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AIPES 2018 Dates: 7-31 July 2018
TFAS INTL Reunion: 27-31 July 2018
Application Deadlines:
31 January 2018: Priority/Early Deadline
19 March 2018: For Participants Needing Visas for Czech Republic
16 April 2018: For All Other Participants

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Are you interested in a career in international affairs?  Do you want to discuss complex contemporary issues in a diverse academic setting? Are you eager to visit Prague, one of the most beautiful cities in Europe?  If you answered 'yes' to any of these questions, the American Institute on Political and Economic Systems (AIPES) is the program for you.  Stand out in the competitive global job market and in graduate school admissions by gaining invaluable international experience this summer!

The Fund for American Studies (TFAS) has organized international academic institutes for more than 25 years.  Our objective is to provide a rigorous academic experience, foster dialogues that cross borders, and create a global network of responsible future leaders.

AIPES is a unique program that brings together approximately 100-110 students from North America, Europe, the Middle East, North Africa, and Central Asia to explore fundamental issues related to political philosophy, political economy, and conflict management.  The wide range of nationalities, religions, and ethnicities represented at AIPES gives participants the chance to interact, learn, and share their experiences in ways that can benefit their educational and professional development.

Our comprehensive package includes academic credit through Charles University, one of Europe's oldest and most prestigious universities and our partner since 1993, as well as housing, most meals, a variety of notable guest lectures, cultural and social events, and opportunities for professional development and networking.

Students who complete AIPES graduate into a global network of over 16,000 TFAS alumni. You can find TFAS alumni living and working in some of the world's most exciting cities, including Washington DC, New York, London, Paris, Beirut, Hong Kong, Beijing, Buenos Aires, and Santiago, to name just a few. Graduates of our institutes are able to use this vast network to opens doors that have lead to life changing opportunities in various corners of the world.

Come join us this summer for this once in a lifetime opportunity to study in the beautiful, historical European capital of Prague, Czech Republic!

The AIPES 2018 Institute Dates: 7-31 July 2018 Get more details here and read about all of the exciting aspects of AIPES.

Priority Application Deadline: 31 January 2018
Participants Needing a Visa for the Czech Republic: 19 March 2018
Final Deadline For Non-Visa Participants: 16 April 2018


"AIPES was challenging, interesting; different from other courses. AIPES is an experience to get know other people/cultures from various countries, it’s a chance to learn more about US and a chance to destroy some stereotypes one may have about some countries or some nations. It’s an opportunity to stay and live in Prague which is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. AIPES gives a chance to open a new door in life, to think about future goals, to improve yourself and obtain knowledge in other fields. Your experience at AIPES will be memorable for the rest of your life. During AIPES you become the best of the best!”

Salome Ugrekhelidze
Republic of Georgia

AIPES 2018 Dates: 7-31 July 2018
Application Deadlines:
Priority: 31 January 2018
Participants Needing Visas: 19 March 2018
Final Deadline: 16 April 2018

Spend 3 weeks in Prague, Czech Republic with 110 students from North America, Europe, the Middle East, North Africa, and Central Asia who are all passionate about exploring the many complex political and economic issues facing today's world.  The intensive schedule is designed to maximize your time with an exciting variety of academic, professional, networking, cultural, and social activities that are designed to being the best out of every student.

Program Format

AIPES consists of the following major components:

  • Academic courses in political economy, political philosophy, and conflict management accredited by Charles University in Prague
  • Guest lectures and panel discussions featuring prominent academics, diplomats, government officials, and business leaders
  • Visits to famous Prague sites and optional excursions to different well-known places around the Czech Republic
  • Social & Cultural events

Your participation also includes these exclusive benefits designed to make your summer in Prague an experience to remember:

  • Housing in furnished dormitories
  • Most meals provided in the dorm cafeteria
  • Roommate matching with students from different countries
  • A student pass for Prague's public metro, tram, and bus system for the duration of the program
  • Comprehensive orientation upon your arrival
  • Dedicated program staff members who are available to communicate with you about any issues related to funding, visas, and other general questions in the months leading up to the program
  • Continued staff support while you are in Prague to ensure that you have the best possible experience
  • Planned social and cultural events where you can connect with the other student leaders participating in the programs. These events may include a walking tour of Prague, visits to Prague museums and theaters, excursions around the Czech Republic, a bowling night, and a cultural presentations dinner
  • An active network of over 15,000 alumni worldwide to join upon successful completion of the program

“For the people of AIPES it's not enough to live an average life; these people were born to make a difference and AIPES is the meeting place to explore the American political and economical principles and apply them within their home countries. AIPES is a great inspiration and it is an honor to now be considered a respected AIPES Alumni.”

Ulyana Shtybel

Find Out More

Be sure to check out the menu tabs to read more about all aspects of the program. We accept applications on a rolling basis, so start your application anytime by clicking on the APPLY NOW link in the menu. Our staff is here to answer any question you may have – please see our Contact Us page for details on how to reach us.

Program Staff

Matthew Kwasiborski
Director, European Institutes
The Fund for American Studies

Matthew Kwasiborski joined The Fund for American Studies in February of 2005. He has directed The American Institute on Political and Economic Systems (AIPES) since 2005. In this position, Matt has worked with well over a thousand students, alumni, faculty and staff representing more than 50 countries. Matt is currently a member of the Board of Trustees at Anglo-American University in Prague and the International Association of Free Ukraine, in Kyiv. He also created the Lviv Leadership Academy in 2016 in Lviv, Ukraine. Matt served as the vice president and treasurer of the Board of Advisors for the Center of International Media Ethics (CIME). Matt also facilitates workshops titled, "Liberating Leadership in the 21st Century", for universities, NGOs, and businesses around Europe and the United States.

A native Philadelphian, Matt earned a bachelor’s degree in history at Loyola University in New Orleans, LA and a master’s degree in executive leadership from the Thierry Graduate School of Leadership in Belgium.  Prior to joining TFAS, Matt taught English as a second language (ESL) in Fonyód, Hungary. He also served as an administrator/ teacher of world religions and cultures for the Summer in Switzerland program located at the Leysin American School. Matt previously taught world religions, morality, computers and served as a basketball coach for Mount Carmel Academy in New Orleans, La. From 2001 to 2004, he served as director of the Loyola University Big Brothers/Big Sisters of America program in New Orleans creating the largest student organization ever at Loyola. This program initiated a city-wide effort creating relationships between Loyola students and the elementary/ primary school students of New Orleans. Matt was nominated for Outstanding Alumnus of the Philadelphia Public School District in 2004.

Antonija Vidakovic
AIPES Program Manager
AIPES 2014 Alumna

Antonija holds BA in Security Management from University of Belgrade, and is currently attending Master Program in International and European Relations at Linköping University in Sweden, graduating June 2017. Her areas of interest are international and European security, European integration and political economy. Aside from her studies, she is one of the Youth reconciliation ambassadors for the Balkans. Since October 2014, Antonija is attending the Academy of Liberal Policy in Libertarian club in Belgrade. For 3 years she had been volunteering at European Film Festival Palic, which gave her the opportunity to meet some of the most amazing people from film industry. In her spare time, Antonija enjoys spending time with her family, friends and her dog, travelling, meeting new people and visiting theater.

AIPES 2014 was one of the reasons why Antonija decided she wants to enroll to her master studies abroad. She is looking forward to spending her third AIPES summer and seeing how AIPES changes lives of this year’s participants.

Nikola Serafimov
AIPES Program Assistant
AIPES 2016 Alumnus

Nikola holds a Bachelor Degree in Law from the Ss. Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje. Since the beginning of his studies debating has been an inseparable part of his student life. He has taken part in many international debating and moot competitions including the 2016 Vis Moot in Vienna where he and his team were awarded the Honourable Mention for the Frederic Esemann Award for Best Team Orals. Currently he is doing his Masters in Global Public Policy in Moscow and does research on the petroleum industry at the Centre on Resource Economies. In his spare time among many things he enjoys playing tennis and watching The Simpsons.

Anna Fajnorova
AIPES Program Assistant
AIPES 2016 Alumna

Anička comes from Bratislava, Slovakia. She is pursuing her bachelor degree majoring in Business Finance with a minor in IT at Seton Hall University in New Jersey. She is a student-athlete playing top position at Division 1 in tennis. Since playing tennis from a young age she had to travel often, it has become one of the things she enjoys the most. Especially learning and discovering new cultures, people and gaining new experiences. She decided to study Business after spending a summer in Spain and reading Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki and has loved it since. A great impact on her college experience also has a business fraternity she has joined in her freshman year. Alpha Kappa Psi is a professional business fraternity with many intelligent and dedicated people. She believes one should surround himself with people he wants to be like and admires in different ways, which is one of the reasons why she cannot wait to come back and be a part of AIPES again.

Activities she enjoys in her free time are spending time with family and friends, reading, cooking, skiing, cycling.



Sample Schedule: Week 1

Please note that the AIPES 2018 schedule is subject to change.

10:00am - 1:00pm – Class - The Good Society
1:15pm-2:15pm-Group Lunch
2:15 pm - 4:15pm – Panel Discussion

10:00am - 1:00pm – Class - The Good Society
1:15pm-2:15pm-Group Lunch
2:30pm - 5:00pm – Scavenger hunt in Prague

10:00am - 11:30am – Class - The Good Society
11:45am - 1:00pm – Class - Conflict Management
1:15pm-2:15pm-Group Lunch
2:15pm - 3:00pm – Discussion Section - Conflict Management
3:15pm - 4:00pm – Discussion Section - The Good Society
4:15pm - 7:00pm – Visit Prague Museums

10:00am - 11:30am – Class - The Good Society
11:45am - 1:00pm – Class - Conflict Management
1:15pm-2:15pm-Group Lunch
2:15pm - 3:00pm – Discussion Section - Conflict Management
3:15pm - 4:00pm – Discussion Section - The Good Society
4:15pm - 5:00pm – Introduction to Simulation
9:00pm - 11:30pm – Bowling

10:00am - 11:30am – Class - The Good Society
11:45am - 1:00pm – Class - Conflict Management
1:15pm-2:15pm-Group Lunch
2:30pm - 4:00pm – Class - Conflict Management
4:15pm - 5:15pm – Review Session – The Good Society

6:30am-10:00am-Breakfast at Dorms
9:30am - 4:30pm – Explore Czech Republic (optional day trips)
Freedom Day
*Some Saturdays will have an academic program

6:30am-10:00am-Breakfast at Dorms
Freedom Day