There are plenty of ways for young professionals to meet their peers, learn the latest market insights, develop their personal and professional skills and make an international impact.
To help you on your journey to a successful career, we created a list of what we think are the best youth conferences to go apply for in 2018.
The international youth conferences are sorted in chronological order.
8 top international youth conferences you can’t miss in 2018
Deadline: February 28, 2018
Dates: May 31 – June 4, 2018
Eligibility: Citizens of any country across the world, not younger than 18 and not older than 35 years old
Location: Malmö, Sweden
The only way we can develop and solve problems is by coming together and starting a dialogue!
In the 4th edition, International Youth to Youth Summit is going back from where it started.
During the 1st Y2Y Summit in Lithuania, 100 young leaders from more than 30 countries have developed recommendations for actions for business, governments, civil society organizations on the six most sensitive and relevant topics for the youth community in the world.
Y2Y Summit 2018 will be based on the action plan, which expresses the needs and priorities of the world youth community nowadays.
Deadline: March 4, 2018 18:00 (CET) | Apply here
Dates: August 12-18, 2018
Eligibility: Participants should be between 18 and 23 years old at the time of the summit
Application fee: USD 35,-
The Global Changemaker Youth summit will be bringing 60 changemakers age 18 to 23 to the 2018 global youth summit for a fully-funded, life-changing youth opportunity – a week of training sessions, networking and workshops.
The programme changes each year as it is designed by Global Changemakers from past summits who co-create the programme with their team to ensure that every summit is as relevant and as impact as possible. Therefore, they will only share the 2018 programme shortly before the summit.
Deadline: March 18, 2018
Dates: July 22-27, 2018
Location: Prague, Czech Republic
Week-long youth forum on world politics, international relations and justice will give you an opportunity to test your leadership skills, debate current issues, deliver speeches, draft resolutions, make executive decisions, and realize through experience the complexities of international relations.
The main objective of the International Youth Leadership Conference is to facilitate an exchange of ideas across an ethnically diverse and socially responsible group of young international leaders.
Their interaction provokes communication and dialogue that, throughout the week, provides an unparalleled learning experience and cross-cultural adventure.
Deadline: April 2, 2018
Dates: October 17-20, 2018
Eligibility: Leaders aged 18 – 30 with a passion for global issues and a track record of making a significant impact in their community, country or organisation
Location: The Hague, The Netherlands
The annual One Young World Summit brings together the most valuable young talent from global and national companies, NGOs, universities and other forward-thinking organisations.
Delegates meet and make lasting connections with peers from almost every industry, sector and country. No youth led movement outside of the Olympic Games represents as many nationalities as the One Young World Summit.
During the Summit delegates debate, formulate and share innovative solutions to help achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.
They hear and are heard by world leaders acting as One Young World Counsellors. Past Counsellors include Justin Trudeau, Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, Mary Robinson, Bob Geldof, Kofi Annan, Sir Richard Branson, Emma Watson, Professor Muhammad Yunus, and Arianna Huffington.
Known as the International City of Peace and Justice, The Hague is recognised for its contribution to a peaceful world over the past century.
Home to the International Court of Justice, Permanent Court of Arbitration and more than 200 international organisations fostering a just and peaceful world, The Hague sets a global stage for young leaders working towards a fair, sustainable and inclusive future.
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Deadline: April 15, 2018
Dates: April 16-19, 2018
Location: Poiana Brasov, Romania
Aspire is the only leadership and entrepreneurship summer program in South-Eastern Europe offering courses taught exclusively in English by leading professors from prestigious universities such as Harvard University, Stanford University or Georgetown University and presentations held by successful local CEOs and entrepreneurs.
The selection process is inspired by the international models and it aims at bringing together top students and young professionals.
The recruitment process focuses on four key areas: leadership track, intellectual and emotional maturity, driven personality and community engagement.
Aspire fosters a dynamic community of high achievers and their own network of alumni spreads not only in Romania, but also in the United Kingdom, United States, The Netherlands, Sweden, Italy, Macedonia, Algeria, and 30 other countries around the globe.
Members of the Aspire community benefit from incredible networking and career opportunities while learning from distinguished university professors and successful entrepreneurs.
Dates: April 16-19, 2018
Location: Istanbul, Turkey
Every year, the Global Entrepreneurship Congress (GEC) gathers together thousands of entrepreneurs, investors, researchers, policymakers and other startup champions from more than 170 countries to identify new ways of helping founders start and scale new ventures around the world.
At the weeklong GEC, delegates make connections, gain insights, learn about new research, and leave ready to renew their programs, policy ideas or firm founder skills. GEC 2018 takes place in Istanbul, Turkey – a thriving startup hub that is both an economic and cultural cornerstone of Europe and Asia.
Deadline: June 25, 2018
Dates: July 25-29, 2018
Eligibility: Young people 14-22 years old
Asian Student Leadership Conference (ASLC) is an annual conference where students from all over Asia get together to learn the importance of being a leader and to become change makers in their communities.
This conference is brought by Youth Ambassadors (YA), a social enterprise established to empower the youth and to make them realized that everyone has the potential to become leaders by having courage, compassion, wisdom and energy.
Dates: September 25-27, 2018
Eligibility: Applicants from any country are eligible to apply
Prices: starting from USD 695,-
Venue: Washington D.C., USA
The Global Youth Economic Opportunities Summit convenes 500+ leading stakeholders from more than 55 countries to connect, learn, and collaborate.
Now in its 12th year, the Summit is a leading annual touch point for the youth economic opportunities community.
Each year, the Summit convenes diverse stakeholders from across our sector who are committed to advancing social and economic well-being of young people globally. Decision makers, innovators and leading technical experts join the Summit to increase the impact, scale and sustainability of their youth economic opportunities programming, policies, and partnerships.
Participants strengthen partnerships, improve technical capacity, and expand their awareness of current and emerging approaches in youth development.
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