GFPS – Who we are

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The Association for Scholarly Exchange with Central and Eastern Europe (GFPS e.V.) is a nonprofit organization that relies exclusively on voluntary activities. It operates under the patronage of Prof. Dr. Gesine Schwan, President of the Viadrina European University in Frankfurt/Oder. In cooperation with the partner organizations GFPS-Polska and GFPS-CZ it offers fellowships to students from Belarus, Czech, Germany and Poland so that they may complete a language course or a semester abroad. Thus, we continue the work of the former organization “Community for Promoting Studies Abroad by Polish Students in Germany” which was founded in Freiburg in 1984. Hence, we are focused on the encounter of young people who come from Belarus, Czech, Germany and Poland. Furthermore, the basis of our work is both mentoring scholarship holders and organizing events in local communities. In 2009, after we had celebrated the GFPS’s 25th Anniversary, we prepared our first Musikadventskalender in such a local team.

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GFPS partner organizations

GFPS Germany

Gemeinschaft für studentischen Austausch in Mittel- und Osteuropa (GFPS) e. V.

GFPS Polska

Stowarzyszenie Naukowo-Kulturalne w Europie Środkowej i Wschodniej

GFPS Czech Republic

Organizace pro studentskou a kulturní výměnu ve střední a východní Evropě