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IAPSS Study Trip to Central Europe 2016

Call for Applications

IAPSS Study Trip   


Prague and Krakow


“Exploring the issues of migration in the heart of Europe”

takes places during

Monday, December 5th – Friday, December 9th

(Arrival Day: December 4th, Departure Day: December 10th)

Deadline of Applications: Saturday, November 5th 2016



The International Association for Political Science Students (IAPSS) launches the Call for Applications for its upcoming Study Trip to Central Europe. Two days of an enriching and varied programme spent in the amazing Czech Capital – Prague, followed by a three day programme in the beautiful Polish university city – Krakow. The main focus of this intensive study trip is to explore Central Europe’s issues and approaches on migration and its impact on national, European and international affairs by meeting with some of the most important actors in the field.

Join us for this unique study trip in the heart of Europe and visit two of the “younger EU members” which now play an important role in the European Union policy-making.

What are the current challenges regarding migration in the Central Europe? What position does the Czech Republic and Poland have in European and international relations nowadays? In what manner and how effectively are these countries dealing with incoming migrants? What is their stance on the immigration crisis that the European Union is facing? To what extent is the immigration crisis helping the rise of right wing politics in Central Europe? How important are the stances of the Czech Republic and Poland in the European Union? Those are just some of the questions, which we will be discussing on this study trip. With the help of various political, academic and civil society actors, participants will get the chance to receive first-hand knowledge in order to answer these questions.

About the Programme

Our study trip to Central Europe has a strong underlying concept, which enables a comprehensive understanding of the themes surrounding migration in a short period of time. By visiting not just one but two Central European countries we will be able to compare and contrast their positions regarding the burning issues of migration and European Integration. Hopefully, creating a bigger picture of what is now happening in Central Europe.

This is a very comprehensive programme, featuring meetings with academia, think tanks and public institutions, as well as a possible meeting with immigrants currently in central Europe. The trip will conclude with farewell dinner in Krakow, where you will have the opportunity to reflect and discuss the trip with the coordinators and fellow participants.
More detailed information about the final programme will be specified to the selected participants.

Key Information

Arrival in Prague: 4 December (Sunday)
Programme start in Prague: 5 and 6 December (Monday and Tuesday)
Travel to Krakow by train or bus: 7 December (Wednesday)
Programme in Krakow: 8 and 9 December (Thursday and Friday)
Departure day: 10 December (Saturday)

Participants: 25 students of political science, international relations and related disciplines (undergraduates and graduates only)

Trip Highlights:
● Opportunity to visit two of the most beautiful European cities during the Christmas season.
● A visit to the biggest Czech humanitarian NGO “Person in Need,” founded right after the Velvet Revolution, and meeting with its top workers.
● A visit to the SIMI – Czech Association for Integration and Migration with a possible meeting with immigrants living in Prague.
● Meeting with actors at institutions such as the Security Studies Institute, the Charles University in Prague and International Organization for Migration in Prague to explore the issue of migration impacting the security of the host countries.
● A visit to the European Values Think-Tank, a Czech non-governmental policy institute defending liberal democracy.

● A farewell dinner at the end of programme in Krakow and the opportunity to explore the city a little more during Christmas time – you’re welcome of course to extend your trip if you wish!

Participation Fee per person: 239 EUR

Included: Accommodation in Prague and Krakow (3 nights in each city) including breakfast; local transportation in both cities; transportation between Prague and Krakow on the third day of our programme; welcome and farewell dinner; comprehensive trip material; all featured programme components and access to all institutions on schedule.
Not included: Travel costs to Prague and from Krakow from/back to your home country, costs for Schengen visa and (potential) immunisation costs, food (except breakfast and welcome/farewell dinner). We encourage students to check with their home universities for potential scholarship options. Unfortunately, IAPSS does not provide scholarships or travel grants for this trip.

* We are happy to provide you with a personalized visa invitation letter on the basis of a completed registration (requires payment), which you can use for your visa application at the Czech and Polish embassies (or their representatives) in your country of residence.

Remarks: After successful selection, the participation fee has to be transferred in advance in order to confirm your participation. Participants have the opportunity to stay longer before/after the study trip on their own expenses.

How to Apply?

Excited? Then don’t hesitate and join IAPSS on this unique and exciting opportunity to discover Prague and Krakow with fellow political science students from all around the world! Complete the online application form at latest by November 5th 2016. Notification on selection will be given within three working days after the deadline elapses. In case of acceptance, you will receive information on how to confirm your participation and further instructions.

Online application: 10 October (Monday)
Deadline for Applications: 5 November (Saturday)

Please note that IAPSS membership is required in order to participate in IAPSS Study Trips. Membership comes at only 7,50–15 EUR a year (depending on your country of citizenship) and offers you a wide range of benefits, including priority access to IAPSS conferences, IAPSS delegations, IAPSS seasonal schools and IAPSS study trips, as well as the opportunity to contribute to IAPSS’ political science journals POLITIKON, Encuentro Latino Americano and the online international affairs blog A Different View. Also, members receive the two-monthly IAPSS News & Opportunities newsletter, which includes political science opportunities such as conference calls and more. There are discounted rates available for 2-year memberships.

In case of any further question or inquiry, do not hesitate to contact us. We are looking forward to discovering Central Europe with you!

Kind regards,
Veronika Kandusová                                          Lucie Batouskova
Study Trip Coordinator                                       Study Trips Coordinator                              

Executive Committee
The Executive Committee is the executive body of the association. It consists of the President, Secretary-General, Treasurer, Head of the Academic Department, Head of the Events Department, Head of World Congress, Head of Convention and Head of the International Cooperation & Public Relations Department. Members are normally elected to this body at the General Assembly, taking place in April each year.

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