International Berlin Seminar 2022

International Berlin Seminar 2022


We are happy to announce that from 12.05. – 15.05.2022 JEF Germany will host the 22nd edition of the famous International Berlin Seminar (IBS)! The IBS gives you the chance to meet young Europeans for four interesting days of discussion, workshops, panels, seminars and social events.

This year´s IBS will focus on the European Year of Youth 2022 with Tirana as the European Youth Capital of 2022.

For four days, you and more than 40 inspiring young people aged 18-26 from all over Europe and especially the Western Balkans will get the chance to discuss, explore Berlin and find answers to questions regarding the EU enlargement policy and beyond.

Together we want to develop our own vision of Europe and broaden the perspectives of young people. More importantly – we want to shape the Europe of tomorrow: federal, inclusive and democratic.


The current EU enlargement policy exemplifies the inability of the European Union to fulfill its ideal of an open society. The hope of the Western Balkan states to join the EU is still out of reach.

Within the EU democratic values are jeopardized and the rule of law – one of the EU‘s founding principles – is called into question. In order to create a common European future, a broad dialog both with the candidate countries and within the EU is needed. The European Year of Youth offers the opportunity to engage in this dialogue and articulate the demands of young people within and outside the EU.


During the IBS we will focus on the European Year of Youth 2022 with Tirana as the European Youth Capital of 2022. We will hear from experts on European politics and engage in workshops to discuss our ideas for the future Year of Youth. Berlin as Germany’s political center is the ideal venue for these debates. However, Berlin is also a symbol for a liberal way of life. Next to its vibrant atmosphere, Berlin is still the place to go for individuals, who are considered different elsewhere. The city has profited from this by becoming a great destination in terms of arts, music and culture, attracting tourists from all over the globe. The IBS is your opportunity to discover this wonderful city!


Are you ready for an amazing experience at this year´s IBS? Experts on politics, new methods, intercultural exchange and lots of food for thought are waiting for you!

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

The participation fee, according to §4 Nr. 22a VAT Act, and the included share in meals and accomodation, according to §4 Nr. 23 VAT Act, are exempt from turnover tax.

Travel costs 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. Please note our General terms and conditions.


Find the Application Form here. 

Application deadline: 20 February, 23:59 CET

Contact for more information:  

Background information on this series of seminars: (German)

Application form

Information on Covid

NOTE: To ensure the safety and wellbeing of all participants, the Seminar will take place in strict adherence with health and safety regulations. Social distancing measures will be guaranteed in all activities organized during  the seminar. Participants will be provided with detailed guidelines on public health measures to be followed at all times. Depending on the regulations, you might be required to test for Covid 19 prior and during the seminar.  If the pandemic situation won’t allow a seminar on-site, the seminar will not take place. Should this be the case, participants will be informed well in advance.

Travelling during the pandemic

We will inform you about the travel restrictions in time for you to book your trains and flights.

In each case you are required to register your entry digital on this platform:

Further information will be provided in the future.

Things to keep in mind

  • Drinks (like our famous German beer) are not included in the evening programs, so please make sure to pay for your drinks before leaving the bar!
  • Respect the schedule! We have invested a lot of effort in this seminar and it will only run smoothly if we stick to the schedule.
  • Travel Reimbursement: TRavel costs will be reimbursed after the seminar. Please be aware that you need to keep your original tickets. You will have to send them back to us together with a reimbursement form which you will receive separately.
  • As us. If you have any questions or concerns before, during or after the seminar, please let us know. We are here to help you!


We will stay at the “CVJM – Haus Schöneberg”. The adress is: Karl-Heinrich-Ulrichs-Str. 10, 10787 Berlin (yes, Google Maps knows the hostel).

At the hostel we will stay in dorm rooms with several beds.

During the seminar meals are included.

How to get there

From Schönefeld Airport (SXF) or Berlin  Brandenburg Airport (BER): Take the train S45 in direction “Südkreuz” and get off at “Neukölln”, then take the metro line U7 in direction ”Rathaus Spandau” and get off at “Möckernbrücke”. Take here the metro line U3 in direction “Krumme Lanke” and get off at “Nollendorfplatz”. From here it is a 5 minute walk to the hostel.

From “Hauptbahnhof” (central railway station): Take either train S5 or S7 in direction “Westkreuz” or “Potsdam Hauptbahnhof” and get off at “Zoologischer Garten Bhf”, then take the metro line U2 in direction “Pankow” and get off at “Nollendorfplatz”. From here it is a 5 minute walk to the hostel.


The program will be published soon.


Different documents will be provided in this section as the planning progresses.

Funding notice

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

The International Berlin Seminar is subsidized by the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth with funds from the Federal Child and Youth Plan.

BundessekretariatInternational Berlin Seminar 2022