Flinn Scholars Summer Seminar in Central and Eastern Europe

The Flinn Scholars Summer Seminar, organized by the Institute of International Education European Office, is one component of the Flinn Scholars Program, which is administered by the Flinn Foundation based in Phoenix, Arizona. The Flinn Foundation Scholarship, awarded annually to 20 outstanding Arizona high school seniors, provides full scholarships for four-year degree programs offered through Arizona's public university system.

Program Goal

The goal of the Flinn Summer Seminar is to open the students' eyes and minds to this part of the world, give them an understanding of realities outside the United States, challenge their ideas and provoke thought about world issues. To achieve this goal, IIE has put together a diverse program, addressing issues from politics to architecture, opera to economics.


The Flinn Foundation is a privately endowed, philanthropic grantmaking organization established in 1965 by Dr. Robert S. and Irene P. Flinn to improve the quality of life in Arizona to benefit future generations. During their lifetimes, the Foundation promoted technology-driven medical care programs and recruited top physician specialists to Arizona. Through the Foundation they supported the emergence of Arizona’s medical school and awarded scholarships to help students prepare for careers in the health professions.

Today, the Foundation supports the advancement of the biosciences in Arizona, as well as two other grant programs to help build Arizona’s knowledge-driven economy—the Flinn Scholars Program and Metro Phoenix Partnership for Arts and Culture.

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