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 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.
1. Prepare the following supporting materials and have them 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.University diplomas and language certificates. 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.
2. Complete the online application form at the Click Here to Apply button found below and pay a $50 non-refundable application fee.
3. Secure two recommendation letters and have your recommenders send them directly to the email@example.com.
Letters should be written on university letterhead and sent by your current professors or degree advisors directly to the Kosciuszko Foundation at firstname.lastname@example.org from institutional email addresses.
Recommendations sent by the candidate will not be considered.
E-mail for letters of recommendation and questions:email@example.com
Telephone: 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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