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 in Poland from Polish National Agency for Academic Exchange as well as $1,125 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: 2022/2023 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.  



Secure two recommendation letters and have your recommenders send them directly to:

Requirements of a Recommendation letter:

  • The authors should be the two individuals who can best speak to your ability to study in Poland; they should discuss your intellectual and professional preparation.
  • At least one of the letters must be from an individual with academic rank of Professor (i.e. Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, Professor).
  • Letters should be addressed to the Kosciuszko Foundation Academic Advisory Committee.
  • Anyone who serves as a recommender may not also provide the applicant with an invitation letter.
  • References from relatives are not permitted.
  • The KF does not accept recommendation letters after the application deadline, which is March 21st, 2022.
  • The letter may be submitted as a PDF file. 

Recommendations sent by the candidate will not be considered. 


Complete the online application form:

Prepare the following supporting materials and have items 1 to 6 ready to upload to the on-line application form.  Item 7 needs to be sent separately.

Supporting materials include: 

Item 1 – A photo of yourself, which is suitable for publication such as a portrait photo or headshot which is 2 inches x 2 inches.  

Item 2 – A scan of your U.S. passport ID page or a birth certificate.

Item 3 - A scan of the your highest degree diploma and language certificates. 

Item 4 – Curriculum Vitae (C.V.). The Curriculum Vitae describes academic credentials and demonstrates a record of scholarly achievements. When composing a Curriculum Vitae, it is essential to include:

  • Education (universities attended, degrees earned, and dates received)
  • Professional positions held
  • Membership and activities in professional associations
  • Professional honors, awards and fellowships

Item 5 - An essay on why you are applying to attend the program at the Center for Polish Language and Culture at the Jagiellonian University.  Your essay should be 2-3 pages. 

Item 6 – $50 non-refundable application fee. At the end of the application form, you will be asked to make a payment via PayPal or debit/credit card. 

Item 7Submit 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.



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 21, 2023


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 
You will receive an e-mail notification when the new application cycle is open. 


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