Description of today's situation of Polish studies abroad, experiencing very tough moments due not only to funding shortages or the number of students - they also find it difficult to determine their programmatic identity or define a place for themselves in the changing landscape of university/college specialisations. The author emphasises that any model of pursuance of Polish studies abroad should respond to the local specificity and he suggests that Polish courses (also those using the students' native language) be made part of syllabus units other than Slavic-studies/philology-related ones. Despite any appearances, this would not entail these studies being dispersed, diluted or deprived of their objective identity but rather, expanding onto new areas where they can put down their roots, thereby getting durably materialised in a number of new places.
Wlodzimierz Bolecki, Instytut Badan Literackich PAN, ul. Nowy Swiat 72, 00-330 Warszawa, Poland
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