YFU Poland

YFU Poland

YFU programme began in Poland in October 1989. The founder of the programme and a long-term president of the association was Mrs. Margaret Plewa. In 1990, YFU program was approved by the Ministry of Education. Between the years 1989 and 1998, YFU Poland took part in the short-term exchanges with YFU Germany. From 1990 to 2006 499 students from 96 Polish cities went to stay with YFU year to Belgium, France, the Netherlands, Spain, Germany, Switzerland and the USA and 94 students decided to spend a year in Poland while living with a Polish host family.

Studying in Poland

Education is compulsory for all children living in Poland aged between 7 and 18. School starts at the beginning of September and lasts until end of June. The three major holiday seasons are over Christmas and Easter and a winter break in late January/early February. Tuition is free for all students attending public schools, including foreign children. However, this does not include the additional costs of textbooks, school uniforms, lunches, general stationary and school supplies, which will be paid by the parents of the students. 

After following the lower secondary school (gymnazium) for three years, students have the option to attend one of a number of different types of secondary schools:

  • Three year general high school
  • Four year technical high school
  • Three year vocational high school

Exchange students attend high schools with general education. This kind of school prepares teenagers to study at the university. Every Polish or exchange student takes about 10-12 courses/subjects during a school year.  

Contact YFU Poland for all the information you need. Copernicus, Chopin, and Pope John Paul II were happy to call Poland home, and now you can too! You will find your stay in Poland adventurous, educational and full of opportunities.

About Poland

The Republic of Poland is a country situated in Central Europe. The 38 million Poles are Slavic people. Their official language is Polish, which belongs to Slavic languages. Younger generation can speak English, German or French languages quite well. You will easily learn basic phrases in Polish language after living for a few days with Polish family. Teenagers are used to close family life and parent’s control. The family usually meets during meals. Since most of people in Poland live in blocks of flats teenagers are used to sharing rooms with brothers or sisters. Poland has a variety of regions with beautiful landscapes and small-scale organic and traditional farms as well as chic medieval cities like Krakow and Gdansk. Come to Poland and discover all the beautiful places, people and rich history!

Did you know ?

  • There are 23 national parks in Poland, 1,269 nature reserves, and a hundred bird sanctuaries.
  • Polish Marie Curie born Maria Sklodowska (1867-1934), was the first and only Nobel laureate in two different sciences and first female professor at the Sorbonne University.
  • The highest mountain in Australia, Mount Kosciuszko, was named after General Tadeusz Kosciuszko (1746-1817), who fought against the Russian Empire, as well as in the American Revolutionary War.

Contact information

YFU Poland

Office address: Culture Centre "Zamek", def. 351
St. Marcin 80/82,
61-809 Poznan,

Post address: 60-972 Poznan 1, PO Box 36,

Tel: +48 61 6465213
Fax: +48 61 8537955
Email: info@yfu.org.pl