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Director of the School:
Dr. hab. Anna Żurek
Vice-Director of the School:
Mag. Urszula Dobesz

The School of Polish Language and Culture for Foreigners has been operating since 1974, which means it has over 40 years of experience in teaching Polish as a foreign language. Every year 600-700 people from all over the world take part in our courses and Polish language classes for international students studying in english.

We offer the following types of courses: semester courses, 2-weeks courses for Erasmus scholarship holders and students of other international exchange programmes, an intensive summer language course, preparatory courses for Polish as a foreign language state examination and the One Year Preparatory course for those who want to start studying in Polish at the University of Wrocław. We also organize courses comissioned by various institutions - e.g. a course for young people from the Leningrad district on behalf of the Marshal Office of the Lower Silesian Voivodeship and a course for students of Mainzer Polonicum (Mainz, Germany).

Dr. hab. Anna Żurek

Mag. Urszula Dobesz

Cultural sociologist - deals with cultural education in teaching languages to foreigners. An author and co-author of reference books for teaching Polish as a foreign language and many papers on cultural and linguistic education of foreigners.

The teachers of our School are graduates of Polish studies with a specialization in teaching Polish as a foreign language or postgraduate studies in teaching Polish as a foreign and secondary language, as well as research workers of the Institute of Polish Philology of the Univeristy of Wrocław. The trainers working for the School are well prepared to teach in multicultural and multinational groups, which requires perfect professional background but also good pedagogic skills and experience. They gathered such experience among others while running the course for immigrants "Integration through language tuition INTI". It was organised under the EU project aimed at preparation of a language course model for immigrants common in the whole Europe. Lectures accompanying all our language courses are given both by research workers from the University of Wrocław and by external experts in relevant fields.

Wrocław is the capital of Dolny Śląsk - a very interesting region both from a cultural point of view and for tourists. Wrocław is frequently called "a meeting place"; it is also said that here the East meets the West. These comparisons lead us to a multicultural history of Wrocław as in its more than a thousand year history it was a Polish, Czech, Austrian, Prussian and German town. Since 1945 it has been Polish again.

A stay in Wrocław - a University centre with its fascinating history and rich intellectual and artistic life - allows us to observe to what extent its multicultural heritage has been accepted by contemporary habitants and how it has made the city's history more colourful.

The School of Polish and Culture for Foreigners creates an opportunity for its students to have professional apprenticeship in various cultural and social institutions of the town. Through these activities our participants have an additional opportunity to check their knowledge of Polish in natural circumstances and to gain new experience through observing activities undertaken by various institutions and bodies important for both Wrocław and the whole country.

In order to do so the participants most frequently work in places like offices for Members of Parliament, offices organising international artistic festivals, various departments of the Municipal Office, Jewish community, museums, University promotion offices and finally the East Europe College. Thus they can be convinced that Wrocław has fully deserved its above mentioned name "meeting place".

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