Polish language courses

Information for Candidates

Information for Candidates

  1. The courses are organized in a trimester system (with 3-month terms), which means that registration must be repeated after each trimester.
  2. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, classes will be held online until further notice.
  3. The enrolment can be completed online (polonicum@uw.edu.pl) or in person at the Polonicum’s office. A learner should fill in an application form and write down a placement test.
  4. The full fee for a given trimester should be transferred to the Polonicum bank account within 3 working days from the date of registration. Failure to pay the fee after this time will result in removing the candidate from the list of course participants. The Polonicum office does not accept cash payments. Presenting proof of payment is a necessary condition for a candidate to start attending the course.
  5. A person enrolling to the course is required to notify the Polonicum office whether she/he needs an invoice on the day of payment. The invoice details should be sent by e-mail to lukasz.rongers@uw.edu.pl. Due to the regulations of the University of Warsaw, failure to comply with this guideline shall result in refusal to issue an invoice.
  6. In case of resignation from the course during its duration, the fee can only be refunded in documented special cases and is proportional to the number of lessons left. Polonicum Centre does not refund money for lessons not attended by the participant.
  7. In case when the lessons cannot take place for reasons related to the teacher (illness or another unforeseen event), they will be postponed to the date agreed with the group.
  8. The number of participants in an online group ranges from 6 to 10.
  9. Changing the group can only take place upon the approval of the teacher and employees of the office.
  10. Each trimester ends with a test verifying the degree to which the student has mastered the curriculum material, on which basis the student is entitled to receive a certificate.
  11. After each trimester, students fill in an anonymous questionnaire in which they evaluate the course program and the work of the teacher.

The curricula of all courses meet the requirements of the State Commission for the Certification of Proficiency in Polish as a Foreign Language. Polonicum is a centre organizing state certificate examinations.


The Polonicum Centre will not act as an intermediary in the application process for a Polish visa. It does not issue certificates confirming acceptance on to the course. Advance payment for more than one term is not permitted. The only document course participants can expect to receive is an invoice for the course fees.


Dates and fees

I trimester: October 5th – December 18th, 2020

Registration will begin on September 16th and will last until there are no free places!

The course is online

Regular course: 63 hours, fee: 1701 PLN

Classes: 2 x a week, 3 hours
all levels available


Information for candidates

The history of the Polonicum Centre began more than 60 years ago with the foundation of the Summer School. Since then, the school has been organised annually and enjoys ever-growing popularity among teenagers, students and more mature participants representing any number of professions and nationalities. The course lasts four weeks, and usually attracts around 200 participants from all over the world. The classes are held every weekday. There are from twenty to twenty-two groups at all levels of proficiency: from beginner to advanced. A bespoke teaching programme is prepared for each level, and each group has two teachers. A programme of additional language sessions is offered to course participants at beginner and intermediate levels. For those who do not know any Polish yet, there is a series of audiovisual programmes in English that present contemporary Polish culture and history. The intermediate group receives a series of lectures on cultural issues, and for the most advanced learners, there are lectures on offer by eminent Polish academics. Additionally, workshops are available in such areas as language, literature and textual analysis. The programme includes screenings of recent Polish film productions, open-air Chopin concerts in Łazienki Park, guided walks round the loveliest and most interesting corners of the capital, and a trip to the countryside. Every year, varied events and attractions are prepared. These include dance classes, during which Summer School participants learn to dance the polonaise under the guidance of a choreographer from the University’s Warszawianka Dance Company. During the closing ceremony, a performance of Poland’s national dance provides a fitting climax to all the hard work, as the Summer School participants’ encounter with the language and culture of Poland draws to an end.

Detailed information on Summer Course 2020 edition and conditions of participation can be found in the <program announcement>.

Program announcement

65th Summer Course ONLINE

Course dates: August 3rd – 28th, 2020
Application deadline: July 15th 2020

Basic edition / Program: 

  • Polish Language (72 hours in total: 32 hours with the teacher including 10 hours of project-based learning, 40 hours of self-reliant learning);
  • Conversational Polish (8 hours at each level);
  • Poland in a Nutshell (8 hours of seminars about Poland’s history, culture, society in English and/or Polish)

88 hours of language and culture program/  language classes end with an exam – 4 ECTS

Course fee: 2123 PLN 


Full edition / Program: 

  • Polish Language (72 hours in total: 32 hours with the teacher including 10 hours of project-based learning, 40 hours of self-reliant learning);
  • Conversational Polish (16 hours at each level);
  • Writing Workshops for intermediate and advanced learners (8 hours of improving the skill of writing in Polish);
  • Learning Poland (15 hours of seminars about Poland’s history, culture, literature, society in English and/or Polish)

88 hours of language program end with an exam – 4 ECTS

15 hours of culture program – 1 ECTS

Course fee: 2685 PLN

  • Number of students in a group: 6 – 8
  • All levels of language proficiency
  • The classes held by the teachers from the ”Polonicum” Centre, certified to teach Polish as a foreign language, experienced in teaching foreigners, using the best methods
  • Use of modern educational platforms for online teaching
  • The timetable of lessons suited to the participants’ places of residence

Application form

Application form is available here:  application_form_2020

Conditions of participation

The course is designed for:

1. Those who received scholarships provided within cultural agreements between Poland and other countries. To apply for scholarships, please contact the authorities in your country responsible for allocating such scholarships. Requests for scholarships sent directly to POLONICUM will not be considered.

2. Those granted with scholarship by foreign universities or other academic institutions which have agreements of bilateral cooperation with University of Warsaw. Information about conditions of participation will be given by the International Relations Office of University of Warsaw. Please contact Mrs. Grażyna Andrejuk (e-mail: grazyna.andrejuk@adm.uw.edu.pl, phone: (0048 22) 55 20 434.

3. There is a possibility to participate in our course on a payment basis. The fee should be paid in Polish zlotys (PLN) directly to POLONICUM bank account in 10 days after receving the confirmation of participation.

Uniwersytet Warszawski Centrum Polonicum

ul. Krakowskie Przedmieście 26/28 00-927 Warszawa


Account number: PL85 1160 2202 0000 0000 3686 8683

Title of the transfer: first name, last name.

4. The learner enrolling to the course should inform the Polonicum’s office whether she/he needs to receive an invoice immediately after the payment. The invoice details should be sent by email to lukasz.rongers@uw.edu.pl. Due to the UW procedures, a failure to follow this guideline means we will not be able to issue an invoice further in time.

For further information please contact the POLONICUM office.

Application deadline: 15th July 2020.

Please send your completed application to:
University of Warsaw
Centre of Polish Language and Culture for Foreigners
Krakowskie Przedmieście 26/28
00–927 Warszawa
Tel: (+48 22) 55 21 533
e-mail: polonicum@uw.edu.pl