• For Entry: Jan/Feb, Apr/May
  • Duration: 6 weeks
  • School: Humanities

Learn the Polish language and discover Poland, an exciting country with its rich medieval history and bohemian past, wonderful beaches in the north and mountains in the South and fascinating folk traditions. Learn it from scratch or develop your skills on this Languages for All, evening course.

Learn the Polish language and discover Poland, an exciting country with its rich medieval history and bohemian past, wonderful beaches in the north and mountains in the South and fascinating folk traditions.

Learn it from scratch or develop your skills on this Languages for All, evening course.

Why study Polish?

Polish is a Slavic language spoken by nearly 40 million people in Poland and by many people around the world who have learnt it for cultural, scientific, family and business purposes. Poland offers not only a fascinating language derived from Judeo-Christian, Greek and Roman civilisations but a rich culture with a unique Polish literature and poetry, internationally renowned films and plays.

Students of Polish can also have increasing employment opportunities in the European Union and in North America.

Polish is an official language in:

  • European Union
  • Poland

and a minority language in:

  • Czech Republic
  • Slovakia
  • Romania
  • Ukraine

Languages for All at Dundee

This course is part of the Languages for All programme at Dundee, offering everyone the opportunity to study a language, whether for personal or professional reasons.

Classes are taught in the evening and you can choose from a wide range of languages, many of which are available at different levels.

Visit the Languages website for the full list of languages available.

Benefits of studying with us include use of library facilities with language-specific support material, and our Languages Film Club.


University of Dundee Students ...

If you are a student at the University of Dundee, you can also join a Languages for All course:

  • undergraduates on many degrees can take an accredited, 22-week, Languages for All course in place of one of their 20-credit modules, at Levels 1 & 2, and there is no cost,
  • postgraduates studying an MLitt (masters) degree, if you need to acquire or improve your foreign language skills to enhance your postgraduate studies, (e.g. to read texts in a native language), then you can enrol on a Languages for All course at no cost,
  • all students can enrol on Languages for All courses in additional to their main area of study, at the student rates.

Study Options

6 weeks, non-accredited study

You can study our short (six-week) courses, which start Jan/Feb or Apr/May each year. These are aimed at beginners looking to get started in a language, or for those who have been studying with us all year, who want to continue language learning during the summer period.

You will obtain a certificate of attendance and completion, subject to a minimum of 75% attendance.


Short Courses from February

Beginners Thursday 6.00 - 7.30 pm

Find out more

Use the tabs at the top of the page to find out more:

  • Course content is on the "What You'll Study" tab.
  • Find out which level of study would suit you on the "Entry Requirements" tab.
  • Check the "Fees & Funding" tab above for details of the fees for these options, and grants available. 
  • How to pay information is given on the "Your Application" tab.

Related Courses

Our short courses run for 6 weeks starting in Jan/Feb or Apr/May.

Find out more below about the content of the different stages.

Our emphasis is on:

  • fostering communicative competence,
  • linguistic knowledge, and
  • intercultural awareness

Speaking in class is our main priority, but reading, listening and writing skills are also taught, using authentic audio and written materials and on-line resources.

Course Content

The Stage 1 course aims to enable students:

  • to develop basic language communication skills in speaking, reading, listening and writing
  • to acquire a basic knowledge of grammatical structures and certain elements of intercultural awareness


  • Basic vocabulary, pronunciation and grammatical structures as appropriate to this level
  • Speaking about oneself and others
  • Asking for information, answering questions, expressing an opinion, in a limited context
  • Retrieving basic information from written and spoken sources, as appropriate for this level
  • Topic areas include: personal information, family and friends, leisure activities, food and drink, transport

Learning outcomes

  • recognise, understand and use basic vocabulary and structures
  • communicate in a limited range of social contexts and situations using the language either in Britain or abroad, using basic speaking, listening, reading and writing skills
  • demonstrate some basic intercultural awareness between the language culture and their own, as appropriate at this level
  • use language skills at a level of A1, as described in the Council of Europe Common European Framework (CEF).

There are no assessments if you are registered on a non-accredited course.

You can progress through the stages of our Polish courses.

Use this checklist to assess your current language skills to help you decide which stage is best for you.

Be honest and realistic!  If you start in a class which is at too low a level, you may get bored and frustrated.  If you join a class which is at too high a level, you may struggle to keep up.

Stage 1

Do you have little or no knowledge of the language? AND

  • would like to gain a University Certificate at the end of the course? AND / OR
  • know only some simple phrases such as ‘Hello/Goodbye / How are you?/Please, Thank you/Excuse me’? AND / OR
  • can introduce yourself and talk simply about your self/ family? e.g. 'I am a student, I live in Dundee'... etc.

If you answered YES to most of these questions this is the right level for you!

If you know more than this, proceed to the next Stage.

Not sure?

If you are still unsure, please Contact Us.

Fees for courses starting in the academic year 2016/17

CourseOne SemesterBoth Semesters

Accredited courses
(Eligible for ILA Funding)

  £280 for the public
£225 for students*/staff/over 60's retired
Non-accredited courses £130 (11 weeks)

£225 (22 weeks)

February Classes £80 (6 weeks)  
Spring/Summer Classes £80 (6 weeks)  

Only receipt of payment guarantees a place on a course.

Fees for the year for students/staff/over 60's retired citizens are £225 for accredited and non-accredited courses.

* Students taking 20 credits in Languages for All as part of their degrees/pathways do not have to pay LfA fees in addition to their main tuition fees.

There are a number of ways you can enrol in a Languages for All course at Dundee:


Our preferred method of enrolment is online via the University's secure online store

By debit or credit card

If you call on +44(0)1382 384535 or 385488 (9.00 am - 4.30 pm), you can pay by card over the phone.

By post

For full year courses: download, print out and complete the form at the end of the Languages for All booklet

Then send by post to:

Languages, School of Humanities
University of Dundee


In person

Drop in and sign up at the School of Humanities Office, 1st floor, Tower Building, University of Dundee (between 9.00 am and 4.30 pm) to pay by credit/debit card.


It is advisable to enrol early to avoid disappointment.  Only receipt of payment guarantees a place on the course.

Cancellations & Refunds

We reserve the right to cancel classes when enrolments are insufficient.

Where more than one class is offered in the same language at the same level, we reserve the right to merge classes if numbers fall short of the minimum requirements.

A refund will only be possible if the course has been over-subscribed, is cancelled or the date of withdrawal from the course precedes the start date of the course.