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Cambridge Polish Studies is a pilot initiative of the Department of Slavonic Studies at the University of Cambridge. The initiative has already made Cambridge a key centre for the study of Poland and the promotion of Polish culture in the United Kingdom and throughout the world.

Cambridge Polish Studies combines innovative undergraduate courses on the language, literature and culture of Poland with a vibrant cycle of events open to all, including guest lectures, debates, film screenings, meetings with writers and artists, as well as academic conferences.

The academic programme commenced in October 2014, when the first group of Cambridge students undertook the “Introduction to the Language, Literature and Culture of Poland”. At the same time, open Polish language courses have continued for all members of the university.

As Poland assumes an increasingly important role in Europe, Cambridge Polish Studies will provide a powerful academic and public forum for new ways of thinking about Polish culture, history and contemporary politics.

Latest News and Events

After Brexit: The Future of Poles in Britain

18 November 2016

After the result of the June referendum on Britain's membership of the European Union, the future of free movement between the UK and the rest of Europe has been thrown into doubt. In this challenging time, Cambridge Polish Studies hosts a panel discussion on the future of the thriving Polish community in the UK.

Jewish Life in Poland Today

27 October 2016

A new generation of Jewish leaders from Poland and beyond are reinvigorating the Jewish communities in Polish cities like Kraków and Warsaw. Poland’s contemporary Jewish communities are vibrant and diverse, while “Jewishness” itself can mean a great many different things to different people. Join us for a fascinating discussion of Jewish life in contemporary Poland from a range of different perspectives.

Cambridge Festival of Ideas: The Virtual Chopin

22 October 2016

As part of the Cambridge Festival of Ideas, Professor John Rink describes a dynamic digital resource allowing pianists to vary their performances by drawing from the multiple versions of Fryderyk Chopin's works.

Our students in Poland

13 September 2016

This summer seven of our students spent time at Polish universities on intensive courses in Polish language and culture. Read their reflections on their Polish experiences.

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