Study trip to Poland

polandAre you interested in rural development, agricultural policy, nature conservation and climate change? Do you want to know more about how globalization processes affect these areas in an EU Member state, and what local responses can be identified? Join the study trip to Poland, organized by RUW Foundation and the Rural Sociology Group. In a 10 day intensive program, we will visit different cities and rural areas in Poland, meet with interesting organizations and work on a farm!

The theme of the trip is “Glocalise”. Within this broad theme, we will focus on different areas of interest . For instance,  the impact of EU rules and regulations on agricultural policies in Poland and the influence of changes in policy at (inter)national level for nature conservation in Poland. Also, we will explore the effects of labour migration to other EU countries on local rural communities and the impact of tourism development on the Gorale, an ethnic  community in the South of Poland. Besides visits to EuroCities, WWF, the  Ministry of Agriculture and the Agricultural Council of the Dutch Embassy in Poland, we will also visit a dairy farm, work on an Organic farm (WWOOF) and spend a day in Tatra National park and Auschwitz.

Capita selecta

This study trip is part of the Capita Selecta RSO-50303 (Agricultural and Rural Innovation Processes) of 3 ECTS. In the week before departure, an introductory lecture will be organized.  The examination includes a group presentation and an individual review paper. The participants are expected to join all activities and take active part in discussions. The study guide will be available for download soon.

Due to a limited number of places a selection procedure will take place. In order to subscribe you have to fill in the admission form (available for download) on and send it to before April 30th 2013. You will be notified of participation on the 13thof May.

What: Study trip (3Ects) to Poland
When: 6th-17th July 2013
Costs: 180 Euros (including travel, accommodation, activities and some meals)