On the Fundamental Principles of Democracy and Current Challenges of Free Society


Join some of the greatest American and Slovak professors and students from June 29 - July 7, 2018 in Slovakia and experience an amazing intellectual and social event. Admitted students bear only their own travel costs and pocket money.

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Since its establishment 16 years ago, the Free Society Seminar successfully has been pursuing its mission to form American/European study groups for the dialogue on various political, economic and moral-cultural questions.

Become one of the chosen students from the US and Europe and discuss and study actual social topics with prominent American and Slovak professors in some of the most beautiful places in Slovakia - the originally rococo château in Ivanka pri Dunaji and the historical town of Banská Štiavnica.

You will explore the political, economic, moral, and cultural dimensions of a free society in the thought of Pope Benedict XVI and Pope John Paul II, The Federalist Papers, and Alexis de Tocqueville, among others.

However, the seminar goes beyond the academic activities: it is also about fun! You will experience common meals, free time activities like excursions to Slovakia's stunning castles, old cities and mesmerizing nature, visits of museums, sports, BBQ and cultural evenings which all form an inherent part of the seminar as well. It is an ideal place for a young mind to grow not only spiritually and intellectually, but also by developing new friendships, which present a cornerstone of future international co-operation.

Do not hesitate and apply now.

“ The Free Society Seminar was one of the most fruitful, beautiful experiences I can remember. Engaging in questions of culture, faith, and the law with some of the best young Slovaks, Americans, and others, the seminar provides a time to work out ideas with seminar leaders expert in their fields. This seminar is a must. ”

Ryan Womack

PhD in English, Religion and Literature

Baylor University, FSS 2015

"Participating in the Free Society Seminar was an invigorating experience, from engaging students and faculty from around the world on the vital questions that form our societies, to exploring the beauty of Slovakia, to forming lasting friendships."

Charles Atkinson

B.A. in English Literature and minor Latin

Ave Maria University, FSS 2013

"Truly one of the best educational experiences I've ever had. Sound presentations, intellectually invigorating discussions, enlightening cultural exchange, and enriching personal encounters are only the beginning of what participants in the Free Society Seminar experience. A worthwhile workshop for any young adult!"

Debra Emery

M.A. in Conflict Resolution

Georgetown University, FSS 2015

"Democracy, politics, art, human life, law. New friendships, new cultures, new places. The FSS gave me so much! Now I truly realize that we - young people - are the most responsible for how the future of our countries will look like. And it is actually us who should now as students discuss important topics, study hard and widen our horizons to prepare ourselves to really make that future better."

Soňa Matiová

M.A. in Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship

Comenius University, FSS 2015

"Exciting atmosphere, inspiring fellows and extraordinary teachers. Friendly disputations, exploring history of central Europe and even wine-tasting!"

Ján Tkáč

Conducting at Academy of performing arts Bratislava,

Opera singing at conservatory in Bratislava, FSS 2015

The Seminar is organised by:

Faith & Reason Institute is based in Washington DC. It aims at bringing both Faith and Reason to bear on all the issues that confront us.

Collegium of Anton Neuwirth is located near Bratislava. Its mission is to form young people's minds and characters by systematic education in the Christian cultural legacy and its influence on Western civilization.