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

University: University of Warsaw
Fields of Study: Polish Language, Cultural Studies, Film, History
Dates: January 07, 2018 to June 30, 2018 - Spring
February 16, 2018 to June 30, 2018 - Spring 2
September 29, 2017 to December 20, 2017 - Fall
September 25, 2017 to February 15, 2018 - Fall 2
September 28, 2018 to June 30, 2018 - Academic Year
August 02, 2018 to August 31, 2018 - Summer
Credit: 16-24 - Spring
16-18 - Spring 2
16-18 - Fall
16-18 - Fall 2
32-36 - Academic Year
6 - Summer
Deadlines: October 10, 2017 - Spring
November 30, 2017 - Spring 2
June 30, 2017 - Fall
June 30, 2017 - Fall 2
June 30, 2018 - Academic Year
June 03, 2018 - Summer
Price: $8,500 - Spring
$7,900 - Spring 2
$7,900 - Fall
$8,500 - Fall 2
$16,450 - Academic Year
$2,900 - Summer
Housing: Apartment
Minimum Age: 18

Program Highlights:

This program is designed for students who want to rapidly increase their Polish language skills while also learning about Polish culture. Intensive Polish language classes are complemented with lectures on Polish history, film, holidays, and traditions.

The University:

Founded in 1816 as the Royal University of Warsaw, today the university is considered one of the largest and most prestigious academic institutions in Poland with over 60,000 students. Our students attend courses at the Center of Polish Language and Culture “Polonicum,” which is the oldest Polish language and culture center for foreigners. Polonicum has well-experienced staff who use the most up-to-date teaching methods, so there is no better place to study Polish!

The City:

With a population of more 1.7 million people, Warsaw is an ideal location for those of you who like the big city life. It became the country’s capital in 1596 when King Zygmunt III moved the royal residence there from Krakow. Since then Warsaw has witnessed many hardships (it was almost completely destroyed during WW II), but it has emerged as a cosmopolitan city and the business center of the country. Here you can find modern architecture juxtaposed with carefully-restored palaces and castles. The city boasts a beautiful Old Town and many theaters, museums, monuments, restaurants, and parks. And since it is home to a number of large universities, there are plenty of college students to meet and socialize with.

Courses & Descriptions:

Fall Semester

Semester students generally take an intensive 90-hour Polish language course (all levels are offered), which is worth 6 semester credits. In addition, they can take 3 or 4 elective courses, each worth 3 semester credits. Elective courses are taught in English. You can earn between 15 and 18 semester credits.

Because the fall semester in Poland generally finishes in mid-February, students are encouraged to select our “Fall 2” program, which ends in February. If students can’t stay that long, they can apply for our “Fall 1” program and finish at the end of December. In this case, the university will make special arrangements for our students to take exams early.

Spring Semester

Students have two options to choose from for the Spring Semester. There is a super intensive “Spring 1” program, which includes TWO 90-hour Polish language courses, for a total of 12 semester credits. In addition, they can take 3 or 4 elective courses, each worth 3 semester credits. You can earn up to 24 semester credits.

For the “Spring 2” program students generally take an intensive 90-hour Polish language course, worth 6 semester credits, and 3 or 4 elective courses, each worth 3 semester credits. You can earn between 15 and 18 semester credits.


Summer students attend an intensive Polish language course (all levels are offered). Classes meet for 4 hours a day from Monday to Friday. Each level has a carefully designed syllabus to meet the needs of the students. In addition to the language lessons, students have additional lectures on aspects of Polish culture. Audiovisual programs in English are provided for beginners. Lectures on Polish language and culture are given for intermediate students. Advanced students can choose between Polish language workshops and literary-drama workshops. Additionally they may attend lectures given by University of Warsaw professors. Throughout the program Polonicum also offers music seminars, films (with Polish subtitles), “Polonez” dance lessons, and the course ends with a student theatrical and dance performance. You can earn up to 6 semester credits.


Sample Course Listing

POL Intensive Polish Language (All Levels) - Credits: 6

POL Focus on the New Poland. Changes of the Last Decade in Polish Film - Credits: 3

POL Introduction to the History of Polish Culture and Civ - Credits: 3

POL Polish Culture for Foreigners: Krzysztof Kieslowski and His Films - Credits: 3

POL Polish History and Literature on the Silver Screen - Credits: 3

POL Polish Holidays - Credits: 3

POL The History of Poland - Credits: 3

POL Transformation in Poland (1990-Present) - Credits: 3

Transfer Credit:

The University of Warsaw 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. Following the American system, we suggest awarding 1 semester credit for every 15 hours of class time or 1 quarter credit for every 10 hours of class time.

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.

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.

For more information about scholarships please visit our scholarships page.

Application Deadline(s):

October 10, 2017 - Spring

November 30, 2017 - Spring 2

June 30, 2017 - Fall

June 30, 2017 - Fall 2

June 30, 2018 - Academic Year

June 03, 2018 - Summer

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 the Center of Polish Language and Culture “Polonicum” 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

Warsaw is a cosmopolitan capital city – overflowing with cultural and social events. It is a perfect setting for a college campus. Warsaw University is located on the Royal Route, close to the Presidential Palace and the Historic Old Town!

Live, Eat, Breathe History

A little bit of history can be uncovered on every one of Warsaw’s streets – the historic Old Town was completely 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

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

Be in the Center of It All

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


  • $8,500 - Spring
  • $7,900 - Spring 2
  • $7,900 - Fall
  • $8,500 - Fall 2
  • $16,450 - Academic Year
  • $2,900 - Summer

What's Included

Tuition and Fees

The program includes full tuition and fees at Warsaw University.

Official Transcript

Two months after completing the program, we’ll send your home university an official transcript from Warsaw 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 an apartment with other students. All apartment 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 apartment 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 Warsaw, review the schedule of activities for the program, distribute cell phones, and teach a survival Polish class.

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.

Transportation Pass

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

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 Warsaw, museum trips, art galleries, films, concerts, and many more. For summer students, there will  be a weekend trip to Krakow (including the Wieliczka Salt Mines and Auschwitz). For semester students, there will be weekend trips to Krakow and Wroclaw.

Health Insurance

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

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

Warsaw 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.


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.

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.