About AYD

The Academy of Young Diplomats (AYD) is the first diplomatic program in Poland, which prepares students and young graduates for work in fields such as the Foreign Service, Civil Service, European institutions, think-tanks and international organizations. Since 2004, thanks to our exceptional methodology, high quality of teaching, extraordinary students profile and openness to cooperation, AYD has been training future leaders of the social and political scene in the spirit of responsibility for the surrounding world. More than 2200 participants had graduated from the previous eleven editions of the Academy of Young Diplomats. Approximately one hundred of them found work in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, while others are employed in European institutions, international organizations and public administration.


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Student Profile

In order to recruit the best participants, the EAD regularly consults with our Council of Ambassadors, senior lecturers and Alumni Club to develop a student profile of the ideal EAD candidate. This profile is based on the values of the European Academy of Diplomacy and include:

Global openness: AYD students are aware of the challenges facing them in the modern world and meet them with engagement. They are proactive and actively seek opportunities to gain experience in an international environment (through internships, volunteering and student exchange).

Social involvement: AYD students dynamically contribute to the surrounding society. They operate locally as well as in the NGO sector. Prospective candidates of the Academy of Young Diplomats should not only end on the responsibilities of a student and employee, but also support social activity.

Professional development: In the fields of science and professionalism the candidates stand out with their courage to take on difficult challenges at the same time being aware of their strengths and weaknesses, as well as possess the desire of continuous self-improvement. In the institutions and academic centers in which they operate, the candidates show passion and desire for constant development.

This profile provides the AYD Recruitment Committee with the basis for the verification of applications. 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

Current university student or graduate

English proficiency (C1)

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Our values

Unique Methodology: Throughout the previous ten editions we have been developing and perfecting our teaching methods. The uniqueness of our approach lays in the emphasis put on the development of practical skills, which are useful in the future 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: Among AYD speakers there are specialists with years of experience in their fields. Our guests include former Presidents - Valdas Adamkus (Lithuania), Aleksander Kwaśniewski, Lech Wałęsa; Ministers of Foreign Affairs - Bernard Kouchner (France), Andrzej Olechowski, Dariusz Rosati, Boris Tarasyuk (Ukraine); Prime Ministers - Tadeusz Mazowiecki, Józef Oleksy, Hanna Suchocka; as well as highest representatives of international institutions - Jerzy Buzek (President of the European Parliament), Javier Solana (Secretary General of NATO). So far, we had the pleasure of hosting more than 60 ambassadors accredited in Poland, enabling participants to have direct contact with the active diplomats as well as insight into the their work. The Academy of Young Diplomats offers the highest level of education supported by the accreditation of the Education Office in Warsaw. The AYD can boast a well-known group of lecturers from Poland and abroad.

The unique profile of the students of the Academy: Participants of the AYD are open towards the world, engaged in social activities as well as striving for continuous academic and professional development. The Academy offers a unique opportunity to meet people 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 are beneficial to our participants’ future careers.

Openness and collaboration: The AYD coordinators are open to all offers of cooperation, both during the program and after its completion. We assist our students with new initiatives, conferences and other activities. We stay in touch with the graduates through the Alumni Club.

Help in future career: European Academy of Diplomacy helps students in developing future careers and supports their initiatives. We participate in exchange programs, issue recommendations and provide patronage for events organized by our students. In addition, participants gain access to the Career Office with job offers associated with the international relations.