University of Warsaw Educational activities
Open meetings, debates, webinars prepared by university experts
- Study Visits Programme for Ukrainian students and doctoral candidates at the University of Warsaw
The initiative is dedicated to citizens of Ukraine or Poland, who crossed the Polish-Ukrainian border after 24th February, and were either students, or doctoral candidates, at a Ukrainian university in 2021/2022. The Programme is starting this semester, and will be continued till 15th July 2023. Applicants must submit their research plan to be approved by the hosting department at the UW. All areas of studies are available. The Programme participants will have the status of guest students/ doctoral researchers. They will be exempted from the tuition fee. Additionally, they can apply for the UW accommodation in the students residence halls. The participants can also take part in classes, Polish language courses, and receive ECTS credits. The programme is financed by the Excellence Initiative – Research University. Any queries about the programme should be directed to the e-mail address: email@example.com. More information is on the UW website >>
- Self-study materials to learn Polish
The Open University and the Centre for Research on Culture of Warsaw of the University of Warsaw prepared a dedicated base of self-study materials to learn the Polish language by the Ukrainians. The base includes materials for young children, teenagers, students and teachers. The materials can be downloaded from the OU website >>
- A Thematic Dictionary of Ukrainian and Polish
The Ukrainian Catholic University Publishing released “A Thematic Dictionary of Ukrainian and Polish” by Janusz A. Rieger and Orysia Demska-Kulczycka (Lviv, 2007). The dictionary covers 35 000 words. It is available on issuu.com.
- Open classes in physics and mathematics
Ukrainian citizens can participate in classes in physics and mathematics at the UW Faculty of Physics. Polish and English are languages of instruction. Anyone interested to join the classes should email the organisers providing brief information on the previous education and the preferred language of instruction. Classes in Polish and Russian are soon to be launched as well. Teachers will focus on the high school educational material of physics and mathematics. Advanced participants can join a summer research project in physics and mathematics. More details, in Polish and English, are presented on the Faculty website >> .
- The online course “Ukraine in International Relations” for international students
The UW Centre for Europe launched a 20-hour Erasmus course “Ukraine in International Relations”. The course is available for international students from the University of Warsaw. The online meeting will be conducted by Dr Oksana Krayevska, a lecturer at the Faculty of International Relations, Ivan Franko University of Lviv, and an associate professor at the Faculty of Political Sciences and International Studies, and the Centre for Europe, University of Warsaw.
In 2022/2023 winter semester meetings are conducted every second Monday between 8:00 and 11:15 in the “Ksawerów” Didactic Building, at 22 Niepodległości Street. Registration is open via USOSweb. Any questions regarding the registration should be directed to Dorota Jurkiewicz-Eckert, Erasmus Plus coordinator at the UW Centre for Europe, firstname.lastname@example.org. Details on the course are provided in English on the Centre website >>.
- Lectures for unenrolled students
Unenrolled students are offered open-access lectures given at the Faculty of Economic Studies. The classes are conducted in Polish and English. More details are available on the Faculty website>>.
- Biology seminars for high school graduates
The UW Faculty of Biology organises a series of seminars for young Ukrainians who intend to sit for the Polish or Ukrainian matura exam, attend a Polish high school or studies in Poland. The seminars cover the biology material for the Polish and Ukrainian matura exam. The classes will be translated into Ukrainian. More information in Polish and Ukrainian on the Faculty website >>.
Students from Ukraine are also encouraged to take part in open lectures on biotechnology, environment protection and biology. Contact person: dr hab. Magdalena Markowska, e-mail: studencki(at)biol.uw.edu.pl.
- Open classes of sociology
The Ukrainian citizens eager to take part in open classes at the UW Faculty of Sociology should contact Dr Agnieszka Jasiewicz, Vice-Dean for Students Affairs: email@example.com.
- Psychologically related education
The Faculty of Psychology organises a series of online meetings under the title „Uważność i współczucie w kryzysie. Jak zadbać o siebie i innych” (Mindfulness and compassion in crisis. Taking care about yourself and others.) Besides talking about their experiences, the attendees learn to meditate and practise mindfulness. The meetings are carried out via Zoom each Wednesday at 19:30, starting 16th March. They are conducted by Prof. Assist. Pawel Holas of the Faculty of Psychology, a mindfulness teacher and therapist. More information is provided on the Faculty website >> (only in Polish).
More information on psychologically related educational activities is available on >> (only in Polish). In addition, the Faculty of Psychology web page displays information on various forms of psychological support at the University of Warsaw and other Polish organisations for psychological counselling.
- Language courses
The University of Warsaw Library is organising free onsite courses of Polish as a foreign language. Course participants can broaden their vocabulary and practise conversational skills. The course starts 23rd March (Wednesday) at 11:00. Classes are conducted at the UW Library building, room no. 139. Prior registration is highly recommended via a.linevich2(at)uw.edu.pl. The registration for the UW library card for people with Ukrainian passports is free. More information is available on the BUW website >>.
The Open University is organising free courses of the Polish language for Ukrainian citizens. The courses are dedicated to teenagers (over 16) and adults. The classes are conducted on the campus or via the internet. The registration is open from 17th March, 11:00. Details are available on the OU website >> .
The Centre for East European Studies and the School of Eastern Languages are launching courses of Ukrainian for beginners. Students, employees and volunteers can attend the courses free of charge. Further information on deadlines and registration is provided on the School website >> (only in Polish).
- The webinar on the humanitarian crisis
The UW Centre of Migration Research organised a webinar about challenges associated with refugees in Poland, as well as results and consequences of other crises in Europe. The recording of the meeting is published on the Centre YT channel >>. That was the second meeting of a series of webinars on the humanitarian crisis, which was launched by the Centre of Migration Research. The first webinar, which was conducted in the Polish language, can be followed on the Centre YT channel >>.
- The UW Faculty of Modern Languages and the UW Faculty of Applied Linguistics offer lectures for students from Ukraine
As unenrolled listeners, Ukrainian students are invited to all the lectures given at the UW Faculty of Modern Languages. The classes are conducted in English, German, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Hungarian and Finnish. Prior contact to firstname.lastname@example.org is highly recommended. More details are available on the Faculty FB profile >> (in Polish and Ukrainian).
Students from Ukraine can also participate in lectures at the Faculty of Applied Linguistics. As unenrolled listeners they can take part in classes on Ukrainian studies, Belorussian studies, Russian studies, Central and East European intercultural studies, and applied linguistics. Languages of instruction are Ukrainian, Belorussian, Russian, English, German, French and Italian. Those interested are advised to contact individual units of the Faculty: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org. Details are provided on the Faculty website >> (in Ukrainian and Polish).
- Another lecture from the series “Postawa społeczeństwa ukraińskiego wobec wojny z Rosją – wykład otwarty dr Natalii Minenkowej” (The attitude of the Ukrainian society toward the war with Russia – Open Lecture by Dr Natalia Minenkowa)
Recordings of the lectures are available on the YouTube profile of the Portal Spraw Zagranicznych, the event partner:
Lecture #1 „Rosyjska agresja na Ukrainę – analiza przebiegu walk zbrojnych” (The Russian invasion of Ukraine – the armed struggle analysis),
Lecture #2 „Rosjanie wobec agresji Rosji na Ukrainę – reakcje społeczne” (The Russian citizens and the Russian invasion of Ukraine – social reactions).
On its YouTube profile, the Centre for East European Studies publishes playlists, including video of Jan Malicki, CEES Director, discussing the current situation in the war zone in Ukraine. Material is available on CEES YT profile >>.
- The CMR Spotlight Special Issue on the Russian aggression on Ukraine and forced migrations: the role of Poland in the first days of the crisis
In the special issue of the CMR Spotlight, the research team from the UW Centre of Migration Studies is describing the most important facts associated with forced migrations induced by the Russian invasion of Ukraine, its consequences, reactions of the EU, Poland and the Polish society. The researchers also recommend further initiatives to reduce the impact of the crisis. The free CMR Spotlight pdf can be downloaded from the Centre website >>. The issue is also available in the English language on the website >>.
- The webinar “A refugee at your home. How can you help them?” (Uchodźca w naszym domu. Jak pomagać?)
The UW Faculty of Sociology organised a webinar under the title “A refugee at your home. How can you help them?” (Uchodźca w naszym domu. Jak pomagać?). The attendees discussed the issues such as guests and hosts, intercultural relations at home, a lesson to learn from the people who already know how to help refugees.
Anna Alboth, a journalist, and Dr Marta Pietrusińska – experts and activists that specialise in the issues of migration and work with refugees. The meeting moderator was Dr Sylwia Urbańska, the UW Faculty of Sociology. Dr Urbańska focuses on everyday life transformations in the human migration, as well as in rural communities. She wrote the book entitled „Matka Polka na odległość. Z doświadczeń migracyjnych robotnic 1989-2009” (Polish Mother Remotely. By Migrating Female Factory Workers of 1989-2009).
- The webinar “Shall we be afraid of damage to a nuclear power plant?” (Czy bać się awarii elektrowni atomowej?)
The webinar entitled “Shall we be afraid of a damage to a nuclear power plant?” (Czy bać się awarii elektrowni atomowej?) took place on 8th March.
The online meeting was conducted in Polish by scientists from the UW Faculty of Physics: Professor Zygmunt Szefliński and Dr Beata Brzozowska. The webinar attendees were encouraged to use the chat box to ask questions. The webinar was organised by the UW Open University.
- The meeting of experts in misinformation
The information meeting with experts from the interdisciplinary groups that are engaged in the fight against disinformation.
The experts discussed methods of handling misinformation, including fake news. The meeting was also an opportunity to join the groups as a volunteer.
The meeting was held on 11th March. More details are provided on the FB profile of the Faculty of Sociology >> (only in Polish).
- The online workshops “How can you recognise disinformation?” (Jak rozpoznawać dezinformację?)
What is fake news, and who can you recognise it? How can you detect that a post is written by a bot, or created to disseminate false information? These topics were being discussed during the online workshops that was organised by the Volunteer Centre of the University of Warsaw and the UW Welcome Point. The online meetings could be attended by students, doctoral candidates, employees and retired employees of the University. The workshops in the Polish language took place on 8th March. Details are presented on the VC website >> (only in Polish). The workshops in the English language were organised on 10th March. More information on the WP website >> (in English).
- The webinar “Migrations and cities confronting the humanitarian crisis” (Migracje i miasta w czasie kryzysu humanitarnego)
How to efficiently manage dispersed actions from the local administration, NGO, and volunteers? Which procedures are most successful, and which have already been implemented when dealing with refugees? What lesson can be learnt by less experienced communities in that matter? These, and other, issues were discussed during the webinar organised by the Socio-Cultural Research Unit and the Migration Policies Research Unit, the UW Centre of Migration Research, on 8th March. The discussion also referred to the conditions of accepting stranded migrants, related challenges, as well as good practice in crisis management, and essential needs of the Ukrainian refugees such as accommodation, education, health care, and work. The meeting will be followed by a series of webinars on the issues related to the migration in the humanitarian crisis.
The meeting was organised by: Dr Kamila Fiałkowska, Dr Marta Jaroszewicz, Dr Marta Kindler, Dr Karolina Łukasiewicz, Prof. Assist. Michał Nowosielski, Dr Marta Pachocka, and Dominik Wach.
Details are provided on the Centre website >>
The webinar recording is available on the YouTube of the Centre of Migration Research >>
- The webinar “How can get prepared for new children from Ukraine in the class?” (Jak przygotować się do przyjęcia ukraińskich dzieci w klasie?)
On 4th March, the Polish-American Freedom Foundation and University of Warsaw School of Education organised the webinar under the title “How can get prepared for new children from Ukraine in the class?” (Jak przygotować się do przyjęcia ukraińskich dzieci w klasie?). The online meeting was directed to teachers, headmasters, volunteers and parents. Experts – intercultural assistants and teachers from the Ukrainian House in Warsaw – were discussing vital issues associated with integrated skills of children and teenagers, from psychological, cultural and didactic views. More information is available on the School website >> (only in Polish).
- The debate “Dzieje Ukrainy à la russe…”
On 28th February, the UW Faculty of History hosted the debate entitled “Dzieje Ukrainy à la russe…”. The participants discussed the history of Ukraine, fake news on the Ukraine-Russia line, modern correlations between those countries and the current war. The debate was attended by Prof. Joanna Getka from the Department of Central and Eastern European Intercultural Studies, Faculty of Applied Linguistics, Dr Bartłomiej Gajos from the Institute of History, Polish Academy of Sciences, Prof. Hieronim Grala from the Faculty of “Artes Liberales”, and Dr Piotr Kroll and Prof. Artur Markowski from the Faculty of History who were monitoring the debate. The recording of the debate is available on the Faculty FB profile.
The Centre for East European Studies launched the video recording of Prof. Jan Malicki, the head of the Centre, who is commenting on the current war in Ukraine. The material is available on https://www.youtube.com.
- The webinar “How to Talk to Children About War” (Jak rozmawiać z dziećmi o wojnie?)
On 28th February, the UW Open University organised a webinar with Dr Aleksandra Piotrowska, a child psychologist. The topic of the webinar “Jak rozmawiać z dziećmi o wojnie?”: https://www.uo.uw.edu.pl (only in Polish).