Transatlantic Studies is a two-year full time interdisciplinary program, which comparatively examines ever-changing relationships between culture and politics in the international context. Upon completion of the studies, students earn a degree in Transatlantic Studies. The international atmosphere of the program gives students an opportunity to learn not just from scholarly materials, but also from their fellow students' diverse experiences of and perspectives on our ever changing and increasingly connected world. Program recognises and supports benefits of close, mentoring relationship between faculty and students aimed at development of a variety of intellectual and professional skills. Learning alongside students from all continents challenges students to think outside of their own preconceived notions of the world; this is critical for helping students move beyond American, Western or regional perspectives and develop more global ones.
TSHEGO SETILO: I had a great and memorable experience as a TAS student. The programme has broadened my knowledge and I really enjoyed it very much. What I enjoyed the most was the interactive sessions with my fellow classmates and lecturers; the materials lecturers provided for us were also valuable because I have gained so much information about transatlantic issues. The ever smiling administrator, Iwona, and the professors also contributed to making my experience a great one. Iwona would really go an extra mile to assist me with anything I needed.
My TAS qualification has really opened a lot of doors for me as I am currently working as a programme manager for the University Preparation Programme at the University of the Free State in Bloemfontein, South Africa and will also be enrolling for my doctoral studies soon. The programme and living in Poland has changed my life immensely and I would highly recommend it to anyone who would like to study in Krakow (a very beautiful city)!!
Graduates of TAS combine broad knowledge about the contemporary world with unique analytical skills and the ability to think critically. They have no problems finding employment in diplomacy, international institutions, non-governmental organisations, at all levels of public administration, from local to central, as well as in media and publishing.
Detailed information on qualification rules for the 2020/2021 academic year will be provided later.
DANIELLE PIATKIEWICZ: I came across the TAS Program while attending a summer language and culture program at Jagiellonian University, I instantly fell in love with Krakow and the university and wanted to find a way to extend my stay. The TAS program not only fulfielled my desire to live in Krakow but it offered an array of internationally diverse classes, faculty and students. I found the classes to be challenging and thought provoking especially with the intimate and small scale of our classes. The professors encuraged us to engage in debate with our fellow classmates but also them, this led to some very lively classes and discussion in and outside the classroom. In particular, I really enjoyed the supplementary classes, these were additional courses that complemented our core TAS curriculum- these classes incorporated a variety of topics using media, literature and temporary issues by connecting them to a transatlantic concepts. I also relly enjoyed the thesis writing process, the professors served as wonderful guides and encuraged us to really dive into the topic and material. My thesis process was very personally and professionally rewarding as I later published it with an academic publishing company. Overall the TAS Program gave me the tools and condifence to engage in transatlantic issues and I very much value the time and the relationships I made during my time in the program.
Current profession and location:
I currently work at an international think tank, the German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF). GMF is an organization that seeks to strengthen transatlantic cooperation on regional, national, and global challenges and opportunities in the spirit of the Marshall Plan. I specifically work on the Wider Atlantic and Asia program which takes a more comprehensive approach to US and EU relations beyond the traditional Transatlantic approach where I do a mix of research and analysis but also organize events for our debates and discussions on the topic.
Detailed information on application and tuition fees for the 2020/2021 academic year will be provided later.