Located at the heart of Europe, Poland is both forward thinking and steeped in history. To complement its stunning countryside it has Krakow and Warsaw, two of Europe's most beautiful, vibrant and multicultural cities. On a global level Poland's influence continues to grow, while the Polish language is spoken by 40 million people both in and beyond Poland.
The political and economic landscape makes knowledge of Polish increasingly important on the European stage: it is an official EU language and the language of one of the biggest trading blocks in Europe. This has had a real effect on the jobs market, where graduates who can combine knowledge of Polish with native fluency in English are at a premium. Despite this, Polish specialists remain few and far between in the UK.
Polish Studies is fascinating from a sociological and political point of view, and lets you explore a nation that is at once traditional and modern. Studying the history and culture of Poland offers an insight into the changing face of Europe as a whole. In short, Polish Studies offers many avenues for enjoyable and rewarding academic study.
Polish Studies at Sheffield
At Sheffield, you can study Polish from scratch and combine it with the study of one or two other modern foreign languages (Russian, Spanish, German or French). You can also take it as an optional module as part of an entirely different degree.
Our teaching programme has elements of traditional grammar-based approaches, but also a strong emphasis on communicative work and introducing you to Polish history, literature and culture. At all levels you will have a qualified linguist leading your grammar work, and a native speaker of Polish to teach your conversation classes. For more details about the programme see the Course Structure page.
How can I study Polish at Sheffield?
With Russian, French, Spanish or German
You can study Polish as a minor degree component alongside Russian, German, French or Spanish. In this case you will spend half of your year abroad in Poland.
Within the BA Modern Languages
You can also study Polish as a major or minor degree component alongside two other languages. With this option you can spend a semester or a summer studying in Poland.
As unrestricted credits
Many degree courses give you unrestricted credits which allow you to explore other subjects or disciplines. In this case you can study Polish modules as part of a wide range of degrees.
Polish links at home and abroad
We have an active Erasmus exchange with Warsaw University. You will also have the opportunity to study Polish language and culture at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, which is one of the oldest universities in Central Europe.
Not only can you study at one of these two institutions, but we also host Polish students and instructors here in Sheffield. This offers you an excellent opportunity to socialise with Poles, meeting native speakers in a casual setting and improving your conversational skills.
We also have guest speakers and cultural activities (for example films and concerts) both at the University and in the community.
To find out more about Polish Studies please get in touch with Dr Dagmar Divjak.
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