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The Foundation Year for secondary school graduates is an intensive programme aimed at improving language skills, as well as preparing candidates wishing to study in English at the University of Warsaw or other Polish universities.

The aim of the programme is to enable international students to start degree studies in English in a chosen field of social studies, humanities or science at Polish universities. The entry requirement is possessing English language skills equivalent to at least B1 level, according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, assessed on the basis of the UW placement test.

This is an intensive programme, involving 4 contact hours per day, 5 days a week. It lasts from 8 October 2018 – 7 June 2019.

The Foundation Year lasts 9 months and is divided into two semesters. The first semester focuses on English for academic and specific purposes, as well as basic course of Polish Language. All four language skills are practiced. Moreover, the programme offers social path module thanks to which participants can acquaint themselves with Polish culture, academic life as well as the University facilities and its surrounding.

In the second semester specific degree courses run by field specialists are introduced, if a group of candidates applying for studies in the similar field counts at least 5 persons.

If a group is not big enough, a participant can apply for a possibility to attend classes offered for the first year of studies at the chosen faculty.

At the end of the course all the participants go in to the certification exam on the level B2[1]. The cost of the exam is included in the fee. Participants who successfully complete the Foundation Year, obtain the certificate on B2 level of English competence shall be admitted to chosen first- or second-cycle studies by the Rector of the University of Warsaw.

Participants who possess Bachelor or Master’s degree and wish to apply for second-cycle studies shall be admitted to the chosen programme on conditions defined by the Faculty (requirements shall be defined in the acceptance letter for the Foundation Year).


  • Learning English towards B2 at the best University in Poland
  • Admission to first year of first-cycle (BA) studies at UW after completing the Foundation Year Programme
  • 600 learning hours
  • Classes held 5 days a week
  • Seminars with field specialists
  • All four language skills practised
  • Face-to-face instruction with online support
  • One-to-one tuition available
  • Possibility to learn Polish
  • State-of-the-art facilities with top class equipment
  • Learning materials included
  • Variety of social activities

COURSE DATES:  8 October 2018 – 7 June 2019


the first intake: 1 June – 15 July 2018

the second intake: 13 August – 2 September 2018

FEE: 3100 EUR

the admission will be made through the System of Internet Registration for Candidates:



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[1] The certification exam is not mandatory for the participants who have already possessed another English certificate (IELTS, TOEFL etc.) on the level B2 or equivalent.