Summer Studies Program description

JAGIELLONIAN UNIVERSITY, KRAKOW - 2021

The following intensive Polish language and culture programs are available on-line this summer: a 4-week program in July and a 2-week program in August.  The July and August programs can be combined to create a 6-week intensive  program, AB. Each program includes language classes; two lecture courses: 15- and 30-hour courses are available; as well as cultural programs  on weekends. Previous knowledge of Polish is not required

Language Classes

Upon application submission, students will receive instructions on how to access the on-line platform and will take the written test on-line.  Oral tests take place on the Saturday before classes begin. 

Based on the results of the 0n-line placement test, applicants will be placed in a group with other students who have similar language skills/proficiencies.  Students who apply for Session AB take their placement tests prior to the start of July classes and, based on the results of their final exams, will be placed by their professors into an appropriate group for the August program.  There are six levels of language instruction*:   

Basic User - Levels A1 and A2, for absolute beginners

Intermediate Users - Levels B1 and B2

Proficient Users - Levels C1 and C2

*If there is an insufficient number of applicants in a given level, the School reserves the right not to open classes at that level.  

Language levels are structured in accordance with the level specifications defined in the European Council document, Common European Framework of Reference for Languages: Learning, Teaching, Assessment; CEFR.  For a detailed description of language skills and abilities  in each of the proficiency levels, please see the link at PLI in course descriptions below. 

Daily language classes include 4 segments of 45 minutes each.  A 15 minute break occurs between the second and third segments.  The number of students in a language group is usually between 5 and 10 students. All language classes meet Monday through Friday.  Language classes are taught in Polish.  

This summer program is international in scope.  The schedule of classes is arranged to meet the needs of participants across various time zones in Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas.  The chart below uses local  time in Poland and equivalent time frames in the US are provided.  

There are two sections of language classes available in JulySection 1 is best suited to participants in Europe, Asia and Africa; Section 2 is best suited to students in North America. Only one language section is available in August.  Regardless of place of residence or time zone, students may choose whichever option best suits their needs. Please note: all posted time-frames utilize the 24 hour clock. 

Language classes are taught by Jagiellonian University teachers who are certified to teach Polish as a foreign language and who have abundant experience in on-line teaching and in teaching foreigners. 

A final exam is given at the end of the program.  Students who complete the program successfully receive a diploma from the Jagiellonian University as well as an Official Transcript of Credit. 

Lecture Courses

Besides language classes, students may enroll in two courses in Polish and English on a wide variety of topics including Polish history, literature, grammar, contemporary society, etc.  15- and 30-hour courses are available to participants in both the July and August sessions.  Students who enroll in both programs, Session AB, may choose up to 2 courses in July and 2 courses in August.   

To insure that students can interact with professors in a meaningful way, the number of participants in an on-line lecture course is limited to 30 students per class.  However, if the need arises class size can be expanded to include additional students.  Enrollment in lecture courses will be on a first-come-first-served basis. If you opt to drop a non-language course from your program, please let us know immediately so that a student on the waiting list can be assigned a seat in the class.   

In the Polish educational system, 1 academic hour = 45 minutes. 

CULTURAL PROGRAMS

Cultural programs will be held on weekends and will include on-line views of the following sites and attractions in and around Krakow and places of interest in Poland: 

  • A walk around  Krakow's Old Town
  • A visit to Wawel Castle
  • Sightseeing of St. Kinga's Chapel at the Wieliczka Salt Mines
  • A visit to the Ethnographic Museum in Warsaw 
  • Famous places worth visiting around Poland

STATE CERTIFICATION EXAM

The State Certification Exam is the official certification test of Polish as a foreign language and is recognized worldwide. Though a prep course for the State Certification Exam is not available this year, students who place in the intermediate and advanced test levels (B1, B2 and C2) are eligible to take the State Certification Exam.  For additional information (in Polish) on worldwide locations and test dates please see www.certyfikatpolski.pl

TRANSCRIPTS OF CREDIT 

Jagiellonian University summer courses are available for credit. In order to receive a transcript of credit, students must meet Jagiellonian University's attendance requirements, complete all assignments,  take final exams and submit a completed Credit Approval Form to the KF.  Credit is optional.  

For additional information about transcripts please see our Transcripts of Credit page. 

PROGRAM DATES, CLASSES, TIME ZONES & FEES - lectures updated June 16, 2021


Session A 
4-week program

Written Placement Test
upon application acceptance 


Oral Placement Test
Saturday, July 3


Language Classes
July 5 - 30, 2021


Final Exams
July 29 or July 30 
























Session A
Language Classes Meet
Poland Local Time
Section 1: 
8:00 - 11:15
includes a 15 minute break


US Equivalent

Time Zones for Section 1

Washington, DC/New York 
2:00 - 5:15 


Chicago/Houston
1:00 - 4:15  


Los Angeles
23:00 -  2:15 


* * * * * 

Poland Local Time
Section 2:
16:30 - 19:45
includes a 15 minute break 


US Equivalent

Time Zones

Washington, DC/New York 
10:00 - 13:45 


Chicago/Houston
9:30 - 12:45  


Los Angeles
7:30 -  10:45 
Session A
Prog. Fee:
$775

Registration:
$75


* * * * *

Program fees
include
language
classes
and
two
lecture
courses 


* * * * *

Session A
Lectures Meet
Poland Local Time

12:30 - 14:00
and / or 

20:30 - 22:00

US Equivalent Time Zones 

Washington DC/New York
6:30 - 8:00
and /or

14:30 - 16:00

Chicago/Houston 
5:30 - 7:00 
and / or
13:30 to 15:00 


Los Angeles
3:30 - 5:00
and/or 
11:30 - 13:00
Session B
2-week program

Written Placement Test
upon application acceptance
 

Oral Placement Test

Saturday, July 31


Language Classes
August 2 - 13, 2021


Final Exams
August 12 or 13



Session B
Language Classes Meet
Poland Local Time 
Section 1:
16:30 - 20:30
includes a 15 minute break


US Equivalent
Time Zones
Section 1:


Washington, DC/New York
10:30 - 14:30


Chicago/Houston

9:30 - 13:30

Los Angeles
7:30 - 11:30
 
 
Session B
Prog. Fee: 
$510 

Registration:
$75

* * * * * 

Program fees
include
language
classes
and
two
lecture 
courses

* * * * * 

Session B Lectures Meet 
Poland Local Time

14:30 - 16:00
and / or 

20:45 - 22:15

US Equivalent
Time Zones

Washington DC/New York 
8:30 - 10:00
and / or
14:45 - 16:15
 
Chicago/Houston
7:30 - 9:00
and / or

13:45 - 15:15

Los Angeles
5:30 - 7:00
and / or
11:45 - 13:15
Session A
Lectures Meet
Poland Local Time

July 5 - 13
12:30 to 14:00
12:30 to 14:45 on July 13th


Cczy rzeczywiscie ten
jezyk  jest taki trudny?

15 hrs

Contemporary Poland
and Her Society

15 hrs

Session A
Lectures
Poland Local Time

July 14 - 22
12:30 to 14:00
12:30 to 14:45 on July 13th

The Jews of Poland
15 hrs
NOT AVAILABLE


Session A Lectures
Poland Local Time

July 5 - 30
12:30 to 14:00

Historia Polski
30 hrs
NOT AVAILABLE

 
Session A Lectures
July 5 - 30
20:30 to 22:00

History of Poland
30 hrs
NOT AVAILABLE


Polish Grammar, Section I

30 hrs

Polska Wspolczesna

30 hrs

Session B
Lectures



Session B
Lectures
Poland Local Time
August 2 - 13

14:30 to 16:00


Literatura i Kultura Polska XX i XXI wieku
15 hours 


Session B
Lectures
Poland Local Time
August 2 - 13

20:45 to 22:15


Polish Grammar, Section II
15 hours 

Program fees include tuition for language classes, two lecture courses, a Polish language e-textbook, and cultural programs. 

Program fees do not include  $75 registration fee. 

Time zones listed above are based on the 24 hour clock. 

You may wish to print the following two forms and have them handy when completing the application form. 

Click here for the July & August calendar at-a-glance. 

Click here for July & August equivalent time zones at-a-glance. 

PROGRAM SYLLABUS

A syllabus for each course listed below will be available by mid-June.  For the purpose of credit approval, sample syllabi from last year's on-line program are found under most course descriptions.  Please click on the available links. 

The proficiency levels for Polish language (PLI) classes are quoted from the Jagiellonian Unleversity's 2019 syllabus.

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS (updated June 16, 2021)

  
GRAM - Polish Grammar (English)
A series of lectures on the structure of the Polish language, its morphology and syntax, in English. The lecturer will cover everything about Polish grammar you always wanted to know but never had any occasion to ask.   
Session A 
Dates: July 5 - 30
Hours: 30
Credits/ECTS points: 2 
Poland Local Time: 20:30 - 22:00
GRAM Section 1:  Syllabus for Summer 2021;
GRAM, Section 2: Sample syllabus from Summer 2020** 

Session B
Dates: August 2 - 13
Hours: 15 
Credits/ECTS points: 1
Poland Local Time:  20:45 - 22:15
GRAM: Sample syllabus is not available
 
HIST - History of Poland (English) - NOT AVAILABLE
A survey of Polish history from the Piast dynasty through the period of Jagiellonian rule, the time of the elected kings, 123 years of partitioned Poland, the 1920's and 1930's, World War II, the creation and functioning of the People's Republic, the collapse of the communist system.  
Dates: July 5 - 30
Hours: 30
Credits/ECTS points: 2
Poland Local Time:  20:30 - 22:00 
HIST: Sample syllabus (2020)**  
  
HIST-PL Historia Polski (Polish) - NOT AVAILABLE
Zarys historii Polski od dynastii Piastow, poprzez epoke Jagiellonow, krolow elekcyjnych, rozbiory, II wojne swiatowa, powstanie i funkcjonowanie Polskiej Rzeczypospolitej Ludowej - po upadek systemu komunistycznego.  
Dates: July 5 - 30
Hours: 30
Credits/ECTS points:  2
Poland Local Time: 12:30 - 14:00
HIST-PL: Sample syllabus (2020)**  
 
JEWS  Jews in Poland (English) - NOT AVAILABLE
This course will familiarize students with the long and glorious history of Jewish communities in Poland as well as with the period from 1939-1945 (the Holocaust).  Post-Holocaust history of the Jews and Jewish culture in Poland will also be covered, with emphasis on Jewish-non-Jewish relations and anti-Semitism, and the recent revival of Jewish life in Poland. 
Dates: July 14 - 22
Hours: 15 
Credits/ECTS points: 1
Poland Local Time: 12:30-14:00 
JEWS: Sample syllabus is not available
 
JEZYK - Czy rzeczywiscie ten jezyk jest taki trudny? (Polish)
Kurs teoretyczny dla osob zainteresowanych jezykiem polskim. Wyklady dotycza cech charakterystycznych struktury jezykowej, skladni, odmian stylistycznych polszczyzny i tendencji rozwojowych slownictwa wspolczesnego jezyka polskiego. 
Dates: July 5 - 13
Hours: 15
Credits/ECTS points: 1
Poland Local Time: 12:30 - 14:00*
* on July 13th, class will meet 12:30 - 14:45 (3 academic hours)
JEZYK: Syllabus for Summer 2021   
 
LIT - Literatura i kultura polska XX i XXI wieku  (Polish)
Najwazniejsze zjawiska w polskiej literaturze i kulturze od odrodzenia Polski w roku 1918 do czasow wspolczesnych. Literatura dwudziestolecia miedzywojennego; glowne nurty poetyckie, dziela Witkacego, Schulza, Gombrowicza. Literatura II wojny swiatowej.  Holocaust w literaturze i sztuce.  Pisarz w komunizmie.  Literatura polska na emigracji.  Tworczosc Czeslawa Milosza i Wislawy Szymborskiej (literackie Nagrody Nobla w latach 1980 i 1996). Najwazniejsze postaci polskiego filmu i teatru.  Literatura po 1989 roku: "inwazja kobiet" w literaturze polskiej, tworczosc Olgi Tokarczuk (literacka Nagroda Nobla 2018), literatura postpamieci, poezja wspolczesna.  Omawiane dziela prezentowane beda wraz z  wlasciwym im kontekstem historycznym.  
Dates: August 2 - 13
Hours: 15
Credits/ECTS points: 1
Poland Local Time: 14:30 - 16:00
LIT: Sample syllabus is not available 
  
PLI - Polish Language Intensive (Polish)
An intensive Polish language course designed to build a firm linguistic foundation. Courses in the Polish language are structured in accordance with the level specifications defined in the European Council document: Common European Framework of Reference for Languages: Learning, Teaching, assessment, CEFR.  
Sessions A = 80 hours, 5 credits/ECTS points
Session B = 50 hours, 3 credits/ECTS points

SOC Contemporary Poland and her Society (English)
Since 1989, Poland has been a free market democracy with a civic society. Yet while economic and political changes are relatively easy to engineer, the social ones are much harder and take much longer. This course will present contemporary Polish society from various perspectives: historical, political, economic and sociological. We'll take a closer look at Poland's cultural diversity, especially through the prism of the Jewish minority.  We'll be  noting remnants from the past, examining evidence of deeper transformations already accomplished and predicting negative and positive trends developing into the future.  
Dates: July 5 - 13 
Hours: 15
Credits/ECTS points: 1
Poland Local Time: 12:30 - 14:00*
* on July 13th, class will meet 12:30 - 14:45 (3 academic hours)
SOC: Sample syllabus (2020)**
 
WSPOL Polska Wspolczesna (Polish) 
Kurs poswiecony bedzie obrazowi Polski XX i XXI wieku ze szczegolnym uwzglednieniem przemian spolecznych, politycznych, kulturalnych i obyczajowych w okresie transformacji ustrojowej po roku 1989.  W programie znajda sie takze zagadnienia zwiazane z kultura popularna i zyciem codziennym Polakow, w tym polskiej mlodziezy.  Odwolania do historii sluzyc beda lepszemu zrozumieniu procesow zachodzacych w Polsce wspolczesnie.  Kazde zajecia beda bogato ilustrowane materialami video i audio.  
Dates: July 5 - 30
Hours: 30
Credits/ECTS points: 2
Poland Local Time: 20:30 - 22:00
WSPOL: Sample syllabus (2020)**

 

TO APPLY FOR PROGRAMS IN KRAKOW

1- Complete the on-line application form:

  • 2021 Summer Study Application period is closed.  

2- Submit the following documents:

  • RODO Data Processing Form - EU requirement 
  • Credit Approval Form - optional  
  • Summer Study Payment Form
3- Submit items above with payment and payment form to: 
 
          Summer Study Programs
          Kosciuszko Foundation, Inc.
          15 East 65th Street

          New York, NY 10065 

Registration and program fees are due when you submit the on-line application form.

Make your check or money order payable to the Kosciuszko Foundation, Inc. 

We are unable to accept credit or debit card payments for theses programs.

2021 Application Deadline:  June 7

Students who meet eligibility requirements are accepted to Jagiellonian University programs.       

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