Intensive Polish in Pittsburgh and Poland


This unique program offers students the opportunity to learn Polish at Pitt’s renowned Summer Language Institute in Pittsburgh and abroad in Krakow, Poland. After 6 weeks of language and culture study at Pitt’s Oakland campus, students depart for a 4-week abroad program in Krakow at the Prolog Language School, an institute that boasts cutting edge instructional materials and dedicated, experienced instructors of Polish as a foreign language. In Krakow, students will continue their intensive language classes and be offered an extensive excursion program to sites and events in Krakow with a local guide from Prolog. This program is open to students of Polish at the beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels. All applicants to SLI’s Polish programs are eligible to apply for an SLI Scholarship.

What You'll Accomplish: 
  • The equivalent of 1 academic year of Polish language training
  • Rapid gain in proficiency in speaking, reading, listening, and writing in Polish
  • Deep understanding of Polish culture through hands-on activities centering on film, music, art, movement, and cuisine of Central Europe
  • Understanding of cross-cultural communication gleaned through the challenges and rewards of the international living experience


Krakow is the second largest and one of the oldest, most beautiful, and most interesting cities in Poland. It is known for its well-preserved historical architecture going back to the Medieval era. The multitudes of attractions in Krakow include the Old Town, Jewish Quarter, Market Square, Planty Park, and St. Mary’s Basilica. Krakow is a vibrant city during the summer months with numerous attractions and exhibits and endless cafes, shops, and historical corners to explore.

Where You'll Live: 

While in Pittsburgh, students may select to live in the dormitories or locate an apartment to sublet. Students are responsible for the cost of housing in Pittsburgh. In Poland, students will live in apartments situated close to the site of classes and the historical center of Krakow. The cost of housing abroad is included in the program cost.

What You'll Study: 

You’ll earn a total of 10 credits during your study of Polish in an intensive and immersive environment. The language learning you achieve will be equivalent to or greater than a full academic year’s worth of foreign language study. You will rapidly improve proficiency in all four language modes: speaking, listening, reading and writing.  

Your Pitt Study Abroad Contacts: 

Oksana Stalczynski

Privet! I'm Oksana Stalczynski and I'm an Assistant Director of Study Abroad at the Global Experiences Office. I was born and raised in St. Petersburg, Russia, was an exchange student and Russian Language Scholar at Reed College in Portland, OR and did a summer language program in Dresden, Germany. Global experiences broaden your horizon, grow your circle of friends and improve your career opportunities. That’s why I think everyone should do one!

Feel free to contact me to find out more about global experiences programs at Pitt, and/or to learn/practice some Russian.


Schedule an appointment

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SLI programs charge in-state tuition rates to all participants regardless of residency.

Items Billed by Pitt

Tuition $8,230  
Program Fee $1,000  
Study Abroad Fee $300  
Total Billed by Pitt $9,530  


Estimated Additional Out-of-Pocket Costs

Airfare $1,000 - $1,200
Personal Expenses and Meals $1,000


Remember that your lifestyle and spending choices can greatly affect the amount of money you'll need while abroad.  Visit our Budgeting page for more information.

What's Included: 

As a part of your program fee, the following are included

  • Tuition for ten credits
  • Housing during the abroad portion of the program
  • International travel health insurance
  • Excursion program abroad
  • Weekly ethnic picnics and extracurricular activities in Pittsburgh
  • Bus pass and access to student facilities (gyms, libraries, etc.) in Pittsburgh