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The Summer School is designed for academically driven students (we will make exceptions for serious non-student scholars of Polish or German studies).

Mornings will be dedicated to language instruction. Students will receive 90 contact hours of Polish (equivalent of one year of study).* Here you will cover grammar and conversation on a beginning or advanced level. The small class size (10 students per course) ensures optimal contact with the instructor and native speakers.

In addition to language instruction, the Center has designed afternoon seminars, colloquia, invited regional and international guest lectures, as well as special events.

Of course not all students will want to participate in all afternoon activities. They are optional. However, for those interested in learning about Polish and German history and culture (in English, German and Polish), state-of-the-art research on East Central Europe, or who want to meet scholars in their field, the Center offers seminars which are open to Summer School students. For students who would like to earn graduate-level credit in seminars, the university will provide a transcript of record (free of charge) for students’ home university.

The Summer School will be ended by a one-day workshop where participants will present their research on topics related to “Remembering Communism.” It is envisioned that select texts presented at the workshop will be published as a monograph.

Seminars planned for the Summer School are as follows:

  • Remembering Communism in East Central Europe, 1989-2017, by Mark Keck-Szajbel
  • Nationalism in Communism, by Ondřej Klípa
  • “The Polish Economy.” Analytical Approaches to a National Stereotype in Transition, by Dagmara Jajeśniak-Quast
  • GDR and Poland – Two ways to tackle the Communist Past, by Jan Musekamp
  • Language Varieties as Markers of Social and Cultural Borders in Poland, by Małgorzata Szajbel-Keck

In addition to seminars, we offer excursions to area sites of interest, as well as cultural opportunities in and around Słubice and Frankfurt (Oder).

For students interested in independent study and research, we have left Fridays and weekends open. Słubice is conveniently located in relation to major archives in Poland and Germany.

*FLAS recipients can receive extra hours (with fee) of private study to fulfill the 120 hour requirement.