I cannot think of any other intellectual experience as eye opening and intellectually challenging as those two IES summer seminars I took part in. They allowed me to meet top scholars from several countries, learn more than I ever thought possible in one single week and make new great friends with whom I am still in touch. IES seminars affected my intellectual interests and career decisions in such a decisive way that it is hard to acknowledge in a few lines. And yes, they were great fun too!
(The application process for this seminar is handled by our partners at the New Economic School of Georgia. If you are interested please contact us at contact [at] ies-europe.org - 'Bakuriani, Georgia' in the email subject)
I have been an IES participant for two consecutive years, in Leuven and Gummersbach and both seminars have impacted my academic and personal life significantly. First of all, I have enjoyed excellent lectures on classical liberal issues like property rights, individual responsibility and the free market which have done more to shape and clarify the way I analyze everyday political and social issues than most of the lectures from University. Second of all, I have been introduced to a network of free minded people coming from different backgrounds and from different continents which has opened new professional and academic possibilities: internships, other summer seminars and even graduate programs.