Language and adaptation Polish language courses

Erasmus Intensive Language Course (EILC) is organized by the School of Polish Language and Culture of the University of Silesia in September. Classes are held in the building of the Faculty of Philology and last from Monday to Friday. On free days (Saturdays and Sundays) cultural program and trips are arranged.

This course is arranged in Katowice when it is ordered by the Foundation of Educational System Development – National Agency of „Longlife learning” Program (Warsaw, Mokotowska Street 43) or for students of Stefan Banach program.

One week adaptation course for students of Erasmus program who will study at the University of Silesia

One week adaptation course is held twice a year: in September and in February. It is arranged by the School of Polish Language and Culture of the University of Silesia in Katowice. The participants of the course are students, who come to Poland to study at the University of Silesia.

Rules of participation

Course participants are Erasmus program students who start their studies in Poland and who were qualified to come there by their universities and sent documents to National Agency in Warsaw.

Before the beginning of the course School sends official invitation and organization information.

Students arrive to Katowice one day before the course starts. They go directly to the dormitory where course organizers, teachers or other students are waiting for them. Students from EU member countries should have European Health Insurance Card.

Course participation is certified by the special certificate and ECTS points are given to a student.

EILC program contains:

  • Polish language course,
  • language consultations,
  • language games,
  • lectures on Polish literature, culture and history,
  • cultural program,
  • trips.

Polish language course

Classes are usually organized on two levels of advance:
I beginners: basic communication situations
II intermediate: development of reading, writing, understanding; official and unofficial language

Language course contains:

  • intensive Polish language course: 4 hours daily and 8 hours weekly conversations / language lab, in total 112 hours. Classes are conducted by well qualified teachers from the School of Polish Language and Culture,
  • language consultations: about 20 hours. Consultations contain: conversations, work with media (computer programs and video), reading, writing, pronunciation and grammar,
  • language games: about 20 hours.

Lectures on Polish literature, culture and history

Cycle of lectures is dedicated to the most interesting phenomena in Polish literature, culture, science, movie and history as well as customs and traditions and social and political in Poland. Lectures are held in English.
Afternoon seminars are conducted by lecturers from the University of Silesia.

Cultural program

  • movie presentations with discussion,
  • music programs and concerts,
  • sightseeing of museums and galleries,
  • meetings with famous Polish (politicians, journalists, artists, writers).

Touristic program

  • sightseeing of Katowice (Regional Park of Culture and Recreation, Silesian Museum, old districts: Nikiszowiec and Giszowiec),
  • trips (usually three or four trips from: Auschwitz, Upper Silesia, Beskidy Mountains, Cracow, Pszczyna).


Students live in a dormitory in Katowice-Ligota and pay the rent for the dormitory themselves. Course participants live in fully furnished double room, with Internet connection, equipped with Bed clothing and towels. Each segment contains kitchen and bathroom. Single rooms are available after reservation and additional fee.


Katowice is the main city of the Upper Silesia region. Due to the unique combination of technology-based industrial civilization and traditional cultural values, as well as history of Poles, Germans, Jews and other nations sharing the same geographical and cultural space, Katowice has developed a special European awareness and character. As a city of agglomeration of nearly 3 million inhabitants. Katowice is one of the biggest Polish centers of industry, economy, transportation, science, education and culture. Opera House, concert halls, theatres, museums, art galleries together with many restaurants, pubs, discos, music clubs, cinemas, and sports facilities in the city offer recreation and entertainment. Numerous concerts and festivals are organized there. The most popular are Rawa Blues Festiwal and Ars Cameralis.

The city has over 13 institutions of higher education, among them: the University of Silesia, University of Economics, Academy of Music, Silesian Technical University, Academy of Physical Education, Academy of Fine Arts and others. Silesian Library, the biggest book collection in the Upper Silesia, is also located in the city.

How to get to Katowice?

For further information please contact School’s office.