For international students who are subject to compulsory schooling and do not speak Polish or their knowledge of the Polish language is insufficient for them to be schooled, and who need to have their education adjusted to their educational needs, and also require special arrangements to support their education, school administrators can create preparation departments. Students who experience adaptation difficulties associated with cultural differences or change of the educational environment or linguistic communication disorders caused in particular by crisis or traumatic situations, can qualify for education in a preparation department. Education in preparation departments is provided according to the curriculum implemented by the school, while adjusting educational methods and their form to the individual developmental and educational needs, and psychological and physical capacity of students.
In Warsaw, such departments operate in three public primary schools and one secondary school
• at Barbara Bronisława Czarnowska Primary School No. 221 with Integration Departments at 42/44 Ogrodowa St. (Wola District)
• at Tadeusz Gajcy Primary School No. 58 at 7 Mieszka I St. (Targówek District),
• at Powstania Listopadowego Primary School No. 60 at 3 Zbaraska St. (Praga Południe District),
• at Romuald Traugutt Secondary School of General Education No. 45 at 26 Miła St. (Wola District).
Under the laws currently in force, until they reach the age of 18 or complete their secondary school education, children and teenagers receive education and care in public preschools and schools on the terms and conditions applicable to Polish citizens.
Any foreign student who does not speak Polish or their knowledge of the Polish language is insufficient for them to be schooled, is eligible for 2 hours of additional, free of charge, lessons in Polish language. In addition, foreigners may also attend additional catch-up classes in specific subjects. The total number of hours of additional classes in Polish language and catch-up classes may not be more than 5 hours a week. Students who are subject to compulsory schooling or compulsory education, and who do not speak Polish or their knowledge of the Polish language is insufficient for them to be schooled, are eligible for assistance from a person who speaks their mother language and who is hired by the head teacher as teacher assistant for up to 12 months.