Military English exams for foreigners
It has been a long time since I received some questions about military English exams in Poland for the first time. I have never tried to answer such questions thouroughly on my website. I rather dealt with them in e-mails or via vcita widget. It’s high time to wrap up all the necessary information and provide you with the complete guide. If you follow my channel on YouToube you might have noticed the first part of this guide on ‘where and when to sit an exam in Poland’:
What you cannot find in this video are the crucial details, such as an application letter and the proper addresses of the Polish institutions. That is why at the bottom of the article you have the full list of them with the handy example/template of a letter.
Exams on level 3 or 4
In Poland you can take a military English exam according to Stanag6001 on any level you wish, but procedures are different depending on the level. The only school authorised to accept foreigners for level 3 and 4 exams is WSNJO in Łódź (The Polish Armed Forces School of Languages). It is also the seat of Central Examinations Board for Foreign Languages of the Ministry of National Defence (CEBFL). If you want to take a level 3 or a level 4 exam you must obtain a consent from the Director of The Science and Military Education Department (POL: Dyrektor Departamentu Nauki i Szkolnictwa Wojskowego). To seek his consent you must write an application letter and send it via post to the following address:
Departament Nauki i Szkolnictwa Wojskowego
Al. Niepodległości 218
The letter should contain multiple pieces of information, mostly to identify your person and to allow Polish Counter Intelligence services to conduct background checks before allowing you to enter Polish military facilities (all exams take place in military universities, schools or other military-run institutions). Therefore you must provide as the minimum:
- your current military rank,
- your name and surname,
- your current post,
- the name of the unit you serve in,
- your date of birth,
- your ID or passport number (the one you will use to enter Poland),
- your Personal Security Clearance classification (Secret, Restricted, etc.)
- JUSTIFICATION for your application!
Good news: You can write your letter in English – it does not have to be in Polish 🙂
The exam is free of charge, even for the foreign soldiers!
Bad news: only foreign active-duty soldiers can apply for sitting an exam in Poland. There is a strict, small limit of places available for each session – the first to apply, the first to serve, so planning your session much in advance makes sense and make your chances bigger.
At the bottom of the article you can download a template of an application letter you could use for your own case. It is just an example with different versions of justification, which might work or might be completely disregarded/rejected – no guarantee on the success of your effort! I marked my comments (or example entries) with the red font – be sure to remove/replace them in your final application. Three versions of justification do not go together, so you must choose one of them or place your own one instead.
Level 1 or 2
If you want to take a level 1 or a level 2 exam, your chances for the successful application are significantly greater. It is more likely to be allowed for the exam, because there are more places where you can sit them and more slots available for the foreigners (non-Polish soldiers). The bad news is that any exams on level 1-2 are organized on commercial basis so they are subject to some fees (usually 200-260 PLN = c. 45-55 EUR). The decision maker is also different. Instead of writing to the Director of The Science and Military Education Department, you should write directly to the Head of the institution where the exam will be organized. And here we have a plethora of choices – see the attached pdf for reference.
The only problem is to identify the proper level exam, its place and the date. You must seek such data in each facility seperately, tracing their announcements on their websites. I have already published the map comprising all of these institutions marked with red colour there. Just refer to the map included in the previous article about language courses in Poland. In the downloading manager below you can find the full list of military institutions along with their web addresses for faster inquiries. Whenever it was possible, the links provided will lead you directly to the site of language centres. Unfortunately, all relevant information concerning the dates of the exams are available only in the Polish versions of the webpages. What’s more, some language centres require a specific template of an application letter (different from the one I provide), however, a foreigner could be exempt from following it as it is entirely in Polish. That must be verified on case-to-case basis.
Good luck and keep me posted if you succeeded or need any help to make it happen.