Summer Studies Abroad

JAGIELLONIAN UNIVERSITY, KRAKOW - 2020

Two three-week Polish language and culture programs are available on-line.  The program includes language classes, and a choice of lectures on Poland's history, Polish grammar, culture and society as well as cultural and integration classes.  Each language course includes 60 hours of language classes and end with an exam - 4 credits/ECTS points are available.  Non-language classes include a total of 30 hours valued at 2 credits/ECTS points and 15 hours valued at 1 credit/ECTS points.  

Classes are taught by teachers from the Jagiellonian University who are  certified to teach Polish as a foreign language and who have abundant experience in teaching foreigners.  All levels of language competence are available: beginner, intermediate and advanced.    

Program fees include: tuition for Polish language classes and lectures, Polish language e-textbook, cultural programs on weekends. 

Program fees do NOT include:  $95 registration fee

LANGUAGE CLASSES 

Language classes meet Monday through Friday and utilize modern educational platforms for online learning.  Class times are coordinated according to a student's place of residence so that students can take part in the program irrespective of time zones.  When the course ends, the participants can take final exams, get diplomas from the Jagiellonian University and transcripts with credits/ECTS points. Daily language classes include a 15 minute break between two learning segments.  Please see below for class meeting times.  In the Polish educational system, 1 academic hour = 45 minutes. 

All language classes are taught in Polish.  The number of students in each language class is between 5 and 8 students.  

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

How do I chose a language level?  Each program will begin with a placement test.  You will be placed in a class based on oral and written tests which will be given on the first day of the program.  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. 

WEEKEND CULTURAL KRAKOW

Each session will include an on-line cultural view of places of historic and cultural interest in and around Krakow and Warsaw.  These will include:

  •  a walk around the center of Krakow
  • a visit to Wawel Castle in Krakow
  • a tour of the Chapel of St. Kinga at the Wieliczka Salt Mines
  • a tour of the Ethnographic Museum in Warsaw
  • and the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish ews

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 www.certyfikatpolski.pl.  For information on state certification exams offered by the Jagiellonian University please see:   www.polishstudies.uj.edu.pl/certyfikaty.

JAGIELLONIAN UNIVERSITY TRANSCRIPTS OF CREDIT 

Most of the classes offered at the Jagiellonian University are available for credit. You'll need to meet Jagiellonian University's attendance requirements, complete all assignments and take the final exam 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?  Discuss course choices with your academic advisor to determine whether the courses can be used towards your elective and/or degree requirements.  

Complete 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.    

We'll need your university's 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 final exams. 

How do I put together a schedule of classes? You can chose one class per time slot.

Are classes given in Polish or English? Language classes will be given in Polish. Lectures are available in English and Polish. 

PROGRAM DATES AND FEES

Session A 

not available in 2020

4-week program

Session A Dates

July 
not available

Session A Fees

Prog. Fee:
n/a

Registration:
n/a

Polish Art: 
n/a

Single Rm: 
n/a

Session B 

not available in 2020 

6-week program



Session B Dates

July
not available 

Session B Fees

Prog. Fee: 
n/a 

Registration:
n/a

Polish Art: 
n/a 

Single Rm:
n/a  

Session C

on-line courses available 

3 weeks

July 4 - July 25, 2020


Session C Dates

July 4 
Saturday
Oral Placement Test


July 6 - 24  
Monday - Friday
Classes and Lectures


July 6 - 24  
weekends
Cultural Program 


July 25 
Saturday
Final Exam

* * * * 

LANGUAGE CLASSES MEET

Poland Local Time
8:00 - 9:30 and 9:45 - 11:15

Washington, DC/New York 
10:30 - 12:00 and 12:15 - 13:45

Chicago/Houston
9:30 - 11:00 and 11:15 - 12:45 

Los Angeles
7:30 - 9:00 and 9:15 - 10:45 

* * * * 

LECTURES MEET

Poland Local Time
12:30 - 14:00 and 20:30 - 22:00 

Washington, DC/New York 
14:30 - 16:00
(2:30 - 4:00)

Chicago/Houston
13:30 - 15:00 
(1:30 - 3:00) 

Los Angeles
1130 - 13:00
(11:30 - 1:00)  


Session C Fees

Prog. Fee: 
$850

Registration Fee: 
$95

Single Rm:
n/a

Session D

on-line courses available 

3 weeks

July 25 - August 15, 2020

Session D Dates

July 25 
Saturday 
Oral Placement Test  


July 27 - August 14 
Monday - Friday
Classes and Lectures


July 27 - August 14  weekends
Cultural Programs


August 15
Saturday
Final Exam
 

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LANGUAGE CLASSES MEET

Poland Local Time
16:30 - 18:00 and 18:15 - 19:45

Washington, DC/New York 
10:30 - 12:00 and 12:15 - 13:45

Chicago/Houston
9:30 - 11:00 and 11:15 - 12:45 

Los Angeles
7:30 - 9:00 and 9:15 - 10:45 

* * * * 

LECTURES MEET

Poland Local Time
14:30 - 16:00 and / or 20:30 -  22:00

Washington, DC/New York
14:30 - 16:00

Chicago/Houston
13:30 - 15:00

Lost Angeles
11:30 - 13:00

Session D Fees

Prog. Fee:
$850

Registration Fee:
$95

Single Rm:
n/a

Dormitory check-in for all programs: not applicable in 2020 
Dormitory check-out for all programs: not applicable in 2020

2020 SYLLABUS 


A syllabus for each course available in Summer 2020 may be found under each course description.  Please click on the available links.  Information on the Jagiellonian University's teaching methods, grading system, attendance policy for each language level may be found in last year's syllabus.  For further information and comparison to last year's on-site program please see here:  2019 syllabus.

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

ART Polish Art: Past and Present (English)
This class is not available in 2020.   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 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.  
  
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.  
Session C - July 6 - 24, 30 hours; 2 credits/ECTS points - live lecture is held at 12:30 - 14:00 Poland local time. 
  
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. 
Session C - July 6-24; 30 hours; 2 credits/ECTS points - live lecture 20:30 - 22:00 Poland local time. 
Session D - July 27 - Aug 14; 30 hours; 2 credits/ECTS points - live lecture is held at 20:30 - 22:00 Poland local time.
 
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.  
Session C - July 6 - 24; 30 hours; 2 credits/ECTS points - live lecture 20:30 - 22:00 Poland local time. 
  
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.  
Session C - July 6 - 24; 30 hours, 2 credits/ECTS points - live lecture is held at 12:30 - 14:00 Poland local time. 
 
JEWS The Jews in Poland (English)
This class is not available in 2020. 
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. 
 
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. 
Session C - July 6 - 14; 15 hours, 1 credit/ECTS points - live lecture is held at 12:30-14:00 Poland local time
 
LIT-TEMATY Literatura i kultura polska XX i XXI wieku  (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).
Session D - July 27 - August 14; 30 hours, 2 credits/ECTS points - live lecture is held at 14:30 - 16:00 Poland local time. 
  
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 C, and D : 60 hours, 4 credits/ECTS points; see time frames above. 

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.  
Session C - July 15 - 24; 15 hours; 1 credit/ECTS points - live lecture held at 12:30 - 14:00 Poland local time. 
 
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.  
Session C - July 6 - 24; 30 hours, 2 credit/ECTS points - live lecture 20:30 - 22:00 Poland local time. 

 

ELIGIBILITY

In order to be accepted to participate in these programs, applicants must have a high school diploma and be at least 18 years of age by the first day of the program.  Adults who have an interest in Polish language and culture are welcome to apply.  

 

TO APPLY FOR PROGRAMS IN KRAKOW

1- Complete the on-line application form by clicking here.

2- Submit the following required documents:

3- You may submit the following optional documents:
4- Submit payment of Registration and program fees: 

Registration Fee
All applicants are required to submit a $95 non-refunable registration fee to enroll in programs at the Jagiellonian Univeristy.    

Please write "Reg.-Session x" in the memo section of your check or money order.  Please list the appropriate Session in place of x.  Jagiellonian University sessions include Sessions A, B, C and D.  The registration fee is due when you submit the on-line application form.

Program fees 
Submit program fees by June 22nd. 

Please make your check or money order payable to the Kosciuszko Foundation and mail it to the address below. 

The Kosciuszko Foundation can accept personal checks and money orders, however, we are uanble to accept credit or debit card payments for theses programs.

Please make payments out to: The Kosciuszko Foundation, Inc. 

Application Deadline:  June 22nd

SUBMIT FORMS TO:

Summer Study Abroad
Kosciuszko Foundation, Inc.
15 East 65th Street, New York, NY 10065                                                                            
Tel. (212) 734-2130 ext. 412

E-mail: Addy@theKF.org

Submit your payment with the 2020 Summer Study Abroad Payment Form. 

Students who meet eligibility requirements are accepted to Jagiellonian University programs.       

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