Polonicum: Center for Polish Language and Culture for Foreigners, University of Warsaw

The Centre of Polish Language and Culture for Foreigners “Polonicum” is the oldest centre of its kind in Poland. Throughout the entire academic year it organises various courses and workshops teaching the Polish language and culture to foreigners. Among the participants of those courses are students of the University of Warsaw and of other Warsaw institutions of higher education, as well as numerous foreigners interested in the language and culture of our country. The “Polonicum” is a section of the Faculty of Polish Studies of the University of Warsaw operating as a foreign language school; thus the courses it offers are not specialisation or optional courses, and it does not provide the regular course of studies. The main areas of the “Polonicum”’ activity involve educating foreigners in the fields of the language, history and culture of Poland, training the future teachers of Polish as a foreign language, cooperation with the embassies, departments of Polish Studies and Institutes of Polish Culture abroad, organising meetings and national and international conferences, writing and publishing textbooks and teaching materials.