Intensive Polish in Poland - 6 weeks


This program offers students the opportunity to learn Polish abroad in the beautiful city of Krakow as a part of Pitt’s renowned Summer Language Institute. Students study intensive Polish at the Prolog Language School, an institute that boasts cutting edge instructional materials and dedicated, experienced instructors of Polish as a foreign language. After classes, students engage in an extensive excursion program with many different options to destinations and events in Krakow with a local guide from Prolog. This program is open to students of Polish at the intermediate, advanced, and 4th-year levels. Beginning students of Polish are not eligible for this program but are instead directed to SLI’s 10-week Pitt-Krakow program or 6-week Pitt-only program to ensure an elementary level of Polish is achieved before arrival in Krakow. All applicants to SLI’s Polish programs are eligible to apply for an SLI Scholarship.

What You'll Accomplish: 
  • The equivalent of one 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: 

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 6 credits during your study of Polish in an intensive and immersive environment. The language learning you achieve will be equivalent to one 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.


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

Items Billed by Pitt

Tuition $4,938  
Program Fee $1,000  
Study Abroad Fee $300  
Total Billed by Pitt $6,238  


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 four credits
  • Housing abroad
  • International travel health insurance
  • Excursion program abroad