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tel. 48 (81) 533-25-72

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Study Abroad at The Catholic University of Lublin

The University
School of Polish Language and Culture
Summer program
One-year program
Foreign Relations Department

The University

Founded in 1918, it is situated in Lublin, a historic city founded in the 14th century at the crossroads of Western and Byzantine cultures. Today Lublin is the biggest academic center in Eastern Poland, with 5 institutions of higher education. During the years of the Cold War (1945-1989) and imposed communist governments, the Catholic University of Lublin remained the only private institution of higher education in the whole Eastern bloc. Today, the University educates approximately 15,000 students with a teaching staff of 850 persons. Within the regular undergraduate programs, all courses are taught in Polish. As a result, fluency in Polish is a prerequisite to attending courses and to completing and undergraduate study successfully. Studies are usually done in residence, although certain majors offer evening and extern programs. The University offers 24 majors within 6 faculties. @@
    Faculty of Theology
    Faculty of Philosophy
    Faculty of Civil and Canon Law
    Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences
    Faculty of Humanities
    Faculty of Social Sciences

School of Polish Language and Culture

The School has been in existance 25 years during which period it has collaborated with the Kosciuszko Foundation and the Universities of Wisconsin and New Hampshire. It offers both summer and year-long Polish Language intruction. @

Summer Program

The School offers Polish language instruction during each summer. Instruction is offered at three levels of intensity, in terms of class hours per week (ranging from 25 to 37 45 minute periods per week) , and for durations ranging from 2 to 5 weeks. Polish is taught in small groups and students are divided according to their language proficiency into beginning, intermediate and advanced groups. One academic period of 45 minutes is devoted each day to a lecture on Polish culture, history, or contemporary issues. Since the lectures are given in both Polish and English, the student can choose which to attend. All courses incorporate social activities such as sightseeing and day trips. Weekend trips are available at additional cost. @

Students attending the first summer session, which starts around July 11, can choose programs of 2, 3, 4, or 5 weeks duration. Those attentnding the second summer session, which starts arounf August 1, can choose programs of 2, 3, or 4 weeks duration.

All the summer courses - meet for four periods of Polish Language instruction each weekday morning. Special attention is paid during this time to the acquisition of vocabulary and grammatical structures as well as to the development of oral fluency and pronunciation.
Intensive Course: Students taking this course meet for an additional eight periods of oral practice, extended development of vocabulary and pronaunciation.
Highly Intensive Course: students in this course receive an extra four perids per week of one-to-one tuition. This additional time devoted to practicing oral skills in real-life situations (eg. student and tutor visit a post-office), with role-play activities, and with any other language practice determined by the needs of the student. This provides a unique opportunity for the creation and pursuit of an individual linguistic program.

All individuals involved in the courses will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of cultural and social activities such as sightseeing in Lublin, and day trips to picturesque places in the Lublin region, to the capital Warsaw or to interesting places along Poland's eastern frontier. Students are given a unique opportunity to meet with celebrities of Polish cultural and political life and see some of the masterpieces of Polish art and architecture.

One-Year Program

This intensive program, available to students of all levels, is designed for those seeking to achieve versatile communication skills and develop a thorough understanding of Polish language and culture and is especially for those who require fluency in Polish for professional or academic purposes. Upon completion of the course, participants should be able to master Polish suffciently to begin university studies or work in Poland.

The program starts in October of each year and runs for two semesters. It comprises of 23 to 25 hours of classes and lectures delivered in Polish. Classes are small comprising of no more than ten students where students practice their comprehension and enchance their oral and written expression.

The program also incorporates various trips throughout the year. The first trip which is meant to act as an "ice breaker" is to Kazimierz Dolny. During the mid-year break in the first two weeks of February, students go to the famous mountain resort of Zakopane for a ten-day language camp where they can combine winter sports with developing their Polish conversational skills. At the end of the academic year there is a trip along the easter frontier of Poland where the interesting mixture of three distinct cultures - Catholic, Byzantine and Jewish - can be appreciated.@

Selected courses in English 2004/2005

The University offers a selection of courses which are taught in English.@

Foreign Relations Department

The University's Foreign Relations Department can be reached by phone (48 81 44 54 105; 44 54 192; 445 4181; 445 41 06) and email: @

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