STP for students at a glance

Study Tours to Poland (STP) for students was one of the first cyclical Polish educational programs aimed at student youth from Eastern Europe. Since then, as part of the program, students from Belarus, Moldova, Russia, and Ukraine have taken part in study visits to Poland.

Students apply to participate in the Program individually as part of a competition. Visits take place in small groups of people, twice a year – in spring and autumn. Over 200 people visit Poland annually as part of the Program.

The aim of STP for students is to show the different aspects of life in Poland, to present the mechanisms of systemic change and modernization, as well as to provide the experience of participation in European structures. It is also very important to get to know the non-governmental sector and all forms of civic activity.

The program for student visits includes:

Meetings with leaders of public life in Poland

Visits to offices and public institutions

Meetings with representatives of academia – university authorities, academic teachers and students; and getting acquainted with students’ forms of social activity of

Business innovations and activities presentations

Learning about non-governmental organizations, their place in society, their interactions with authorities at various levels, and their activities for the benefit of local communities

Visits to the editorial offices of newspapers or radio and television stations, meetings; with journalists

Getting to know the culture and history of Poland

Showing the characteristics of individual regions

Integration and educational workshops aimed at acquiring new competences

An important source of inspiration is the contact with other members of the group. The meeting of people from different countries and regions that the visits bring about, enables students not only to get to know Poland, but also each other; to look at both diversity and the elements common to our part of Europe. Each group includes students from Belarus, Moldova, Ukraine, and Russia.

Study visits are prepared and implemented by experienced Polish NGOs, and are selected through a competition. So far, students have visited, Białystok, Gdańsk, Gdynia, Kraków, Lublin, Łódź, Nowy Sącz, Olsztyn, Poznań, Szczecin, Świętochłowice, Toruń, Warsaw, and Wrocław, among others.

When and how to apply for STP?

Students from Belarus, Moldova, Russia, and Ukraine are invited to participate in STP. We recruit for the spring edition at the turn of December and January; and for the autumn edition at the turn of June and July.

Current information on recruitment is available on the website, the STP fan page on Facebook, and Instagram.

Participants in STP must be:

  • aged 18–21, and in the case of candidates from Moldova, 18–22 years
  • citizens of Belarus, Moldova, Ukraine or Russia (from Kaliningrad, the Novgorod and Voronezh regions, the Leningrad region, St. Petersburg, Moscow and the Moscow region)
  • studying in the above-mentioned countries and regions
  • students who hold a valid passport
  • not have been participants in STP for students previously

The regulations for participation in STP can be found here

Recruitment
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Recruitment for study visits in spring 2019 will start in winter 2018.

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FAQ

Is it a prerequisite to have a valid passport to participate in a competition?

Yes. This document is necessary to meet the formal conditions of participation in the competition.

Is it possible to take part in the competition if I do not meet the age criterion?

No. And this is regardless of whether an applicant’s age does not meet the criterion by several days or several months.

Do I have to meet all of the formal conditions together when taking part in the competition?

Yes. This is necessary to take part in the competition.

Can I choose which city to visit?

No. This is the decision of the organizers of the Program. Visits to all cities are designed to achieve the same goal and cover similar issues.

Can the recommendation letter be written by a lecturer?

The recommendation letter serves to better know the STP candidate/participant, in particular the activities outside his or her scientific and academic environment. Achievement at university show grades that are included in the index and other information in the survey. The recommendation letter should not repeat these but rather bring new knowledge about the candidate: his or her activities, personality traits, group work, interests, etc.