February 28, 2011

6th Economic Forum of Young Leaders in Nowy Sącz, Poland

Young leaders meet in Poland to create ideas for the future of Europe. We warmly invite you to participate in the 6th Economic Forum of Young Leaders which will take place between 6th and 10th of September 2011 in Nowy Sącz (near Kraków), Poland.

Each year, Forum engages over 300 young leaders of political, economic, social, and non-governmental organisations from the European Union countries, Eastern Europe and the Caucasus, from over 42 European countries, to come to Poland to Nowy Sącz.

The Economic Forum of Young Leaders in Nowy Sącz is a meeting of young elite from Europe and a venue for discussion about important processes in the world as well as challenges for young generations of politicians, economists and leaders of NGOs. Forum gives room for debate about the future of the European Union and its relation with neighbouring countries. 

February 24, 2011

Study Smart: 7 Paths to Exam Success

This post is contibuted by Joy Paley, a guest blogger for My Dog Ate My Blog and a writer on earning your online psychology degree for the Guide to Online Schools.

Proponents of study abroad programs cite their ability to expose students to different cultures and give future leaders a global perspective. While these aspects of study abroad programs certainly exist, college students in a new country are also exposed to some temptations of the flesh that can be a bit more exciting than studying for exams. While you might be working on your “global perspective” spending four nights a week at discotheques and the rest of your time ogling cute locals at outdoor cafes, you’re probably not gaining the type of perspective those university administrators were talking about. Here are seven tips for making the most of your academic experience abroad -- while also finding time for fun.

February 22, 2011

Economics of Science and Innovation Program in Barcelona

The Economics of Science and Innovation Program examines the economic challenges faced by science and technology, the anticipated difficulties, and offers solutions while considering the timing of the foreseeable transfer process from basic research results to applications. Students will not only become aware of possibilities, but will also be able to make realistic assessments of the perspectives generated by each development, its potential economic impact, the obstacles it presents, and its sources of support. This master program aims to prepare students for management careers in research centers, innovative firms, public administrations and intermediate institutions geared toward promoting research and development activities. The Economics of Science and Innovation Program is located at the Bellaterra campus at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona.

Skills acquired in this Master program:
  • Measure research results: expected output in a project and scientific impact
  • Assess the economic viability of research projects through cost-benefit analysis
  • Identify new business opportunities for R&D
  • Understand the patent system, advantages and disadvantages

February 17, 2011

International Spring Academy "Economics of Liberty"

International Spring Academy "Economics of Liberty" will be held on March 12-18, 2011 in Bazaleti, Georgia. The event is organized by the New Economic School - Georgia and Friedrich Naumann Foundation (FNF)

The aim of the Academy is to encourage and challenge free and critical thinking of the young generation and its covers the classical liberal philosophy, principles of market economics and applied economics.

February 16, 2011

ISWiB 2011 - “Communication in Action!”

ISWiB 2011 applications are now open! ISWiB 2011 (International Student Week in Belgrade) will be held for the fifth time this year, in the period from 10th till 17th July 2011 in Belgrade, capital of Serbia, under the motto “Communication in Action!”. The festival will gather approximately 200 participants from the whole of Europe, with the aim of exchanging opinions and views about the hot issues that a modern society has to face, as well as overcoming global differences through a communication, personal contacts and mutual understanding.

ISWiB is a meeting platform for young people with different cultural backgrounds; it is a place to get to know each other, establish new friendships and discuss various topics, from various points of view. Through close communication and cooperation, interactive lectures and workshops, students will be able to gain new knowledge and exchange ideas in the fields of PR & marketing, environmental protection, green economy, online media, youth activism, debate, theatre, NLP, graffiti, photography and filmmaking. Students will also have an opportunity to establish professional contacts with eminent professors and professionals from different fields and develop and create new projects by themselves.

Student Conference in Maribor - SCiM 2011

Applications are now open for the next Student Conference in Maribor that will take place between the 1st and 11th of July, 2011 in Maribor, Slovenia. SCiM (Student Conference in Maribor) is student conference organized by Student organization of University of Maribor. The department responsible for SCiM is department for international affairs. We organize a lot of projects during the year but SCiM is our biggest one. We can say that it has become a tradition that Student organization of University of Maribor organizes a student conference which purpose is to join students from different countries to debate about important issues of the society around us and to express their opinion through their critical point of view.

February 14, 2011

Conference "Role of Tribunals and Doctrine in the International Law"

We would kindly like to invite you to the 4th International Conference of Law Studies "Role of Tribunals and Doctrine in the International Law", organised by Interdisciplinary Student Association Diplomacy and Law. It is the fourth edition of the conference, organized each year by our Association. The conference will be held at University of Warsaw between 11th and 12th of April 2011. Three previous editions (two national and one international) aroused great interest and were attended by over 100 students and Ph.D. students from leading Polish universities. The last edition included also students from Czech Republic, Ukraine Russia, Kazakhstan and Iran.

The subject of this year’s conference is the role of international courts, tribunals and the doctrine in the international law. Our aim is to examine to what extent the tribunals, as institutions executing the international law, affect the quality and effectiveness of this law. We also would like to explore the impact of the doctrine on the international law at the beginning of 21st century. In the time of global economic crisis and dynamic transformation of international relations those questions become of significant importance for the future of the international law in general.

February 11, 2011

The Basics of Saving Money While Studying Abroad

Traveling is a luxury many of us cannot afford. Obviously, that’s what student loans are for, however much we may ache in repaying them in the days after graduation.

The following are tips to save money while traveling abroad so you have less to worry about later. Don’t worry; your experience abroad won’t be stunted by your savings.

Before you go

1. When you’re still in the planning stages of where you want to study abroad, look outside of Europe. Yes, Florence is the most beautiful city I’ve set eyes upon, but it was also expensive. Much of Europe is (especially the British Isles). Many areas of South and Central America, Africa, and Asia (excluding the likes of Tokyo, of course) offer incredible cultural experiences for less money.

2. Consider living off campus, as in an apartment or with a host family. With a host family, you can more deeply immerse yourself in the culture and more easily learn the language as well as save on the expenses of living in a dorm. Don’t rule out renting an apartment with another student, either, since rent for a flat may actually be cheaper than campus fees if you have a roommate. Compare and assess—the decision is ultimately yours.

February 10, 2011

Conference "New Institutional Economics: Challenges and Opportunities"

Center for Institutional Studies, State University — Higher School of Economics (CIS, HSE) organizes the Russian Summer School on Institutional Economics 2011 titled "New Institutional Economics: Challenges and Opportunities", that will be held in Moscow on July 5-11, 2011. The Summer School is aimed at creating and supporting the academic network of young researchers from different countries, who work in the field of New Institutional Economics. The schedule of Summer School includes lectures, seminars and plenty of possibilities for discussion and communication. This year we will focus attention on NIE methodology in application to various research fields like banking, education, and bureaucracy.

February 8, 2011

Living Frugally: How to Make the Best of Your Study Abroad Experience

You have probably heard this many times, but your study abroad experience really will be one of the most memorable periods of your life. However, there are a lot of stresses that come with living in another country. In addition to all the applications and visa paperwork you have to complete beforehand, the financial burden of studying abroad often deters most students from leaving their comfort zone. However, if you make smart decisions both before and during your stay, you will realize that studying abroad doesn't have to put a strain on your pocketbook. You can still have an amazing experience by planning ahead. Most importantly, living frugally is key to prevent building up debt and unnecessary expenses.

February 2, 2011

Useful Tips to Help You Choose the Right Study Abroad Program

If you’re in college, you probably have a long list of study abroad programs to choose from. It can be overwhelming to decide among so many great opportunities, and it’s a lot of work to make sure you’re ready for the experience. But once you’ve gotten through the tough part, you’ll get all the benefits of studying abroad without the stress of trying to figure it out at the last minute. To help you plan ahead and enjoy the study abroad experience to its fullest, here are some tips that will jump-start your thought process. 

Study the Big Picture
To make sure your study abroad experience happens at the right time in your college career, it’s important to sit down with your academic advisor and plan out every semester of your studies. This can change if you need it to, but having a blueprint for your college years will help you determine how and when to study abroad. Start by planning when you’ll take courses that are absolutely necessary to complete your major. Some of these are offered in alternate years during only spring or fall semesters, so be careful that you don’t schedule your study abroad session during an important one-time opportunity to take a specific course. It’s also helpful to talk to your parents about studying abroad to see if you can get any help with the expenses and to take their thoughts into consideration. 

February 1, 2011

Insider Tips

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Graz University Summer School "International Summer School on the Americas"

The next Graz University Summer School - GUSS 2011 - under the general topic "International Summer School on the Americas" will be held on July 17th- 31st, 2011 in the Castle Seggau, Austria. This summer school project is an Erasmus IP project, which is supported by the Utrecht Network and carried out by the University of Graz, represented by the Center for the Study of the Americas (C.SAS) in cooperation with the Vice Rectorate for International Relations.

Why YOU should join this Summer School: You are a highly motivated student at master level and want to spend two weeks studying, researching, discussing, and exchanging experiences in the unique and creative atmosphere of a medieval castle nurtured by international experts on the Americas and fellow students from all around the world. Why wait? Apply today! What this summer school offers you:
  • Two-week summer university at Seggau Castle with international students and lecturers
  • 6 ECTS credits for participation and a seminar paper.
  • Parallel seminar modules, series of morning & evening lectures
  • Full board
  • Excursion to Graz, various social activities