The num­bers are in: 1937 mem­bers applied for one of the 1619 Sum­mer Uni­ver­si­ty places in 2018. It’s the first time in decades that the num­ber of appli­cants stayed below the 2000 thresh­old. Five years ago, in 2013 alto­geth­er 4066 mem­bers applied. That’s more than twice as many as this year.

Already in the past years the num­bers both of organ­ised Sum­mer Uni­ver­si­ties as well as appli­cants had been falling. This trend con­tin­ued this year with a record num­ber of only 57 SUs being organ­ised — the low­est num­ber in 25 years. It’s not clear what caused this decline. The late arrival of PR mate­ri­als this year can only be one rea­son. The Sum­mer Uni­ver­si­ty Coor­di­na­tion Team tried to revert the neg­a­tive trend by cre­at­ing a new type of event, the Sum­mer Break, with five pilots tak­ing part this year. Their num­bers are not includ­ed in the sta­tis­tics, because they are not offi­cial Sum­mer Uni­ver­si­ties.


This year, not a sin­gle one of the Sum­mer Uni­ver­si­ties received 100 appli­ca­tions. The most pop­u­lar one was the Sum­mer Uni­ver­si­ty of the anten­na of AEGEE-Europe’s next Pres­i­dent Spy­ros Papadatos: AEGEE-Ioannina’s trade­mark SU “BLUESto­ries III: Fol­low the Sun” got 98 appli­ca­tions. By the way, AEGEE-Ioannina’s SU was also on top last year — that time with 124 appli­ca­tions! They man­aged to build on a suc­cess for­mu­la.

Transsi­ber­ian Dream TSU pro­mo­tion at Ago­ra Kraków

On the first six places this year are exclu­sive­ly SUs in South­ern Europe. The first non-south­ern SU was AEGEE-Moskva’s leg­endary “Transsi­ber­ian DREAM vol.10: Back on Track” with 76 appli­ca­tions — despite the high­est fee that any SU ever had with 605 Euros. Well, the par­tic­pants will get val­ue for mon­ey — the par­tic­i­pants will trav­el all the way to Vladi­vos­tok.

As always, Span­ish mem­bers are most keen to vis­it an SU: alto­geth­er 489 applied! How­ev­er, that’s 90 Span­ish mem­bers less than last year. Also the num­ber of the sec­ond biggest group of appli­cants declined: last year 320 Ital­ians applied for an SU, this year only 271. On the oth­er hand, the third biggest group, the Dutch appli­cants, grew from 209 to 216. In the nation­al­i­ty sta­tis­tics the same coun­tries are on top as last year: Spain, Italy, Nether­lands, Rus­sia and Turkey.

Hun­gary and Ger­many switched places on rank 6 and 7. And that’s because of AEGEE-Budapest. For many years around 300 AEGEE-Budapest mem­bers applied for an SU. Some years ago the num­ber start­ed falling. Last year 101 mem­bers from the Hun­gar­i­an cap­i­tal want­ed to go on an SU — this year only 70. This has also con­se­quences for the sus­tain­abil­i­ty of the anten­na. 59 mem­bers from AEGEE-Bil­bao applied, which made them the sec­ond biggest group — last year they were sev­enth with 56 appli­cants.

While in 2017 mem­bers of 146 locals want­ed to go on a Sum­mer ade­ven­ture, this year the num­ber decreased to 139. Only 97 locals had five or more mem­bers apply­ing. This num­ber remained fair­ly con­stant: last year it was 96. And final­ly: 56% of all appli­cants are female — which is about the gen­er­al aver­age of AEGEE mem­bers.

Check the full sta­tis­tics here: