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

During the first week, days will be dedicated to seminars focused on the history and historiography of 1989. Students will receive university credit attending topical lectures in a small class setting. In the afternoon, students will also learn about the region through colloquia, films, 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 Central European history and culture (in English, German and Polish), state-of-the-art research on the region, or who want to meet scholars in their field, the University 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 second and third week of the Summer School will be dedicated to traveling the path of East German refugees in 1989. As many will remember, West German embassies were inundated with refugees in Wrocław, Prague, and Budapest in the summer of 1989. Thousands of East Germans also travelled to Lake Balaton and western Hungary in the hopes of illegally crossing the “Iron Curtain” to reach the West.

In honor of the thirtieth anniversary of the fall of communism in Central Europe, students will retrace the journey of thousands of asylum-seekers who, similar to modern-day refugees, faced seemingly insurmountable hurdles in their search for “freedom.”

For students interested in independent study and research, we encourage you to arrive early or depart later. Słubice is conveniently located in relation to major archives in Poland and Germany.