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Languages at UW-Madison



Poland is an increasingly important country in world affairs and especially in the EU. Learning Polish will help you enter a market where American business flourishes and opportunities abound for educated young people. Language is an enormous advantage on the job market in the global economy. Your employer will see you as a bridge to new clients or customers. You can become acquainted with a captivating world of literature that often reflects the difficult, sometimes painful, but always fascinating history of Poland and its people. Expand your personal horizons by studying Polish film, music, painting, and history. Among our former students of Polish there is a professor of linguistics, a dentist, a financial specialist in Geneva, a mechanical engineer working for aviation industry in LA, a computer scientist working for Google, an international sales manager, and an associate in a global media agency. They all confirm that studying Polish language and literature helped them boost their professional potential, especially in the area of interpersonal and intercultural communication.

Majors & Certificates 

Polish Major, Certificate in East Central European Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, Certificate in Russian, East European and Central Asian Studies; visit the Majors & Certificates page for more information.


Ewa Miernowska,

Language Conversation Table 

Thursdays 5-7pm, Barrique's on W Washington (off the Square)

Contact Michelle Harasimowicz:


The Department of Slavic Languages and Literature generously awards student in the UW-Madison Polish program. The Lapinski Scholarship provides money for UW-Madison tuition for students studying Polish language, literature and culture.

Study Abroad 

You can study Polish in Poland. Contact International Academic Programs for more information.

Student Organizations 

Browse the Wisconsin Involvement Network for more information.


Consider an internship where you can use Polish, either in the US or abroad. An internship in any field can complement your language study and can provide valuable professional experience.