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Course Offerings


  • Classes taught in Polish and English


  • Minimum 2.75 G.P.A.
  • Open to freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors
  • Open to all levels of Polish speakers
  • Completed API application
  • University contact information form
  • One letter of recommendation
  • Official transcript
  • Statement of purpose
  • Course pre-registration form
  • Entry requirement: valid passport

Dates & Fees

Jun 30, 2018 - Aug 1, 2018


Apr 1, 2018
Apr 30, 2018

Course Offerings

If you require syllabi that are not listed below, please contact your API Program Coordinator.



All summer students are required to take one Polish language course. Students complete a placement exam on-site to determine their level and are placed in one of the following courses. Courses taught in Polish are listed in orange.

BEGINNING LEVEL A1 – Introduction to Polish – Breakthrough (5) – Conducted in Polish

This course is designed for students who with no previous background in the Polish language. Students will increase their vocabulary and knowledge of grammar. Students should be able to read basic texts.

BEGINNING LEVEL A2  – Waystage (5) – Conducted in Polish

Students are taught to read texts with proper intonation and accent, learn basic grammar, and use Polish in its communicative function in a set of life situations. Using about 1,000 words, they can speak about themselves and the world around them.

BEGINNING/INTERMEDIATE LEVEL B1 – The Threshold (5) – Conducted in Polish

This course is meant for those who come to Poland as pre-intermediate students of Polish. After the course they should attain a basic knowledge of Polish grammar and possess basic communication competence. They should know about 2,000 words of the Polish lexicon.

INTERMEDIATE LEVEL B2 – Vantage (5) – Conducted in Polish

This course is meant for intermediate students of Polish. The students are taught the structure of the Polish language and how to use it appropriately. This course prepares students to function in most everyday situations and to actively participate in conversations in Polish.

ADVANCED LEVEL C1 – Effective Proficiency (5) – Conducted in Polish

This course gives students a firm grasp of Polish grammar. Students are taught to function adequately in everyday situations and to participate in Polish conversations. On this level specialized Polish is introduced. Students are prepared to speak and write on specialized topics, and to understand specialized Polish (e.g. lecture note taking). It is assumed that students on this level should use about 6000 general Polish and 500-1000 specialized Polish words.

ADVANCED LEVEL C2 – Proficiency (5) – Conducted in Polish

Advanced students of Polish are placed in the Proficiency program. The program aims at teaching the students individualized linguistic behavior in all communicative situations and a full range of Polish language structures. The students are also taught to write longer essays and compositions. Achieving a full understanding of written and spoken Polish texts is an important aim of this curriculum.

SUPERIOR LEVEL D – Native Speaker (5) – Conducted in Polish

This course has been designed for very advanced students of Polish whose proficiency is close to that of a native Polish speaker.


Students may choose up to two of the following courses for the summer session.

Polish Art – Past and Present (2) – Conducted in English [Syllabus]

The development of Polish art since the 10th century. Special emphasis will be placed on the importance of Poland within Europe, including the formative effects of geopolitics on the development of Polish artistic movements, Polish church art, folk art, poster and architecture. In-depth art history lectures will be conducted both at the University and in museums. The course will be accompanied by a program of field trips.

Polish Culture: Lessons in Polish Literature (2) – Conducted in English [Syllabus]

This course offers a presentation of some of the most interesting problems in the thousand-year history of Polish culture, with special emphasis on themes related to national existence. Literary masterpieces of the past and present, including poetry of the two Nobel Prize winners – Czesław Miłosz (1980) and Wisława Szymborska (1996); Polish Romanticism; culture in a political context; the phenomenon of exiled culture; literature and totalitarianism, and other “great questions” of Polish culture will be discussed.

Polish Grammar (2) – Conducted in English [Syllabus]

A series of lectures on the structure of the Polish language – its morphology and syntax, in English. The lecturer will let you know everything about the Polish grammar you always wanted to know but never had any occasion to ask.

History of Poland: From Kingdom to the Third Republic (2) – Conducted in English [Syllabus]

This course offers a survey of Polish history from the Piast dynasty through the period of Jagiellonian rule, the time of the elected kings, 123 years of partitioned Poland, the 1920’s and 1930’s, World War II, the creation and functioning of the People’s Republic, the collapse of the communist system. This class is also taught in Polish for advanced Polish speakers.

The Jews in Poland (1) – Conducted in English [Syllabus]

This course will make students familiar with the long and glorious history of Jewish communities in Poland as well as with the period from 1939 to 1945 (the Holocaust). Post-Holocaust history of the Jews and Jewish culture in Poland will also be covered, with emphasis on Jewish-non-Jewish relations and anti-Semitism, and recent revival of the Jewish life in Poland.

Literatura Polska XXw – 20th Century Polish Literature (1) – Conducted in Polish

This course covers the most important phenomena in contemporary Polish literature, including: the interwar period (the works of Witkiewicz, Schulz, Gombrowicz); Milosz and Szymborska’s poetry (the Nobel Prize for literature); references to the Holocaust; Culture in exile; and Contemporary poetry.

Polska Kultura Współczesna – Polish Contemporary Culture (1) – Conducted in Polish

This course presents some of the most important phenomena and changes in Polish culture (literature, film, theater , music , painting , sculpture, media … ) since the fall Communism (1989) and up to the present time.

Why This Language Is So Complicated (1) – Conducted in Polish

This is a theoretical course for students interested in studying the Polish language. Lectures concern characteristics of language structure, syntaxes, irregularities, and vocabulary discussions.

Polish Film – Selected Topics (not for credit) – Conducted in English

This course will provide several video presentations of the most outstanding Polish films: from the classics of Andrzej Wajda to the most recent releases. The films are analyzed using a variety of criteria that reveal individual styles of their directors. The classes aid students in understanding how various film genres “make meaning.” They progress from the most specific aspects of cinematic production techniques to more abstract problems.