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European Summer School in Diplomacy and Leadership for High School Students


This summer school is designed for (international) students from 14 to 18 years old who are interested to develop their career in international affairs and diplomacy. The objective of the summer school is to orient students with short courses in international relations and diplomacy taught by leading experts in the field.

The program will orient the students on the current global challenges such as terrorism, weapons proliferations, climate change and environmental degradation etc. It will help them to acquire leadership, public speaking skills, negotiations skills etc. 

This is a 2 weeks (14 days) program which will orient students with opportunity to experience how global affairs are managed on a daily basis and meet with students from all over the world. Conducted by professors and practitioners from the Institute of International Relations of University of Warsaw, the curriculum aims at providing participants with an understanding of the international affairs and diplomatic world.


Apart from the classroom sessions, the students will visit some of the most important institutions in Warsaw and Krakow including Polish Parliament, Warsaw Stock Exchange, City Council of Warsaw and various diplomatic embassies etc. By the time they finish this exciting, hands-on program, they will have a better understanding of the complex world of diplomacy.



 30 June - 14 July 2019 


Program Highlights:


  • Live and study at The University of Warsaw which is among the top 2% of the world’s best universities steps away from the beautiful part of Warsaw.

  • Attend classes taught by renowned professors, researchers and experts in their fields

  • Benefit from a life-changing pre-college experience in one of Central Europe’s oldest and picturesque city.

  • Sightseeing of Warsaw, Cracow, Auschwitz-Birkenau and Schindler’s factory

  • Official field visit to Polish Parliament, City Council of Warsaw, Diplomatic Embassies, Warsaw Stock Exchange and various industries.

How to apply:



The tuition fee for the Summer School 2019 is 2000 EUR which includes all the services and activities mentioned below except flights to and from Warsaw, Poland.

Services acquired:


  • Accommodation (double rooms + own bathroom)

  • Feeding (breakfast + lunch + dinner) – delivered in restaurants in the city center

  • Cultural & Integration Activity (all costs covered)

  • Sightseeing of Warsaw, Cracow, Auschwitz-Birkenau, Schindler’s factory

  • Class participation

  • Certification (transcripts & Warsaw University Cerificate)

  • Supervision and 24h Care

  • Domestic transportation

  • Teaching Materials

  •  Airport transfers

  • Additional health Insurance

  • Open and certification ceremony

  • National Evenings

  • Professional guide

  • Student mentor programme

  • Official visits in:

  1. Polish Parliament

  2. City Council of Warsaw

  3. Embassy of India to Poland

  4. Warsaw Stock Exchange


World history and international relations in XX century

This session will give a broad overview of international relations and global history from the end of World War I until today by focusing on events and developments in the world such as the period between world wars, the World War 2, the Cold War, the post-Cold War period, 1989 -1991, 2001, and recent events such as changes in the Middle East. It will highlight shifting trends in peace and conflict issues and give a brief overview of modern history and international relations. 


The International System and State Sovereignty 

This session will introduce the international system as a concept by defining and describing states as the main actor in international relations, and defining other actors such as international organizations, media, non-governmental organizations and transnational companies. This session will give insight in how the international system consists of sovereign states functions, how it works and how it is different from a state system. 


United Nations – History, Organization and Function

This session of the course introduces the United Nations as a concept, and explores the historical background and context of the organization such as the failure of the League of Nations and World War 2, and it will describe the system of organizations and institutions and areas of work of the UN. This session will describe why the UN exists, what it is and what it is not, and introduce the UN as the only global organization and one of the main actors in international relations today. 


State Power and World Order in 21stCentury 
This session will focus on the state power and the world order in 21stcentury. For at least three hundred years, sovereign states have been the most important political organizations in the global system. Even so, states are still a very important kind of political entity and are likely to remain significant. An understanding of global politics necessarily involves a grasp of the essential characteristics of states, including states’ power to influence other states. States, however, are not the only international actors on the global stage. Organizations that transcend state boundaries include nongovernmental organizations, multinational business corporations, and terrorist groups.


Emerging Global Challenges in World Politics
This session will focus on some of the most important problems facing the world community and analyzes the debates over how serious the problems will become in the next few decades. It summarize and connect the issues covered during the course, and it will connect theory and practice by using different theories to analyze and understand an event or situation in reality.


Introduction to European Union​

What is the European Union (EU)? How does it work? What are the main EU policy-making bodies? This session will give student with the basic introduction of European Union such as how do member states relate to the EU institutions? How do EU institutions interact and work with one another? The EU is a complex, unique organization that is neither a state, a federation nor an international organization like, for instance, the Council of Europe, the United Nations or NATO. This course is an introduction to the political system of the EU and provides a detailed overview of the various institutions, their interactions and the way they make policy. 


Leadership and Diplomacy​

This session will examines the role of leadership in the evolution and changing nature of the diplomatic dialogue between states over the past century, concentrating on challenges for diplomatic leadership at this moment in history. These challenges include: great-power leadership, notably the special role of US leadership; changing diplomatic practices requiring leadership, such as the widespread use of summit, conference, and public diplomacy; revolutionary and post-colonial leadership; individual leadership (the UN secretary-general) and moral leadership (Nelson Mandela); “middle power” and small-country leadership; regional diplomatic leadership; and, finally, non-state alternatives to state-based diplomatic leadership. The session will be useful not only for those students contemplating diplomatic and government careers, but also for those whose future work in business, the media, or the non-profit sectors will require interaction with foreign ministries, embassies, ambassadors and international organizations.



Dr. Manish Thapa - Academic Director of Summer School at

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