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Foundation Year, bachelor - level

Code FY_B
Organizational unit University of Warsaw
Field of studies Foundation Year
Level of education One-year course
Language(s) of instruction English
Duration 1 year
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Dear Candidates,

The University of Warsaw offers an extraordinary opportunity to undertake an intensive one-year preparatory course in English language aimed at secondary school graduates from all over the world.


Language of the course:



Benefits of the Programme:

Learning English towards B2

Seminars with field specialists

Up to 600 learning hours

Admissions to first year of degree studies at the University of Warsaw

State-of-the-art facilities with top class equipment

Possibility to learn Polish

Learning materials included

All four language skills practiced

Face-to-face instruction with online support



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.

This is an intensive programme, involving 4 contact hours per day, 5 days a week. It lasts from October 2019 – June 2020.

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 which helps participants get familiar with Polish culture, academic life, 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 consists of 5 students or more. In case 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.

Participants who successfully complete the Foundation Year shall be admitted to first- or second-cycle studies of their choice by the Rector of the University of Warsaw.





[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.