How to apply


Call for applications open until 31 March, 2013


The Visegrad Summer School is educational programme which provides an interdisciplinary learning space for young Czech, Hungarian, Polish and Slovak students, and for their peers from other Central and Eastern European countries. The project aims to deepen knowledge on regional and global challenges, eliminate mutual stereotypes and build ties and friendly relations.The programme of the 12. edition that will be held between 30 June and 13 July 2013 includes lectures, debates and workshops on current political, cultural and social challenges in the regional, global and European perspective. Previous editions of the School were attended by over 500 people from:, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, France, Kyrgyzstan, Kosovo, Lithuania, Macedonia, Moldova, Germany, Russia, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia and Ukraine.



The Visegrad Summer School has been carried out by the Villa Decius Association annually since 2002.Our idea is to create an alternative platform to university for advanced studies on the Visegrad Group as well as other Central and East European countries. The programme is an opportunity for the participants to get acquainted with and discuss current social, security, economic, political and cultural issues. It is also an opportunity to learn about each other and start an international cooperation between the people and the countries.


The programme of the 12. edition of the Visegrad Summer School includes lectures, debates and workshops on current political, cultural and social challenges in the regional, global and European perspective lead by outstanding experts from various fields of knowledge and public activities. In addition to experts and intellectuals, we host Ambassadors, Ministers, European Union representatives, academics, politicians, businessmen, journalists, artists, representatives of national and local governments, as well as NGOs. The participants, in smaller groups, work on development projects that are presented at the closing session. Students are invited for study visit to Malopolska region and attend artistic events in Krakow. Multicultural session allows participants to search for common identity as well as insight the cultures of the Visegrad countries. Some of the debates, lectures and meetings are open to the public.

target group

Students, graduates, PhD researchers, young professionals from the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia, Ukraine and other eligible countries.

We are looking for active, open-minded and creative people. The working language of the School is English, so good communication skills in English are essential.

Eligible countries:

Countries Planned number of participants
The Czech Republic 8
Hungary 8
Poland 8
Slovakia 8
Ukraine 5
OTHER (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro,  Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovenia) 8

Students from non-eligible countries can apply providing they will cover the participation fee of 390 euro as well as individual insurance and travel costs to/from/in Krakow.

participation conditions

the organizers provide

  • educational programme and materials
  • special events
  • accommodation and board

participants cover

  • travel costs to/from/in Krakow
  • insurance
  • registration fee of 75 Euro



Each candidate should register and provide an on-line application form.

Deadline for submitting on-line applications: 31 March 2013. No hard copies required.

Accepted participants will be informed by 30 April 2013.



The Czech Republic: Vít Dostál

Hungary: Patricia Pászt, Eszter Neuberger

Slovakia: Ivana Raposova

Ukraine: Olga Maksymenko

Poland and others: Anna Kowalska, project coordinator