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Polish language classes

The Centre of Polish Language and Culture for Foreigners “Polonicum” organizes Polish language classes on all levels of proficiency: from A1 to C2 (the group coding in accordance with the proficiency levels for Polish as a foreign language introduced by the State Commission for the Certification of Proficiency in Polish as a Foreign Language and the Council of Europe). Among our students are not only students of University of Warsaw, but also of the Warsaw School of Economics, the University of Physical Education in Warsaw, the Fryderyk Chopin Academy of Music, the Medical University of Warsaw, the Warsaw Agricultural University, the Warsaw University of Technology, Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University, the European Centre Natolin and many other Warsaw colleges. Students of the regular groups have 60 hours of classes per semester, which gives them 4 ECTS. Polish language classes finish with the final exam.


“Polish Studies”

A series of classes on Polish culture, history and civilization is available throughout the whole academic year in the form of lectures, audio-visual workshops, and seminars conducted by the staff of the POLONICUM, Instytut Badań Literackich and lecturers of University of Warsaw. For those foreigners who are not yet acquainted with Polish affairs, these lectures can be a perfect complement to their chosen field of study. During these classes participants gain basic knowledge of Poland, something which often results in their continued studies on Poland.

Registration for language courses and lectures must be done through the Internet, special university’s programme called USOS (


Registration for courses and lectures in Polonicum Center

Before you register for the course proceed an online placement test, please. You may find it on the platform: find it as a “language courses and placement tests”, in search course type “placement test”. To get the access to the test you need to log in. You can also log in by USOS account.

  1. Log in at, please, change language for English in the top right-hand corner.
  3. Find on the list below „Polonicum – lektorat II sem. 2017L”. Before you do the registration for the course you are obligate to do an online placement test. If you are beginner choose A1 level.
  4. Choose the number of the group and click on the green „cart” in the top left-hand corner.
  5. Registration starts on February 12th at 09.00 a.m.
  6. The courses start on February 19th
  7. To register for lectures at Polonicum choose “Polonicum – wykłady II sem. 2017L”.
  8. The registration lasts till February 26th 9:00 a.m. . Till this date you can change your Polish language group by signing out and signing up to the new group. You can do the same with lectures.

Polish language proficiency levels

Description of Polish Language Proficiency Levels


At this level student is a total beginner and he cannot understand anything.


At this level a student can understand and use familiar, everyday expressions and very basic phrases aimed at the satisfaction of needs of a concrete type; s/he can introduce him/herself and others and can ask and answer questions about personal details such as where s/he lives, people s/he knows and things s/he has; s/he can interact in a simple way provided the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help.


At this level a student can understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas of most immediate relevance (e.g. very basic personal and family information, shopping, local geography, employment); s/he can communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters; s/he can describe in simple terms aspects of his/her background, immediate environment and matters in areas of immediate need.


At this level a student can understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure etc; s/he can deal with most situations likely to arise whilst traveling in an area where the language is spoken; s/h can produce simple connected text on topics which are familiar or of personal interest; s/he can describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes and ambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.


At this level a student can understand the main ideas of complex texts on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in his/her field of specialization; s/he can interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible without strain for either party; s/he can produce clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects and explain a viewpoint on a topical issue giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options.


At this level a student can understand with ease virtually everything heard or read; s/he can summarise information from different spoken and written sources, reconstructing arguments and accounts in a coherent presentation; s/he can express himself/herself spontaneously, very fluently and precisely, differentiating finer shades of meaning even in more complex situations.

Polish language courses

Polish Language Classes, 2nd semester 2017/2018

Level A1

A1 online course, Agnieszka Wronowska, MA

1 Monday, Wednesday 8:00-9:30, Maria Kuc, MA, czytelnia II

2 Tuesday, Thursday 9:45-11:15, Aleksandra Święcka, Ph.D., czytelnia III

3 Monday, Wednesday 11:30-13:00, Elżbieta Safjańska, MA czytelnia III

4 Tuesday, Thursday 11:30-13:00, Katarzyna Kołak-Danyi, MA, czytelnia I

5 Monday, Wednesday 13:15-14:45, Anna Domańska, MA, czytelnia I

6 Tuesday, Thursday 18:30-20:00, Barbara Łukasiewicz, MA, czytelnia I

7 Monday, Wednesday 9:45-11:15, Maria Kuc, MA, czytelnia II

8 Monday, Wednesday 15:00-16:30, Tomasz Wegner, MA, czytelnia I

9 Tuesday, Thursday 9:45-11:15, Elżbieta Safjańska, MA, czytelnia I


 Level A1 continuation

     1 Monday, Wednesday 11:30 13:00, Katarzyna Kołak-Danyi, MA, czytelnia I – for students after 2 weeks intensive course in September.

2 Monday, Wednesday 9:45-11:15, Anna Domańska, MA, czytelnia I

3 Tuesday, Thursday 8:00-9:30, Aneta Gmyz-Sasim, MA, czytelnia I

4 Monday, Wednesday 18:30 – 20:00, Monika Mańka, MA, czytelnia I


Level A2

A2 online course, Agnieszka Jastrzębska, MA

1 Monday, Wednesday 13:15-14:45, Maria Kuc, MA, czytelnia II – Continuation of the  A2 level for students who have studied A2 level in the 1st semester 2017/2018

2 Tuesday, Thursday 11:30-13:00, Aneta Gmyz-Sasim, MA, czytelnia II

Level B1

1 Tuesday, Thursday 11:30-13:00, Aleksandra Święcka, Ph.D., czytelnia III

2 Monday, Wednesday 11:30-13:00, Anna Domańska, MA, czytelnia II


Level B2

1 Monday, Wednesday 13:15-14:45, Justyna Zych, Ph.D.,   czytelnia III

2 Tuesday, Thursday 13:15-14.45, Aleksandra Święcka, Ph.D., czytelnia III


Level C1

1 Monday, Wednesday 16.45-18:15, Agnieszka Wronowska, MA czytelnia III

2 Tuesday, Thursday 13:15-14:45, dr hab. Piotr Garncarek, czytelnia I


Level C2

1 Monday, Wednesday 15.00-16:30, Elżbieta Safjańska, MA, czytelnia III


September Erasmus course

Every year, about two weeks before the beginning of The University of Warsaw’s academic year, POLONICUM holds an intensive Polish course for students from countries of the European Union participating in the Erasmus+ student exchange program. The language classes are conducted on the beginner and intermediate level of proficiency. The course helps students to acquire basic Polish fast, so that during their one- or two-semester stay in Poland they can readily function in everyday situations. The majority of participants of this course later continue to learn Polish at the POLONICUM during the academic year.

To sign up for a course, please contact the International Relations Office of the University of Warsaw


The POLONICUM offers Polish as a Foreign Language certificate examinations at the B2 level, for all the registered UW students (including Ph.D. students) – free of charge (but the tokens are required), and for non-UW candidates (standard fees apply, please contact POLONICUM’s office). Examinations are held during the examination period (twice a year, in January and June). Students who have not passed the examination are required to apply for a retake in September (retake-exam period).

According to the regulations of The Coordination Board for Language Proficiency Certification, the exam consists of two parts: written and oral. To pass the exam and get the certificate, one should receive minimum 60% for both components. The written component is 180 minutes long, and consists of four parts (listening, reading comprehension, grammar in use, writing). The candidate is able to take part in the oral component, if she/he has passed the written component.

Please visit to get all the needed information, including schedules, examples of tests etc.