Visegrad Summer School - Rethink Past & Design Future, 1 – 13 July 2019, Krakow, Poland

Publish Date: Mar 03, 2019

Deadline: Mar 31, 2019

Event Dates: from Jul 01, 2019 12:00 to Jul 13, 2019 12:00

Rethink Past & Design Future
– call for application

The Visegrad Summer School is an educational program which provides an interdisciplinary learning platform for young Czech, Hungarian, Polish and Slovak students and professionals, as well for their peers from other Central, Eastern and Southern European countries.

The program of the VSS is aimed to widen perspectives and INSPIRE through lectures and debates dedicated to global and regional political, economic, cultural and social issues. The program of the VSS also seeks to address the current developments and the most pressing issues within the EU and as well in its neighborhood. A crucial element of the 18. VSS is the course of intensive laboratories held in the field of BUSINESS, CULTURAL HERITAGE and MEDIA. The goal of our intensive laboratories led by top professionals in the field is to SHAPE the attitudes and provide practical knowledge for our participants. This year the common leitmotiv of our laboratories will be “Rethink Past & Design Future”.

The VSS also seeks to enhance long-term CONNECTIONS between its participants. Therefore, our program consist a series of special events and extracurricular activities that are designed especially for this goal. Such as, integration workshop, multicultural garden party, study visits, cultural events, and recreational programs.

VSS has a two-week-long  intense program, which is consisted of approximately 90 hours of activities ~60h dedicated to our educational program and ~30h extracurricular activities. The declared goal of the VSS is to be a catalyst of mutual understanding between neighboring cultures and enhance the connections between students and young professionals from all over the region. Furthermore the VSS also seeks to raise awareness of the need for active social participation in decision making processes, for mutual dialog.

Previous editions of the School were attended by over 750 people from: Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bulgaria, Brazil, France, Kyrgyzstan, Kosovo, Lithuania, Macedonia, Moldova, Germany, Russia, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia, Ukraine , United Kingdom, Indonesia, Algeria, Egypt, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Iran, Nigeria, India, Ghana, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Iraq, Ecuador, Ethiopia, Kazakhstan, Namibia, Albania and Italy.

18. edition is supported by the International Visegrad Fund, Malopolska Region and City of Krakow.

AIM of the VSS

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


TThe program of the 18. 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. Besides experts and intellectuals, we host Ambassadors, Ministers, representatives of the European Union, academics, politicians, businessmen, journalists, artists, representatives of national and local governments, as well as NGOs.

This year’s edition will contain intensive workshops in the fields of Business, Cultural Heritage and Media. The participants in smaller groups will work on advanced skills by developing projects that will be presented at the closing session on the last day of School.

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, additionally creating an occasion to integrate people.


At the end of the course, participants will be presented with a diploma of participation and recognition of learning, which will be signed by the President and the Director of the Villa Decius Association.

ELIGIBILTY to participate

Students, graduates, PhD researchers, young professionals and leaders 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 7
Hungary 7
Poland 7
Slovakia 7
Ukraine 6

OTHER (Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Estonia, Georgia, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovenia)


Students from non-eligible countries can apply providing they will cover the participation fee of 350 euro as well as individual insurance and travel costs to/from/in Krakow.

Participation conditions

The organizers provide:

  • educational programme and materials
  • special events: study visits, recreation offer
  • full accommodation and board

Participants cover:

  • travel costs to/from/in Krakow
  • insurance
  • registration fee of 125 Euro

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