2nd Aristotle International Summer Program in International Relations: Europe’s Near Abroad

2nd Aristotle International Summer Program in International Relations: Europe’s Near Abroad

Aristotle_Summer_Scholl_ΚουσκουβεληςThe 2nd Aristotle International Summer Program in International Relations is going to take place from 21 to 27 August at the School of Aristotle in the city of Naoussa, Greece. This year the program tackles questions that shape the politics and economics of Europe’s near abroad.

Prominent researchers and practitioners from Greece and abroad will focus on the current politics and economics of Russia, Turkey, Middle East and North Africa. Our distinguished faculty will analyze the international relations in these areas, including issues such as:
• Russia’s strategy from the era of Cold War to that of the rising multipolar international system;
• Challenges and prospects in the Black Sea Area;
• Current politics and economics of Turkey;
• Cooperation and conflict in the Mediterranean Sea;
• Political and economic developments in Africa;
• EU’s politics and policies in the region.


Students will be able to engage with the above issues at both theoretical and policy levels. Apart from the opportunity to advance their knowledge and understanding on the discipline of International Relations and the developments in Europe’s near abroad, the summer program also offers to all the participants the unique opportunity to study in a historical place of universal significance, namely the School of Aristotle where two eminent figures of the Ancient Greek civilization met, that is, Aristotle and Alexander the Great.


The Summer School is targeted at motivated undergraduate and postgraduate students and young professionals with an International Relations background, who wish to broaden their knowledge and understanding in their areas of expertise, study in an international environment and contribute to a fruitful experience. In order to be eligible, all applicants should have completed at least 1 year of university studies.

The program will last 7 days (6 nights) and will host a maximum of 35 participants from Greece and abroad.

Courses will be taught in English by an International Faculty.


Extracurricular Activities
The program includes educational and entertainment activities. Indicatively, we mention visits at the archaeological sites of Vergina, Pella and Dion, the historical site where Apostle Paul addressed to the citizens of the area, the Byzantine Museum of Veria. Furthermore, we will visit the magical forest of St. Nicholas with its springs and traditional villages around Naoussa. The program will be completed with the screening of selected short films from NIFF and with a unique wine and gastronomic experience. Winetasting of Naoussa’s unique variety Xinomavro and traditional dishes of the local cuisine will offer you an unforgettable experience.

The program is organized by the Laboratory of International Relations and European Integration of the University of Macedonia and of Naoussa International Film Festival. Professor Ilias Kouskouvelis is the academic director of the program.


How to Apply
Complete the online application
Send a short CV to: summer.programme@niff.gr


Cost of the Program
The cost is 450€ including the following:
• Tuition
• Material related to tuition
• All scheduled excursions and extracurricular activities
• Room, breakfast and lunch or dinner
• Free access to PC and Internet


The program fee does not cover the following, for which students are responsible:

• Air tickets
• Transportation to and from Naoussa
• Visa issuing costs (if required)
• Any other personal expenses


For those admitted to the program, a non-refundable deposit of 150€ must be received ten days after their notification of approval to secure a place in the program.

Payment in full is due by June 30. A late fee will be charged for payments received after this date.

For registrations until May 30 there will be a reduction of 10% on the program’s cost.

Payment is available through Bank deposit, Paypal and credit/debit cards.


International health and safety
Traveling abroad requires careful planning. International participants are advised to issue a health insurance.


Visa requirements differ among countries and depending on your nationality. The program’s Secretary will be able to give you general visa guidance, but you are responsible for learning the requirements of your destination based on your nationality, and for obtaining your own visa should one be required.


Important Dates
• Middle of March: applications available online
• June 30: Application deadline

Students will be notified for their admission ten working days after they submit the application form.


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