Polish Language Learning

The Ocalenie Foundation runs free, stationary Polish language courses for foreigners in Warsaw. Classes are held at the Foundation’s office at ul. Jagiellońska 74 (Praga-Północ) from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. from Tuesday to Friday. Each lesson lasts 75-90 minutes.

All adult foreigners living in Warsaw can apply for the course. Refugees, asylum seekers, immigrants from outside of the European Union, and students continuing learning with us have priority, but everyone is welcome.

Our approach is communicative language teaching (CLT). We want the people coming to Poland and planning to stay here for longer to be able to communicate in the Polish language as soon as possible.

We teach at the beginner level. Currently, the most advanced language level you can achieve while studying with us corresponds to A2 on the CEFR scale (Elementary).

Our teachers are volunteers – they do not receive any payment for their work. Usually they are not professional teachers of Polish as a second language, but each of them has gone through a training provided by Ocalenie Foundation staff.

Enrollment for Polish language courses will take place between 19-21.02.2024.

Enrollment consists of filling in a form and a Polish language test on the website.

We organise four trimesters a year: January–March, April–June, July–September and October–December.

The lessons are conducted twice a week (between Tuesday to Friday) and each takes 75-90 minutes.

Enrollment for Polish language courses will take place between 19-21.02.2024.

Enrollment consists of filling in a form and a Polish language test on the website.

You can apply for the course only through the application form. Please note the application period. The form is not accepting applications before or after this time.

Before applying, please make sure you can actively and regularly participate – twice a week, at the time you specify in the application.

Each person will receive the results before the start of the classes.

Please check our Frequently Asked Questions↓. Feel free to email us at [email protected] if you have any further questions.

We also recommend reading our Terms and Conditions.

To be admitted to our courses you need to: 

  1. Live in Poland as an immigrant. 
  2. Be at least 18 years old.
  3. Reside in Warsaw during the course.
  4. Apply for the course during the application period. 
  5. Submit your application form correctly. 
  6. Provide the requested documents. 

Application process: 

  1. Fill up and submit the application form during the application period. 
  2. Await an e-mail with the results of your application. 

Rules of our courses:

  1. Only signed students and the teacher might participate in the classes. Occasionally, Fundacja Ocalenie employees or associates might be invited to a class as observers.
  2. Participation in the classes is obligatory. In case of an absence, a student is obliged to inform the teacher or the Polish language courses Team. More than 1 unexplained absence may result in removal from participants list. It would mean that you will not be able to apply for the courses in future.
  3. In exceptional situations, Fundacja Ocalenie might change the date of a lesson or cancel it. It would be communicated to all students.
  4. If a message does not reach a student as a result of a situation beyond our control, Fundacja Ocalenie would not be liable for it.
  5. In cases which are beyond the control of the organiser, Fundacja Ocalenie reserves a right to cancel a course.
  6. Students may resign from participation in the course at any time. In such cases, a student is obliged to inform the organiser.
  7. Students might change a group only in justified cases and if there are available places.
  8. Participation in classes under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs is prohibited.
  9. It is not allowed to participate in classes with children.
  10. It is not allowed to be late more than 15 minutes.

Frequently Asked Questions

We have morning, afternoon and evening classes. The earliest class starts at 9:00 and the last finishes at 19:00.

The days and hours of the classes are determined only after the application period and depend on the availability of the volunteer teachers. In the form we ask you to choose all times that you are available to participate in class – we advise you to choose as many as you can, since it will allow us to find a suitable group for you.

You can participate in one group’s classes only, during set days and hours. If you cannot arrange your schedule to attend the classes regularly, we will not be able to invite you to the course.

There is a placement test inside the application form. It is crucial that you write the test by yourself (i.e. without checking the answers online), as its results allow us to determine which group will be the most suitable for you.

We do not have exam preparation courses at the moment.

As we are not a language school, we do not organise the certification exams, and we do not have the rights to issue a language certificate. We can give you a statement confirming the participation in the language course upon request.

Our courses are stationary and we run them only in Warsaw. We invite people who will be able to come for lessons twice a week to our headquarters.

Other branches of the Ocalenie Foundation run stationary courses in Łódź and Łomża.

Each group consists of 12 people max.

Please note that by applying you are declaring your willingness to participate in a course. Applying for a course does not guarantee a place in a language group. The groups are formed only on the basis of the data collected during registration (such as language level and time availability of students and teachers). All candidates for the Polish course are welcome, but as the course is free of charge, we receive a lot of applications and unfortunately we have to refuse many people.

If you want to continue studying with us, you need to fill the application form again during the application period.

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