Here are some excellent organizations offering enriching educational opportunities:
Abigail Adams Institute Summer Seminars:
Each summer the Abigail Adams Institute hosts one or more intensive week-long seminars at University. Open to advanced undergraduates and graduate students. In the 2017 seminar we consider the formation of the notion that has come to be known as American exceptionalism. The writings of Alexis de Tocqueville and John Courtney Murray offer the starting points in our exploration of the continuities and changes of the charged term through American and global history.
Acton University is the an event organized annually by the Acton Institute. Student rates are available for the conference and travel stipends are generously awarded to select students.
Adam Smith Institute (UK):
A UK based libertarian group with numerous opportunities including internships, seminars, and more.
American Enterprise Institute Internships:
Internships are available in Washington, D.C. AEI internships provide students with an opportunity to work with some of America’s most renowned scholars, economists, political scientists, and foreign policy experts pursuing research on current public policy issues. The Institute provides an intellectually stimulating environment, rich with critical thinking, scholarship, and lively debate. The Institute also offers video contests and on-campus resources.
American Enterprise Institute Summer Program:
The American Enterprise Institute brings together 25 select college undergraduates for an opportunity unlike any other in Washington: a monthlong, fully funded experience learning the principles of public policy analysis and discussing liberty, individual opportunity and free enterprise.
American Institute for Economic Research:
The process of improving the focus and curriculum of the Summer Fellowship Program began in 2012, and will continue throughout this year. Stay tuned for news about the 2014 Summer Fellowship Program this fall.
Association of Private Enterprise Education:
The Association of Private Enterprise Education (APEE) is an association of teachers and scholars from colleges and universities, public policy institutes, and industry with a common interest in studying and supporting the system of private enterprise. APEE hosts an annual conference for members to share their scholarly findings and offers a number of awards to recognize individuals who have contributed to the cause of private enterprise. Support for young scholars is often available to attend the annual conference. The association sponsors the Journal of Private Enterprise so scholars may share their research with the wider academic community.
Canada World Youth:
Canada World Youth (CWY) is a world leader in the development of international educational programs for youth aged 15 to 25. We work with countries in Africa, Latin America, Asia, the Caribbean, and Eastern Europe. Since 1971, the CWY program has made it possible for more than 31 000 young people from 67 countries to have safe and meaningful international experiences, learn about other cultures, and contribute to the well-being of their own communities.
Central European Summer School:
During the first four nights, participants will stay in the picturesque Villa Tadeusz. The guest house is located between the village of Lanckorona and the sanctuary at Kalwaria Zebrzydowska, both of which are included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. This region is of great spiritual and cultural significance and was often visited by Karol Wojtyła. Students will participate in seminars from Monday to Sunday. Participants will have the chance to im- merse themselves in Polish culture and Slavic spiritual traditions. ey will also visit places that deepen their understanding of the life and legacy of John Paul II.
Claremont Institute Publius Fellowship:
Publius Fellowships are awarded to highly qualified college seniors, recent college graduates, and graduate students pursuing careers in politics, scholarship, or journalism. A stipend, travel expenses, and housing are included in the fellowship.
Competitive Enterprise Institute:
The CEI intern program seeks to help interested undergraduates, recent college graduates, and graduate students learn about the ideas of liberty and help to promote them by pairing them with a member of CEI’s policy, development, media, or administrative staff. CEI’s Warren T. Brookes Journalism Fellowship is a one-year fellowship that aims to provide journalists the opportunity to improve their knowledge of free markets principles and limited government through interaction with CEI policy experts.
C.S. Lewis Institute:
The C.S. Lewis Institute endeavors to develop disciples who will articulate, defend, and live their faith in Christ in personal and public life. We wholeheartedly accept the Apostles Creed, Nicene Creed and the other ecumenical creeds for the church. This institute hosts conferences, has a fellowship program, and coordinates regular events.
Dietrich von Hildebrand Legacy Project:
At the heart of our mission is the promotion of the religious, political, and especially the philosophical writings of Dietrich von Hildebrand and other personalist thinkers, such as Karol Wojtyla and Max Scheler. We believe that these authors offer fresh insights into perennial questions about human flourishing and the moral life, the nature of love, the demands of moral witness, Christian faith and practice, and the transformative power of beauty. We seek to bring these ideas into dialogue with contemporary currents of thought, infusing them into the intellectual, artistic, and spiritual bloodstream of our culture.
Edith Stein Institute of Philosophy:
The title of our annual summer school, Beyond Secular Faith, stems from our conviction that only a faith liberated from the conceptual restraints and ideological presuppositions imposed by secular culture – a faith centered radically on Christ – can offer a word of hope and reason to human life. This year the seminar is dedicated to explore, in this light, the difference between the sexes, the life of the family and meaning of marriage. Is marriage primarily a religious institution? What is the right relationship between the State and the family? What is the difference between Sacrament and Contract in the context of marriage and the family? What is the meaning of the body? For the past three years we have taken part in friendly and fruitful dialogue on freedom at the summer school, in the unique setting of Granada, a breathtakingly beautiful city that lies at the historic crossroads of modernity and Christian tradition.
Elm Institute Summer Seminars:
These seminars are aimed primarily at upper-level undergraduates and pre-dissertation graduate students, but others are welcome to apply. Applicants must be above the age of 18. An example of topics include: The Ethics of Work and Leisure, Markets and Morals (Part of the Program in Ethics, Finance, and Economics), The Economy and The Family, and The Search for Order In History.
European Students for Liberty:
European Students For Liberty is the first major international development of Students For Liberty. ESFL exists to provide support for pro-liberty students and student groups in Europe and empower the next generation of leaders in the global liberty movement.
Foundation for Economic Education:
We invite you to take part in the battle of ideas. Our distinguished faculty and liberty-loving colleagues create an environment that is both challenging and enlightening, providing what is consistently regarded as a memorable, life-changing seminar. Seminars on Current Events, History, Austrian Economics, Communicating Liberty, etc. High school seminars are also available. FEE has internships and student contests. FEE is known as “the original free market organization” in America.
Seminar program: Register for our free one-day seminars and take part in lively discussions about key public policy and economic issues. Internship program: Learn rigorous research methods and gain valuable experience working on public policy issues as an intern at the Fraser Institute. Student bursaries: Some Fraser Institute events are available to students free of charge. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more details. Annual Video Contest: Theme announced annually and open to participants globally.
Free Society Seminar in Slovakia:
Join students from North America and Europe to discuss and study timely social topics with prominent American and Slovak professors in one of the most beautiful places in Slovakia – in the castle in Ivanka pri Dunaji, Slovakia, and in the historical town Banská Štiavnica. You will explore the political, economic and moral-cultural dimensions of a free society in the thought of Pope Benedict XVI and Pope John Paul II, The Federalist Papers, and Alexis de Tocqueville, among others.
Greek Studies on Site:
Greek Studies on Site is a center for the study of Classical literature and culture. It offers a series of seminars in collaboration with the Norwegian Institute at Athens. Its programs are open to students of Classics, Philosophy, History, and related disciplines, as well as adult learners with an interest in Ancient Greek culture. All seminars meet both indoors and out, with many sessions taking place in archaeological sites and museums. Greek Studies on Site offers 2-week intensive courses of study for students with a special interest in Greek literature, as well as 1-week classes for those interested in exploring Greek culture.
J’Explore French Language Summer Bursary Program:
Discover another region of Canada and use this opportunity to improve your knowledge of French. Explore offers you five weeks full of opportunities to make discoveries, meet new people, and exchange ideas in a stimulating setting for learning your second language. Experience something new. Explore your country and your personal capabilities! Participants in Explore receive a $2,000 bursary covering tuition fees for the course, instructional materials, meals, and accommodation. Explore offers courses adapted to your level (beginner, intermediate, or advanced), as well as many activities allowing you to meet with others from across the country who wish to improve their second language.
Israel for Free- Birthright Israel:
Tour Israel with the most popular Canadian trip organizer. Socialize with your Jewish Canadian peers. Meet and travel with Israeli soldiers. Swim in the dead sea, dance in a Tel Aviv nightclub, and drink in a Golan winery. Canada Israel Experience (CIE) is proud to be the largest and most experienced Taglit-Birthright Israel trip organizer in Canada. Since its launch in February 2000, over 15,000 Canadians who have participated on a Taglit-Birthright Israel program have traveled with CIE.
La Ferme de Trosly – Spiritual Centre within L’Arche:
There are approximately twenty retreats, spiritual weekends, reflection and sharing sessions every year. The themes are linked to the spirituality of L’Arche, and a new vision of the human being we have discovered in sharing our lives with people with disabilities.
The Lex Fellowship matches two otherwise unrelated aspirations of an undergrad: to go to law school, and to fully immerse oneself in a foreign country. To cater to both, we connect them to legal professionals internationally.
The aim of these connections is that pre-law students get a pulse for their future career while living the now indispensable endeavor of studying abroad. Contrary to other programs, our students do not need to put aside their career trajectory in order to go abroad: on the contrary, it is furthered.
Lumen Christi Institute:
Seminars on the Catholic Intellectual Tradition. These seminars are open to graduate students in the appropriate areas of study. Room, board, and a travel stipend will be included for those whose applications are accepted. Each seminar will include five days of intensive discussion based on close reading of the assigned texts as well as daily presentations given by the professor and student participants. A deep knowledge of the material is not required to apply. The goal of each seminar is twofold: first, to enable participants to gain mastery over the material under discussion, both for teaching and research purposes; and second, to deepen participants’ understanding and awareness of the Catholic intellectual tradition.
March of Remembrance and Hope:
The March of Remembrance and Hope (MRH) Canada is a weeklong study and leadership mission in Germany and Poland. Its goal is to educate students from all backgrounds about the horrors of anti-semitism and racism, and to teach them about the consequences of hatred, bigotry and prejudice. MRH is a journey of hope. While it honours the memory of what is arguably the most horrific period in human history, it also enables students to bear witness to the resilience, the heroism, and the perseverance displayed by the victims and by the rescuers alike, and to return home after the trip inspired to actively promote respect, inclusiveness and social cohesion.
Mont Pelerin Society and Hayek Essay Contest
After World War II, in 1947, when many of the values of Western civilization were imperiled, 36 scholars, mostly economists, with some historians and philosophers, were invited by Professor Friedrich von Hayek to meet at Mont Pelerin, near Montreux, Switzerland, to discuss the state and the possible fate of liberalism (in its classical sense) in thinking and practice. The Hayek Essay Contest is open to all individuals 35 years old or younger. Entrants should write a 5,000 word (maximum) essay. . Essays must be submitted in English only. Electronic versions should be sent to: email@example.com. Prizes are given to the top three essays and include a Hayek Fellow cash award plus a travel grant* to our Society’s next General Meeting. The essays will be judged by an international panel of three senior members of the Society.
Paideia Institute for Humanistic Study:
The Paideia Institute for Humanistic Study, Inc. is a non-profit educational organization dedicated to promoting the study and appreciation of the classical humanities, with a focus on Latin and Ancient Greek languages and literature. Living Latin in Rome, Paideia’s flagship program, continues to provide the magical experience of learning to speak Latin amidst Rome’s ruins to today’s students of Classics.
Since its foundation, Paideia has added several other independent programs including a Living Latin in Rome program for high school students, Living Greek in Greece, Living Latin in Paris and Caesar in Gaul. In addition to its summer programs, Paideia works with high schools and universities to enhance their offerings in classics in the U.S. and to help them develop study-abroad experiences in Greece, Italy and elsewhere in Western Europe.
Philos Leadership Institute:
The Leadership Institute is a fully-funded 4-week summer program designed for twenty Christian men and women between the ages of 18-35 who have a serious interest in working in a field that touches on the Middle East.
We’re looking for future policymakers, humanitarians, journalists, and advocates who seek a deeper understanding of religious and political dynamics in the Middle East region. We seek to educate and empower a new generation of leaders to facilitate long-term change in the Middle East.
Pro Civitate Dei Summer School:
The Pro Civitate Dei summer school is a one week English-language programme on the renewal of Catholic culture to be held in the town of La Londe-les-Maures in the French Riviera between 30 May and 5 June 2016. Through lectures and seminars, we shall begin by studying traditional Catholic political and economic theory, evaluate the state of our times based thereupon, and finally examine the practical application of Catholic ideals. The vigorous discussion of the subjects discussed in talks will continue even outside of the classroom, over coffee breaks, apéritifs, lunch, dinner, pilgrimages, and even trips to the beach, in an enjoyably Catholic and convivial atmosphere composed of great professors and scholarly youth.
The Roman Forum is an organization dedicated to the broad defense of Catholic doctrine and Catholic culture. It was founded in 1968 in the wake of Humanae vitae by the great philosopher, Professor Dietrich von Hildebrand (1889-1977), whom Pope Pius XII called “the twentieth century Doctor of the Church”.
Since 1993, the Roman Forum has used a ten day Summer Symposium in Gardone Riviera, on Lake Garda, in northern Italy, to introduce participants to a full sense of the Catholic life. These explore the historical development and character of Christian Civilization. On the literary, musical, and artistic plane, the Symposia offer an environment in which writers, singers, instrumentalists, painters and sculptors may practice their art, teach, write, perform, and exhibit their work. In the active sphere, they provide a forum for contact and strategy planning between Catholics and Catholic organizations in the United States and those in Europe. Spiritually, the Symposia are built upon use of the local parish church of San Nicolò for daily, approved celebration of the Traditional Mass.
Ship for World Youth
The Ship for World Youth is an international cultural exchange program organised by the Government of Japan. SWY brings together 250 youth from around the world to learn about international cooperation and understanding. Over a two-month period, participants are involved in a wide range of activities aimed at fostering cultural sensitivity, understanding and friendship. Most of the program is conducted onboard the cruise liner Nippon Maru, with some activities scheduled in Japan and several ports that are visited during the program.
Spring and Summer University Prague:
The objective of the Spring University Prague 2016, “World on the move – and Europe?”, is to provide students with a broad understanding of the broad historical, political, social and cultural context of the migration phenomenon, which has become one of the most significant issues in Europe. The course provides an interdisciplinary approach and combines multiple learning methods, such as lectures, workshops, round-table discussions, group-work and student presentations.
Students will not only have the opportunity to explore a range of interesting topics and gain valuable insights into some of the most important current challenges and risks to the development of Europe, but will also improve their research and presentation skills. Moreover, the numerous free-time activities will provide a chance to enjoy the wide range of attractions that Prague has to offer.
St. Albert the Great Center for Scholastic Study:
The St. Albert the Great Center for Scholastic Studies is an organization dedicated to the revival of higher studies in theology undertaken according to the mind and method of the great scholastics.
This purpose is realized principally through the regular hosting of two-week long Summer Programs, in which participants are invited to an intensive course of studies in Catholic theology presented in the form of the great universities of the high Middle Ages. Unique to these programs is the combination of scholastic form and content, namely the study of St. Thomas Aquinas in the way that St. Thomas himself would have studied.
Students on Ice: Educational Expeditions to Antarctica and the Artic
Students on Ice is an award-winning organization offering unique educational expeditions to the Antarctic and the Arctic. Our mandate is to provide students, educators and scientists from around the world with inspiring educational opportunities at the ends of the Earth and, in doing so, help them foster a new understanding and respect for the planet.
Tertio Millennio Seminar on the Free Society:
The Tertio Millennio Seminar on the Free Society was founded in 1992 by Michael Novak, Rocco Buttiglione, Father Richard John Neuhaus, Father Maciej Zięba OP and George Weigel to deepen the dialogue on Catholic social doctrine between North American students and students from the new democracies of central and eastern Europe.
The seminar follows the template of Pope John Paul II’s 1991 encyclical, Centesimus Annus, exploring the three-fold foundations of the “free society”: a democratic polity, a free economy, and a vibrant public moral culture. With John Paul II, the seminar places priority on the moral culture. Drawing on the full tradition of Catholic social doctrine, the seminar addresses the classic themes of the Church’s social doctrine while also considering the challenges of our current circumstances: the moral crisis of global capitalism, secularization and the family, the rise of Islam in Europe, religious freedom, ecumenism, interreligious dialogue, bioethics and the “culture of life” etc.
Witherspoon Institute Summer Seminars:
The Witherspoon Institute’s summer seminars are a collection of intensive summer programs exploring vital moral questions in social, philosophical, legal, and political thought. These small seminars are led by some of the leading scholars of the United States and Great Britain, and they constitute the core of the Institute’s effort to encourage and inform outstanding young men and women at the high school, undergraduate, graduate, and professional levels who aspire to academic careers and rigorous scholarship.