Key info

5-12th August 2018

Sv. Jan pod Skalou, Czech Republic (30 minutes by bus from Prague).

St. John’s College, a former Benedictine monastery that now houses a teaching college. The bedrooms and classes have been recently renovated, and the college also includes spacious grounds that can be used for sport activities.

The participation fee includes breakfast, lunch and dinner. There will be a vegetarian option, and we will also accommodate special dietary requirements.

Who can apply

Discover is open to high-school students from any country who are expecting to graduate from high school (and therefore be eligible to enter university) in any year between 2018 and 2021.

Language requirements

It is important that your English skills allow you to actively participate in courses, workshops and other activities. English skills equivalent to B2 (e.g. FCE) or above are appropriate (no certificates required). In other words, if you are able to watch TED talks without subtitles and then discuss them with your friends in English, you will be fine.

Participation fee

Discover Summer Academy is a fully non-profit organization and all team members at all levels are volunteers. But even so, there are necessary costs. Apart from your room and board for the week, we need to pay for advertisement and organizational costs, including preparation and travel for team members. There are no salaries paid out to team members. When we divided these costs by the expected number of participants, we got to the sum of 230€. So you can choose from three options:

  •  I WANT TO CONTRIBUTE FULLY AND I AM ABLE TO DO SO (230€) covers your room and board and all other costs associated with the smooth running of the week. Nothing more, nothing less.
  • I WOULD LIKE TO CONTRIBUTE FULLY, BUT I CAN’T AFFORD IT (180€ or less) – We want Discover to be as diverse as possible and we believe that access to education should not be determined by the size of your family’s wallet. In the essay part of the application, please describe your circumstances in an open manner, and we will do our best to support you. Everything you write will remain completely confidential, and we will only ask for extra documents if we really need them. Dozens of students come to Discover every year on a scholarship, and you could be one of them!
  • CAN CONTRIBUTE MORE IF IT HELPS (250 € or more). You can push Discover further and higher and help us to build the things we dream up. Any extra contribution will be used primarily for the scholarship fund to make Discover more diverse and for improving the quality of Discover throughout the whole year. Every year we strive to improve something and you can be a part of that.

We understand that people in different countries, and different people within each country, have very different ability to pay the participation fee. We, therefore, expect to offer partial scholarships to up to 80% of participants. You can apply for the scholarship in your application based on the financial circumstances in your family. Applying for scholarship will not in any way influence your overall chance of being admitted.

How to apply

Apply by filling in the application accessed through the link in the menu. The applications will close when the capacity of the international session is filled. Applications submitted in each month will be evaluated together, and we will inform you around the 15th day of the following month (if you submit your application by 28th February, you will hear from us around 15th March) whether you have been admitted, you have been placed on a waiting list or your application has not been successful. Unsuccessful candidates candidates will be given the chance to revise their essays and reapply in the next application round.

Selection process

We will evaluate your application based on two essays. In the first essay, we would like to learn more about you. In the second essay, we would like to see the way you think. You can choose from three questions for the second essay.
There are no correct or incorrect answers. We want to see how you think and how you are able to share your thoughts with others. When evaluating your essays, we will be looking particularly for the following:

– clarity and logical structure of the texts
– originality
– ability to consider different perspectives.

This year’s questions for your essays are:
  1. Choose one person who you consider to be a leader of today, and explain why.
  2. Choose one of the following two questions for the second essay:
    1. Is gender equality achievable?
    2. Is genetic modification the hope of humankind, or an immoral enterprise that should be banned?

Each answer can have 200 words or less.

Apply early to increase the chance of being accepted! Apply now.

Application dates

We have three deadlines this year:

  • For Early Birds: 1 March to 31 March 2018 (you will receive your acceptance decision by 15 April)
  • For Strategists: 1 April to 30 April 2018 (you will receive your acceptance decision by 15 May)
  • For Procrastinators: 1 May to 31 May 2018 (you will receive your acceptance decision by 15 June)
  • For Latecomers: 1 June to 17 June 2018 (you will receive your acceptance decision by 30 June)