Intensive Polish Language & Culture (Torun): At a Glance

University: Nicolaus Copernicus University
Fields of Study: Polish Language and Culture
Dates: July 02, 2018 to July 13, 2018 - Summer
July 02, 2018 to July 20, 2018 - Summer 2
Credit: 6-8 - Summer
6-8 - Summer 2
Deadlines: May 05, 2018 - Summer
May 05, 2018 - Summer 2
Price: $3,300 - Summer
$3,500 - Summer 2
Housing: residence hall
Minimum Age: 18

Program Highlights:

The intensive Polish language course is taught on different levels by experienced and competent teachers. If you are a beginner, it will allow you to quickly learn the basics of the language, necessary in some important communication situations (conversations at the post office, the train station, at the doctor’s, shopping, asking for directions, etc.). More advanced students will have a chance to develop their speaking, reading, writing and grammar skills.

The University:

Nicolas Copernicus University (NCU) is the largest academic center in northern Poland with over 42,000 students. The university’s international reputation, especially in the sciences, attracts both research scientists and students from all over the globe. NCU was established in 1945, but its roots go back to the 16th century when it started as a school that educated the youth of that time period. Modern-day Torun, with over 220,000 inhabitants, is not only a university town but also an important cultural center. Numerous museums, galleries and, above all, a variety of cultural events contribute to this Gothic city’s unique atmosphere.

The City:

Picturesquely situated on the Vistula River in northern Poland, Torun makes an unforgettable impression on visitors. The city is filled with quaint medieval cobblestone streets winding around the ruins of a 13th-century castle built by the Teutonic Knights. Its well-preserved architecture includes examples of Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque and neo-Gothic buildings. Because of its architectural variety and beauty, Torun was added to UNESCO’s list of World Heritage Sites in 1997. It is also famous for being the birthplace and childhood home of the renowned astronomer Mikolaj Kopernik (Nicolas Copernicus).

Courses & Descriptions:

The classes are held on the main campus of Nicolaus Copernicus University. The Center of Polish Language and Culture for Foreigners is located in Collegium Maius, a historic building which initially served as the administrative offices for the university, and which today houses the university’s Faculty of Languages. Collegium Maius is situated on the edge of Torun’s historic Old Town, which makes it an attractive meeting place for people interested in art and literature. Student residence halls, cafeterias, and clubs are all within easy reach of Collegium Maius.

The classes start at 8:30 AM and last 5 teaching hours a day. In addition, twice a week students can participate in lectures on Polish social and political life, Polish culture and literature, taught in English. In the afternoons there are a variety of cultural and social events.

Sample Course Listing

NCU Intensive Language (all levels) & Culture - Credits: 8

Transfer Credit:

Nicolaus Copernicus University is fully accredited by the Polish Ministry of Education. Most colleges and universities allow you to transfer credit from courses taken abroad. Before applying it’s important to speak with the study abroad advisor at your home institution to obtain pre-approval for your courses and determine how many credits you’ll receive. Every educational institution has different policies about transferring credit, so we encourage you to follow your institution’s regulations. Usually the number of credits that you receive depends on the number of teaching hours.

After completing the program, we’ll send your registrar or study abroad advisor an official transcript with the course titles, course hours, and grades. Your university will need this transcript to transfer credit. You can earn 8 credits.

Financial Aid:

It is possible to transfer your financial aid to pay for some or all of the program costs. The first step is to check with your home institution’s financial aid advisor before applying. Since every home institution has different rules, only your advisor can tell you what kind of aid can transfer. Study Abroad Poland is happy to provide you with a certificate of enrollment or any other documents that your university might require.

Scholarships are available on our scholarships page.

Application Deadline(s):

May 05, 2018 - Summer

May 05, 2018 - Summer 2

Late applications will be considered on an individual basis.

Applying for our programs is simple! Fill out the on-line application form and wait for more information from us.

Why Study Here

Meet a Diverse Student Body

At Nicolaus Copernicus University there is a small student body with a mixture of Polish and exchange students, so you are bound to have a truly international experience!

Enjoy the Cosmopolitan City

Torun is a cosmopolitan city – overflowing with cultural and social events. It is a perfect setting for a college campus. Nicolaus Copernicus Univeristy is located in the heart of Torun downtown area in the historical center.

Live, Eat, Breathe History

A little bit of history can be uncovered on every one of Torun’s streets – the historic Old Town was restored after WW II to its original state and the numerous monuments and museums teach about Poland’s rich history.

Get a Bang for Your Buck

Torun is an affordable destination – your dollar still goes a long way!

Be in the Center of It All

Located in the heart of Europe, Torun is the perfect home base for your travels to other European cities such as Prague, Paris, Rome, Budapest, Berlin, etc.


  • $3,300 - Summer
  • $3,500 - Summer 2

What's Included

Tuition and Fees

The program includes full tuition and fees at Nicolas Copernicus University.

Official Transcript

Two months after completing the program, we’ll send your home university an official transcript from Nicolaus Copernicus University. This allows you to transfer credit back to your university (with prior approval from your advisor). The transcript contains the course title, grade, and credit hours for each course.


During the program you’ll share a room in a residence hall with other students. All residence halls locations are chosen with careful consideration given to students’ needs. These include cleanliness, proximity to the school, public transportation access and convenience of the location with regards to stores.

Program Director

Throughout the program, you’ll receive on-site support from the Program Director. The director will meet you at the airport, lead the orientation session, organize activities, and be available 24 hours a day.

Airport Transfers

In order to make your arrival go smoothly, your Program Director will meet you at Warsaw International Airport. He/she will take you in a taxi to your residence hall and help you move in. At the end of the program, the Director will also take you to the airport before departure.

In-country Orientation

You’ll take part in a 2-day orientation session at the beginning of the program. The Program Director will provide you with helpful advice and tips for living in Torun, review the schedule of activities for the program, distribute cell phones, and teach a survival Polish class.

Transportation Pass

To help you travel smoothly around Torun, we’ll provide you with a transportation pass that can be used on all buses and trams.

Activities & Excursions

Activities and excursions will be planned throughout the program. These are designed to help you get to know the Polish culture better. Some sample activities include a tour of Torun, museum trips, art galleries, films, concerts, and many more. There will also be a weekend trip to Krakow (including the Wieliczka Salt Mines and Auschwitz).

Health Insurance

You’ll be provided with a short-term accident and sickness medical plan that is especially designed for students studying abroad.

Use of a Pre-Paid Cell Phone

During the orientation session you’ll be provided with a cell phone and a number of initial minutes. You’ll be responsible for recharging your phone with minutes. A cell phone is a great way to keep in touch with your friends and family back home. Also, text messaging is a popular and economical way to communicate with your friends in Poland.

International Student Identity Card

All students are issued a complimentary International Student Identity Card (ISIC), which gives you great student discounts on airfare, rail passes, accommodation, sightseeing, food, shopping and more. Over 40,000 discounts are available around the world!

What You'll Need


Meals are not included, but you will have a kitchen available in your apartment so that you can cook your own meals. Food is very affordable in Warsaw. Many students also like to eat out. There are small cafes and quaint restaurants close to the university for you to enjoy.

Spending Money

Torun is an affordable European city to live in. You will need to bring spending money for food, personal items, additional travel, and entertainment.

Round-trip Airfare to Poland

Student travel agencies provide great deals on airfare to Poland. The average round-trip ticket costs around $800.

Pre-paid Phone Cards for Your Cell

At the beginning of the program you will be provided with a Polish cell phone and an initial amount of minutes (ca. $30). During the program you will need to purchase your own phone cards to refill your minutes. Your Program Director will show you where to buy these.


Generally textbooks are much cheaper in Poland and professors use a lot of readers and photo copies rather than expensive books. You should plan on bringing $100 per term for books.