The Jan Nowak-Jeziorański College of Eastern Europe in Wrocław and the Centre for East European Studies UW have been jointly organizing the East European Winter School since 2004. It is (as opposed to the Summer School, which is directed at young researchers) intended for students in their final year of M.A. studies in humanities, from countries formerly part of the USSR and Communist Bloc. The School always takes place March 1-14. We already have over 400 graduates from 15 countries in Central and Eastern Europe.
For many of the Winter School participants it is their first academic trip to Poland. Teaching students in their last year of studies, preparing their M.A. theses and reflecting on the continuation of their studies in the future, affords us the opportunity to achieve far-reaching and permanent results.
Many graduates of the Winter School go on to take Eastern Studies or take advantage of other scholarship programs.
The Winter School program consists of lectures and seminars presented by professors from Polish academic and research institutions, as well as from abroad. Among them are graduates of the East European Summer School, now giving lectures to their younger colleagues. The subject of the Winter School is based on a wide variety of historical and contemporary problems concerning Central and Eastern Europe.
The Winter School also has a cultural program. Participants tour Warsaw and Wrocław; visiting museums and meeting with representatives of art and culture.
Lecturers of the Winter School have included, among others: Jan Nowak-Jeziorański (Warsaw), Bohdan Osadczuk (Berlin), Leopold Unger (Brussels), Andrzej Wajda (Warsaw), Jerzy Pomianowski (Kraków), Jerzy Stępień (Warsaw), Elżbieta Stadtmueller (Wrocław), Andrzej Ananicz (Warsaw), Erics Jekabsons (Riga), Cornelius Ochmann (Berlin), Jan Holzer (Brno), Mykoła Riabczuk (Kiev), Rustis Komuntavicius (Kovno), Imre Molnar (Budapest).