The Poznan College of Modern Languages (PCML) is a private vocational institution of higher education. It offers an extensive variety of courses at different levels of advancement.
The School started its educational activity in June 2000. There were 568 students of English and German Philology in this first year. Today, eleven years later, it has become the largest private language studies college in Poland. We have over 3,500 students on bachelors, masters and other undergraduate and postgraduate studies. Our Students come from the whole country, including such remote areas as the northeast and southeast regions of Poland. There are also foreign students at the College, who come from Germany, France, Turkey, Ukraine and Kenya.
The College has a defined human resources policy. It is among its objectives to develop a highly specialized staff of academic teachers with extensive teaching experience. In this way the Students are assured high standards of learning.
At present the College employs
- 300 members of faculty including over a hundred Professors and Doctors,
- 20 native speakers from Great Britain, USA, Ireland, Japan, France, Spain, Greece, Italy and Russia.
The College has gathered the best professionals, linguists from the University in Poznan and practitioners in the most popular professions - journalists, specialists in IT, tourism and economics.
The Students have classes in four College buildings located in the center of Poznan. An efficient public transportation system provides for fast connections even with the most remote parts of the city. The main railroad station and international bus stations are located in close vicinity to the College. The city center is also connected with the Lawica Airport facilitating easy transportation also for the Students residing in other towns or countries.
Classrooms are dedicated for small groups and lecture rooms are equipped with audiovisual equipment to facilitate learning and make it more attractive.
In all the College buildings the Students have access to PC stations and the Internet. The sources for their academic work are also provided by the College library.
Numerous buffets provide our Students with essential supplies while a fitness center assures that they are in good shape.
The system of scholarships provides a variety of means of financial support available to the Students. Those with the lowest incomes can apply for social scholarships whereas those with the highest achievements can be rewarded for their high grade average. Last year over five hundred College Students took advantage of these scholarships. This year the subsidies dedicated for student support exceeded PLN 1.6 m (over EUR 400,000).
The focal points of student life are provided by regular cultural events, such as the Academic Concert of International Songs, organized by the College, and by academic societies. They enable the College students to develop their own interests and to gather priceless experience.The same purpose is served by a range of various optional courses the College offers to its Students. They can develop their knowledge and skills attending workshops (such as script writing, an actor's workshop or a photographic one), subject courses and supplementary lectures.
BA Studies (licencjat)
The College offers BA studies that combine philological programs with a currently developing range of Humanities, exemplified by the new European Studies course - a novelty in the College curriculum.
Philological studies are designed for students who see proficiency in a foreign language as an indispensable condition of their future professional career.
A modern curriculum and expert teaching staff provide a high quality learning environment.
The students have a selection of different specializations related to the three main professions in high demand on the labor market:
- foreign language teaching - for people who see their professional future in teaching,
- Business language - for people intending to find their professional future in administration and commercial institutions
- translation - for people aiming to develop the competencies necessary for a profession as a translator/interpreter
The curriculum covers both the subjects related to the development of practical language skills and a package of supplementary subjects (such as literature, history, life and institutions of a given country). The curriculum is developed on the basis of the obligatory standards of academic education and it allows the Students to see the language in its historic and cultural context which profoundly facilitates better understanding.
BA Level Studies - European Studies
European Studies at PCML provide a unique offer for those with an interest in Humanities, who intend to develop this interest and combine it with practical skills of management and organization.
The main features of this program involve the following:
- development of practical skills,
- interdisciplinary character
- correspondence to labor market needs
- intensive language training
This program is designed for people who intend to develop their career path in the institutions of central and local administration, in the European Union bodies, cultural and social centers at both national and international level. The Students have the following four options to choose from:
- European Funds
- Territorial Marketing
- European Enterprise
- Cultural Projects Management
MA Level Studies
MA studies are intended for the graduates of BA studies holding a BA degree in a certain philology, or of other linguistic studies that meet the requirements of the curriculum. These studies differ from BA level mainly in having a scientific, academic character. Over the two years of MA studies the Students draft an MA dissertation.
We offer MA level studies in
- English Philology
- German Philology
Other postgraduate programs are intended for candidates wishing either to extend or to acquire new vocational competence. The nature of these programs enables their participants to attain this objective over two, three or four semesters of learning, depending on the program.
The College runs three postgraduate programs:
The School of Translation and Interpreting. The objective of this program is to provide linguistic knowledge and develop the skills indispensable for professional future translators/interpreters from and into English and German. The studies prepare the participants for the profession of an interpreter/translator with respect to a broad range of topics and forms of expression. The areas to be developed involve both the expansion of the command of foreign languages, the topics related to politics, economy and culture of England and Germany, and the development of practical skills required to render efficient and professional translation/interpretation. These objectives are possible due to the workshop character of the classes as well as the maximization of actual translation/interpretation rendered by the students.
- Business English
- Business German (Wirtschaftsdeutsch)
The graduates of this program achieve a high level of linguistic skills in their respective languages on the basis of professional, vocational and business jargon. Simultaneously, they develop a range of skills that will prove useful in a variety of professional situations, such as making appointments, writing correspondence, obtaining and imparting information concerning products and services, client servicing, or financial negotiations. What is exceptionally useful is the command of written Business English/German: drawing business reports, writing both emails and traditional letters.
The postgraduate studies in foreign language teaching are intended for persons professionally occupied with language teaching. The following programs are offered:
- Postgraduate English Language Teaching Studies
- Postgraduate German Language Teaching Studies
- Postgraduate Spanish Language Teaching Studies
These postgraduate studies are intended for people who wish to improve their proficiency in a foreign language.
Foreign Language Courses
PCML runs an extensive range of language training and programs at various levels and learning intensity. We offer courses of English, German, Spanish, French, Russian, Japanese and Swedish.
PCML is a British Council Supplier Institution for Cambridge ESOL examinations. There are courses that prepare the students for international certificate exams.
PCML is also a licensed examination center of "Swedex" international exams in Swedish.
The Socrates-Erasmus Program
The most popular form of studying abroad is student exchange under the Erasmus program. Under the program the Students can complete from one to two semesters at a foreign higher education institution. A number of our Students have taken advantage of this opportunity. They tend to choose the following institutions most often:
- Universität Kassel (Germany)
- Pädagogische Hochschule Ludwigsburg (Germany)
- Northumbia University (Newcastle, UK)
- Institute of Technology Tallaght (Dublin, Irleland)
- Universidad de Córdoba (Spain)
- Universidad de Castilla - La Mancha (Ciudad Real, Spain)
- Marmara Universitesi (Stambul, Turkey)
Higher National Diploma in Business
The Higher National Diploma in Business is a renowned confirmation of practical business skills recognized throughout the European Union. One of the most significant benefits of this program is that its graduates are awarded a double qualification: that of a BA in English Philology and a BTEC Higher National Diploma in Business. Additionally, the HND program graduates have an opportunity to continue their education in Great Britain to be awarded the degree of BA in economics, following a 2-4 semester course of studies there. The curriculum is divided into 16 modules to be completed over four semesters of studies. The program is developed, licensed and monitored by Edexcel International. The entire program is run in the English language.
- Managing Financial Resources
- Organisations and Behaviour
- Organisations, Competition and Environment
- Quantitative Techniques for Business
- Legal and Regulatory Framework
- Management Information Systems
- Business Strategy
- Small Business Management
- Managing Activities
- Managing People
- Managing Self
- Advertising and Promotion
- Marketing Planning
- Human Resource Management
- European Business
2+2 Program - Polish and British Degree
This program is a product of cooperation between PCML and the University of Bedfordshire. The Students have an opportunity to obtain a double qualification involving the Polish degree of BA in English Philology as well as a British BA degree in English Language Studies.The participants in the 2+2 Program complete two years of education at PCML to continue for two more years at the University of Bedfordshire in Luton, UK. Their BA dissertation is supervised by an advisor in the UK. It is subsequently graded by the adviser from the University of Bedfordshire and a reviewer from PCML. The students take the final exam, developed by the PCML Department of English, in Luton.
Wyższa Szkoła Języków Obcych w Poznaniu
ul. Św. Marcin 59
tel. +48 61 663 62 90
fax +48 61 663 62 91
Foreign Cooperation Office:
Biuro Współpracy z Zagranicą
Wyższa Szkoła Języków Obcych w Poznaniu
ul. Św. Marcin 59
tel. +48 61 663 62 13