How to apply

22. Visegrad Summer School – call for application

 Where? - The Villa Decius Association, Krakow, Poland

 When? - 1-10 July 2024 (10 days)

How to apply? - (from Google account) (without logging)


Recruitment starts on 1st March, 2024 and will last until April 10!

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. This year, special emphasis will be placed on the aspect related to the future of media. The workshops run by qualified experts, the purpose of which will be to exchange views, gain knowledge and consult the participants' own ideas, will contribute to the development of new optics, as well as the shaping of aspiring leaders of the V4 and the Central and Eastern Europe Region. 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. 

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.

In the 22 nd edition of VSS 30 people from V4 (Poland, Hungary, Czech Republic, Slovakia), Eastern Partnership and Central Europe will take part, priority is given to people expressing their interes on media and Fututre studies. 

During 10 days of lectures, workshops, trainings and study visits participants will work (in groups and individually) on their short presentations to be held on the final day.

Previous editions of the School were attended by almost 900 people from: Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bulgaria, Brazil, France, Kyrgyzstan, Kosovo, Lithuania, North Macedonia, Moldova, Germany, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia, Ukraine, USA,  United Kingdom, Indonesia, Algeria, Egypt, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Iran, Nigeria, India, Ghana, Montenegro, Mexico, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Iraq, Ecuador, Ethiopia, Kazakhstan, Namibia, Albania, Spain and Italy.

22. edition is supported by the International Visegrad Fund, Malopolska Region, City of Krakow and private sponsors like Grupa ZUE.

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.



The program of the 22. 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. Our focus will be two: Future and role of Media in particular topic. 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.

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.

Age:  min.18 

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:



Number of participants

The Czech Republic






OTHER (Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus (2), Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Estonia, Georgia, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia)


*Ukrainian citizens are exempt from paying the participation fee.

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.



The organizers provide:

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

Participants cover:

  • travel costs to/from Krakow
  • insurance
  • registration fee of 150 Euro



Questions and remarks


Aleksandra Szymańska-Niekłań

Project manager