Collegium Civitas

Introduction

Collegium Civitas is a modern non-public university located in the heart of Warsaw, the most dynamic capital city of Central and Eastern Europe. Experience and commitment of our founders and faculty members have earned us a reputation as the best place to study international relations, as well as social and political science in English. We are entitled to award BA and MA degrees in a variety of programs and PhD degree in Sociology.

Collegium Civitas was established in 1997 on the initiative of a group of well-known scientists of the Polish Academy of Sciences (PAS), the most prestigious Polish research institution. Professors from five institutes of PAS – Political Studies, Philosophy and Sociology, History, History of Art, and Slavic Studies contributed their experience and knowledge to create Collegium Civitas. We are among the few universities in Poland that can pride themselves on close relations with several institutes of the Polish Academy of Sciences.

The Collegium Civitas quality and high standard of education is drawn from our relationship with leading notables in public life both in Poland and abroad, such as: journalists, diplomats, security experts, market and opinion research specialists, and artists. At Collegium Civitas, educational tradition meets modern approaches to teaching students! Collegium Civitas was the first non-public higher education institution to welcome foreign students on programs conducted fully in English.

Since then our program of studies in English has attracted hundreds of international students from all over the globe. Collegium Civitas was the first non-public higher education institution to welcome foreign students on programs conducted fully in English. Since then our program of studies in English has attracted hundreds of international students from all over the globe. Our international students are very active in furthering their global networks and can often be found planning cultural activities for everyone to attend. Our students, like us, see the value in a connected, all-inclusive approach to education. For that reason we offer a variety of internships with English-speaking mentors.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

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Programs

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Summer courses

Building Blocks: What Cities Tell Us about Society, History, and Change

Campus Full time 28 days June 2017 Poland Warsaw

Changes in urban landscapes carry with them conflicting interpretations of the past and conflicting desires for the future. [+]

Overview Changes in urban landscapes carry with them conflicting interpretations of the past and conflicting desires for the future. After the devastation of WW2, the creation of a new social and political order shaped the reconstruction of the cities: new buildings, street names and commemorative monuments told a specific version of the past and offered a vision for future transformation. The fall of communist regimes was also written in the fabric of the city: new glassy skyscrapers now compete with postwar architectures, while new monuments and landmarks offer competing (and often contradictory) interpretations of the past. In this course we will ask many questions about what a city is and how it functions. Who are the main actors in the shaping and reshaping of a city? How can historical preservation and economic development be balanced? How can competing interpretations coexist? What is the relationship between urban changes and broader social, cultural, and political transformation? This course includes travel to Wroclaw, Krakow, and Berlin. Entry qualification High school / secondary education (or higher) While not a requirement for this course, background or coursework in a related field (architecture, urban planning, history, sociology) is helpful. The entry qualification documents are accepted in the following languages: English. Often you can get a suitable transcript from your school. If this is not the case, you will need official translations along with verified copies of the original. Language requirements English Other requirements At least 1 reference(s) must be provided. A motivation letter must be added to your application. Tuition fee $5,495.00 per programme Program costs include tuition for study as outlined, shared accommodation, pre-departure materials, local orientation, health and accident insurance, airport meeting, cultural program, and in-country support. Lunches are included M-F and during travel segments (when applicable) breakfast is also included. Application fee $50.00 one-time Deposit $250.00 one-time [-]

Crime and Punishment in Central/Eastern Europe

Campus Full time 15 days June 2017 Poland Warsaw

Rule of law is one of the most important principles on which modern states and societies are built. [+]

Overview Rule of law is one of the most important principles on which modern states and societies are built. This course will discuss how the criminal justice system works on the European continent, particularly in Central-Eastern Europe, and how it shapes the societies there. Issues discussed will include how the judicial systems and law enforcement services function as well as how they cooperate internationally. Where applicable, juvenile justice will be addressed. The course will also include visits to relevant schools and institutions to see firsthand how these concepts are carried out. Entry qualification High school / secondary education (or higher) While not a requirement for this course, background or coursework in a related field such as criminal justice, law/pre-law, or sociology is helpful. The entry qualification documents are accepted in the following languages: English. Often you can get a suitable transcript from your school. If this is not the case, you will need official translations along with verified copies of the original. Language requirements English Other requirements At least 1 reference(s) must be provided. A motivation letter must be added to your application. Tuition fee $2,995.00 per programme Discount is applied if combining either Crossroads I or Crime and Punishment with Crossroads II. Program costs include tuition for study as outlined, shared accommodation, pre-departure materials, local orientation, health and accident insurance, airport meeting, cultural program, and in-country support. Lunches are included M-F and during travel segments (when applicable) breakfast is also included. Application fee $50.00 one-time Deposit $250.00 one-time [-]

Crossroads I - The History and Culture of Central Europe

Campus Full time 22 days June 2017 Poland Warsaw

Central Europe has been a flash point in world history for centuries. Control of the area has been contested both by imperial powers – above all Russia, Austria, Germany – and by the smaller nations in between. [+]

Overview Central Europe has been a flash point in world history for centuries. Control of the area has been contested both by imperial powers – above all Russia, Austria, Germany – and by the smaller nations in between. Two world wars started in the region. To this day, the legacy of these conflicts and the resulting attitudes still have a major impact on the policy of countries from Russia to Poland to Germany. We will travel to Krakow, Poland’s cultural capital, and once the capital of the progressive Polish Kingdom that once housed the majority of the world’s Jews. Students will visit Kazimierz, Krakow’s Jewish quarter, which is one of the best preserved in Europe. We will see the former Ghetto area, the famous Schindler Factory, and tour Auschwitz-Birkenau. We will also discuss the current revival that Jewish culture is undergoing in Poland, as new festivals are launched and the local Jewish community grows, develops, and becomes part of a larger, successful Poland. We will also travel to Berlin to discuss how Central European issues continue to influence security policies worldwide. Berlin has profoundly influenced the politics and culture of the 20th century. Days in Berlin will include trips to the Reichstag, Stasi Headquarters, the Bauhaus Museum, the former Wall and Checkpoint Charlie. Alexandra Richie, author of Faust’s Metropolis, will lead students on a journey through the city showing both the tragedy and the triumph of the German capital. Entry qualification High school / secondary education (or higher) There are no prerequisites for this course. Previous studies and/or interest in history or the region assumed. The entry qualification documents are accepted in the following languages: English. Often you can get a suitable transcript from your school. If this is not the case, you will need official translations along with verified copies of the original. Language requirements English Other requirements At least 1 reference(s) must be provided. A motivation letter must be added to your application. Tuition fee $3,995.00 per programme Discount is applied if combining Crossroads I with either Crossroads II or Elites. Program costs include tuition for study as outlined, shared accommodation, pre-departure materials, local orientation, health and accident insurance, airport meeting, cultural program, and in-country support. Lunches are included M-F and during travel segments (when applicable) breakfast is also included. Application fee $50.00 one-time Deposit $250.00 one-time [-]

Crossroads II - Security Issues and Central Europe

Campus Full time 15 days June 2017 Poland Warsaw

With the collapse of the Soviet Union, many of the countries of Central Europe quickly moved to detach themselves from the Russian sphere of influence and joined western institutions including NATO and the EU. [+]

Overview With the collapse of the Soviet Union, many of the countries of Central Europe quickly moved to detach themselves from the Russian sphere of influence and joined western institutions including NATO and the EU. The west saw this as the fulfillment of the right of self-determination; Russia tended to view it as a threatening move reminiscent of “encirclement.” This course will examine the complex historical roots of the conflicting stance between NATO and the EU on one hand, and Russia on the other, and show how this is influencing events in Ukraine and beyond. We will discuss the importance of intelligence in the murky world of hybrid war. We will discuss how energy and non-energy natural resources play roles in security policy. We will also look at the role that traditional and new media are playing in state security and what states need to do to bolster cybersecurity within their borders. Central Europe will be discussed on all these facets as a case study to understand the issues. Poland’s increasing relevance as a regional player is reflected in the fact that the NATO summit will be held in Warsaw in June 2016. Students will observe the summit and will also have access to personnel and facilities normally restricted for the general public. Due to the nature of these opportunities, space is limited and priority for enrollment for this course will go to students enrolling in at least one other course. Programme structure Crossroads I is not a prerequisite for Crossroads II, however priority will be given to students enrolling in both courses. Entry qualification High school / secondary education (or higher) There are no prerequisites for this course. Previous studies, background, and/or interest in international relations, security studies, military studies, history helpful. The entry qualification documents are accepted in the following languages: English. Often you can get a suitable transcript from your school. If this is not the case, you will need official translations along with verified copies of the original. Language requirements English Other requirements At least 1 reference(s) must be provided. A motivation letter must be added to your application. Tuition fee $2,995.00 per programme Discount is applied if combining either Crossroads I or Crime and Punishment with Crossroads II. Program costs include tuition for study as outlined, shared accommodation, pre-departure materials, local orientation, health and accident insurance, airport meeting, cultural program, and in-country support. Lunches are included M-F and during travel segments (when applicable) breakfast is also included. Application fee $50.00 one-time Deposit $250.00 one-time [-]

Elites and Politics in New and Old Democracies

Campus Full time 15 days June 2017 Poland Warsaw

Elites are organized minorities capable of affecting political and policy outcomes of nation-states regularly and seriously. [+]

Overview Elites are organized minorities capable of affecting political and policy outcomes of nation-states regularly and seriously. They are key social-political actors in all societies and all political regimes, including modern democracies. In new democracies of Central and Eastern Europe, political elites have played the crucial role in the swift and largely peaceful systemic change from Soviet-type socialist dictatorships to Western-type capitalist democracies (1989-91). They were responsible for the consolidation of democratic regimes in CEE, but also for the authoritarian shift in Russia and Belarus. Their decisions were pivotal for further differentiation in development paths in response to the Great Recession of 2008-15. In old democracies, including the USA, broadly defined political elites shape the policies of consecutive “administrations” (including the top leadership) as well as the electoral competitions in which these “administrations” (re-)emerge. This course introduces the concept of elites together with its contemporary theoretical framework and outlines the patterns of elite and social-political transformations in CEE (including Russia) as well as the old democracies. Entry qualification High school / secondary education (or higher) There are no prerequisites for this course. Previous courses and/or interest in history, politics, sociology or the region helpful. The entry qualification documents are accepted in the following languages: English. Often you can get a suitable transcript from your school. If this is not the case, you will need official translations along with verified copies of the original. Language requirements English Other requirements At least 1 reference(s) must be provided. A motivation letter must be added to your application. Tuition fee $2,995.00 per programme Discount is applied if combining either Crossroads I or Crime and Punishment with Crossroads II. Program costs include tuition for study as outlined, shared accommodation, pre-departure materials, local orientation, health and accident insurance, airport meeting, cultural program, and in-country support. Lunches are included M-F and during travel segments (when applicable) breakfast is also included. Application fee $50.00 one-time Deposit $250.00 one-time [-]

Jewish Heritage

Campus Full time 28 days May 2017 Poland Warsaw

Poland once housed a majority of the world’s Jews and today, 70 percent of the world’s Jews can trace their ancestry back to Poland. [+]

Overview Poland once housed a majority of the world’s Jews and today, 70 percent of the world’s Jews can trace their ancestry back to Poland. The Jews in Poland created a rich, diverse and unique culture, traces of which can still be found across Poland, in spite of the Nazi-inflected tragedies of WWII. This course will examine the triumphs and tragedies of Poland’s Jews and acquaint you with the burgeoning revival of Jewish culture now taking place in democratic Poland. It will also examine the influence of the Polish Jews on American culture and their contribution in forming the Israeli identity. The course is prepared in cooperation with the newly established POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw. It will be co-directed by Dr. Maciej Kozlowski, the former Polish ambassador to Israel and Dr. Jolanta Zyndul, Senior Historian at the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews. Both of these individuals have authored numerous publications on the subject of Polish-Jewish relations, including the history of the Second World War and the Holocaust. Entry qualification High school / secondary education (or higher) It is recommended to study the same field as the selected course. The entry qualification documents are accepted in the following languages: English. Often you can get a suitable transcript from your school. If this is not the case, you will need official translations along with verified copies of the original. Language requirements English Other requirements At least 1 reference(s) must be provided. A motivation letter must be added to your application. Tuition fee $5,495.00 per programme Program costs include tuition for study as outlined, shared accommodation, pre-departure materials, local orientation, health and accident insurance, airport meeting, cultural program, and in-country support. Lunches are included M-F and during travel segments (when applicable) breakfast is also included. Application fee $50.00 one-time Deposit $250.00 one-time [-]

Polish language

Campus Full time 7 days May 2017 Poland Warsaw

This small group course is an intensive immersion into the Polish language. [+]

Overview This small group course is an intensive immersion into the Polish language. 30 hours per week of small group study with active language activities in the city. Students seeking to continue their study of the Polish language may do so with individual (one-on-one) instruction throughout the remainder of the Summer School. Entry qualification High school / secondary education (or higher) There are no prerequisites for this course. The entry qualification documents are accepted in the following languages: English. Often you can get a suitable transcript from your school. If this is not the case, you will need official translations along with verified copies of the original. Language requirements English Other requirements At least 1 reference(s) must be provided. A motivation letter must be added to your application. Tuition fee $995.00 per programme This course must be combined with another summer school course or with extended Polish language study. Program costs include tuition for study as outlined, shared accommodation, pre-departure materials, local orientation, health and accident insurance, airport meeting, cultural program, and in-country support. Lunches are included M-F and during travel segments (when applicable) breakfast is also included. Application fee $50.00 one-time Deposit $250.00 one-time [-]

Professional Internship

Campus Full time July 2017 Poland Warsaw

Internships are the best way to gain hands-on experience in your area of study. For almost two decades Collegium Civitas has been building a network of internships placements consisting of several dozen of leading organizations in Warsaw. [+]

Overview Internships are the best way to gain hands-on experience in your area of study. For almost two decades Collegium Civitas has been building a network of internships placements consisting of several dozen of leading organizations in Warsaw. Among them there are national and international, nongovernmental and state, as well as, media, business and cultural institutions. An internship program is one of these institutions will give you the perfect opportunity to expand and diversify your work experience, which you can later include in your professional portfolio and resume. As a result, you will increase your competitive chances to meet the high demands of the labour market. Internships are supervised by the internship coordinator coordinator at Collegium Civitas. Optional academic credit can be awarded based on satisfactory completion of work and academic expectations, including a regular journal and final paper. One credit hour is awarded for every 25 work hours. Contact us for more information about internship placements. Note that the internship option is available to students taking at least one other non-language course in the summer school. 3-6 ECTS credits Duration and dates vary Entry qualification High school / secondary education (or higher) There are no prerequisites for this course, although coursework and experience may affect placement. Polish language not required. The entry qualification documents are accepted in the following languages: English. Often you can get a suitable transcript from your school. If this is not the case, you will need official translations along with verified copies of the original. Language requirements English Other requirements At least 1 reference(s) must be provided. A motivation letter must be added to your application. Tuition fee $1,150.00 per programme Internships must be combined with at least one other summer school course (other than Polish language). Program costs include placement, orientation, and support related to internship and health and accident insurance. Assistance is provided with accommodations but it is not included in the cost of the internship as it may vary. Application fee $50.00 one-time Deposit $250.00 one-time [-]