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 a Program Manager at the Study Abroad 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. A study abroad experience broadens your horizon, grows your circle of friends and improves your career opportunities. That’s why I think everyone should do one!

Feel free to contact me to find out more about study abroad programs at Pitt, and/or to learn/practice some Russian.  Get in touch with me at or 412-383-3237!


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

Items Billed by Pitt

Tuition $4,656  
Program Fee $1000  
Study Abroad Fee $300  
Total Billed by Pitt $5,956  


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.

The amounts above are for the 2019-2020 academic year and should be used as estimates only. Pricing for 2020-2021 will be posted and announced in the fall term.

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


When You'll Go

Dates for the 2020-2021 academic year will be posted in the fall!