One-Year Polish Preparatory Program: At a Glance

University: University of Wroclaw, School of Polish Language & Culture
Fields of Study: Intensive Polish Language, Culture
Dates: September 25, 2016 to June 20, 2017
Credit: 32-36
Deadlines: June 23, 2016
Price: $13,900
Housing: Residence Hall
Minimum Age: 18

Program Highlights:

Would you like to study at a Polish university in Polish, but you don’t speak a word of the language? Or maybe you need to refresh your Polish skills before you study? Here is your chance to learn Polish in one year and be fully prepared to undertake studies at the University of Wroclaw. By participating in this one-year course you will open up doors to a variety of affordable BA and MA programs and have the opportunity to be fully immersed in the Polish university culture. This program is great for people with Polish heritage who want to pursue university studies in Poland. It is also ideal for students who want to learn intensive Polish for professional or personal reasons.

The University:

The University of Wroclaw is one of the best and largest universities in the Silesia region. It has a rich history of more than three centuries. Since the beginning of the 20th century, the university has produced 9 Nobel Prize winners, such as Theodor Mommsen, Philipp Lenard, Eduard Buchner, Paul Ehrlich, Fritz Haber, Friedrich Bergius, Erwin Schrödinger, Otto Stern, and Max Born. Today there are more than 40,000 students studying at ten departments.

The School of Polish Language and Culture for Foreigners has been operating since 1974, which means it has thirty years of experience in teaching Polish. Majority of the language trainers employed by the School are research workers from the Institute of Polish Philology who have extensive experience in the area of teaching Polish as a foreign language both in Poland and abroad.

The City:

Wroclaw is located in Lower Silesia, and it is the fourth largest city in Poland. Most visitors remember it as a city of quaint bridges and canals (there are 12 islands and 112 bridges!). It also called the cultural center of the region due to its museums, tourist sites, theaters, galleries, music festivals, and numerous cultural events. There are wonderful restaurants and green parks, making it an attractive study abroad location. Moreover, within the city there are 13 institutions of higher education, so there are plenty of college students to meet!

Courses & Descriptions:

The program is intensive and includes 810 hours of instruction (1 hour = 45 minutes).

Classes will be held Monday to Friday between 9:00 and 15.00. Here is a breakdown of the hours during each semester:

Fall Semester:

-290 hours of basic language instructions

-60 hours of classes “Knowledge about Poland”

Additional classes

-20 hours of conversation

-20 hours of meetings and trips


Spring Semester:

-280 hours of basic language instructions

-30 hours of classes “Knowledge about Poland”

-30 hours of specialised classes

-30 hours of reading and comprehension and writing

Additional classes

-30 hours of conversation

-20 hours of meetings and trips

During each semester, students will have an opportunity to participate in additional (free of charge) conversation classes conducted by advanced undergraduate students of the Polish Philology Department specializing in teaching Polish as a foreign language.

Students may also participate in classes called “Poland in documentary films,” which is also free of charge. Participation in these activities help students increase their vocabulary and it is very useful for those who intend to major in humanities such as International Relations, Political Science, Journalism, or Polish Philology. All presented films have subtitles in English, and the students are given additional comments both in Polish and English.

Sample Course Listing

SJPIK: One-Year Intensive Polish Language and Culture - Credits: 32-36

Transfer Credit:

The One-Year Preparatory Course is a non-degree program designed for foreign students intending to study at the University of Wroclaw in the Polish language. If students successfully pass the course, the certificate of Polish proficiency should allow them to seamlessly enroll in the program of their choice at the university or any other university in Poland. Also, the certificate can be used of proof of proficiency in Polish for professional or personal purposes.

Financial Aid:

It is possible to use financial aid to pay for part of all fo the program costs. For this program, students are recommended to look for speical study abroad loans or scholarships. We would be happy to provide you with more information on your financial aid options for this program.

Scholarships are available on our scholarships page.

Application Deadline(s):

June 23, 2016

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

This preparatory program attracts students from all over the world, so you are bound to have a truly international experience!

Enjoy the Cosmopolitan City

Wroclaw is a cosmopolitan city – overflowing with cultural and social events. It is a perfect setting for a college campus. Wroclaw University is located in the heart of the Old Town.

Live, Eat, Breathe History

A little bit of history can be uncovered on every one of Wroclaw’s streets – the Old Town and the numerous monuments and museums will teach you about Poland’s rich history.

Get a Bang for Your Buck

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


  • $13,900

What's Included

Tuition and Fees

The program includes full tuition and fees at the University of Wroclaw.

Official Certificate

After completing the program, you will be awarded an official certificate of completion from the University of Wroclaw.


During the program you’ll live in a double room in a residence hall in Wroclaw. This is a great way to meet other students and get involved in student activities.

Airport Transfers

In order to make your arrival go smoothly, your Program Director will meet you at Wroclaw International Airport. He/she will take you in a taxi to your housing 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 Wroclaw, 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 Wroclaw, 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 Wroclaw, museum trips, art galleries, films, concerts, and many more. There will also be weekend trips to Krakow (including the Wieliczka Salt Mines and Auschwitz) and Warsaw.

Health Insurance

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

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.

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 residence hall so that you can cook your own meals. Food is very affordable in Wroclaw. Many students also like to eat out. There are small cafes and quaint restaurants close to the university for you to enjoy.

Spending Money

Wroclaw 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.