The Academy of Young Diplomats (AYD) is a top-tier postgraduate diplomatic Program, which empowers a new generation of global leaders, through an innovative year-long training experience, ending with an Executive Diploma in the Art of Diplomacy (EDAD).
Established in 2004, the AYD prepares future diplomats, civil servants and social entrepreneurs for international careers. The Program is known for its world-class faculty, practitioners-oriented approach and a network of more than 3000 graduates from over 60 countries. It is also accredited with the Ministry of Education of Poland.
A selected cohort of approximately 100 promising talents from around the world will take part in over 140 hours of stationary lectures, workshops, practical exercises, study-visits and personal leadership development groups. In the academic year 2020/2021 the program will be enriched by online modules connecting the groups with world leaders from all around the world.
Program Structure & Highlights
Specializations – click to discover the classes
Polish Foreign Service
Why join us?
AYD 2020/2021 Schedule*
AYD Guests & Educators
Secretary General of the Council of Europe (2009-2019), Prime Minister of Norway (2000-2001)
Special Adviser to the United Nations Secretary General, Professor at Columbia University
Head of the Council, Ambassador to Pakistan (1984 - 1989), Belgium & Luxembourg (1998 - 2002) & Israel (2003 - 2006)
MINISTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS OF SERBIA (2007-2012), PRESIDENT OF THE 67TH SESSION OF THE UNITED NATIONS GENERAL ASSEMBLY (2012-2013)
MEMBER OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT (2011-2014), SECRETARY OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS (2006-2007)
SENIOR FELLOW & DIRECTOR OF THE RUSSIA PROGRAM AT THE CENTER FOR EUROPEAN POLICY ANALYSIS, US
AYD 2020/2021 Edition Program
» Study Visits – meetings with diplomats, public servants and government officials combined with a tour of the institution they work in.
» Global Talks – a series of lectures which cover current themes in the international arena.
» Diplomatic Practice Simulations – scenario based practical simulations, case study group games.
» Leadership Lectures – Ted-X presentations, followed by Q&A sessions with inspiring global leaders in diplomacy, politics, business and the non-for-profit sector.
» Diplomatic Skills Workshops – offered to all three specializations, the workshops help grow the necessary skills necessary to successfully pursue international careers in chosen fields.
» Specialization Classes – tailor-made to each of the three specializations, the classes offer a practitioner’s view of the most important issues in the field of international organizations, international security, and foreign policy.
» Leadership Development Groups – meetings in small groups (5-6 peers), with monthly assignments. The LDGs help build self-awareness and a sense of purpose – both necessary to develop true leadership potential.
» Negotiation Skills and Techniques
» Public Speaking and Presentation Skills
» Leadership Skills
» In the academic year 2020/2021, the Warsaw and Krakow sessions are complemented by monthly, afternoon online discussions with world-class leaders, which AYD participants can join regardless of where they are.
An opportunity to gain valuable knowledge, which cannot be replaced by the best textbooks.
Joanna BurnosInternational Cooperation Representative
Graduate of 7th edition of AYD
At EAD you can count on meeting people with passion, and drive – to change the world for the better.
Veronika GrishelCoordinator of Main Events at the World Youth Day
PhD candidate at Cracow University of Economics
Graduate of the 8th edition of the AYD
I highly recommend the program, a great way to start a career and your path to become a leader.
Adam PustelnikDirector of Investor Service and International Cooperation Bureau
City of Lodz Office
Graduate of 9th edition of AYD
The Academy is an excellent networking platform for all those who share similar interests and wish to improve their qualifications.
Jowita WenciusMinistry of Foreign Affairs of Poland
Graduate of 11th edition of AYD
The Academy of Young Diplomats program is a great introduction to the world of diplomacy. It covers everything from diplomatic protocol to current international affairs.
Aron ThyrManagement Consultant at Ecenea Management AB
Graduate of 13th edition of AYD
Network of ambitious leaders which offers a unique opportunity to grow personally and professionally (…) an unforgettable experience for people willing to change the world into a better place.
Valerian KarchavaII year MA Student of the EU Law
Graduate of 14th edition of AYD