Let's Talk! - the results 

Today is the day! On your e-mails boxes, you should be able to find messages with your buddies’ contact information. Now you can message each other and chat!

We also have good news for those who would still want to join our program. You can still do so. All you have to do is fill out the form (link here: https://forms.gle/pGwT2TD3hM8zKz2Y6) and wait for our response.

In case of any questions or problems, you can contact us at scmkul@gmail.com . We encourage you to join our initiative!


Online Language and Cultural Courses

The new reality meant that our activities were transferred to the virtual world. The Open University, following the changes, adapted its activities also to adults so that everyone could take advantage of our offer.

We are pleased to announce that we are continuing the meetings of highly popular language and culture courses. Now we can announce that we started the course of the German language entitled "Language and Culture" and the Russian language "Moscow Evenings".

We would like to thank all of you who trusted us and are already using our offer, which we invite you to follow.

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Let's Talk! 2021

The Open University in cooperation with the International Relations Office, International Admissions Office, Lublin Coalition for Integration, School of Polish Language and Culture, and Student Self-Government of KUL have launched the  Let’s Talk! program. The Initiative will allow Polish and foreign students who study at KUL to stay in touch via chat applications. We are currently running the second edition of this initiative!

The aim of this initiative is to enable foreign students to stay in touch with their Polish colleagues who study at KUL via chat applications and share their joys and experiences in this difficult time. We hope that thanks to Let’s Talk! you will be able to enjoy a family-like atmosphere with us.

Furthermore, participation in this program will be an excellent opportunity to meet Polish students and get to know them better. Also, it will provide you with a chance to develop your language skills.

The program involves a series of short conversations via chat and video applications (e.g. Messenger, Skype, Zoom, Microsoft Teams). Conversations conducted in foreign languages will be held on agreed dates in groups with different numbers of participants. It will depend on the number of people attending a meeting and technical possibilities.

Students who are interested in taking part in Let’s Talk! initiative are kindly requested to familiarize with the instructions on how to join us.


Rules and Regulations

Link to the application form is available


You are welcome to join Let's Talk!

We also recommend you to follow us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/events/427642595045487

Online Meeting – „It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas”

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas... Our organization – the Student Intercultural Centre, decided to answer the question “What Christmas traditions look like in different countries?”. We’ll have a chance to answer this question during our coming meeting which takes place this Tuesday! We are going to listen to presentations on Christmas traditions in Poland and Spain. We would also love to hear about our foreign guests' Christmas traditions! So be sure to join us! On December 22nd at 7 PM on Microsoft Teams.


How to teach online and not go crazy - how to manage yourself in the teaching process in the age of a pandemic

The Open University of the Catholic University of John Paul II organized training in Polish called "How to teach remotely and not go crazy - or how to manage yourself in the teaching process in the age of a pandemic". The training was prepared by Dr. Małgorzata Torój - a psychologist, coach and lecturer at the John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin.

The training consists of 4 videos covering the individual areas of teachers' work on themselves:

  1. Dealing with your own emotions,
  2. Organization of own work in reconciling the roles of a teacher and a family member,
  3. Taking care of your own physical and mental condition as prevention of stress-related to remote work,
  4. Working with parents of students in the age of a pandemic.

The videos are available in the Polish language version.


Online meeting — "Let's get to know each other!"

We are pleased to announce that on December 2 at 6 p.m. the Student Intercultural Centre organizes a meeting for new participants who joined the Center this year. The meeting will primarily focus on the culture and traditions of Poland, with special distinction in our region and the city of Lublin.

We invite you to read more about the activities of the Student Intercultural Centre, which can be found on the website.


Thursdays with the Open University

We cordially invite you to watch the last two educational animations this semester aimed at primary school students from the series "Thursdays with the Open University". Every Thursday, we published films prepared together with the employees of our University on the website and via social media. Short mini-lectures adapted to the age of the audience (for grades 1-3 and 4-8) are an announcement and introduction to the classes that were once held at the University, which we hope to return to after the epidemic has stabilized. We believe that our proposals will appeal to the students of your school and encourage them to participate in the University's activities.

We will start the next series of animations at the beginning of next semester.


Orientation Week 2020

A weekly series of English-language workshops introducing foreign students to Polish culture and university realities started on Monday, November 16, 2020. The event is prepared by the Open University of KUL as part of the Lublin Coalition for Integration project. During the online training, students learn about Polish history, traditions and basics of the Polish language, as well as the topography of Lublin and the University. Attention is also paid to the issues of rights and obligations of students and foreigners residing in Poland. During the workshops the basic principles of the University will be also introduced. Thanks to the course, participants will gain a wide range of useful information, adapted to the current situation.


The first meetings of the "Italy without secrets ..." course

We are pleased to announce that the first classes of the online course organized by the Open University, entitled "Italy without secrets, or a course in Italian language and Italian culture." Meetings that take place on the Microsoft Teams platform are held in six groups.

At the same time, we kindly invite you to follow our website, where information about new courses will be published soon.


National Education Day 2020

Ladies and Gentlemen, Teachers, Educators, Pedagogues and Education Employees, in connection with the National Education Day falling today, we would like to express our best wishes to you. We wish you a lot of professional success and patience, so that the effort that is undertaken every day will be a source of satisfaction, contentment and fulfillment, and be appreciated by students and their parents. We would like to thank you for your dedication, commitment and professionalism with which you carry out your work and vocation, and for your heart put into the education and upbringing of the young generation, as well as for developing students' talents and interests. Especially now, in difficult conditions for you and all of us, we wish you health and perseverance.

The Open University Team


Operation of the Open University in connection with Covid-19

Ladies and gentlemen,

Due to the restrictions at the University, resulting from the Order of the Rector of the John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin of September 25, 2020, we will be very pleased if you inform us before visiting the Open University office. We kindly ask you to send us the information via e-mail or by phone. Earlier information will allow us to prepare the meeting in compliance with all safety rules.

Yours faithfully,

The Open University Team

Holidays 2020

Another school and academic year is approaching its end and the desired holidays are to begin. Due to COVID-19  pandemic, the last months have been particularly difficult for all of us, requiring us to adapt to the new, digital reality.  Nevertheless, we are pleased that we have had the opportunity to spend another year together, both within the walls of our University and in the virtual world. We would like to thank all the participants of the courses provided by the Open University, as well as the instructors for the great effort put into preparing and conducting classes for our students. Special thanks are also due to the Teachers and Parents, who made every effort to ensure that they could gain knowledge and develop without obstacles. We wish you a safe, warm and sunny holiday, so that we can meet with new strength and in good spirits in the new semester at the Open University classes, hopefully within our walls.

Student Intercultural Centre

With great pleasure we would like to inform that the Student Intercultural Centre, which is a student organization aiming at integrating Polish students of the John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin with their counterparts from abroad, has just been established. The pandemic did not change the earlier plans to create this general university organization. One of the main objectives of the Student Intercultural Centre, which is an innovative project in Lublin, is to integrate Polish with foreign students of the University, ensure that students from different countries maintain constant and regular contact with each other, as well as to broaden their language and intercultural competences and their ability to work in internationalteams.                                                                                                                               

studenckie_kolo_miedzykulturowe_en-paint The Centre will organise cycle meetings and events for students to get to know each other's cultures and countries, as well as create courses, trainings and workshops on intercultural dialogue. Students from outside of Poland will have the opportunity to learn more about Polish culture and gain support in getting quick settling  at the University. It is worth noting that the initiative has met with great interest on the students’ part. Creating international relations and friendships already at the stage of studies, combined with the growing offer of exchanges, internships and international internships are a good forecast for the future.

Academy of European Law Online

We are pleased to announce that on 4 June 2020, the last meeting of this semester was held in cooperation with the Department of International and European Union Law of the John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin Academy of European Law. The online class for high school students devoted to the cultural policy of the European Union was conducted by Professor Anna Kosińska. We would like to thank Professor Anna Kosińska for the effort put into the preparation of the classes, as well as the Teachers and the Students for being present with us throughout the entire course of the Academy of European Law.

Academy of European Law online meeting!

We are delighted to announce that on 20 May 2020, another meeting was held in cooperation with the Department of International and European Union Law of the John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin. Online classes for high school students focused on the freedom of the internal market and the movement of goods were conducted by a doctoral student of the Faculty of Law, Canon Law and Administration of KUL Aliaksei Shulha. We would like to thank him for the effort put into preparing the lectures.

Let’s talk!

During this difficult time for everyone, we do not forget about our foreign students. Student volunteers are developing their activities in the virtual world. The Open University along with the International Relations Office, International Admissions Office, Lublin Coalition for Integration, School of Polish Language and Culture and Student Self-Government of KUL have launched a “Let’s talk” initiative, thanks to which Polish and foreign students studying at KUL will be able to stay in touch via chat applications. We hope that thanks to “Let’s talk” our foreign students will be able to enjoy family-like atmosphere with us.

Students who are interested in taking part in "Let's talk" initiative are kindly requested to to enter the Let's talk tab.

Exhibition 'Polonica emigration. From the collections of member institutions of the Permanent Conference of Polish Museums, Archives and Libraries in the West'

On the 5th of March 2020 at 2:00 pm at the John Paul II Catholic University in Lublin was opened the exhibition The 'Emigration Polonica - from the collections of member institutions of the Conference of Polish Museums, Archives and Libraries in the West’. It was prepared by the Institute of National Remembrance in cooperation with 24 institutions associated in the Permanent Conference of Polish Museums, Archives and Libraries in the West, represented by Marek Skulimowski, President of the Kościuszko Foundation in New York. The exposition presents the resources and activities of organizations who take care of Polish national heritage and the legacy of Polish independence emigration in different parts  of the world. The event was attended by the President of the Institute of National Remembrance, Dr Jarosław Szarek, who mentioned that the exhibition itself is a tribute to the work and involvement of Polish emigration centers in preserving Polish history and heritage. The exhibition will be open until 27 March 2020.

Take a look at gallery.

Workshop 'How to develop your intercultural competences?'

On the 26th of February 2020, was held a workshop on intercultural dialogue organized by the Open University in cooperation with the Student council at KUL. The classes were addressed at  a group of students who participate   in the project "Elder Friend", whose task will be to support foreigners at our University. During the workshops basic concepts of intercultural competences were explained and were also presented models of communication with representatives of many cultures. Participants also gained knowledge about developing their intercultural sensitivity. We would like to thank the lecturer for conducting the workshop which broadened our knowledge to a large extent, and the students who took part in this workshop, as well as representatives of the University's Student Council for their help in organizing the event.

We invite you to see the photo gallery from this amazing event.

Signing a patronage agreement with St. Ferdinand Parish in Chicago

On the 24th of February 2020, the patronage agreement was signed between the John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin and St. Ferdinand's Parish in Chicago, which runs the Polish Catholic School of St. Ferdinand in Chicago. The  School  was established in 1995. The facility educates children and teenagers  from kindergarten to high school classes. Thanks to the organization of the academy and performances of various kind, the school  is also an important center of Polish culture for parish residents. At present, it has nearly 1000 students.

Workshop 'Polish Catholicism and the Polish Culture: Customs, Language, Values, Myths and Fact'

On the February 19th-23rd, 2020,  the workshop on Polish Catholicism and the Polish Culture: Customs, Language, Values, Myths and Facts, organized by the Archdiocese of Chicago, was held for the first time. As part of this event experts from the John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin and Poles who live  in the United States gave the opportunity to learn about the wealth of  Polish culture, religion and unique customs  by offering lectures and presentations to the participants. These meetings were a chance to learn the secrets of Polish language and to deepen the knowledge about it. An additional attraction of the workshop was the possibility to taste  Polish dishes and to improve  intercultural dialogue skills by creating positive Polish-American relations with employees.

First meeting within the Academy of European Law


On the 3rd of December 2019 was held the first meeting  of the Academy of European Law. The event was prepared in cooperation with the Department of International and European Union Law of the Catholic University of Lublin. Monthly classes for secondary school students are devoted to the basics of integration and European law. On Tuesday, the staff member of the Department, Dr. Tomasz Sieniow presented to high school students the basic principles of the EU's legal system. We wish to thank Dr. Sieniow for the  interesting lecture. We also invite you to see the photo gallery.

Another stop on the hike of the '100 Years of KUL' exhibition

This time, the "100 Years of the Catholic University of Lublin" exhibition, dedicated to the history of the John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin, was held in St. Joseph's Basilica in Milwaukee (Wisconsin), which is a unique place for the Polish American community. It is the first Polish church in the United States that was elevated to the rank of Basilica. The church is also an important center of Polish culture in Milwaukee. The opening ceremony and presentation which took place on 17th December 2019 was attended by Professor Michał Jacek Mikoś from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.  We would like to thank the Saint Joseph's Basilica Foundation and the Women's Cultural Club "Polanki" in Milwaukee for their support. Open University of KUL is pleased that the exhibition  was organized for another group of interested recipients.

Please take a look at our gallery.

Russian language classes

On Wednesday the 23rd of October 2019, the Open University of KUL started a new semester of “create your own classes”, which is a program dedicated to secondary school students. This time,  a group of students and teachers from the High School  No. 1 in Garwolin participated in the Russian language course. During the lesson they had the chance  to learn about the  techniques, which provide a great support in learning a language by  fun. Pupils and teachers were satisfied with the classes, as they could develop their language competences.

Please take a look at our gallery.

An international youth group visit our University

On the 22nd of October, KUL hosted an international group of young people from primary and secondary schools. Students from Turkey, Italy, Greece, Romania and Poland, who participate in the Erasmus program, had been with us for a week. The Open University of KUL invited the guests to take part in workshops on intercultural integration alongside with Polish students and teachers from the Primary School no. 16 in Lublin. Such visits became our tradition. It was already the third such meeting at our University, and certainly it was not the last. The next group of young learners will come to us in April. We are looking forward to it!

Please take a look at our gallery.

International Day at KUL 2019

The first Friday of October was a day of a special event, namely the 4th International Day at KUL. It was the final part of the Adaptation Week Classes for foreign students, which at the same time provided a warm welcome to all foreigners who study  at KUL. Students also had the chance to learn more about some entities that are the parts of our University and which offer students help and advice on different fields. Among them are: The Admission Office, International Relations Office, The Department of Foreign Languages, Polish-Chinese Center, The School of Polish Language and Culture, Student Council at KUL, Lublin Coalition for Integration, Academic Ministry  of the Catholic University of Lublin and the Open University. After the meeting with members of the University leadership team, foreign students who started their adventure with KUL a few years ago told about their experience. Later our new students from different parts of the world had the opportunity to test their knowledge of Polish culture in a quiz and learn traditional Polish dances. Finally, our guests could taste Polish food. I hope you had been with us. If not, do not worry. The International Day at KUL became our tradition, so I hope you will be there next year.

Please take a look at our gallery to see how much fun we had!

Orientation Week 2019

The first week of October witnessed the set of special events that were held at our University. Their main purpose was to help foreigners get acquainted with Polish history, culture and traditions. What is more, our guests had also the opportunity to learn the topography of Lublin and become familiar with the location of all buildings of KUL. They were also informed about the rights and duties of students who stay  in Poland. They were also presented with the basic principles of our University. In the result the new students gained all the necessary information and now they have a better chance to become actively involved in the academic life.

Please take a look at our gallery.