• Justyna Zych, Ph.D.
  • Assistant Professor
  • j.zych@uw.edu.pl

Research Interests

  • 20th and 21st Century Polish and French Literature and Culture
  • Question of Cultural Alterity
  • Literary Theory
  • Psychoanalysis in Literary Criticism
  • Topography and Culture of Warsaw
  • Culture Pedagogy
  • Methodology of Teaching Foreign Languages
  • Language Correctness


  • Courses of Polish as a Foreign Language (All the Levels of Proficiency A0–C2)
  • Courses, Lectures, and Seminars on Polish Culture and Literature for Foreigners, both in Polish and English, among others “Essentials of Contemporary Polish Culture”, “Highlights of Polish Culture”, “Cultural Portrait of Warsaw”, “Intro to Polish Literature”, “Best-Selling Polish Novels”, “Famous People from Poland”, “Warszawa we współczesnej literaturze polskiej”
  • Online Course in English “Contemporary Polish Culture in a Nutshell”
  • Lectures on Methodology of Teaching Polish Language and Culture to Foreigners for Students of Postgraduate Program “Teaching Polish as a Foreign Language”


  • Ph. D. in Literary Studies, Faculty of Modern Languages, University of Warsaw, 2014
  • M.A., University of Warsaw, 2008 – Polish Philology (within Inter-Faculty Individual Studies in Humanities)
  • M.A., University of Warsaw, 2007 – French Philology (within Inter-Faculty Individual Studies in Humanities)

International Experience

  • Internship at the University of Glasgow, Scotland – March 2018
  • Visiting Professor at the Polish Institute in Saint Petersburg – December 2017
  • Internship at the University of Reykjavik, Iceland – November 2017
  • Visiting Scholar Program at the Kyungpook National University in Daegu,  South Korea – June–July 2017
  • Internship at the Universität Tübingen, Germany – May 2017
  • Internship at the Università degli Studi di Milano, Italy – May 2017
  • Youth Leadership Program at the Sichuan University in Chengdu, China – March 2017
  • Polish-Austrian Summer School in Poznań, Poland – September 2016
  • Visiting Professor in the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures at the University of Toronto, Canada – from September 2014 to May 2016
  • Organizing the State Certificate Exam in Polish as a Foreign Language in Brest, Belarus – May 2014
  • Research Grant in Paris, France – June 2013 and September 2011
  • Internship at the University Eötvos Loránd Tudományegyetem in Budapest, Hungary – April 2013
  • Internship at the Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium – April 2012 and February 2011
  • Research Grant at Université de Genève, Switzerland – 2009
  • Undergraduate Studies at Université Paris IV-Sorbonne, France – 2006

Memberships and Functions

  • Member of the Group of Examiners and Exam Authors, appointed by the State Commission for the Certification of Proficiency in Polish as a Foreign Language, Ministry of Science and Higher Education
  • Member of the “Bristol” Association of Polish and Foreign Teachers of Polish Language and Culture
  • Member of the Canadian Association of Slavists

At the University of Warsaw:

  • Polonicum Centre Coordinator for Development and International Cooperation
  • Member of the Department of Polish Studies Team for Assuring Quality of Teaching in the Academic Years 2016–2020
  • Member of the Group of Examiners and Exam Authors for the Certification of Proficiency in Polish as a Foreign Language at the Polonicum Centre
  • Coordinator of the Inter-Faculty Course “Transformation in Poland after 1989”