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Monthly Update

January 2020

Dear Students,

the TransAtlantic Team would like to wish you all the best in the year 2020! Happy New Year! We hope you had a great Christmas break and that you're ready for the next year at the TAS program. As always, we're sending you a monthly dose of information regarding TAS, the JU, and living in Kraków.

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BHK (Safety and Health Education Training)

We're happy to see that all our first-year students have passed the BHK test! It was not graded - you could only pass or fail it, so it is not included in your GPA.

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Exam Periods

Winter Examination Period will start later this month, so please remember about the following schedule:

  • The End of Winter Semester's Classes: 28 January 2020
  • Winter Examination Period: 29 January 2020 – 10 February 2020
  • Winter Break: 11 February 2020 – 16 February 2020
  • Winter Re-sit Examination Period: 17 February 2020 – 23 February 2020
  • The start of Summer Semester's Classes: 24 February 2020

The full schedule of exams in the Institute of American Studies and Polish Diaspora, including TAS ones, is available here: https://iaisp.uj.edu.pl/pl_PL/egzaminy, https://bit.ly/2TaVn9N. Most of our professors tend to organize exams before the examination periods, so keep that in mind. The dates of those are available via direct contact with the individual professor only.

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Digital Ambassador of Poland

NAWA (The Polish National Agency for Academic Exchange) is looking for foreign students or graduates of Polish universities who'd like to promote Poland and its culture. You can find more information about this initiative at NAWA's website: https://nawa.gov.pl/en/international-promotion/digital-ambassadors?fbclid=IwAR3quKhZ8M8pvevN3Qr2k9FTM7T5RVT3Pb2yEe-RDLu9Icsm4IrhoPnHcJ4 and JU's Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/344111892450849/photos/a.344555532406485/1194932050702158/?type=3&theater.

The deadline for applications is January 13th, 2020.

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Wielka Orkiestra Świątecznej Pomocy (Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity)

Wielka Orkiestra Świątecznej Pomocy, which can be translated as the Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity, but usually known as WOŚP, is the biggest charity NGO in Poland. Each year since 1993, it organizes a national public fundraising charity event known as The Grand Finale (Wielki Finał), which usually takes place on Sunday in the first half of January. The focus of the event is to support Poland's healthcare system by buying world-class medical equipment and support pediatric and geriatric wards.

This year WOŚP's Grand Finale will take place on January 12th and will focus on pediatric interventional medicine. There will be numerous public events that day with certified volunteers collecting money from donors to their signature cans. For each donation, you will receive WOŚP's heart sticker, which is the logo of the NGO and the symbol of the event.

To find the event you might be interested in visit https://www.wosp.org.pl/final/28-final/wydarzenia and type "Kraków" as the indicator of the city you're interested in. This is the central event of Kraków's WOŚP: https://www.facebook.com/events/2200699760235656/. Traditionally, at 8:00 pm, there will be "Światełko do nieba" - "A Light to the Sky", a fireworks show (or a laser show), during which all participants are encouraged to bring sparklers (hand-held fireworks).

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Meanwhile, good luck on your final exams and we hope you'll have a great 2020!