Each AYD session begins with Friday seminars that cover diverse and strategically important aspects of Polish foreign policy and contemporary diplomatic challenges in the international arena. Topics are based on current events and gather diplomats and recognized experts and think-tank representatives for 90 minute, off the record panel discussions and Q&A sessions.
Prominent diplomats, politicians and academicians lead the main session of each meeting of the Academy of Young Diplomats. VIP speakers share their vast experience and first-hand insight with students of AYD in an active lecture and Q&A session designed to give insider knowledge to the participants. Regular speakers we are honored to host at the Academy of Young Diplomats include: Hanna Suchocka, Michał Boni, Grzegorz Kołodko, Norman Davies, Professor Jerzy Buzek, Professor Danuta Huebner, President Mikheil Saakashvili, Mark Galeotti, Andrzej Olechowski, Aleksander Kwaśniewski.
AYD Specializations – Diplomacy in Practice – Skills Labs
Following the Keynote address, each session of the participants of the Academy of Young Diplomats undergo 5 additional hours of training, starting with one of three AYD Specializations (Polish Foreign Service, International Organizations, International Security), followed by specialization thematic workshops (Diplomacy in Practice) and universal skills trainings (Skills Lab)
The unique aspect of the Academy of Young Diplomats is the combination of theoretical knowledge and practical skills, tailored and adjusted to complement individual specializations.
Extracurricular classes are more interactive workshops in smaller groups, which allow our experts to have more personal contact with students. Guests from business, Polish and European institutions share their experience, often with use of simulations and interactive activities during meetings. Trainers encourage discussions on current affairs and can advise on successfully passing recruitment processes to various institutions.
Non-obligatory study visits organized on Fridays are addressed to students, who wish to meet with diplomats from embassies, international organizations, NGOs and institutions based in Warsaw. Thanks to that AYD students are able to learn not only about the policies implemented by the embassies, but also how the daily life of a diplomat looks like.
Polish Language & Culture Classes
The goal of the classes held on Sundays is to provide the participants with an opportunity to learn the basics of Polish language and introduce them to Polish culture and customs, thus allowing them to use their time in Poland and Warsaw to the highest extent possible. The classes are offered at special discounted price for the AYD participants.