Dear Students,

We are slowly but surely approaching the closing of the spring semester classes and getting ready for the exam session.

We already know that we should carry out all our exams online, according to the Rector’s order no. 84 of 4 May 2020 ( It means, we need to start preparations to organize the session efficiently and successfully. Our Faculty members are already planning their exams. We asked them to schedule the exams in the afternoon to avoid the busiest online schooling times and assure a better quality of the Internet connection. So, please, adjust your schedules accordingly. We will try to announce the session calendar as soon as it is ready–most probably more than the required 7 days ahead of the exam session.



Since all our classes went online immediately, we decided to hold final exams in the period from 15 June 2020 to 05 July 2020. This is the first option given by the Rectorate in the new academic calendar: (
This way, we may try to save a bit of your (and our) holidays.

PLEASE REMEMBER THAT 01 JUNE 2020 IS THE DEADLINE FOR WITHDRAWALS FROM COURSES (your right to a one-time withdrawal which, unfortunately, does not exempt you from the duty to collect the required ECTS for the semester).

Language exams are going to be held from 15 June 2020 to 02 August 2020. The detailed schedule will be announced on 25 May 2020. We already know that priority will be given to third-year BA students who need to get ready for their defenses. Please sign up for your language exams early and let us know of any problems you may face. When we get the detailed language exam calendar, we will adjust the BA/MA exam calendar accordingly.

As for BA/MA theses submission, we decided to allow you two more weeks to complete your works. The new deadline is 18 June 2020. It means that BA exams for students who already passed their language certification exam and for MA students will be held right after the exam session, from 08 July to 17 July 2020. We were informed by Rector Choińska-Mika that there is a draft of the so much awaited Ministry regulation concerning the electronic protocols which will remove the burden of in-person signing the documents before getting a diploma. I think we need to wait a few more weeks for it to come.

I do believe you are doing fine, especially that more and more of our regular activities are slowly returning. On 1 May 2020, the BUW garden reopened for visitors. And today (11 May 2020), the Botanic Garden of the University of Warsaw is doing the same. Enjoy these lovely places and admire azaleas, magnolias and lilacs in bloom for a break from your hard online work.

On 14 May 2020, you are invited to participate in a live meeting with Rector Choińska-Mika ( on UW Facebook fanpage. Moreover, you can already pose a question to the Rector using a form in the above link.

I think these are the most pressing issues for now. In a while, I will address the procedures for the exam session in a more detailed way.

If there is anything else I should address, respond to, or explain, feel free to contact me. If you want to talk, need help or just want to say hello, I am here for you. We can always arrange an online meeting. I have done it for a couple of students already.

Take care, stay strong and safe.

Małgorzata Gajda-Łaszewska


Changes in the mode of operation of the ASC Library, Students’ Office, and Financial Office related to the COVID-19 outbreak

May 29, 2020

The UW Ksawerow building is no longer shut down, and the ASC faculty and staff can use their offices. Still all the ASC instruction continues remotely. The ASC administration will be working remotely until further notice.  It is possible to arrange an in-person appointment via email. Though the ASC Library’s reading rooms will be closed, the Library’s checkout counter will be open on Tuesdays 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm and Fridays 10:00 am – 2:00 pm.


ASC promo clip

May 29, 2020

The ASC offers a unique, interdisciplinary American Studies program and is is one of the biggest American Studies institutions in Europe. Check out what to expect as the student of the ASC!


Important issues for the end of the spring semester

May 27, 2020

As there are new developments and rules for our academic life and activities, I believe I should relate them to you to keep you updated. The most important issues for now are: Language exams, Exam session, Registration, End-of-semester questionnaire, OSA Library operation.


Latest information and advice for the UW community during the coronavirus pandemic

May 22, 2020

On 21st May, the UW rector issued a new order on rules for studying and working at UW. Online teaching and learning will continue, except classes which cannot be conducted remotely. It is possible to work from home, according to a duty system or flexible working hours. The health, safety and well-being of members of the UW community remain the university’s priority.

American Studies Colloquium Series

May 28, 2020 at 6pm, ONLINE; An Erotic Toolkit: Asexual and Aromantic Critiques of Heteronormativity

May 21, 2020

This talk will explore the feminist, queer, and anti-racist tradition of the erotic, drawing on Audre Lorde’s work in particular. Ela Przybylo will discuss how the erotic provides a distinct model for theorizing relating that creates space for the inclusion of asexuality and challenges compulsory sexuality.