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 and Polish National Agency for Academic Exchange.  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 from Polish National Agency for Academic Exchange as well as $900 per semester in additional support from the Kosciuszko Foundation. 

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 here. The catalog includes an academic calendar, list of courses, information on dormitory housing, medical insurance, the University's grading system, etc.  

Please note: 2020/2021 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.  


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.  


1Prepare the following supporting materials and have items A to E ready to upload to the on-line application form.  

Supporting materials include: 

Item A – A photo of yourself, which is suitable for publication such as a portrait photo or headshot which is 2 inches x 2 inches.  Save file as: Last Name-First Name-photo;

Item B – A scan of your U.S. passport ID page or a birth certificate. Save documents to one file.  Save file as: Last Name-First Name-diplomas;

Item C - University diplomas and language certificates.  Save documents to one file.  Save file as: Last Name-First Name-diplomas;

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

Item E - 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,  Save file as: Last Name-First Name-Essay;  

Item F – Submit official transcripts of credit for 3 years of academic work.   This document should have an official signature and stamp from your school or faculty. There are two ways you can send us the transcripts:

1. Mail transcripts to: Gosia Szymanska, 15 East 65th Street, New York, NY 10065


2.  Go to your student account online and request a Secure Electronic PDF Transcript be sent to via their electronic delivery service. Secure Electronic PDF Transcripts must be sent directly from your college/university's electronic delivery service.

Item G - Secure two recommendation letters and have your recommenders send them directly to the

Letters should be written on university letterhead and sent as PDF attachment by your current professors or degree advisors directly to the Kosciuszko Foundation at from institutional email addresses.

Recommendations sent by the candidate will not be considered. 

2.  Complete the online application form at a link to application form will appear here.



Ask to be added to the "Year Abroad" mailing list at 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.


E-mail for letters of recommendation and questions:


Tel. (212) 734-2130 ext. 413


Deadline Date: March 10, 2020


Scholarship Notification:
Are made in writing. Results are usually available in early May. 

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 at 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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