COVID-19 / Natolin campus updates

Ever since the first reports on the risks of the COVID-19 pandemic appeared, the College of Europe in Natolin quickly reacted so to be able to continue delivering the European Interdisciplinary Studies programme for all Natolin students of the Hannah Arendt Promotion, to prepare for the next academic year 2020/2021 and to ensure a successful continuation of all our activities.

We carry on taking actions to minimise all potential risks to the health, safety and well-being of our community and the public at large. Learn more about the situation on the Natolin campus in the sections below and watch the video in which students of the Hannah Arendt Promotion share a message with the upcoming students of the Mário Soares Promotion arriving on campus at the end of August.

FAQ – Academic Year 2020/2021 at the Natolin campus

We have collected a list of frequently asked questions and answers for Students of the Mário Soares Promotion 2020/2021. We remain at your disposal concerning any updates over the coming weeks. 

Consult the Frequently Asked Questions section here.

The Natolin campus awaits you in September!

Dear Students of the Mário Soares Promotion 2020/2021: the Natolin campus awaits you in September! We have been taking all necessary measures to be ready to welcome you in Natolin.

We want you to feel safe and well on our campus so that you can focus on studying and taking advantage of the extraordinary campus life. Our dedicated Natolin Team and our beautiful campus comprising 120 hectares of magnificent forest are waiting for you!

Read the full news item here.

Letter by the Vice-Rector

"Steps we take now to slow down the spread of the pandemic will have an immense impact, lessening pressure on overloaded emergency rooms and lowering the chances that the most vulnerable might be affected. Many of us arrived at Natolin with a dream to make a positive mark on the world. We now have a chance to do so."

Read the whole letter by the Vice-Rector Ewa OŚNIECKA-TAMECKA here.

Academic Activities

Ever since the first reports on the risks of the COVID-19 pandemic appeared, the College of Europe in Natolin quickly reacted so to be able to continue delivering the European Interdisciplinary Studies programme for all Natolin students of the Hannah Arendt Promotion. Digital tools have allowed us to shift to an all-remote, but still participatory, format.

Read more about how we adjusted our academic activities to the new situation here.

Study Trips Online Programmes

Despite the current travel restrictions, the academic programmes of the study trips were maintained and transformed into almost 80 hours of digital content, comprising 8 online preparatory lectures and about 50 online special lectures, panels, and other digital encounters featuring around 80 speakers connected from several countries, such as France, Belgium and Luxembourg; Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia and Finland; Jordan; as well as Serbia, Montenegro and Bosnia & Herzegovina.

Read more about our virtual study trips here.

Career and Professional Development Activities

Natolin students are soon going to enter the job market. Whether they dream of a career in EU institutions, diplomacy, international organisations, NGOs, think tanks, or academia, the Natolin Careers and Professional Development Office does its best to strengthen their confidence and provide them with personalised support in form of one-on-one consultations, career workshops and virtual networking opportunities with professionals.

Read more about all career-related activities in the past weeks at Natolin here.

Student life of the Hannah Arendt Promotion at the Natolin campus

The Natolin campus is known for its strong sense of community. Even today, under these special circumstances and a new way of living, this feeling still inspires us and gives us hope. We are extremely proud of our students who have shown, through their own initiatives, immense solidarity and have made outstanding efforts to remain united as a Promotion.

Read more about student and campus life at Natolin in the current circumstances here. Visit also our Life at the College section to read about all recent activities organised by Natolin students.

Language courses at Natolin    

More than 400 classes in 8 languages (English, French, Spanish, Italian, Polish, Russian, German and Arabic) delivered by the teachers of the Languages and Intercultural Dialogue Office during the pandemic may serve as a proof of the effectiveness of this format of teaching languages and of the determination and unwavering spirit of our Natolinians of the Hannah Arendt Promotion.

Read the updates from our Languages and Intercultural Dialogue Office here.

Online Selection Process for the Academic Year 2020-2021

In the light of the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, the College of Europe took all necessary steps to ensure the smooth continuation of the recruitment process of new students for the academic year 2020-2021. Interviews were organised online and future students are gradually being informed about their admission status. We are looking forward to welcoming the next promotion at the Natolin campus!

Read more about the online selection process here.

Activities update by the Natolin Library

The Library has temporarily changed its mode of operations, as have other services at the College of Europe in Natolin.

Read more about the activities of the Natolin Library in our article here.

Interested in the activities of our Academic Chairs during the past months? Read their updates below:

Activities update by the European Civilization Chair

Activities update by the European Neighbourhood Policy Chair


One of the aims of College of Europe in Natolin is to give students the opportunity to participate in a variety of extracurricular activities and events. During the pandemic, all events were moved to an online format and thanks to the cooperation with Natolin's Student Societies, we hosted special online lectures, debates and a series of European Security Webinars. Discover all past events below:

On 17-18 June 2020, we hosted an online two-day international conference entitled "Shining a Light on Energy: 10 Years of the Lisbon Treaty". The conference was organised by the Natolin Energy and Climate Society in collaboration with the Conference Scientific Committee.

Spring at the Natolin campus