Year Abroad Program


The Year Abroad Scholarship supports Polish language studies at the Jagiellonian University's Center of Polish Language and Culture in Cracow, Poland. Scholarships are awarded under the auspices of the Foundation's Exchange Program with Poland.  Students who are awarded a scholarship are accepted to attend the Center for Polish Language and Culture program at the Jagiellonian University. The scholarship includes a tuition waiver and 1,600 zloty per month for living expenses as well as $900 per semester in additional support. 

Airfare is not covered by the scholarship. Please note that the Scholarship Selection Committee may elect to award semester-only grants. 


 The academic year in Poland begins in early October and ends in late June.  Students may apply for an academic year or for one semester.  For an overview of the program, please see the most recent catalog that is available: Polish Studies for Foreigners 2018-2019.  The catalog includes an academic calendar, list of courses, information on dormitory housing, medical insurance, the University's grading system, etc.  

Please note: 2019/2020 dates will differ slightly than the dates listed in the catalog link above.  


Eligible candidates include undergraduate sophomores, juniors, seniors and graduate students who have a minimum GPA of 3.0 who are US citizens.  Polish citizens are not eligible. 


Selection is based on academic excellence, the applicant's motivation for pursuing Polish studies, interest in Polish subjects and involvement in the Polish American community. Applications are reviewed and ranked by the Jagiellonian University and the Foundation's Scholarship Selection Committee.  


I – Prior to applying, review the application questions at this link:  A Sample Application: KF Exchange Program to Poland appears here during the submission period.

II - Prepare the following supporting materials and have Items A, B, C and F ready to upload to the on-line application form:

Item A – Polish language certificates and university diplomas.  Save documents to one file.  Save file as: YA20-Last Name-First Name-diplomas;

Item B – Your Curriculum Vitae (C.V.). Save file as: YA20-Last Name-First Name-CV;  

Item C - an essay/personal statement on why you are applying to attend the program at the Center for Polish Language and Culture at the Jagiellonian University.  Your essay will be 2-3 pages and will include: your last and first name, "Year Abroad 2019/2020" and page number in the upper right hand corner of each page.   Save file as: YA20-Last Name-First Name-Essay;  

Item D – is not applicable to the Year Abroad program; 

Item E – is not applicable to the Year Abroad program. 

Item F – a portrait photo/ headshot of yourself, which is suitable for publication in the KF's Newsletter (2 inches x 2 inches).  Save file as: YA20-Last name-First Name-photo and upload to the on-line application form;  

Submit the following hard copy documents via USPS or via e-mail to: 

Item G – Submit official transcripts of credit to the Kosciuszko Foundation (3 years of academic work).  Transcripts may be sent via USPS directly to the Kosciuszko Foundation at the address listed below. 

Item H - Request letters of recommendation from two professors you have studied with in the US. Letters should be written on university letterhead and sent by professors to the Kosciuszko Foundation via USPS or via e-mail to Please ask professors to save letters of recommendation files as: YA20-Last Name-First Name-LOR-Prof's Last Name. 

III - Complete the on-line application form at the Click Here to Apply button found below.  All responses must be in English.  

V - Complete the Exchange to Poland Checklist and send with a check or money order in the amount of $50 (non-refundable application fee) to the Kosciuszko Foundation. 





A successful application submission is indicated by a green check mark within a black circle and a note, "Thank you for your submission".   


Send hard copy materials to: 
Exchange Program to Poland
Kosciuszko Foundation, Inc.
15 East 65th Street
New York, NY 10065


E-mail for letters of recommendation, transcripts, and questions:


Tel. (212) 734-2130 ext. 413


Deadline Date: January 31


Scholarship Notification:
Are made in writing. Results are usually available in the early summer.  In case of delays in the decision-making process, candidates will be advised via e-mail of the anticipated notification date. 

Changes in Contact information: 
To notify us of changes in your contact information (a new address, e-mail, and/or phone number) please send details and dates of validity to 


When the on-line application period is closed: 
Ask to be added to the "Year Abroad" mailing list.  We will add your e-mail address to our list for one year.  You will receive an e-mail notification when the new application cycle is open. 


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