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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 90 hours of classes per semester, which gives them 5 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 (


Before you register for the course proceed an online placement test, please. You may find it on the platform: find it as a course “Placement test” at the bottom of the page. To get the access to the test you need to log in. All steps to do that you will find here: >>log in instruction<< . The instruction is written in Polish and in English in one file so just focus on the language you know better, please

You can also log in by using your PESEL or the PASSWORD from USOS or while creating “regular” account. How to do it? – you will see in the instruction above.

Registration to Polish Language Classes and Lectures at Polonicum

  1. Log in, please, change language for English in the top right-hand corner.
  2. Choose „ REGISTRATIONS” search for „Polonicum – lektorat II sem. 2016L”. Before you do the registration for the course you are obligate to do an online placement test. If you are beginner choose A1 level.
  3. Choose the number of the group and click on the green „cart” in the top left-hand corner.
  4. Registration starts on February 13th at 09.00 a.m.
  5. The courses start on February 20th
  6. To register for lectures at Polonicum choose “Polonicum – wykłady II sem. 2016L” at Registrations.
  7. The registration lasts till February 27th. Till this date you can change your Polish language group by signing out (link CART at USOS UL) 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

Classes in the 2nd semester of the academic year 2016/2017
at Polonicum Center
Level A1

A1 online course, Marta Skura MA.
1 Tuesday, Thursday 14:45 – 16:15, Elżbieta Safjańska MA, czytelnia I
2 Monday, Wednesday 17:00 – 18:30, Mirosław Jelonkiewicz MA, czytelnia I
3 Tuesday, Thursday 10:15 – 11:45, Ph.D Aleksandra Święcka, czytelnia II
4 Monday, Wednesday 11:15 – 12:45, Ph.D Magdalena Stasieczek-Górna, czytelnia II
5 Monday, Wednesday 8:30 – 10:00, Maria Kuc MA, czytelnia III
6 Monday, Wednesday 10:15 – 11:45, Maria Kuc MA, czytelnia III
7 Tuesday, Thursday 12:00 – 13:30, Berenika Wilczynska MA, czytelnia IV
8 Tuesday, Thursday 16:00 – 17:30, Katarzyna Basisty MA, czytelnia IV
9 Tuesday, Thursday 8:30 – 10:00, Agnieszka Jastrzębska MA, czytelnia II

Level A1 plus (after 50-60 hours of classes)

1 Monday, Wednesday 8:30 – 10:00, Mirosław Jelonkiewicz MA, czytelnia I
2 Tuesday, Thursday 12:00 – 13:30, Ph.D Aleksandra Święcka, czytelnia II
3 Monday, Wednesday 12:00 – 13:30, Maria Kuc MA, czytelnia III

Level A2

A2 online course, Joanna Prędota MA.
1 Monday, Wednesday 13:00 – 14:30, Ph.D Piotr Kajak , czytelnia IV
2 Tuesday, Thursday 10:15 – 11:45, Małgorzata Malinowska MA, czytelnia IV
3 Tuesday, Thursday 13:00 – 14:30, Paulina Potasińska MA, czytelnia I (I semester continuation)

Level B1

1 Tuesday, Thursday 10:15 – 11:45, Ph.D Piotr Kajak, czytelnia III
2 Tuesday, Thursday 13:45 – 15:15, Ph.D Aleksandra Święcka, czytelnia II
1 Monday, Wednesday 14:45 – 16:15, Ph.D Magdalena Stasieczek-Górna, czytelnia II
2 Monday, Wednesday 13:00 – 14:30, Ph.D Magdalena Stasieczek-Górna, czytelnia II (I semester continuation)
Level B2

1 Tuesday, Thursday 12:00 – 13:30, Ph.D. Barbara Janowska, czytelnia III
2 Tuesday, Thursday 13:45 – 15:15, Ph.D. Barbara Janowska, czytelnia III
3 Tuesday, Thursday 15:30 – 17:00, Ph.D. Barbara Janowska, czytelnia III
Level C1

1 Monday, Wednesday 16:00 – 17:30, Ph.D. Anna Mazanek, czytelnia III
2 Monday, Wednesday 17:30 – 19:00, Ph.D. Anna Mazanek, czytelnia III
3 Tuesday, Thursday 11:15 – 12:45, Prof. Piotr Garncarek, czytelnia I

Level C2

1 Monday, Wednesday 14.00 – 15:30, Ph.D. Anna Mazanek, 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.