Change of the recruitment procedure in the NAWA Summer Courses 2021
Please be informed that in 2021 the program "Summer courses of Polish language and culture" changed its name to "NAWA Summer Courses" and was transformed into an institutional program, which for potential course participants means a new formula of the recruitment procedure. In accordance with the new assumptions, the recruitment of participants will be carried out by NAWA accredited universities.
The list of universities organizing Summer Courses 2021 will appear on this website in April 2021. Then, the universities will publish the course programs and recruitment rules on their websites.
Candidates for the Program must meet the following requirements:
- have the status of a student or teacher of a foreign university,
- do not have Polish citizenship - this also applies to the situation when Polish citizenship is the second or subsequent one,
- have not studied in Poland in the 2020/2021 academic year.
Universities will have the right to extend the above mentioned requirements - for example, with provisions regarding health insurance or reaching 18 years of age.
The duties of the course participants will include:
- self-financing of travel costs - to the place of the Course and back,
- attendance of not less than 75% in compulsory classes as part of the Course,
- participation in evaluation activities during and after the Course, including filling out an on-line questionnaire, access to which will be provided before the end of the Course,
- participation in evaluation studies conducted by the Ministry of Education and Science on the terms specified by the Ministry of Education and Science,
- cooperation with the Course organizer and teachers conducting the classes in order to achieve the best possible results of the Course,
- taking care of the place of accommodation, places of classes and the entrusted teaching materials.
The following elements of the student program will remain unchanged:
The courses are held in July and August and last 3 or 4 weeks.
The aim of the courses is to strengthen linguistic competences, as well as deepen ties with Poland and encourage participants to study in Poland or - in the longer term - to cooperate with Polish universities and companies in the field of science and economy.
The program of the course includes intensive classes in Polish as a foreign language, a rich program of trips and cultural excursions, practical workshops, lectures on Polish history and culture and integration events.
Participation in the Course and all related activities (as well as accommodation and meals) is free of charge for the course participants.
The course for foreign language teachers will also retain its current form:
The NAWA summer course for the teachers is intended for non-Polish citizens who teach Polish as a foreign language in academic centers outside Poland.
The course is usually held in August and lasts 3 weeks. Its main goal is to strengthen the teaching, methodological and linguistic competences of teachers through language classes, workshops, hospitations and lectures on the Polish language and culture. An important goal of the course is also an integration with Polish as a foreign language teachers from various countries and parts of the world.
The estimated number of participants is 30.
If the epidemiological threat persists, it is planned to implement the courses remotely.
The Agency's recruitment guidelines for universities organizing summer courses for students are as follows:
- admission to the course of students to whom participation in the course will prove to be the most useful from the point of view of the Course’s objectives – e.g. people who know little about Poland or people who relate their academic or professional career with Poland - e.g. future Polish language teachers or students of Polish philology and Polish studies,
- admission of people whose achievements, e.g. academic accomplishments or position in the community, or the possibility of influencing public opinion in their environment or country, increase the probability that positive opinions about Poland and a friendly attitude towards it will spread (e.g. people, who publish their texts),
- a significant percentage of students from the countries indicated in the attached list of preferred countries (from the Poland My First Choice program),
- a significant percentage of people who have not yet benefited from this form of support from the Polish State,
- the diversity of participants in terms of their country of origin, universities, environments, faculties where they study.
The university will have the right to include additional elements in the recruitment.
In the case of foreign teachers, the Agency's guidelines are as follows:
- admission to the course of the most active teachers, who provide many hours of classes for many different groups of students;
- admission to the course of teachers whose achievements, e.g. academic or position in the community, or the possibility of influencing public opinion in their environment or country, increase the probability that positive opinions about Poland and a friendly attitude towards it will spread (e.g. people who publish their texts);
- admission to the course of teachers for whom participation in the course will prove to be the most useful from the point of view of the Course's objectives (e.g. those who have a real possibility of increasing the number of classes and want to seize this opportunity).
- diversity of participants in terms of the country of origin, universities, communities, departments where they conduct Polish language courses.
All current information about the Program will appear first in this bookmark.
The list of countries indicated as the preferred countries of residence of the participants of NAWA Summer Courses is available here