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Association of International and Area Studies

The Association of International and Area Studies of the Jagiellonian University in Krakow (AIAS) is a self-governing, self-forming student society registered with the Faculty of International and Political Studies.

AIAS and our goals

  • Education – developing academic interests and expanding students' knowledge of international affairs and those of the world.
  • Communication – integrating students interested in international relations and studies. We look at ways to promote what's happening in the world.
  • Diversity – creating a community of scholars and universal minds, where our ideas come together.
  • Inspiring – sparking interest and encouraging each member development through- debates, movie nights, discussion groups, conferences, special projects, study trips, publishing articles and media, etc.

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How we work

General Assembly – consists of all official members, 1 official meeting during year/semester.

The Board of Coordinators – executive organ of the association. Its main responsibility is to organize and coordinate the teamwork of the members of the association. It consists of six coordinators led by the President. Each Coordinator is held accountable for the success of his or her branch. The President oversees the six branches of the Board, coordinates between the branches, and offers advice/aid when necessary.

The Audit Committee – its main functions are maintaining the record of the activities of both the Steering Committee and the General Assembly of Members, and settling various disputes which might arise between members of the association.

JOIN US for the experience and help us grow!

Contact AIAS by e-mail, Facebook, or through the Board of Coordinators & Audit Committee.

The Statute of AIAS is available here.

AIAS Administration 2018-2019

President: Michelle Lasak
Vice President: Polina Makei
Secretary of Treasure: Yuliia Kravchenko
Secretary for Foreign Relations: Anna Pomortseva
Under-Secretary of Foreign Relations: Ilona Blagun
Under-Secretary of Foreign Relations: Omar Gamet Diaz
Under-Secretary of Foreign Relations: Martin Stene
Director of Academic Affairs: Ariel Sepúlveda
Academic Affairs Officer: Emmy Oulman
Academic Affairs Officer: Alan Brol
Academic Affairs Officer: Nataliia Dadivierina Jr.
Academic Affairs Officer: Andrea Mauricio
Academic Affairs Officer: Emanoela Esteves Cabral
Academic Affairs Officer: Henrique Lima
Secretary of Social Affairs: Polina Makei
Under-Secretary for Social Affairs: Iryna Napnenko
Under-Secretary for Social Affairs: Anotida Chaps
Under-Secretary for Social Affairs: Austin Townsend
Under-Secretary for Social Affairs: Barbora Bešenejová
Under-Secretary for Social Affairs: Nicholas Bennett
Secretary of Public Relations: Anastasiia Vlasiuk
Under-Secretary for Public Relations: Elizabeth Krivenja
Under-Secretary for Public Relations: Antek Gutierrez
Under-Secretary for Public Relations: Chihiro Higuchi
Under-Secretary for Public Relations: Ariq Muhammad
Editor-in-Chief of IRAS Global Observer: Emmy Oulman
Journalist of IRAS Global Observer: Andrea Mauricio
Journalist of IRAS Global Observer: Emanoela Esteves Cabral
Journalist of IRAS Global Observer: Lara Maria Guedes
Journalist of IRAS Global Observer: Austin Townsend
MUN Coordinator: Tetiana Tovstenko

AIAS latest events

23rd May 2018 — IRAS Parliamentary Debates

14th April 2018  AIAS Picnic

13th April 2018  Movie Night – „Good Will Hunting”

14th March 2018 — AIAS Global Governance Forum 2018

The first international academic event of the Jagiellonian University in the format of World Economic Forum. The forum consisted of three panels: Global Governance and Security, Global Economic Prospects, Business and Entrepreneurship. The event focused mainly on the relationship between the United States and China, the emerging economies and the digital economy.

27th February 2018 — „Recruitment for Non-Recruiters Workshop” - Alexander Mann Solutions

8th December 2017 — IRAS Winter Ball

For one night our academic life transformed into a Winter Wonderland. The event, which was held at Hotel Kazimierz, hosted both students and Professors of the IRAS programme.

5th December 2017  AIAS debates "Keynes vs Hayek"

31st October 2017 — Halloween City Game

20th October 2017  IRAS Picnic

As part of an integration process, a picnic was held nearby Zakrzowek, where students of the first, second and third year were welcomed to chat, share experiences and advices, and most important of all, to get to know each other.

11st October 2017 — AIAS General Meeting 2017

26th May 2017  Feminism For Beginners: Why, How & What For?

3rd April 2017  AIAS - Parliamentary Debate Workshop

24th March 2017  JAGIMUN 2017

20th March 2017  Citizenfour- AIAS Movie Night

18th January 2017  Movie Night- A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness

We watched an Oscar winning movie in the category of Best Documentary Short, bringing attention to the human rights crisis surrounding honor killings in Pakistan.

13th January 2017  AIAS Exam Session and Motivation Workshop

20 November 2015 — Second General Meeting

Deputies were appointed to Coordinator of Academic Affairs and to President. 24 new members joined. Election of the new Coordinator of Media took place.

23 November 2015 — Delegates recruitment for MUN

24 November 2015 — Volunteer recruitment for MUN

We had a great turn-up! New members first met altogether on November, 30 on the first MUN workshop to be introduced what MUN is, how it works and what are the rules. Participants received MUN guides with detailed explanation of MUN regulations.

25 November 2015 — Oxford Debate on Refugees Crisis

The topic was highly controversial, disputable and emotional. The turn-up was good, and many guestions were asked. This made the discussion active, and created a dynamic atmosphere. It was a great practice of public speaking and improving your self-confidence by building arguments smartly!

7 December — movie night "The Great European Disaster"

First AIAS movie night is already tomorrow, at 17.30, Auditorium Maximum, Mala Aula The Great European Disaster examines the identity crisis of current-day Europe and the complex challenges that are mounting against the Union's survival. It will be an amazing possibility for you to try to analyze the current European political situation, try to see the situation from a different perspective. The movie will be followed with a discussion and open questions.

9 December, 11am, Collegium Novum, Aula Glowna — Guest Lecture by professor John Mearsheimer (Univeristy of Chicago) "Why the West – not Putin – Is Responsible for the Ukraine Crisis"

AIAS and the Polish Society for International Studies cordially invite you to a lecture by one of the most influential theorists in the world of international relations, Professor John Mearsheimer of the University of Chicago.

10 December — city game "Become the Brave Shoemaker and beat the Wawel Dragon"

Samorząd Studentów WSMiP UJ invites you to do a quest around Krakow and Main Square. We hope to see you on Thursday at 2 p.m. on the Main Square. You can register by sending mail to with your and your teammates' names. Remember that 1 team = 4 people

11-12 December — MUN Conference

For the first time in Jagiellonian University the Model United Nations Conference was organized! Thank you to all the organizers, volunteers, and delegates. This year's Model United Nations was a huge success and a great time! See more on

1st March 2016 – Cybersecurity & Opportunities: an open lecture by the Institute of Kościuszko

8th March 2016 – Feminism: How empowering women can change our world

19th March 2016 – Majdan w obiektywie Jakuba Szymczuka - Excursion

19th March 2016 – Meet and Greet with Dutch Students

20 October 2016 – AIAS General Meeting

2 November 2016 U.S. Presidential Debate viewing and discussion

9 November 2016 - Oxford Debate and Workshop

16 November 2016 - United Nations from the Inside - Part 1

25 November 2016 - United Nations from the Inside - Part 2

Upcoming events:

30 November 2016 - Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom - Film viewing and discussion

2 December 2016 - Cybersecurity Conference

AIAS Christmas Celebration