Who can apply?
Kosciuszko Foundation Summer Study Abroad programs are open to high school graduates who will be 18 years old by the first day of their chosen program, college and graduate students and adults who have an interest in studying Polish. Previous knowledge of the Polish language is not required.
About Language Classes
Language classes are available at the Jagiellonian University, Krakow and the John Paul II Catholic University in Lublin. Placement in beginner, intermediate, and advanced level classes are made based on a placement test given at the start of the program. Class size is approximately 10-15 students. Previous knowledge of Polish is not required. Final exams include a written and oral component. State Certification Exams may be taken at additional cost by students who have reached a minimum level of fluency in the Polish language.
State Certification Exams
The State Certification Exam is the official certification test of Polish as a foreign language and is recognized worldwide. Test levels B1, B2 and C2 will be offered in Poland in July provided that a minimum number of students apply for the exam. Exam date and price will be announced in Poland. For more information please see www.buwiwm.edu.pl/certyfikacja and also the Jagiellonian University 2009 syllabus link for course levels and their corresponding exam levels.
About Transcripts of Credit
Students can receive credit towards an undergraduate degree for Polish language classes and courses completed in Poland. Please refer to course descriptions for beginning and ending dates of classes, the number of hours of instruction and credits available. Transcripts of Credit are issued by the host institution and include the name of the course, the number of hours of instruction and a letter grade. Sealed transcripts are mailed during the week of September 20th. In the Polish system 1 academic hour = 45 minutes. All classes require attendance, include mid-term and final exams, and may require a thesis paper.
Students seeking credit for these summer programs are advised to speak to an academic advisor at their home institution prior to applying. You will be required to complete and submit the KF's Summer Study Abroad Credit Approval Form and may also need to complete your home university's forms.
Please note that policy regarding transfer of credit varies from university to university and is, in part, based on whether a student has already met their home university's degree requirements with respect to language and/or history and culture courses. If you have already met degree requirements you may wish to see if the course may be used towards free electives. Your academic advisor will be able to inform you of the university's policies regarding electives and transfer of credit.
How to Apply for Credit
A Credit Approval Form is provided with Kosciuszko Foundation's Summer Study Abroad application materials. Print the 2009 program syllabus including pages relevant to the courses you are interested in taking and present them together with details of the 2010 program to your academic advisor. The syllabus includes information concerning the university's grading policy, the various levels of instruction , a listing of afternoon lectures together with lecture titles for each course. Your academic advisor is asked to complete the bottom portion of the Credit Approval Form. It is suggested that you make a Xerox copy of the form for your records and send the original to the KF office in NYC.
Passports & Visas
A valid passport is needed for all travelers to Poland. If you do not have a passport or if your passport is expected to expire within 6 months of your arrival in Poland, it is time to renew. Applications, instructions and costs are available at your local clerk's of court, post offices, and on the Internet at http://travel.state.gov. Renew early to avoid service backlogs and expedited service fees. Include your passport number on the Accommodation Form. If you do not have a passport at the time of application it may be forwarded via e-mail to the Kosciuszko Foundation. Passport numbers are due by Friday, May 28th.
Visas to Poland for tourist travel by U.S. citizens are not needed. Tourist travel is defined as travel which does not exceed 90 days. If you intend to stay in Poland for 90 days or more call the Polish Consulate nearest you for instructions on obtaining a visa or see the following web-site for details and information: http://www.polandconsulateny.com
Group Flights to Poland
Students may opt to travel to Poland on their own or may travel on group flights to Poland. PAT Tours is coordinating group flights for KF Summer programs. Please inquire directly: (800) 388-0988 for ticket prices, information and to make reservations. Group flights to Krakow include bus transfer to the dormitory. Students who travel to Poland individually are expected at the dormitory on the arrival date of the program.
Health and Travel Insurance
The Kosciuszko Foundation does not offer packages for health/travel insurance, however, we do strongly suggest that program participants purchase health and travel insurance.
Scholarships are available for studies at the Jagiellonian University. The Tomaszkiewicz-Florio Scholarship covers the cost of program fees of a 3-week session (program fees include the cost of tuition, a shared room, three meals per day, and sightseeing). The following fees are not covered by the Scholarship: single room, $95 non-refundable registration, $35 scholarship application fee, optional add-ons and extra nights. Scholarship applicants must meet program eligibility requirements and be full-time high school seniors or undergraduate students. US citizens and permanent residents of Polish descent who have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher may apply to compete for a scholarship. Students who are applying for longer programs may apply for funding towards program fees.
Tomaszkiewicz-Florio Scholarship Instructions: Send two completed application forms, three passport-size photos with name printed on the reverse, official transcripts, financial information form, two letters of reference from professors/teachers, and a well reasoned essay on why you are applying to the program, the reason for your choice of lecture classes and your reasons for applying for the program. The essay should be a minimum of two pages and must include your full name, "Summer Sessions" and page number on each page of the essay.
Send your application and supporting materials together with a scholarship application fee of $35 to the KF Chapter nearest your school/university. If there is no K.F. Chapter in your school's vicinity, send application materials to the Kosciuszko Foundation office in NYC. Chapter addresses are provided with application materials. Scholarship decisions are made via e-mail late in May. Students who receive scholarships will be required to pay registration fees on notification and to submit a report to the Kosciuszko Foundation following the close of the program. Non-successful scholarship applicants may attend programs as paying students. Tomaszkiewicz-Florio Scholarship Applications and supporting materials are due on Friday, April 9. (Please postmark by April 7th.)
How to Apply for Summer Programs
Submit two completed application forms, 2 passport-size photos signed on the reverse for programs in Lublin, 3 passport-sized photos signed on the reverse for programs in Krakow, a $95 non-refundable application fee, program fees and payment for any optional add-ons. All applicants are required to submit a Physician's Certificate and sign the Kosciuszko Foundation's Rules and Regulation Form . Please note that fees which are quoted in Euros will be payable in Poland. Most students who meet eligibility requirements are accepted to these programs.
Non-scholarship applications are due at the Kosciuszko Foundation's Office in NYC by Friday, May 14th.
Cancellations and Refunds
Cancellations with a full refund are made through Friday, May 28. A $75 cancellation fee applies after May 28. No refunds after the first day of the program.
Important Dates and Due Dates
April 9 - Tomaszkiewicz-Florio Scholarship Applications due
May 14 - Deadline date for Applications - all programs.
May 28 - Accommodation Forms due -JU programs.
May 28 - Credit Approval Forms due.
May 28 - Health Forms due.
May 28 - Passport Numbers due - number may be e-mailed.
May 28 - signed Rules and Regulations Form due.
Sept 20 - Official Transcripts of Credit are mailed out
Application materials are available through the Kosciuszko Foundation