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Areté Academy | Europe

Engaging and equipping the next generation of leaders throughout the world

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Areté Academy Europe is a one-week training programme for Christian young professionals and university students throughout Europe, studying or working in law, government, public policy, and other related fields. This Academy delivers a unique combination of substantive legal instruction, strategies for professional development, methods for cultural engagement, and spiritual formation.

Through the rigorous curriculum offered at Areté Academy Europe, Delegates will focus on the foundations of law and justice, natural law principles, and biblical worldview training. Together, Delegates explore how these foundational principles apply to some of the most pressing issues facing society today, including religious freedom, intellectual tolerance and academic diversity, marriage and family, as well as the right of conscience and the sanctity of life. These elements are tailored to equip Delegates to fulfill their God-given professional callings with character and excellence.

Areté Academy Europe creates the unique opportunity for each Delegate to join a thoughtful community that values and promotes both faith and professional excellence. Delegates will establish personal connections with other students, who will then become lifelong colleagues, associates, and friends.

Can your daily work and study honour God and make a difference in your nation?


Academy Details:

Date: 26 April – 1 May 2022

Application deadline: 29 October 2020

Decision notification: 9 December 2020

As a Delegate, you will:

  • Engage with prestigious faculty from across Europe and the world.
  • Glean valuable insights into national, regional, and global issues.
  • Explore the foundation of true human rights and the implications for society today.
  • Examine how powerful entities, such as the United Nations, the European Union, and the Council of Europe, are addressing current legal and cultural issues.
  • Participate in daily worship, reflection, and scriptural instruction.


Admission to the Areté Academy is highly competitive. Delegates are selected for their demonstrated academic achievement, leadership potential, and Christian commitment.

Applicants must be enrolled in (or recently graduate from) a university located in Europe, or be working in Europe. For those applicants selected to participate, ADF International and its global partner Alliance Defending Freedom will underwrite the costs for transportation*, lodging, educational materials, and most meals. In order to attend Areté Academy, enrollment at or graduation from a university located in Europe is required.

Sessions will be presented in English. Applicants must demonstrate sufficient fluency in English to participate.

*Transportation – a reimbursement of up to €250 will be provided to each Delegate for qualifying travel expenses, which include economy airfare, bus, or train.

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