc i dyskutowac o przejawach kultury wysokiej i codziennej.  W ramach zajec beda prezentowane dziela sztuki, fragmenty filmow i tekstow literackich.  August 6 - 14; 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    

POL - 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

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 26 - August 3; 3:00 - 4:30 p.m.; 15 hours; 1 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 18th

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 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 25th

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