28th European Summer Academy

Challenges for the European Union in the World

8 - 17 September 2017 in Bonn, Schengen, Luxembourg and Brussels

The Academy was founded in 1990. For 28 years it is uniting young people of all backgrounds across Europe for a 10 days event each late summer. The programs focus is on Exchange, learning and dialogue on integration issues. In times when Europe drifts apart, we seek to deepen each others` thoughts and needs without losing different national perceptions. The Academy has never lost its importance. This is shown by its patrons, leading Europeans as Jean-Claude Juncker, Javier Solana, Martin Schulz and Wladyslaw Bartoszewski just to name a few.

Programme and Methodology

Up-to-date information on current international topics are provided by specialists from science, governments and European institutions. In order to refresh or deepen your knowledge on integration issues and its institutions we start with a brief review of European basics. (Panel) discussions encourage the participants to delve into the topics. An excursion to Schengen, Luxembourg, Brussels and Aachen with visits to European institutions offers first-hand information from international experts. You are given a unique possibility to look behind the scenes of these structures and you have the chance to closely network with young people from around the world.

Participants and Requirements

The Academy is designed for motivated Europeans from academia, governments, business and politics as well as students with expertise in European. Participants should be familiar with the European integration process and bring an interest in active participation. A command of English is required, German language skills are welcome; tuition language is mainly English.

The GSI European Academy Bonn

For 65 years our work follows the ideas of Gustav Stresemann and Aristide Briand, both awarded with the Nobel Peace Prize in 1926, to improve pan-European understanding and international cooperation. The Academy is an independent, non-profit institution for citizens´ training and international exchange. It is not affiliated to any political party, and not linked to any religion.

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XXVIII. European Summer Academy

Challenges for the European Union in the World


The Summer Academy 2017 takes place from

8 - 17 September in Bonn, Schengen, Luxembourg and Brussels.


The program of the 28th Summer Academy includes:


Simulation games
Intercultural dialogue


Luxembourg and Brussels:

Dialogue with members of EU institutions and NGO's