Birth and Death of Democracy?

in person summer 2022


18 June — 9 July


extra assignments possible if 8 ECTS is required

2,300 EUR

€200 early bird application discount; additional €400 discount for partner universities


1 February (early bird) 15 April (final)

About summer programme

History has taught us that governments are fluid, able to move between dictatorships, autocracies, democracies and monarchies. This course uses the Central-European path to democracy and applies the knowledge learned to the problems of today's world. Central Europe’s political, social and economic transformation of the 1990s provides an excellent case study for students looking to better understand the complexities of forming democratic societies. By narrowing in on the experiences of the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia, students will analyze what did and did not work, and apply these learnings to countries undergoing transitions today.

Through the interdisciplinary lens, students deconstruct the social barriers to political and economic change. Each module compares lessons of Central Europe to current examples, enabling students to see a direct relation to what they are learning. Students come away with a better knowledge of the Central European transformation, and how politics, society, law and economics are interconnected in country transformations.

This programme includes 3-day excursions to Prague, Vienna, and Budapest. 


Academic Overview

Classes take place usually Monday to Thursday from 9:30-12:30, the site visits and learning outside the classroom in the afternoons and on Fridays. Culture/social activities are organized in the afternoons/nights.

The final essay is included 3 weeks after the end of the programme

Lecture topics:

  • Social Change and Civil Society of Central Europe
  • Political Transformation
  • Economic Transformation
  • Transformation of the Legal System

There are site visits arranged to the organizations such as the UN in ViennaOSCE Secretariat in Vienna, Radio Free Europe, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Slovak Republic and other experts.

The participants of this course will:

  • Grasp the theory of relevant academic fields towards a major transformation of state system
  • Learn about cases of the Czech and its neighbours’ transformation experience and assess it critically based on the theory and comparison
  • Engage in stimulating interdisciplinary and intercultural discussions about current cases of transition states in the world
  • Utilize acquired knowledge of the transformation theory and practice and apply it to a current country undergoing transformation in the world.
What is included in the cost?

Cost: The cost of this program is €2300, with a €400 discount for partner universities. All students who apply and commit by 1 February 2023 will receive a €200 discount.

Tuition includes:

  • Transportation for the weekend trips (Prague, Vienna, Budapest)
  • Accommodation in Brno and weekend trips
  • Tuition for the summer school
  • Academic trips
  • Opening and Closing receptions
  • Culture activities around Brno

Students should budget an additional €400-1000 depending on their spending habits for food in Brno (breakfast, lunch, dinner), weekend trips (lunch and dinner) and fun "optional" activities in Brno, Prague, Vienna, and Budapest (the underground labyrinth in Brno, Budapest baths, bars, etc.)

Life in Brno

Brno is a great place to live, even if just for a short period of time. As a student city (1/5 of the population are students) and an international city there is always something to do, and the Czech language isn’t a barrier. This means that exploring cafes, teahouses, restaurants and the local sites is easy, even without our amazing assistants. However, because we want you to get the most out of your experience, we have a team of local Czech students to show you their favorite things in Brno!

Best Cafes for coffee and tea
Best Restaurants
Favorite Places in Brno to relax


The team of professional and local students provides the 24/7 assistance from the practical and safety arrangements to creating a rich cultural program helping the participants to understand better culture of Moravia and Central Europe in general. This support is provided both in Brno, as well as on all the field trips. Moreover the staff is trying to assist with creating social activities that aims at enhancing the mutual cultural exchange and understanding.


Students in this program are housed in one of our Residence Halls where both international and Czech students live during the school year. This is a great opportunity to see how student housing is different all around the world (or is similar, depending on what country you are from!). In Brno, students share a room with one other student, while on trips, students are three per room.  

Bedding is provided; however, students should bring their own towels. Students will have an opportunity to cook their own meals, some cooking supplies will be provided, as supplies last.  

On the field trips, accommodation is arranged at low end hotels or the equivalent. Students are usually accommodated in ensuite rooms with three beds.

How to apply

Please follow this link and choose the correct programme. Do not forget to include all the necessary information (and documents if requested) including writing a short statement of purpose. We will contact you afterwards to tell you if your application was successful and to discuss the further steps (including the deposit payment) with you.

Student experience

It was one of the most insightful, enjoyable, and eye opening experiences of my life. The staff are all wonderful people, they truly care about making your experience meaningful, and Brno is an incredible city to call home for a little while.


USA, Edgewood College

Life in Brno...

The 'beach' in the city centre where students can sit with friends.
Make friends of a lifetime.
Experience Czech culture.
One of the fabulous cafes where students grab a bite to eat before class!

Travel to...





Martin Glogar

summer school manager


Erin Anna Smith

summer school manager


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