Polish Language Program at Cornell


  • Polish fulfills the language requirement and the distribution requirement at Cornell.

  • We offer three levels of the language: elementary, intermediate, and advanced.

  • Elementary Polish is on MWF.

  • You can find the Society of Polish Students at Cornell on Facebook. 

  • Polish is a Slavic language hosted by the Romance Studies Department.

  • Did you know that it is the second most widely spoken Slavic language in the world? It uses Latin script like English, which makes studying it easier.  

Placement and Transfer of Credit

Contacts for Language Placement

  • For your language placement, please contact:
    Ewa Bachminska, Senior Lecturer of Polish Language, Klarman K135; eb583@cornell.edu.
  • If you have other questions regarding the language placement, please contact:
    Cal Hile, Undergraduate Coordinator, Klarman K165; 607-255-8222; clh2@cornell.edu.

For information about transfer of credit, please consult our placement page.

Course Descriptions

Please refer to the Polish section of the Romance Studies Course Offerings list. See our departmental course roster here.

Study Abroad

Cornell offers study abroad in Poland and summer grants for research there. Please contact Ewa Bachminska and Pamela Hampton (Cornell Institute for European Studies, ph55@cornell.edu) about that. 

Pictures from the study abroad in Poland:


Louisa Weldy in Gdansk, Poland, in 2022

"Gdansk" by Louisa Weldy (2022).


Krakow Old Town

Kraków Old Town by Anna Sattler


Pictures taken in Poland by research grant recipients:

Demonstration in Poland with Basia Sudol

Warsaw by Night by Emma Stillings

Polish Cat by Lydia Holley

Polish Tatry by Alexander Mocarski

Polish Tatras, by Alexander Mocarski