Berlin Seminar 2016 – Borders that separate and unite Europe – Apply now!


International Berlin Seminar 2016 in a nutshell

  • 60 enthusiastic people from all over Europe
  • great workshops and experts
  • European discussions an JEF-Spritit
  • May 26th – 29th 2016 in Berlin
  • Ages 16-26
  • 80€ Participation fee
  • Up to 100/150€ Travel reimbursement
    (see details below)

We are happy to announce that from the 26.05.2016 to the 29.05.2016, JEF Germany will host the 17th edition of the famous „Berlin Seminar 2016″.Taking place in Berlin the seminar gives you the chance to meet fellow Europeans from over 20 countries for four interesting days of discussion, street-ralleys, workshops, seminars and social events! The “ Berlin Seminar 2016″’s edition will focus on the umbrella topic of „European borders“.

During four days, you and more than 50 inspiring young people from all over Europe will get the chance to experience Berlin and its diversity, discuss and try to find answers to questions revolving around borders in Europe. We will help you to develop your own vision of Europe and – more importantly – a way to shape the Europe of tomorrow: A Europe of freedom or a Europe of borders?

Borders matter: They are the basis of any political process, the foundation of cultures.

Berlin is a city, where borders have played an exceptional role throughout history. From the golden twenties to the capital of Nazi fascism, from the separation between the FRG and the GDR through the Berlin wall to student protests and the rise of subversive youth cultures. Today, Berlin is not only a nexus of major economic and political institutions and civil society but also a symbol for a liberal way of life. Next to its vibrant atmosphere, Berlin is still a mekka for individuals, who are considered deviant and different elsewhere. The city has profited from this by becoming a great place in terms of arts, music and culture, attracting tourists from all over the globe.

The European Union and European society faces different crises, the refugee crisis with lack of solidarity on the one hand and “we-will-manage-mentality” on the other, uprising nationalism and hatred against new Europeans. A crisis which shakes the European Union and the European values to its core. The word “Schengen” is often followed by questionmarks, countries are closing their borders and some decide on aggregate gaps.

Experts on European politics, new methods and games and lots of food for thought are waiting for you!

The participation fee of 80,00 € includes accomodation, full catering during the seminar and the different workshops and trainings.

Application deadline: 11 March 2016

Please note, that only a part of your travel costs will be reimbursed depending on your place of residency. For further details please check the application form.

Apllication deadline: March 11th 2016

Travel cost will be reimbursed based on actual costs (tickets required as proof) up to a maximum of 100€ (up to 800km distance), respectively 150€ (more than 801km) distance.
NOTE: Distance is measured „as-the-crow flies“ using the Erasmus+ distance calculator between Berlin and your place of residence!


Das Internationale Berlinseminar wird gefördert aus Mitteln des Kinder- und Jugendplans des Bundes durch das Bundesministerium für Familie, Senioren, Frauen und Jugend.


Mit freundlicher Unterstützung durch Cife – Centre international de formation européenne.




Curious? You’ll find a report on last years seminar here (in German) and pictures here on facebook.

lutzBerlin Seminar 2016