3rd Aristotle International Summer Program in International Relations: Europe's Near Abroad

About the programme

We are excited to announce the 3rd Aristotle International Summer Program in International Relations, which is going to take place at the School of Aristotle in the city of Naoussa, Greece, from the 1st to the 7th of July. For third consecutive year distinguished academics and practitioners from Greece and abroad are going to carry out the program's main mission: to advance participants' understanding of the current international and European affairs.


The main mission of the programme is the advancement of the scientific knowledge in the field of International Relations and the understanding of international phenomena by young people with relevant academic background, willing to work at areas related to International Relations.


  • Organization of a highly qualitative summer programme

  • Analysis and comprehension of the function of the international system

  • International participation, recognition and approval

  • Development of collaborations with academic institutions and research centers

  • Development of close bonds between the participants

  • Utilization of proposals for International Relations issues

Programme Information

The 3rd Aristotle International Summer Program in International Relations, focuses on "Power and Decision Making in Crisis". The recent economic crisis, the turbulence in the Mediterranean, the reaction of the US to the uprising global disorder, the widening inequality among states, provided guidance and inspiration for the choice of this year subject.

Under the perspective of the interrelationship among power decision-making and crisis management prominent researchers and practitioners from Greece and abroad will tackle theoretical questions and practical issues in an effort to shed more light in our issues important issues related to:

  • The management of the current economic crisis in Greece and the EU,
  • The US Foreign Policy in times of crisis,
  • The recent crisis in Ukraine,
  • The Israeli Foreign Policy,
  • Policies and politics of Cyprus in the era of crisis.

More theoretical approaches such as:

  • The nature of power and influence,
  • The factors that influence decision-making,
  • Game Theory and
  • The strategies of the less powerful part in asymmetrical negotiations
  • will also be included into the curriculum.

    Apart from the opportunity to advance their knowledge and understanding on the discipline of International Relations, International Political Economy, European Politics & Economics, US Politics, the 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/ Political Science/ Economic Science/ Journalism and Media background, who wish to broaden their knowledge of International and European Affairs study in an international environment and contribute to a fruitful experience. In order to be eligible, all applicants should have completed at least their 1st 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.

    Course Credits

    A certificate of attendance will be provided to all participants. Students will obtain 3 ECTS credits for completing the course. Since degree requirements vary among universities, students/graduates are advised to ensure, preferably in advance, that their college or university will recognize such certification and award the suggested credits.

    Extracurricular Activities

    The programme 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 Vyzantine Museum of Veria. Furthermore, we will visit the magical forest of St. Nicholas with its springs and traditional villages around Naoussa. The programme 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 with the cooperation of the Naoussa International Film Festival. Professor Ilias Kouskouvelis is the academic director of the program.

    Applicants Information


    Eligible for the summer programme are academically motivated students who are willing to broaden their horizons, experience a challenge, and grow as a person.

    Who can apply

    In order to be eligible to apply a student must:

    • Have completed at least 1 year of university

    • Be in good academic standing

    The programme is limited enrollment.

    How to apply

    Cost of the Programme

    The cost is 400€ 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 August 10. A late fee will be charged for payments received after this date.

    For registrations until April 30 there will be a price reduction of 15% on the programme'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.

    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

    • May 30: Application deadline

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

    Where does it take place?

    The programme will be realized yearly at a place of universal significance and shine: the School of Aristotle at the Nympheum, near ancient Mieza, nowadays located near the contemporary city of Naoussa, in Macedonia, North Greece., located near the city of Naoussa, in Macedonia, North Greece. In this place, one of the most renowned philosophers of the ancient times taught Alexander the Great. The cultural center of the School of Aristotle can guarantee the smooth operation of the programme since it has all the necessary infrastructures and facilities.

    Plutarch refers to the School of Aristotle at his work entitled the "Life of Alexander" in section 7. Find the translation here.



    The organization of the summer programme will constitute a result of the collaboration between the Laboratory of International Relations and European Integration of the University of Macedonia and of Naoussa International Film Festival. At the same time we aspire to start cooperation with academic institutions, research organizations and public benefit foundations in order to attain the highest possible level of scientific and organizing function of the programme. Through these collaborations we believe that several synergies will arise for the benefit of the programme and its stakeholders.

    At a glance


    July 01-07, 2015

    Application deadline

    May 30, 2015

    Programme Cost


    Registrations till April 30, 2015 will be granted a 15% discount


    School of Aristotle,
    Central Macedonia,




    E-mail: Programme's Secretariat
    Tel.: +302332024617
    Fax: +302332024637