Polish Language Program

Welcome to the Polish Language Program at UBC Vancouver!

Witamy Serdecznie!

Why study Polish at UBC?

  • The Polish language courses (POLS) focus on formal acquisition of the Polish language through interactive practice in reading, writing, listening and speaking.
  • Access to printed as well as on-line resources provide a variety of ways for students to learn.
  • We use advanced learning materials and methods, allowing students to find their path to second language acquisition through self-expression in a class environment.

Why study Polish?

Language is the only homeland.  – Czeslaw Milosz

By learning a foreign language we expand our world. We learn new words and idioms, but also to see the world in a different way.

  • Polish is spoken by almost 40 million people in Poland and around the world. Many more claim their cultural heritage and roots in Poland.
  • Poland is a member of the European Union (EU). Polish provides access to the European professional and business community.
  • Poland has a very rich literary and cultural tradition. It was the native language of Joseph Conrad, Henryk Sienkiewicz, Czeslaw Milosz and Wislawa Szymborska.
  • Poland was the birthplace of Frédéric Chopin and Roman Polanski. Ideas of many world-renowned scientists like Nicolaus Copernicus, Stefan Banach, Marie Curie and Bronisław Malinowski were also written in Polish.
  • Knowledge of Polish opens educational and professional opportunities for you. Participate in exchange programs through UBC Go Global to study at Warsaw University, and join the Polish club at UBC.

Courses are offered in Terms 1 and 2 in alternate years:

  • POLS 200 – Beginner’s Polish (6 credits)
  • POLS 300 – Intermediate Polish (6 credits)

The courses are designed to welcome students from a variety of backgrounds with a wide range of interests.

Check out the Polish language program blog! Follow us on twitter: @polishatubc!pdcgeneral