The Europäische Akademie Otzenhausen can proudly claim to be one of the oldest European academies in Germany. It was founded in 1954 as an association by citizens who were convinced of the European idea.
It consistently pursues its mission to critically accompany the process of European unification, to promote it with information and education and to give space to the future ideas of citizens. A challenge that has kept us young.
It has made a name for itself as a non-governmental organisation in Germany and Europe with its European, Franco-German and intercultural expertise and modern pedagogy. Its core business is civic education, especially on the topics of Europe, sustainable development and rhetorical communication.
The Europäische Akademie Otzenhausen is an independent, non-partisan and non-denominational institution for civic education. It is recognised as a provider of adult education in accordance with the Saarland Further Education Act, a recognised provider in accordance with the guidelines of the Federal Agency for Civic Education and a recognised central office of the German-French Youth Office.
"Come together to create Europe", its motto, is lived reality for the more than 10,000 participants who come to the academy every year from Germany, many European countries and all parts of the world to inform themselves, discuss and reflect together on their active contribution to shaping Europe and the world: diverse, free, peaceful, tolerant, sustainable, humane.
And the Europäische Akademie is well prepared: A team of more than 50 employees awaits the guests: in a quiet location, with comfortable guest rooms, good food, modern, well-equipped seminar and conference rooms and with a multidisciplinary and intercultural study management team that makes the stay at the academy an exciting and formative educational event.