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 the Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education. The Polish Ministry provides scholarship recipients with admission to the program, a tuition waiver and 1,350 zloty per month for living expenses. Additional funding of $900 per semester is awarded by the Kosciuszko Foundation. Airfare is not covered by the scholarship.
Studies in Poland begin in early October and end in late June. Students may apply for an academic year or one semester. Please note that the Ministry may elect to award semester-only grants.
For an overview of the program, please see the most recent catalog that is available: Polish Studies for Foreigners 2017-2018. The catalog includes an academic calendar, list of courses, information on dormitory housing, medical insurance, the University's grading system, and more.
Undergraduate sophomores, juniors, seniors and graduate students who have a minimum GPA of 3.0 and who are US citizens may apply. 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 first reviewed by the Foundation's selection committee. Applications which are reviewed positively are sent to Poland for review by the Polish Ministry.
The application posted for the Year Abroad Scholarship is used by the Polish Ministry to administer a variety of programs/scholarships. Read and follow the guidelines and instructions posted here.
I – Prior to applying, review the application questions at this link: Bureau for Academic Recognition and International Exchange.
II - Prepare the following supporting materials before applying on-line:
For Application - PART III
Question #18 - a list of practical and professional work experiences during or after college/university studies. Include your name, "Year Abroad 2018-2019" and "Question #18" in the upper right hand corner of the page.
Question #21 – a well-reasoned personal statement detailing your reasons for applying for the program. Include your academic and career goals. Your essay will be a minimum of 2 pages, double-spaced and will include your name, "Year Abroad 2018-2019" and page number in the upper right hand corner of each page.
For Application - PART IV
Item A – is not applicable to the Year Abroad program.
Item B – copies of certificates/diplomas. Save to a file and upload to the on-line application.
Item C - send hard copy transcripts of studies (3 years of academic work) to the Kosciuszko Foundation via USPS.
Item D – 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 Addy@thekf.org.
Item E – is not applicable to the Year Abroad program.
Item F – upload other documents such as Polish language certificates to the on-line application.
Item G – upload a photo of yourself, which is suitable for creating an ID card and which can be used by the Kosciuszko Foundation for publication purposes. Save to a file and upload to the on-line application.
Use the following file naming conventions when saving files to upload to the on-line application form:
____________________________________________________Send hard copy materials to: Year Abroad Program Kosciuszko Foundation, Inc.
Are made in writing. Results are usually available in the 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: If your contact information changes after application submission, please forward your new contact information together with dates of validity to Addy@thekf.org.
A Year Abroad diploma.
Students head to closing ceremonies.
Graduates with their professor.
Students visit Wawel Castle.
Graduates with the Director of the Center of Polish Language and Culture, Prof. Horbatowski.
Graduating class of 2014.
Students sample a Turkish borek on International Day.
Graduates toss their caps at Ala, Collegium Novum!