The College of Europe Natolin Campus
The College of Europe is the oldest and most prestigious institute of postgraduate European studies. The bilingual Master of Arts offered at the Natolin campus in Warsaw is one of the most comprehensive interdisciplinary programmes of European studies anywhere in the world.
Natolin boasts an international faculty comprised of academics and practitioners from Brussels, across Europe and beyond. Special events allow students to discuss and debate with politicians, experts and opinion formers.
Every year, Natolin hosts a community of more than 120 students from over 30 nationalities. The individual development of each and every student is of paramount importance.
The College’s residential life is a vital component of the student experience. By living in student residences, students from across Europe and beyond live and work together, in the classroom, in the residences, and in the College as a whole.
The intensity of this personal experience and interaction ensures that students become familiar with the full cultural and social diversity of Europe and learn how to work in an international environment.
The College of Europe experience does not stop at the end of the academic year. With more than 11,500 alumni from around 50 countries, our graduates join a global network of young leaders, featuring personalities who have reached senior positions in the public and private sectors.
Our graduates successfully pursue a career in European and international affairs, international business, national administration, NGOs, journalism or the academic world.
The Natolin Language Service is active both before and during the academic year. In the summer, the Language Summer Academy is designed to cultivate confidence and competency in the classroom, particularly engaging students with the aim of bringing their level to the stated College of Europe minimum. During the academic year, the Language Service offers complementary courses in the following languages: French, English, German, Spanish, Italian, Polish and Russian.
Careers Service & Skills Development
The Careers Service in Natolin is designed to support students in Natolin in understanding and successfully navigating around today’s complex job market. The Careers Service helps students developing solid transferable skills and to plan their individual career paths and their recruitment toolkit by creating effective CVs, writing elegant cover letters and preparing for job interviews. Learning takes place throughout the year via workshops, individual tutorials and tailor-made coaching sessions, networking meetings, talks with professionals who represent different fields and backgrounds along practical hands-on projects.
The Natolin Library holds a collection of over 42,000 books covering all the subjects taught on the campus and many more. It also boasts a large periodicals collection on European Affairs and an extensive collection of electronic and data resources. In addition, it offers a wide range of user services: book acquisition and loans; document delivery services; interlibrary loans; photocopying, downloading and printing; reference services; fixed network access points and wireless access. The library also arranges guides to the library, as well as lectures and tutorials on research methods.
The location of the Natolin campus in one of the major states of East and Central Europe makes it an ideal starting point for exploration of the political and socio-economic impact of the EU in this region and in its neighbourhood.
To this end, a week-long study trip in the region is organised for all students in the first semester. Students meet with academic experts, journalists, politicians, representatives of the intellectual, cultural and business circles, as well as EU representatives. The purpose of the first semester study trip is to help students understand the historical, political, economic and social influences that shape the region.
In order to prepare students academically for this experience, conferences, debates and workshops are organised with academics and experts before departure. Students then have the opportunity to reflect on their experiences in meetings following the study trip. Many use the study trip to develop their academic interests in the context of their coursework throughout the year and/or the Master’s thesis.
The second semester study trip is different and related to the chosen major, for instance to Belgium and Luxembourg to acquire first-hand experience of European institutions, or to a European Neigbourhood country in order to further enhance knowledge of external policies. During these trips students can apply the knowledge gained in the first and second semesters and carry out research for their Master’s theses. N.B. The destinations of the study trips may vary.
National Model United Nations – New York
The NMUN-NY competition has been organized since 1974 by the National Collegiate Conference Association (NCCA). It is a simulation game which involves more than 6 000 students from more than one hundred universities, schools and other academic institutions from all over the world.During the simulation, students act like true diplomats and work hard, mostly engaged in caucusing, preparing and delivering speeches, drafting working papers, negotiating common positions with other countries, and voting on draft resolutions. The Natolin campus has been participating in this international competition since 2010 being often recognized as one of the most awarded and commended delegations at the conference.
In addition to the academic programme, students have the opportunity to enjoy a wide range of various extracurricular activities both on and off campus. These include cultural and leisure activities, such as sightseeing tours, student choir, and national days, as well as sports events and many more.
Students enjoy privileged access to museums, art galleries, music concerts and numerous theatre performances in the city of Warsaw. The most notable museum is the National Museum (Muzeum Narodowe). To learn more about 20th century Polish history, the Warsaw Rising Museum of 1944 is well worth a visit. All the exhibitions use the most modern multimedia techniques and are bilingual (Polish and English). Cinema facilities are also available. At Polish cinemas, films are shown in their original language with Polish subtitles.
Around the historical center of the city of Warsaw students can enjoy a great social life. Ample cafés, restaurants serving both traditional and international cuisine, wine bars and pubs offer students the opportunity to sample the city’s varied night life. There are many places in Poland worth discovering: Kraków, Gdańsk, Toruń, Malbork and others cities. The most convenient way to travel around Poland is by train or bus, as it is relatively cheap and fast. Depending on the train, students are eligible for special student discounts with a valid ISIC card.
Students enjoy privileged access to sports facilities in the city of Warsaw. There are outdoor tennis courts within a few minutes’ walk of the Natolin campus. Horse-riding courses are available at the stables located close to the campus. Various fitness club centers with solarium are easily accessible, as well as several swimming pool complexes. Furthermore, many students decide to participate in the yearly Warsaw Marathon. Students can also discover the beauty of Poland in many ways. For example, every year students organize a skiing holiday in Zakopane in the winter and a kayak trip in the Mazury Lake District just before the end of the academic year.
Warsaw is conveniently located for students to access rail and air transport easily. The city’s underground network is within easy reach from the Natolin campus, putting the center of Warsaw a mere thirty minutes away from the campus.
Natolin Palace and Park
The Natolin campus of the College of Europe is part of a 120-hectare historical park and nature reserve – formerly the Royal hunting palace of Natolin – situated in the southern part of Warsaw. This complex, administered by the Natolin European Centre on behalf of the State Treasury, is one of the most spectacular examples of the Polish romantic period.
The Natolin Palace is one of the most beautiful 18th century residences in the vicinity of Warsaw and once formed part of the Royal Wilanów estate. Originally a zoological garden belonging to King Jan III Sobieski, what is now the Natolin estate was developed by King August Mocny II, his successor on the Polish throne, as a farm.
The Palace was built by Prince August Czartoryski in the 1780s, and the building thereafter served as a residence for different owners drawn from the Polish aristocracy who successively redesigned and developed the palace with the help of Italian and Polish artists and craftsmen. Among Polish romantic palace and garden complexes, Natolin Palace holds a special place. As a result of a one-hundred-year long process spent shaping and reshaping the residence, a palace of exceptional beauty emerged, featuring an exquisite viewing salon and elegant interiors. It is one of the most stunning palaces ever created in Poland in the neo-Classical period.
Following extensive damage during the Second World War, the entire Natolin estate became a state property in 1945, and from 1946 onwards was closed to the public, becoming the weekend residence of the President of the Republic. The restoration of the Palace and associated buildings and the monuments in the Park was largely completed in the 1990s.
The Park is now a nature reserve with protected old woodlands and wildlife of special interest.
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