International activities

International activities and competitions are excellent ways for our students to develop transversal professional skills and gain valuable experience for their CVs. This is why at the College of Europe in Natolin we encourage our students to participate in a variety of events on or off-campus throughout the academic year. The overview below shows events which Natolin students attended and/or contributed to organize.

Participation is decided on a yearly basis.

College of Europe students at Future Leaders Conference of NATO Defense College

On 16-17 March 2023, two students from EU International Relations and Diplomacy Studies at the College of Europe in Bruges, Barbora LEHKA (CZ) and Pablo CHAILLAT (ES/FR), and three students from European Interdisciplinary Studies at the College of Europe in Natolin, Airidas BANEVIČIUS (LT), Enikő DEÁK (HU), and Hugo DESBENOIT (FR), participated in the NATO Defense College’s 2nd Annual Future Leaders Conference in Rome.

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Natolin students at the Karlspreis Europa Summit in Aachen

On 16 November 2022, three Natolin students from the David Sassoli Promotion, Ms Armela BROCAJ, Mr Alfonso RE, and Mr Rachad YOUNES, were offered the opportunity to take part in the Karlspreis Europa Summit, which brings together around 150 decision-makers from the realms of politics, science, business, media and society. This year, the summit emphasized the involvement of young Europeans.

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Workshops on "Democracy Resurgence: Programme for Young Change Makers" by ODIHR

In March 2022, a group of Natolin students participated in a cycle of workshops organised in cooperation with the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR).

This workshop aimed to equip our students with specific political skills that will prepare them for careers in international organizations, diplomacy, or other institutions working on democracy with its different dimensions. All the modules were delivered by high-level ODIHR experts.

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10 Years of the Eastern Partnership New Generation Summit

In March 2019, the European Neighbourhood Policy Student Society organized at Natolin the New Generation Summit on the occasion of the 10th Anniversary of the Eastern Partnership. The first edition of this student-led initiative brought together around 40 participants from the Eastern Partnership countries and a group of Natolin students who discussed achievements and future goals of the Eastern Partnership and prepared an official declaration, including policy recommendations.

On the following day, representatives of the New Generation Summit were among the panelists of the International Conference "The Eastern Partnership 10 Years after the Prague Summit: In Search of New Momentum" together with leading academics, think tankers, opinion shapers, EU officials and diplomats.

Moreover, in May 2019, a delegation of 4 students selected by the New Generation Summit organizers and Professor Tobias SCHUMACHER had the opportunity to attend the High-Level Eastern Partnership Reflection Summit hosted by President Jean-Claude JUNCKER at the European Commission in Brussels.

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24th Conference of the Parties (COP24)

In December 2018, a group of eight students represented the College of Europe in Natolin at the 24th Conference of the Parties (COP24) in Katowice (Poland). Our students joined the conference as official members of the Polish Delegation, and as such had the opportunity to work with the delegation where they reported to a dedicated supervisor.

Some of their tasks on site included working for the Leader’s Day, High-Level Meetings held by the Polish Presidency, following Green Climate Action topics, e-mobility, coal regions, etc. As members of the delegation, the students could access all negotiations and meetings, as well as take part in a number of side events, lectures, debates, exhibitions. One of such events was the Youth Day, where our students were able to take the floor.

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European Round Robin

On 6-7 July 2019, the College of Europe in Natolin, in cooperation with the Warsaw Debate Chamber, organized one of the most prestigious debating championships in Europe and TOP 3 in the world – the European Round Robin.

The 32 best debaters from Europe and beyond competed against each other, arguing for and against motions related to the most challenging dilemmas of the modern world, like China's economic strategy, the LGBT movement and the morality of excessive wealth. The contenders included students, PhD candidates and professionals from 11 countries and several professional fields e.g.: economics, politics, computer science, data science and physics.

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European Universities Debating Championship

In July 2018, the College of Europe in Natolin participated for the first time in the European Universities Debating Championship (EUDC), hosted this year by the Novi Sad Business School in Novi Sad, Serbia.

This annual tournament hosts more than 700 participants from over 30 countries across Europe (including universities such as Oxford, Cambridge, Sciences Po Paris), to compete in a battle of wits and skills over who can provide the most persuasive and comprehensive case to an assigned topic after only 15 minutes of preparation. The EUDC is held in English with nine preliminary rounds over the first three days and a different topic in each round.   

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International Model United Nations London (LIMUN)

The London International Model United Nations is the LIMUN Foundation’s flagship annual event, welcoming over 1,500 delegates to the great cosmopolitan capital of Britain, for three days of intensive debate and exciting social events.

In February 2019, eighteen students from the College of Europe Natolin campus participated in the LIMUN and after two days of intensive work, five of our students were rewarded for embracing the principles of cooperation and dialogue, as well as for being able to make concessions while upholding their policy interests. Two students were rewarded with Diplomacy Awards and three with Honourable Mentions.

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National Model United Nations New York (NMUN-NY)

The NMUN-NY competition has been organized since 1974 and every year it involves more than 6 000 students from more than one hundred universities, schools and other academic institutions from all over the world. During the simulation game which takes place in the UN Headquarters in New York, the students act like true diplomats and work hard, mostly engaged in caucusing, preparing and delivering speeches, drafting working papers, negotiating common positions with other countries, and voting on draft resolutions.

The College of Europe in Natolin participated in the NMUN-NY for 9 consecutive years between 2010-2018 and Natolin students managed to bring home the impressive amount of 46 "NMUN Awards". Our Delegates represented countries such as Georgia, Armenia, Turkey, Tunisia, Azerbaijan, Moldova, Syria and Estonia.

Learn more about the performances of Natolin students at the Model United Nations in New York: NMUN-NY 2010NMUN-NY 2011NMUN-NY 2012NMUN-NY 2013, NMUN-NY 2014NMUN-NY 2015, NMUN-NY 2016, NMUN-NY 2017 and NMUN-NY 2018.