The Polish Language Study in Poland

The Polish Language and Culture Centre for Polish People from Abroad and Foreigners UMCS was established in January 1991. The Centre organizes study programs and courses of the Polish language and culture for foreign visitors and students of Polish origin, compiles handbooks and teaching materials, and conducts scientific research on the Polish language and culture.

The standard offer of the Centre is adjusted to diversified needs and requirements of participants and comprises:

1. One-year preparatory course for foreigners who wish to study in Poland;

2. Postgraduate program in humanities for foreign students;

3. One-year course of the Polish language;

4. Summer courses of Polish and Polish culture;

5. Short-term courses of the Polish language.

6. Postgraduate program in teaching Polish as a foreign language.

7. Postgraduate program in translation studies.

The supplementary program offers trips to major Polish cities, social events and visits to museums and theatres. In addition to its core activity, the Centre functions as a meeting place and a bridge between Eastern and Western cultures. Each year, more than 100 students from all over the world take part in our one-year program and over 250 participate in summer courses. Between 1991 and 2013 there were over 8800 students from 76 countries who took part in the courses run by the Centre. Our school is situated on the university campus, close to the town centre and occupies a modern building which contains classrooms, a library and a reading room. Students receive teaching materials (handouts, printed texts etc.)

Summer School of the Polish Language and Culture

The course is held every year in July.

This three-week course is designed both for those who intend to start learning Polish and for those who wish to improve their Polish language skills.

The course comprises the following modules:

1. Curricula: Polish language classes (50 hrs) at four levels: for beginners, intermediate, upper-intermediate and advanced students. Lectures on Polish history and culture (offered in both Polish and English) (30 hrs). We provide a wide range of subjects:

  • The Polish language
  • Modern Polish language developments
  • History of Poland
  • History of Polish literature
  • History of Polish culture
  • History of Polish theatre
  • History of Polish film
  • Polish songs and dances – practical session
  • Polish Jews in cultural and historical perspective
  • Political, social and economic changes in contemporary Poland.

Students will also have an opportunity to gain practical experience. We provide presentations of Polish films, theatre performances, dances and songs, concerts of classical, klezmer and folk music, social events.

2. The tourist program:

A sightseeing tour of Lublin’s Old Town and Castle, the Holy Trinity Chapel, the Martyrdom Museum of Majdanek, the Museum of Lublin Village and the Botanical Garden. Visits to Zamość and Roztocze National Park, Kozłówka and Kazimierz.

The participants of the Summer School will be given certificates of attendance and transcripts of studies.We provide accommodation in a dormitory, in double rooms. Meals are served three times a day in a student’s cafeteria.The fees for the course total EUR 800. The cost includes academic, cultural and tourist program, room and board.

One-year preparatory course for foreigners who wish to study in Poland:

The course is being held every year  during the period:  1st October  – 30th June.

The preparatory course is designed for Poles living abroad and foreign students willing to prepare for university studies in Poland. The course offers two possibilities:

1. Intensive learning of the Polish language for beginners.

2. Intensive learning of the Polish language and preparation to future studies for foreigners who already have some knowledge of the language and plan to take up degree studies in Poland.

Students are divided into groups depending on their level of Polish language proficiency. Each group’s curriculum is adapted to the level of its participants and their future specializations. The profiles of current groups include Polish studies, history and economics. The course ends in the summer session with the final examinations. Course participants are awarded certificates of attendance including their examination results.

Classes are held from Monday to Friday for 5-7 hours a day.

The fee for the course is EUR 2100 and only includes the cost of tuition. The fee does not include accommodation, meals, insurance, etc. Holders of documents certifying their Polish origin may claim a 30% fee reduction.

Accommodation (extra paid) available on request.  The Centre provides accommodation places for foreign students in 4 student residence halls. All of them are situated within an easy walking distance from our School (5-7 minutes). The fees vary depending on the standard of the room (from 290 to 400 PLN per month).

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