Each AYD session begins with Friday regional seminars, which create an opportunity to discuss the most pressing international challenges faced by selected regions and states. Renowned international experts offer introductory lectures on a variety of regional issues, from China to the Middle East, from Ukraine to the United States, followed by a Q&A session with the students.
Prominent diplomats, politicians and scholars lead the main session of each meeting of the Academy of Young Diplomats. VIP speakers share their vast experience and first-hand diplomatic insights during an interactive lecture and Q&A session designed to give an insiders-account of world politics.
Skills Labs in Specialization groups
Following the keynote address, the participants of the Academy of Young Diplomats break out into three specializations (International Organizations, International Security, Polish Foreign Service) and attend sessions tailored to their specific needs. The unique aspect of the Academy of Young Diplomats is the combination of theoretical knowledge and practical skills, adjusted to complement individual specializations.
Extracurricular classes are hands-on workshops in smaller groups, which allow for a more personalized contact with our trainers and experts. Trainers encourage discussions on current affairs, share leadership and self-development tips and can advise on successfully passing recruitment processes to various institutions.
Study Session in Cracow
Early in the program, one session of the Academy is organized outside of Warsaw, in the beautiful city of Cracow. During the 3-day gathering the students have an opportunity to attend an international conference devoted to different aspects of regional cooperation in Central Europe, sightsee Cracow and network closely with each other. The accommodation and meals in Cracow are organized by the European Academy of Diplomacy and their costs are included in the admission fee.
Non-obligatory study visits organized on Fridays are addressed to students who wish to meet with diplomats and officials from embassies, international organizations and institutions based in Warsaw. These visits allow AYD students to discover the “diplomatic kitchen” and learn more about the day-to-day work of international officials in foreign countries.