Life in Poland

Get to know your host country

The Essentials

All Programs

Language Requirements

Applicants to the Year High School Program in Poland are expected to enroll in an online Rosetta Stone language course and study independently prior to departure on program.  The mandatory online course will be organized and monitored by AFS Poland who will email registration and login instructions to each student. AFS Poland requires that each student completes at least one LEVEL of the course (not to be confused with one UNIT), before their arrival in Poland for the program.  If this requirement is not fulfilled, then the student must reimburse AFS Poland €50 (approx. $55) upon arrival.

During the exchange year, Polish language lessons will be provided locally for four months. The course fee, as well as the necessary books, will be covered by AFS Poland. If students wish to attend additional Polish language lessons during the second semester of exchange, they must cover cost.

Digging Deeper

Language Resources
Cultural Resources
News and Media
Movies and Documentaries
  • Ida (2013)
  • Ashes and Diamonds (1958)
  • Night Train (1959)
  • The Promised Land (1975)
  • Dekalog (1989)
  • Our Curse (2013)
  • Anything Can Happen (1995)
  • The Performer (2015)
  • Joanna (2013)
  • Salto (1965)
  • Letters to Santa (2011)
Books
  • The Doll (1890)
  • The Girl from Krakow (2015)
  • Poland (James Michener) (2014)
  • Anna and the Swallow Man (2016)
  • Ferdydurke (1956)
  • Maly Chopin (2009)
  • The Star Diaries (1957)
  • The Boy on the Wooden Box (2013)
  • The Peasants (1909)
  • Solaris (1961)
  • Tales of Galicia (1995)
  • Kaytec the Wizard (1933)
  • Sanatorium Under the Sign of the Hourglass (1978)
LGBTQ Resources (Diversity) Heritage and Ethnicity Resources (Diversity)
Note: The links and resources listed in "Digging Deeper" have been provided to AFS by people involved with our organization, including alumni members, volunteers, etc. AFS has not reviewed the resources in their entirety and presents them "as is" for your own information. As such, the sites, publications, films, etc. do not necessarily reflect the approval of nor the views, opinions, and/or values of AFS.