Learning Polish

Most programmes offered at the Jagiellonian University are taught in Polish. That's why during admissions the University needs to check whether a candidate knows Polish well enough to undertake studies in Polish.

Study programmes conducted in foreign languages can be pursued without any prior knowledge of Polish: in that case, a confirmation of a good command of the programme's language of instruction will be needed. See study cards in the programmes in foreign languages catalogue at www.erk.uj.edu.pl for further details.

Courses in Polish at the JU

The Center for Polish Language and Culture in the World of the JU Faculty of Polish Studies, apart from offering a second-cycle study programme in teaching Polish as a foreign and second language, also organises courses in Polish at all levels, with different intensity and at various times of year. Their offer includes:

  • one-year and one-semester preliminary courses preparing for studies in Poland,
  • summer preliminary courses preparing for studies in Poland,
  • preparatory courses for state certificate examinations in Polish as a second language,
  • course in Polish as a second language for foreigners studying or in workshop practice at Kraków universities,
  • course in Polish as a second language for Erasmus exchange students,
  • individual courses et al.

The full offer of the Center and of its School of Polish Language and Culture can be found on their websites: www.polishstudies.uj.edu.pl and www.plschool.uj.edu.pl. To register for a course please contact the Center and the School directly.

All candidates interested in learning Polish from scratch are invited to check interactive A1 level course which is available here.

Knowledge confirmation

If you are applying according to the rules other than applicable to Polish nationals, you will usually take part in an interview conducted in Polish (you can make sure what are the criteria for your programme of choice in the catalogue at www.erk.uj.edu.pl). The board will talk to you in Polish, asking about your motivation for undertaking studies in Poland and about your interest in this field of study. This will help determine whether your knowledge of Polish is sufficient; so you will not need any additional documents or certificates.

Please note: for some study programmes (at the Faculty of Medicine, the Faculty of Pharmacy and the Faculty of Health Studies) no interview is conducted. To enrol in these programmes you will need a document confirming your good command of Polish.

If you are applying according to the rules applicable to Polish nationals, you will normally need a document confirming your good command of Polish; the exception are programmes where there are entrance exams conducted.

Documents confirming knowledge of Polish accepted at the Jagiellonian University »

  • certificate of completion of a one-year preliminary course preparing for studies in Poland, granted by the schools appointed by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education;
  • state certificate in Polish as a second language issued by the State Commission for the Certification of Proficiency in Polish as a Foreign Language;
  • other documents, issued by the JU, confirming that candidate's command of Polish is sufficient for undertaking studies in Polish (if your qualification is based on an interview or another entrance exam, their results act as a confirmation of your knowledge of Polish at a required level);
  • secondary school leaving certificate, if the language of instruction was Polish;
  • higher education diploma, if the language of instruction was Polish;
  • higher education diploma in the field of Polish philology (Polish studies);
  • certification obtained at the School of Polish Language and Culture or at the Center for Polish Language and Culture in the World.

If you do not have any of these documents, please contact the Department of Admissions.

Candidates for studies at the Jagiellonian University are not obliged to complete a course at the JU Center for Polish Language and Culture in the World. They can apply for studies at our university after finishing a one-year preliminary course preparing for studies in Poland in other certified schools as well.

State certificates in Polish

The Polish language certificate is an official confirmation of Polish language competence. It is a document that foreigners are required to obtain in order to become citizens of Poland. The certificate is also honoured by universities when accepting students.  State certificates in Polish as a second language are issued at the following levels:

  • A1, A2, B1, B2, C1, and C2—adults,
  • A1, A2, B1, B2—youths.

Certificates are issued by the State Commission for the Certification of Proficiency in Polish as a Foreign Language and they can be obtained in various examination centres, in Poland and abroad. More information about state certificates can be found at www.certyfikatpolski.pl.

Additionally a Licenced Exam Center has been functioning within the Center for Polish Language and Culture in the World since 2016, in which it is possible to take state certification exams for Polish as a foreign language. The exams are of various levels of difficulty, divided into age groups: adults (people over 18 years of age) and children/youths (14-17 years old). The exam sessions take place three times per year. Up-to-date information concerning the session schedule, available levels, registration and exam fees can be found on the website: www.polishstudies.uj.edu.pl/certyfikaty:
•    e-mail: certyfikatpolski@uj.edu.pl,
•    phone: (+48) 690 497 459. 

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