UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES)


Tatra Mountains, Poland



Polish (język polski) is a West Slavonic language based on the Latin alphabet. It is used throughout Poland (about 40 million users) as well as by Polish minorities and Polish migrants all over the world. Data from the 2011 census reveals that over half a million people in England and Wales speak Polish. This makes Polish England's second language! Poland is famous for the composer Fryderyk Chopin; cinema directors - Andrzej Wajda, Krzysztof Kieślowski and Roman Polański; scientists - Copernicus (Mikołaj Kopernik), Maria Skłodowska-Curie (better known as Marie Curie), the only woman who got two Nobel Prizes in Science; and of course many others.

Senior Teaching Fellow in Polish: Dr Urszula Chowaniec

"Although Polish is not one of the working languages of the EU (English, French and German), the growing importance of Poland in the EU and the amount of work related to Poland that happens in Brussels, means it is an important asset."

Alex Lazarowicz, European Policy Centre, Brussels.  

"Polish studies were a fantastic opportunity to engage in Polish language and culture through various mediums such as film, literature and musical events."

Cecilia Pytel