Learn Polish in the UK

Since Poland’s accession to the European Union (EU) in 2004, the Polish community in the UK has grown significantly in size and now the Polish language is considered to be the second most-widely spoken language in the country.


Together with growing economic ties between Poland and the UK, and Poland’s growth in the international arena, it makes learning Polish and about Poland as such definitely worth considering.


At university level, Polish language courses are a part of comprehensive BA/MA/PhD Polish/Slavonic studies at the following British universities:

University of Cambridge

Cambridge Polish Studies

Open Courses in Polish
Department of Slavonic Studies

Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages

Sidgwick Avenue, Cambridge, CB3 9DA



University of Glasgow

Polish Studies

Comparative Literature

School of Modern Languages and Cultures

College of Arts

Hetherington Bldg, Bute Gardens, Glasgow, G12 8RS


University College London

Polish Studies

School of Slavonic and East European Studies

Faculty of Social and Historical Sciences

16 Taviton Street, London, WC1H 0BW


University of Oxford

Polish Degree Course

Faculty of Medieval and Modern Languages

41 & 47 Wellington Square, Oxford, OX1 2JF


Programme on Modern Poland

St Antony’s College

62 Woodstock Road, Oxford, OX2 6JF


University of Sheffield

Polish Studies

Russian and Slavonic Studies

School of Languages and Cultures

Faculty of Arts and Humanities

Jessop West, 1 Upper Hanover Street, Sheffield, S3 7RA


In addition, many British universities also offer Polish language evening courses:


Queen's University Belfast

Language Centre

The McClay Library, 10 College Park, Belfast, BT7 1LP



University of Cardiff

Cardiff University Centre for Lifelong Learning

Senghennydd Road, Cardiff, CF24 4AG



University of Dundee

Nethergate, Dundee, DD1 4HN



University of Edinburgh

Office for Lifelong Learning

Paterson’s Land, Holyrood Road, Edinburgh, EH8 8AQ


University of Leicester

College of Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities

School of Modern Languages

University Road, Leicester, LE1 7RH



King’s College London

Faculty of Arts and Humanities

The Modern Language Centre

Strand, London, WC2R 2LS


University College London

Faculty of Social and Historical Sciences

School of Slavonic and East European Studies

16 Taviton Street, London, WC1H 0BW



University of Manchester

School of Arts, Languages and Cultures

University Language Centre

Samuel Alexander building, Oxford Road, Manchester, M13 9PL


Next to the language courses offered by the universities, there is a considerable number of commercial Polish language courses in most of the UK’s cities, which you can easily find online.


Of course, an option which may enable you the fastest results in learning Polish is to go and learn it in Poland. Major Polish universities and private language schools teach Polish as a foreign language. Extensive list of Poland’s academic institutions can be found on the and websites.


Please note that not all universities in Poland provide Polish language courses for foreigners. For detailed reference please contact given higher education institution. 

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