Going to Europe from 1993
Who we are
We're the local branch of AEGEE in Lviv. We were born in 1993 and since then we've striven to run a local group of pro-European enthusiastic students and workers who enjoy spending time together.
AEGEE stands for Association des États Généraux des Étudiants de l'Europe and it is known as European Students' Forum in English. It is the largest trans-national, interdisciplinary student organisation in Europe. Established in 1985, AEGEE currently has around 13,000 members and almost 200 local branches (antennae) in university cities across Europe, including Russia, Turkey and the Caucasus, with a European board and head office in Brussels.
AEGEE strives for a democratic, diverse and borderless Europe, which is socially, economically and politically integrated, and values the participation of young people in its construction and development. AEGEE is a secular, non-profit organization, not linked to any political party. All projects and activities are based on voluntarily work of its members. AEGEE empowers students and young people in Europe to take an active role in society by influencing political decision makers, and it creates a space for dialogue and learning opportunities.
AEGEE organises a wide range of projects categorised in five big means:
AEGEE creates a space for members of different backgrounds to meet and learn about cultural differences, in order to foster mutual understanding. AEGEE supports mobility and encourages young people to cross borders and make new friends, to break stereotypes and strengthen tolerance, respect and solidarity.
AEGEE provides learning opportunities for the personal development of its members through non-formal education and informal learning. By participating in trainings courses, workshops, and active involvement in the organisation, our members improve their competences which are inmensely useful for their future lives.
Thematic projects, either local or international, are initiatives developed by members of AEGEE. They deal with current challenges in the European society, create awareness among young people and propose solutions from a student point of view. The outcome of this work has an impact in and outside of AEGEE.
Advocacy and Policy
AEGEE gathers the opinions of European students and represents these to stakeholders through campaigns, lobby actions, conferences and its membership in bigger advocacy platforms. In addition, AEGEE informs students and young people about the impact European policies have in their lives and opportunities they offer.
Forum for Discussion
AEGEE provides a space for young Europeans to discuss and exchange different points of view with a European perspective. This exchange of ideas occurs in all our activities but special importance is given to them in our Working Groups, conferences and General Assemblies (EPM and Agora).
Thematic Focus Areas 2017-2020
Thematic Focus Areas for Lviv 2019-2020
Come and enjoy some time with us! The best way to get initiated to AEGEE is just by attending some of our social drinks we organise in Lviv. Once you feel comfortable you can apply to many amazing events all around Europe.
AEGEE-Lviv is the perfect place if what you want is to know students and young workers who enjoy the incredible city of Lviv and share the common belief of a united and open Europe.
For a full list of events check this list (you need an AEGEE account to see it, check Join Us to get one). Remember that in order to apply to European events you need to be member of some AEGEE antenna.
Summer Universities take place during summer between one and two weeks in many cities where AEGEE is present. Understanding and exploring the multicultural dimension of the European continent, removing national borders, fighting for tolerance and creating open-minded citizens are some of the reasons why 20 to 50 young Europeans from all over Europe come together to taste the diversity of multiculturalism.
In a Summer University you will be given the chance to taste different food, listen and dance to unusual music, befriend people from many countries and then arranging trips with them. You will learn to say "hi" in another 10 languages, experience, enjoy and love new things… You will discover the real AEGEE spirit!
How long: 1-2 weeks.
When it happens: end of June-beginning of September.
When to apply: March-April.
How much: 150-250€.
The Agora is the General Assembly of the association, held twice a year, in spring and in autumn, gathering 600-1000 students for four days. It is one of the most important events in AEGEE. Apart from being the venue where the board of directors of the organisation, the Comité Directeur (CD) are elected every spring, it is also a life-changing experience for the participants, the young Europeans who are gathering in one place to build the future of the organisation and together.
The main discussions and decisions take place during the plenary meetings. The participants of the Agora also join workshops, prytania (to discuss changes to the statutes of the organisation), progress meetings about ongoing projects, and other programmes.
How long: 5 days.
When it happens: May and October.
When to apply: February-March and July-August.
How much: 50-60€.
A Network Meeting helps to create contacts and start cooperation between AEGEE locals situated nearby each other. They're organised by a member of the Network Commission in co-operation with an AEGEE local. They're abbreviated as NWMs, Network Winter Meetings, though funnily enough they never happen in winter but in spring (check the ones of 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019) and autumn (check the ones of 2016, 2017, 2018).
They are the opportunity to discuss common activities and share experiences, but also learn more about European projects and discuss general AEGEE matters. New AEGEE members can learn about youth work from experienced AEGEE members.
During a NWM several types of activities are conducted: workshops on project management, public relations, fund raising, presentation skills, NGOs, the European level of AEGEE, making movies, presentations of past and upcoming projects in the Network, discussions concerning current youth issues, youth unemployment, students’ mobility, etc.
Non-formal education is an integral part of AEGEE. Many AEGEE’s training events are organised by the AEGEE Academy often in cooperation with other AEGEE bodies who are experts in certain fields such as committees of project teams. These training events are called European Schools. The events focus on a certain theme or topic, for example including Project Management, Public Relations, Fund Raising, and others.
Antennae can also organise training events. They are called LTCs (Local Training Courses) and RTCs (Regional Training Courses).
During these events, participants get a chance to understand the workings of NGOs operate, at the same time developing their skills. Diverse training methods, which include lectures, workshops and case work, create the perfect environment for fast knowledge absorption among the trainees.
Aegeeans love to gather together just for the sake of fun and friendship! Any excuse is good for party and for that many events all around Europe are organised just to spend time in good company.
Anniversaries of the organisation or antennae are a common reason to plan an European event. It's always a source of joy and celebration to remember the origins of AEGEE, to not forget our values and to make possible to celebrate more anniversaries in the future. Some recent anniversaries were the 30th Anniversary of AEGEE, the 29th Anniversary of AEGEE-Berlin or the 25th Anniversary of AEGEE-Praha.
New Year's Eves are also great events organised all around Europe by many antennae. Have crazy party with champagne and mulled wine at the same time you visit European cities -often covered in snow- with beautiful Christmas markets and delicious winter foods. This is the list for 2018-2019 NYE events.
All AEGEE meetings and rest of events are listed here (you need AEGEE account to see).
The board is the people in the antenna that on their free time take on the tasks needed to run the organisation and keep it alive. These tasks are replying to messages, fill reports, create promotional material and organise events.
AEGEE is made of incredibly motivated young people who strive for what they believe in. The AEGEE dream of a democratic, diverse and borderless Europe continues to inspire generations of students and young professionals, and you can be part of this changing-life project.
Enjoy all local and European events, and if you want get involved in the organisation of them. By becoming member of AEGEE-Lviv you can:
- Apply and participate in European events including Summer Universities, Agoras, EPMs and rest of dozens of European events.
- Participate in exchanges we make with other antennae (like 1, 2, 3 or 4).
- You can stand for some position on the board as you get experience within the antenna.
To successfully become member of AEGEE-Lviv you just have to:
- Register on the AEGEE website. If you're applying to Summer Universities 2019 you also have to register on the old Intranet.
- Join the AEGEE-Lviv body.
- Pay the annual membership fee of £16. You can pay by bank transfer, card or PayPal. We don't accept cash. Remember to add your name and surname as reference. Make the payment immediately right after you register. If you only register your account won't be activated and your application will be on hold until the payment is done. You won't be able to apply to events until the account is activated.
Many doubts must be dwelling in your head. These answers will help you to make your mind and hopefully reassure your conviction of becoming member of AEGEE-Lviv. For any other doubt contact us!
You need to be 18-35 years old to join us and have the right to apply for European events. However if you’re 17-40 you can also join us and attend local events we organise in Lviv. If you’re 17 years old and you want to apply to a Summer University you can join us and attend the SU as long as you’re 18 when the SU is happening. Allowed local age ranges vary between antennae. For AEGEE-Lviv is 17-40 but it could be different for other antennae.
No, you don’t need to be current or former university student to join us. AEGEE-Lviv has no qualification requirements. Nevertheless, for your information we tell you that at AEGEE-Lviv most of us are former university students and current workers. On other antennae around Europe the most common type of member is university student.
For doubts or anything you want to tell us send us a Facebook message. Usually we reply within two days. But first visit the FAQ section. Probably your question will be already answered there.