Polish is breaking out of the old political boundaries to become increasingly relevant in the post- Communist era. Western governments have taken an even greater interest in Poland since the fall of Communism, while international firms continue to invest heavily there. Glasgow is one of the few places in the UK where you can acquire the skills that will be needed to exploit these new opportunities.

What can I expect in first year?

To enter Polish Level 1 should be able to demonstrate some flair for language learning. Preferably, you should have already studied another European language. So that you can achieve a high level of competence within one year, our pace of study is rapid. In Level 1:

  • the focus is on acquiring speaking, reading, listening and writing skills
  • main grammar-based classes are supplemented by practical conversation classes with native Polish speakers
  • there are weekly written exercises and regular quizzes, supplemented by progress tests.

Summer School

In the summer between Levels 1 and 2, our students usually attend a summer school in Poland, which is a one-month course.

What can I expect in second year?

If you have successfully completed Polish Level 1 you may continue with the study of Polish (in combination with other subjects) at Level 2. Polish Level 2:

  • increases your mastery of the language while focusing on writing and reading comprehension skills
  • continues to use a wide variety of methods in language classes in order to develop further your speaking and writing skills and to increase your understanding of the language.

The School of Modern Languages and Cultures has a number of content courses dealing with the history, literature, cinema and the media of the countries of Central and Eastern Europe, including Poland. These are available  within the SMLC Comparative Literature programme, both on Levels 1 and 2 and in Honours (Levels 3 and 4).

Where can I find out more?

If you have any further queries please contact:


tel:             +44 (0)141 330 7578

email:        enquiries@smlc.arts.gla.ac.uk