In 2013 I participated in the summer academy Waves of Democracy in Sønderborg, Denmark. Here students from all around Europe gathered to address challenges in culture and politics and discuss steps towards their solution. Let me share with you my experience as well as the application process, and how to participate in other study programs around the world.
1. What is Waves of Democracy?
a. The Summer Academy
The International Summer Academy welcomes young people from the region, from other European countries and abroad. It is a platform for dialogue, intercultural exchange and networking. In my experience it was amazing the amount of knowledge I acquired from the program as well as from the participants; it was full of clever people with different backgrounds contributing each one in a particular way to the dynamic conversations and activities that we had.
The main topics discussed were Environment and Sustainability, Migration and Mobility, History and Memory and Entrepreneurship.
The program covered a wide range of activities as visits to museums, history centers, and universities between others.
Creativity and performance
We were able to share our cultures making presentations about our countries.
Interaction with the city
We interacted directly with people from Sønderborg getting to know their opinions.
c. Free Time
On the evenings after the program activities finished, we were able to choose to do whatever we wanted. Usually we chose to chill together by the dock to get to know each other better.
d. What will you gain by participating?
- Make friends from all over Europe
- Participate in high-level interesting debates with smart people
- Obtain knowledge and skills in different areas
- Practice and improve your english skills
- A diploma of participation
2. Additional information
We were staying in a fortress and attending to the workshops and other activities in the University of Southern Denmark.
Food was varied and delicious. It was provided for breakfast, lunch and dinner in the University of Southern Denmark as well as local restaurants.
Almost all the activities were held locally so no transport was needed and there was also a transportation allowance provided to get to Sønderborg.
e. Participation fee
3. Application Process
I recommend you to like the official Facebook page Waves of Democracy get updates on the next edition of the academy.
Also, you can have a look at the official webpage for more information wavesofdemocracy.org
4. How to participate in other study programs around the world
You can read the post How to find scholarships to study abroad to know in which websites you will find the databases containing scholarships, grants and fellowships.
Also, you can read the posts How to win the Ernst Mach Grant for a semester or year abroad in Austria and How to study a summer course in Stanford University to know more about my experiences.
In the Study Abroad section, you can find more experiences of success cases winning scholarships to study abroad! If you had a similar experience and want to inspire others to apply please send an email to email@example.com
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Sounds like such an amazing experience, one that reminds me of my experience as a student part of the People to People program offered in the United States where students in high school are selected to represent the United States as ambassadors. The activities, cultural experiences, and studies you discuss in your program are very similar to what I got to experience across four different countries in Europe! Would love to do it all over again!
Awesome! The program you mentioned sounds amazing and it’s very interesting that is across four countries in Europe. I completely agree with you, I would also love to do it all over again 😀
This looks like an AMAZING Expereince! My daughter was just accepted into an International Baccalaureate program for Highschool and it’s programs like this that I am so excited that she’ll get to be a part of! Thanks for sharing!!
I`m very glad your daughter is going to live an experience like this, Congratulations! 😀 Please tell her to have a look at the blog, I’m sure she can benefit from other scholarships mentioned here!
Seems like this was such a cool experience! I love experiences like this! It’s great to come together and meet other people!
Thank you! It was indeed a very cool experience, I made great friendships! 🙂
Nice article. It’s a great way to meet people and to network. We would love to visit during this time.
Thanks James! it’s such a great experience, there were around 100 participants from all around Europe and we were able to learn and share our culture! 🙂