3-week intensive courses
Can I pay for the course by credit card in the school?
Yes. We also accept cash and bank transfers into our school bank account.
How can I enrol in the course?
The quickest way is to fill in the application form which is available on our website (here). You can also enrol in our school office. When you book your place on the course, please pay a deposit of 550 PLN - it is a confirmation of your participation in the course.
Is there a possibility to receive a discount for the course?
Our students who took part in at least one 3-week intensive course of Polish receive a 100 PLN discount for the next course. The total price is 880 PLN instead of 980 PLN.
For those students who continue their course in the summer we offer the price of a 3-week course with the discount. Thus, the price of a 2-week intensive course is 880 PLN instead of 1240 PLN.
How will my progress be assessed?
Our teachers prepare a progress report form with the following information: test results, commitment and work during lessons. On this basis, the teachers prepare a final progress report for each student – description of all language skills: reading, writing, speaking, listening and grammar.
Additionally, in your progress report form you can find advice from your teacher to help you with your further learning. You can also check your progress during the course. Your teacher can talk to you and advise you.
Does the school offer courses at different language levels?
We teach students at all language levels, from beginner to advanced. The students who have already had contact with the Polish language take a placement test at the beginning of the course. On the basis of the placement test results and an interview with one of our Polish teachers we assign students to appropriate groups. In determining the level of language proficiency we use the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR), which complies with the recommendations of the Council of Europe.
How much can I learn during the 3-week course?
After three weeks of intensive learning beginners are able to master the basics of grammar and to communicate during simple communicative situations (e.g. tell something about themselves, do shopping, ask for directions and order food in a restaurant). More advanced students in three weeks can e.g. substantially improve their speaking skills, range of vocabulary as well as grammar and orthography.
What time do classes take place?
Classes take place from 9.30 am to 12.45 pm (with 15 minute break). On the first day of a course (Monday) beginners start their lessons. Students who have learnt and know Polish take a placement test (oral and written), based on which they’ll be classified to an appropriate group.
Beginners (A1.1 group) have 4 lessons on Monday, other students – 2 lessons.
If I am not able to attend all classes, can I get a partial refund?
Yes, if you report you absence at the beginning of a course. Single absences do not affect the price of a course. You can make up for the missed material during free consultations with your teacher or by downloading the materials from the student’s panel.
If I resign from taking part in the course, will I get a refund of the amount paid?
If after enrolling in a course you cannot take part in it, the deposit you paid will not be refunded. If you paid the full price of the course, you will get your payment back reduced by the value of the deposit and bank transfer fees.
In case of the resignation from the course more three weeks before the course begins, the student is fully reimbursed. In case of the resignation from the course less than three weeks before the course begins or until the day of the course beginning, the student who paid the full payment is reimbursed the amount reduced by the downpayment. The downpayment is not refundable in this period.
In case of the resignation from the course after the course begins, the payment is not reimbursed.
How long does the course on one level last?
The course on a basic level (A1) lasts for two semesters (around 120 hours). Further levels (A2, B and C) usually require a longer period of learning, which usually lasts 3 semesters (around 180 hours).
It is possible, though, that a given student makes progress quicker and is therefore promoted to a more advanced group. But in order to be promoted, the student has to fulfill the following requirements: attendance (at least 70%), active participation in class and passing a test.
I already speak very good Polish. Can I still learn something new?
Of course. You can always expand your vocabulary with new synonyms, idioms and collocations. The class will cover topics suitable to your language level. You will have the opportunity to discuss literature, culture as well as socio-political and scientific issues.They are a challenge even for those with very good knowledge of Polish.
Does the course end with an exam?
Students write a final test at the end of the course. The exercises in the test are prepared specifically for each group and they consist of the material taught during the course. Before the test, there is a revision class which helps students prepare for the exam. Positive test result and active participation in class guarantee the completion of the course and enable students to continue the course on a more advanced level.
Where do most of Varia students come from?
From all around the world :)! We have students from: Spain, Germany, Ukraine, Russia, Japan, Egypt, Ghana, United States, Venezuela, Italy, Romania, Mexico ...
Is it possible to combine individual lessons with a group course?
Of course. You can always book individual lessons, especially when, for example, because of a longer absence you would like to make up for the material you missed. This is also a good way of supplementing your knowledge of Polish with specific vocabulary (for instance, Business Polish).
Can I receive a certificate that I attend the Polish language course? What conditions should be met?
Our students need the certificate to apply for a visa or for the extension of a legal stay in Poland. The certificate is issued to those students who have signed up for a given course and paid the first instalment.
What is the language level required to be communicative in Poland?
It depends if you want to understand simple situations, for example while shopping, ordering dinner, asking for directions, or if you wish to talk about abstract topics and use advanced dialogues.
Simple communication is possible even on A2 level, while B1 is the level which makes it possible to speak freely during most of the typical tourist situations.
How can I find out what my language level is?
To check your language level it is enough if you come to our school for an interview with one of our Polish teachers. We will also ask you to fill in the written test. Please, be advised that the meeting in our school will take you about 30 minutes. The qualification test is also available on our website.
Feel free to come to us every day, from Monday to Friday between 9 am and 6 pm. Our address is 2/3 Michałowskiego Street.
In determining the level of language proficiency we use the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR), which complies with the recommendations of the Council of Europe.
Are there any age limits for students enrolling in the course?
Of course, there are no upper age limits. :) Intensive courses are for adults, that is for those aged 16 or more. In exceptional circumstances, with the written consent of a student's guardian, we also welcome younger people. Children are usually offered private lessons, or, whenever there is a sufficient number of children willing to learn Polish, we create groups.
What is the typical size of the class?
Groups usually consist of 7 to 11 course participants. The minimum size of the group is 4 students.
Will I get a certificate of course completion? Is it recognised by universities?
Every student who passed the final test and attended the classes will receive the certificate of course completion. The certificate provides the following information: type of course, course duration, course language level and number of lessons.
The certificate issued by our centre is not an official document, however, it is recognised by the majority of universities and companies as the document confirming the command of the Polish language at a particular level. Information on state certificate examinations in Polish as a foreign language can be found here.
What is the language of tuition during the classes?
During lessons we speak and teach using only Polish. Our students come from various parts of the world and the Polish language is often the only "common" language of all students. The communicative method of teaching motivates course participants not only to speak but also to think in a language other than their mother tongue.All staff members of the Varia School also speak English, which facilitates after-class communication.
Can I pay for the course in euro in the school?
Yes, it is possible to pay in euro. The price for a given course in złoty is converted into euro, according to a current exchange rate (of National Bank of Poland). Change is given in złotys.
What does the course price include? Does it include free consultations and conversations?
The price (980 PLN) includes: 60 lesson units (15 meetings), lesson materials and the certificate of attendance. Additionally, all students have the possibility to take part in free workshops and lectures concerning the Polish language and culture. We usually organise two additional activities during each course (e.g. pronunciation and slang workshops).
Can I continue my course during another intensive course? If so, at what level?
Yes, it’s possible. If you decide to continue the course, you can be sure to cover new and often more difficult material. However, you have to remember that in order to reach a certain language level, you have to complete a given number of lesson units. Most often it’s not possible to complete one level during one course. For example, an A1 course consist of 120 lesson units, which means that in order to reach an A2 level, you have to do two intensive courses. For more information about language levels, click here.
When and how to use the student's panel
Every student of our school receives the access to the student’s panel. On the panel you can:
- see the material covered during your classes and download a printable version
- find out about our closest meetings and get-togethers
- check the phone number and e-mail address of your teacher
- see the schedule of your course (days off, possible changes, substitute teachers)