Balkan Academy

dates 1 to 28 July, 2019
level graduate, bachelor
credits 2 ECTS per module

Tuition Free
- The optional cultural program for fee
- The accommodation at the university hall of residence will be provide for approx. 10 EUR a night

organized by Centre for International Cooperation 
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application deadline 15 May 2019
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Balkan Academy is a joint summer school program of Masaryk University and the publishing house Větrné mlýny. It will take place in July 2019 and will form an integral part of the biggest literary festival in Central Europe, Author’s Reading Month ( In July next year, this festival is going to welcome 31 leading Romanian writers.

The summer courses of Balkan Academy are open for university students from all over the world. The teaching language is English. The courses are not designed solely for students of Balkan studies but also for other university students who touch upon topics concerning Balkan in various areas of studies (e.g. art history, history, political science, international relations, Central European studies, literature, translation studies, etc.) Balkan Academy is open to anyone who would like to gain some basic insight into the culture, history, literature, and politics of the region at large and Romania especially. Our aim is to prepare a mixture of information about contemporary Balkan as well as its rich history.

Teaching every week will be centered around a different topic. These modules can be combined to the participant’s convenience.

Accommodation for participants will be secured at Masaryk University residence halls (

Transcript of records (from Masaryk University) will be issued after completing all academic requirements.

The main benefits of Balkan Academy:

  • Daily meetings with contemporary Romanian writers who will be visiting the Author’s Reading Month at the time.
  • Receiving contemporary academic knowledge about the Balkans and Romania
  • Gaining insight into current social, political, and cultural situation in the Balkans and Romania
  • Getting inspiration for one’s own literary production.
  • Personal experience with a prominent literary and cultural festival.

Detailed program of lectures:


Structure of a working day:

  • 9.00–9.45 breakfast and meeting with a Romania writer
  • 10.00–13.15 lectures, seminars, workshops (usually pair of a 90-minute session with a short break in between)
  • 19.00–20.00 author’s reading (in the theater “Husa na provázku”)

There will be a trip to Wroclaw (Poland) and to Lviv (Ukraine) organized at the end of each module (details TBC). Transport, accommodation, city tour, and entrances to places of interest might be offered for an additional fee. 

Office hours

Monday 12–14
Tuesday 9–11
Wednesday 12–15
Thursday 13–15
Friday by appointment

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