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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.

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.

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.

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AIAS Administration

aias leaders

President: Olivier van de Vossenberg

Vice President: Martin Stene

Secretary of Treasure: Toni Hast



Team Leader: Helena Czajka

Team Member: Agnieszka Grzegorzewska

Team Member: Austin Townsend

Team Member: Barbora Bešenejová

Team Member: Claudia Lebicka

Team Member: Elina Leybond

Team Member: Kaja Jakubiec

Team Member: Katya Walker

Team Member: Lorena Tesio

Team Member: Lotta Pabel

Team Member: Łukasz Osuchowski

Team Member: Maria Calle Crespo

Team Member: Natalia Szymanska

Team Member: Teresa Garcia



Team Leader: Catalina Ugarte Garcia

Team Member: Shoeb Shaik

Team Member: Anastasiia Kutsa

Team Member: Jorge Zapato Novoa

Team Member: Marina Kruptsova

Team Member: Martha Garcia

Team Member: Mikołaj Alexander Łączyński

Team Member: Olukunle Olukoya

Team Member: Ravi Vara

Team Member: Wilson Wameyo

Team Member: Emanoela Esteves Cabral

Team Member: Shayantan Bhowmick

Team Member: Brandon Barreno



Team Leader: Nicolás Pérez Perluzzo

Team Member: Ali Elkhaer

Team Member: Diana Almasri

Team Member: Ethan Mouch

Team Member: Ewa Brózda

Team Member: Isabel Gostek

Team Member: Muhammad Jamal

Team Member: Marriom Daniela Ulloa Mariaca

Team Member: Marta Guzik

Team Member: Nafila Haura

Team Member: Nikita Orlov

Team Member: Saori Tomishima



Team Leader: Julia Dąbczyńska

Team Member: Andrew Tsang

Team Member: Natalia Pichnor

Team Member: Nia Henry

Team Member: Yana Tkachuk

Global Observer:

Global Observer:

Team Leader: Andrea Mauricio

Journalist of Global Observer: Ethan Mouch

Journalist of Global Observer: Lucky Kumar

Journalist of Global Observer: Sebastian Novoa Musiej

Journalist of Global Observer: Shoeb Shaik

Journalist of Global Observer: Olgierd Jan Andruszczyszyn

President: Michelle Lasak

Vice President: Polina Makei

Secretary of Treasure: Yuliia Kravchenko

Foreign Relations:

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

Academic Affairs:

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

Social Affairs:

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

Public Relations:

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

Global Observer:

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

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AIAS events

3rd - 24th December 2020 - AIAS Secret Santa Presents Exchange 

5th December - AIAS Walk and Talk Mentoring Event

7th November - JAGIMUN Online Debate

From 10th October - AIAS Mentoring Program 2020-2021 (Online Format)

9th March 2020 - IRAS International Woman’s Day Celebration 

5th March 2020 - AIAS PUB QUIZ Event

24th January 2020 - First AIAS PUB QUIZ Event

11th January 2020 - AIAS Ice Skating Event 

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

AIAS Christmas Celebration

2 December 2016 - Cybersecurity Conference

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

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

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

9 November 2016 - Oxford Debate and Workshop

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

20 October 2016 - AIAS General Meeting

19th March 2016 - Meet and Greet with Dutch Students

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

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

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

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

11-12 December 2015 - MUN Conference

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

10 December 2015 - city game "Become the Brave Shoemaker and beat the Wawel Dragon"

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.

9 December 2015, 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"

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.

7 December 2015 - movie night "The Great European Disaster"

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

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.

23 November 2015 - Delegates recruitment for MUN

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

20 November 2015 - Second General Meeting

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!

5 November 2015 - Oxford Debate on Refugees Crisis

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AIAS Board 2018/2019

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AIAS Speaking Workshop

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