The study of Poland, its language, culture, and history, has been a part of Indiana University’s curriculum for decades. Polish studies has continued to expand as an area of focus in IU coursework with the support of the Polish Studies Center (PSC). Through the IU Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures and the Russian and East European Institute (REEI), the university offers: Polish language training through the third-year level during the academic year and a summer intensive language program; a large collection of Polish materials to support dissertation and other advanced research; faculty and student exchange programs with Warsaw University and Jagiellonian University (Krakow); and courses about Poland and Eastern Europe in a variety of fields (history, literature, politics, anthropology).
The Polish collection at Indiana University is second only to our Russian/Soviet holdings. It contains 57,100 volumes, 48,800 in Polish. It supports graduate research in most areas of the humanities and social sciences. It has the only holding of Czas (1848-1900 on 50 reels of microfilm) in the U.S. Émigré publications are well-represented, as is Polish literature in English translation. Included in the collection of Polish periodicals are Gazeta Wyborcza, Rzeczpospolita, Tygodnik Powszechny, Nowy Dziennik, the Polish Sociological Review, and the Polish Economic Review, among numerous others.
Both REEI and the Polish Studies Center have area related films and other materials for loan.
Indiana University has active exchange programs with both Warsaw University and Jagiellonian University (Krakow). Faculty members and students are given the opportunity to study Polish and conduct research in Poland each year. In addition to the year-long programs with both universities, Indiana University also participates in a summer exchange program with Warsaw University, in which one faculty member and one graduate student are funded to pursue language training and research. Information on the Graduate Student Exchanges can be found online.
Graduate students at IU are regularly awarded national grants to fund dissertation research and language study in Poland. Recent awards include language grants from the Kosciuszko Foundation and Fulbright-Hays dissertation fellowships.
Graduate students may also take advantage of the University of Kansas’ multiple summer programs in Krakow, Poland.
More information about IU- sponsored and non-IU programs can be found on the Overseas Study page.
IU regularly offers Polish language instruction during the academic year and in the summer. For more information on upcoming language and content classes, see the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures for academic year opportunities and SWSEEL: The Summer Language Workshop for summer opportunities.
Polish coffee hour convenes every week at a local cafe for students of the language to practice conversation with native-speakers. Please view the calendar of events for complete information.