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The deadline to submit the application is Tuesday, 12th September 2017





September 24, 2017- October 1, 2017




The Alma Mater Interdisciplinary Summer Academy is an innovative educational initiative targeted at deepening the knowledge and increasing the skills of BA, MA and PhD students in social, political and cultural studies and in the humanities through interdisciplinary courses and training modules. It is organized jointly by the University Center of Research Excellence “Alma Mater”, the Faculty of Classical and Modern Philology and the European Union and European Integration Program at Sofia University

The topic chosen for the second edition of the Academy in 2017 is “Europe and Beyond: Cultural and Science Diplomacy and Challenges to Knowledge and Academic Research”. It will provide the framework for specialized interdisciplinary courses presented interactively by a team of internationally renowned experts and practitioners in various subjects such as International Relations, Political Science, History, Sociology, Education, Cultural Studies, Media Studies, Regional and Global Studies, etc.



The core target groups of the Academy is undergraduate and postgraduate university students from EU and non-EU countries. The program will consist of lectures, seminars, workshops and training modules.

Each course is 30 academic hours and gives 3 ECTS credits.

  • Major Goals of Konrad Adenauer’s Governments in the Context of United Europe, Prof. Dr. Bogdan Mirtschev, Sofia University
  • The Geopolitics of the EU (U.S. Perspectives), Prof. Kostadin Grozev, Sofia University
  • The EU and the Black Sea Regional Co-operation, Assoc. Prof. Boyan Kulov, Bulgarian Academy of Science
  • Mass Media in the Digital Age, Prof. Madeleine Danova, Sofia University
  • Media and Education, Assoc. Prof. Danail Danov, Sofia UniversityInnovative Research Methods and Strategies, PhD Seminar, Prof. Svetlana Stoicheva, National Academy of Theater and Film
  • EU Challenges and the Issues of Terrorism, Diplomatic Seminar



To complete the Academy, the participants have to:

  • Actively participate in all seminars, lectures and workshops
  • Complete all assignments set by the course leaders.

Having successfully completed the course, all participants will receive a Certificate of Attendance where all completed courses will be listed with the corresponding ECTS credits.


BA, MA and PhD students interested in the fields of study covered by the proposed courses. All applicants should choose at least 2 of the courses offered (at least four courses should be listed in the application letter in order of preference). Good knowledge of English is essential.



Due to the limited places available the enrollment in the Academy will be on the basis of the merit of the applications.

The deadline to submit the application is Tuesday, 12th September 2017. Applicants will be informed by 15th September 2017 about the results and the courses in which they will be enrolled.



The tuition fee for the Academy is 120 euro. The fee covers full board, tuition, teaching materials, cultural events. Travel expenses to Bansko are not covered by the organizers.



There will be a certain number of scholarships to cover half or the full sum of the tuition fee. The students applying for a scholarship should provide a short letter of motivation.



In order any application to be processed it should reach the organizers before 12th September 2017. Please send the application package to rmaslarska@uni-sofia.bg

The application package includes the following documents:

  • Europass CV
  • Motivation letter in a free format that includes the reasons for applying, the selection of 4 Academy courses in order of preference, the motivation for a scholarship request (if applicable) and the names and contact details of two university professors who know the applicants well and are ready to provide reference
  • A document that certifies that the applicant is currently a student at a higher education institution
  • Name and contact details of a potential academic referee



In order to be accepted you must agree to all of the following:

You understand and accept all conditions and requirements of this registration form.

You certify that all of the information provided in this application package is complete and accurate.