About AYD

The Academy of Young Diplomats (AYD) is an annual diplomatic program for emerging young global leaders, preparing future diplomats, civil servants and social entrepreneurs for international careers. Program is addressed to senior students and young professionals. Since 2004 over 2800 participants from 60 countries have graduated from the Academy.


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Polish Foreign Service

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Why join us? 

Unique Methodology: Since 2004 we have continuously been developing and perfecting our teaching methods. The uniqueness of the AYD program approach lays in the emphasis put on the development of practical skills, which are useful in the future international careers of our participants. Based on this approach, the program is a mixture of theory and practice. Participants gain knowledge and experience that is not offered by other educational institutions.

Highest quality of education: All AYD trainers are carefully selected and evaluated on as session-to-session basis. All of our top trainers have extensive experience in working with multinational groups. There professional background spans from diplomacy to international business. In addition, the AYD hosts a number of special guests: former Ministers of Foreign Affairs, Presidents, Prime Ministers or senior diplomats, who share with the students their professional experience in pursuing a successful international career. The Academy of Young Diplomats program has an accreditation of the Ministry of Education of the Republic of Poland.

Extraordinary student profile: The participants of the Academy of Young Diplomats come from over 50 different countries in Europe, Africa and Asia. Each of our students - guided by the program values of global openness, social involvement and professional development - contributes uniquely to the program. The Academy offers a networking platform for young international leaders with similar interests, plans for the future and objectives. The intimate atmosphere of the Academy fosters a sustainable network of contacts. The friendships made during the program almost always extend well beyond the graduation date.

Openness and collaboration: The European Academy of Diplomacy is always eager to deepen and strengthen cooperation with the AYD participants. Both during the program and after its completion, we assist our students and Alumni with new initiatives, conferences and other activities. We stay in touch with the graduates through the Alumni Club and reengage our Alumni in new programs which are constantly developed.

Assisting in future career: The European Academy of Diplomacy assists students in their effort to develop successful future careers by issuing professional recommendations and providing patronage for events organized by our students.

Student Profile

In order to recruit the best participants, the EAD leadership, in consultation with the EAD Council of Ambassadors, senior lecturers and Alumni Club, has developed a student profile of the ideal EAD candidate. This profile is based on the values of the European Academy of Diplomacy and includes:

Global openness: AYD students are aware of the common challenges facing the global community and meet these challenges with engagement. They are proactive in seeking opportunities to gain experience in an international environment (through internships, volunteering and student exchange). They do not discriminate against other human beings based on religion, ethnicity, race, sex or country of origin.

Social involvement: AYD students dynamically contribute to their communities and their societies. They operate locally, regionally, nationally or globally to improve the well-being of people around them. Prospective candidates of the Academy of Young Diplomats are members of voluntary organizations, grass-root initiatives.

Professional development: AYD students strive for continuous personal and professional development. Both at university or at work, they are courageous in undertaking new projects and task, which move them out of their comfort zone. They understand their strengths and weaknesses and show willingness to develop both intellectual capacity and emotional intelligence (empathy, self-awareness, self-regulation and social skills).

This profile provides the Committee on Admissions with the basis for the verification of each application received. The ideal candidate is a person characterized by pro-activeness and commitment to each of these areas. Applicants for the Academy of Young Diplomats must be motivated to consciously and courageously strive to develop important skills useful in their future.

Formal conditions:

20 years or older

University diploma or current university student status

English proficiency (C1)


Program includes:

  • 7 three-days sessions in Warsaw

  • 1 three-day study session in Cracow (accommodation and meals covered by EAD)

  • Inauguration ceremony with Special Guests

  • 70 hours of workshops and simulations

  • study visits in the embassies and international organizations based in Warsaw


Program does not cover:

  • meals and accommodation in Warsaw

  • visa, insurance & travel expenses


  • 980 € (one time payment)

  • 995 € (payment in 2 installments)


  • you have to fit in the AYD Student Profile;

  • you have to be at least 20 years old;

  • you have to possess very good command of English (at least C1);

  • you must be holder of a university diploma or a student;

  • you must accept the Terms and Conditions.


AYD15 Schedule*

  • December 2018 – Inauguration;

  • 14 – 16.12.2018 – 1st session;

  • 18 – 20.01.2019 – 2nd session – study session in Kraków;

  • 15 – 17.02.2019 – 3rd session;

  • 15 – 17.03.2019 – 4th session;

  • 12 – 14.04.2019 – 5th session – Workshop Session;

  • 10 – 12.05.2019 – 6th session;

  • 7 – 9.06.2019 – 7th session;

  • 28 – 30.06.2019 – 8th session.

*Please keep in mind that the schedule may be slightly modified.

AYD Speakers & Trainers

Mary Robinson

President of Ireland (1990-1997) and United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (1997-2002)

Radosław Sikorski

Marshal of the Polish Sejm (2014- 2015) and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Poland (2007-2014)

Urszula Gacek

Member of the Polish Senate (2005- 2007) and Member of the European Parliament (2007-2011)

Jacek Bartosiak

Director of Wargaming Studies and Simulations at Pulaski Foundation

Mona Shair

Founder & CEO, Key2advance, Germany

Jan Wojciech Piekarski

Head of the Council, Ambassador to Pakistan (1984 - 1989), Belgium & Luxembourg (1998 - 2002) & Israel (2003 - 2006)

Adam Jarczyński

Director of the Polish Academy of Public Relations and the Polish Academy of Protocol and Etiquette.

Jason Worlledge

Community of Democracies. Governing Council Coordinator