STUDY TOURS TO POLAND
Madeleine Albright gościem czwartej edycji WEASA
Madeleine Albright was the guest at the fourth edition of WEASA

The fourth edition of Warsaw Euro-Atlantic Summer Academy (WEASA) - a common undertaking of PAFF, the German Marshall Fund of the United States and the College of Europe, Natolin Campus, took place on July 4-15, 2016. The special guest at the this-year Academy was Madeleine Albright, former U.S. Secretary of State.

WEASA 2016 – proces aplikacji rozpoczęty
Warsaw Euro-Atlantic Summer Academy (WEASA) 2016 – call for applications

The College of Europe Natolin Campus, the German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) and the Polish-American Freedom Foundation announce a call for applications for the fourth edition of the Warsaw Euro-Atlantic Summer Academy (WEASA), which will be devoted to the issue of “Regional Policy and Regional Development: Euro-Atlantic Support to Eastern Partnership Countries”. The closing date for applications is 30 April 2016.

Trzecia edycja WEASA
The third edition of WEASA

The third edition of Warsaw Euro-Atlantic Summer Academy – WEASA was held at the College of Europe Natolin from June 29 – July 10, 2015. WEASA is a joint initiative of the Polish-American Freedom Foundation (PAFF), the German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) and the College of Europe, Natolin Campus.

The program, launched in 2004, offers study tours to Poland to active students and professionals from Eastern European countries. The objective of the program is to show the realities of Poland and the European Union and at the same time develop and strengthen professional and personal contacts between leaders from Eastern Europe and their Polish hosts.

The students are offered a dozen-day long study tours to Poland; the eligible candidates have to be persons between the age of 18 and 21, coming from Belarus, Moldova, Ukraine and Russian Federation (currently from Briansk, Kaliningrad, Novgorod, Leningrad and St. Petersburg oblasts). Students participating in the “STP” have an opportunity to meet Polish academic environment, civic organizations, leaders of public life as well as participate in lectures, workshops, seminars and cultural events.

Students apply to the program individually. The tours are organized for groups of 10-12 participants from various countries. They are held twice a year, in spring and in the fall, and managed by experienced Polish NGOs selected in an open competition. The program is coordinated by the “Borussia” Foundation from Olsztyn.

The offer for professionals is addressed to representatives of local governments, central administration, central public institutions, NGOs, media, educational sector and other professional groups from countries of Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia. The tours, aimed at sharing the Polish experiences in transformation and European integration, are held in cooperation with Polish NGOs as well as central and local administration.

The recruitment of participants in study tours for professionals shall be preceded by a letter of intent sent to the program office in Warsaw by an interested institution and its partner organization from the countries of the region, or by a Polish NGO or institution.

In total, in the years 2004-2016, 8475 participants took part in various study tours, including 2,908 students and 5,567 professionals representing various environments. Each year Poland is visited by more than 300 professionals and more than 200 students.

 

Within the “Study Tours to Poland” Program, the Foundation supports the Warsaw Euro-Atlantic Summer Academy – WEASA – a common undertaking of PAFF, the German Marshall Fund and the College of Europe, Natolin Campus. WEASA offers two weeks of classes, based on the Natolin Campus, addressed to experts from the Eastern Partnership countries, i.e. analysts, political and government advisors, NGO and think tanks staff, civic service representatives and journalists. The thematic scope encompasses political transformation, European integration and transatlantic relations. Students are offered lectures, workshops, and meetings with practitioners, with participation of prominent lecturers and experts from Poland and abroad. The hitherto four editions of WEASA (2013-2016) were participated by a total of 174 people from the Eastern Partnership countries, including: 18 from Armenia, 13 from Azerbaijan, 17 from Belarus, 35 from Georgia, 25 from Moldova, and 66 from Ukraine.
 

In the years 2007-2016 the program was implemented by Jan Nowak Jeziorański College of Eastern Europe in Wrocław.

 

The Foundation has disbursed $5.255.166, including $890.235 for the current edition of the program.
 

Program Manager:

The Leaders of Change Foundation
Al. Jerozolimskie 133 lok. 56
02-304 Warszawa
e-mail: stp@studytours.pl  
www.studytours.pl

 

Responsible within PAFF: Renata Koźlicka-Glińska (Program Director)

in cooperation with Agnieszka Mazur (Program Officer)