Collegium Invisibile

Collegium Invisibile is an academic society founded in 1995 in Warsaw that affiliates outstanding Polish students in the humanities and science with distinguished scholars in accordance with the idea of a liberal education.[1] The association aims at offering young scholars the opportunity to participate in original research projects as well as exclusive individual master-student cooperation through the tutorial system based on methods used at the Oxbridge universities.[2]

Collegium Invisibile refers to the tradition of the 18th century Collegium Nobilium run by the Piarists in Warsaw
The 17th century English Invisible College

Collegium has its roots in the tradition of the eighteenth century Collegium Nobilium, an elite high school founded in 1740, one of the predecessors of the University of Warsaw. Traditionally, the rector of the university is ex officio chairman of the science board of the Collegium.[1][3]

Each year about twenty Polish students who have succeeded in passing a stringent admission procedure are granted membership of Collegium and thus receive an opportunity to follow an individually chosen path of academic study.[4][1]


Students choose scholars with whom they would like cooperate. The scholars are then invited to become fellows of the Collegium.[4]



  1. ^ a b c Anna Maria Kola (2010). "Rola kształcenia elitarnego w procesie demokratyzacji i pluralizacji społeczeństwa polskiego po 1989 roku (The Role of élite training in the process of democratization ald pluralization of Polish society after 1989)" (PDF) (in Polish). Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń. pp. 18–20. Archived from the original (pdf) on 23 March 2012. Retrieved 25 April 2011.
  2. ^ Mariusz Drozdowski (25 March 2008). "Elitarnie, niewidzialnie (Exclusively, invisibly)" (in Polish). Archived from the original on 7 August 2011. Retrieved 25 April 2011.
  3. ^ "Historia (History)" (in Polish). Retrieved 25 April 2011.
  4. ^ a b "Collegium Invisibile czeka na studentów (Collegium Invisibile is recruiting)" (in Polish). 14 March 2006. Retrieved 25 April 2011.
  5. ^ Full list of former and present tutors: "Tutorzy (Tutors)". Retrieved 25 April 2011.

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