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Academy of Central European Schools
an initiative of ERSTE Foundation
coordinated by Interkulturelles Zentrum
in cooperation with VČELÍ DOM

Project Contest

As international school partnerships offer a concrete opportunity for intercultural exchange and cooperation, aces encourages partnership projects amongst schools in Central and South Eastern European countries.

Pupils and teachers of schools in the participating countries are invited to find partner schools and to submit a partnership project proposal with their ideas for cooperation. All types of schools with pupils aged 12-17 years can take part.

An international selection committee assesses and awards the best applications. The awarded projects are supported to carry out their cross-border partnership projects with grants (1.600 € per participating partner school, 200 € additionally for the coordinating school) as well as with additional support structures like international events and online tools.

Network events
In the course of the project implementation phase (September 2013 until March 2014) two international meetings with delegations of the winning project schools provide additional support and great opportunities for further exchange and ongoing evaluation among the participants.


To get a better idea regarding application guidelines and criteria and for further information and tips for applicants please take a look at the following four documents from the current aces cycle 2013/2014:




Reshaping aces in 2014 – Next call for aces school projects in 2015


aces came into the world of education and international cooperation more than 7 years ago and has become one of the largest international school networks in Central and South Eastern Europe. More than 25.000 pupils and almost 4.000 teachers have been involved in aces projects and 3.500 people have attended one or several of the numerous aces events. A key factor for the great accomplishments of aces has been the enthusiasm of everybody involved: students, teachers, Ministry representatives, trainers, support staff, project coordinators, etc.

After 7 years of aces and loads of experience we feel the need to reshape some parts of aces in order to keep it successful. We want to:

  • evaluate what aces has achieved so far
  • compile, assess and edit collections of educational methods/tools and didactic concepts (that have been applied in the context of aces)
  • make aces-know-how more accessible to others
  • introduce new network activities and communication tools
  • merge our various online presences and relaunch the aces website
  • take aces to a next step and further build on its success.

2014 will be a year to harvest aces achievements, methods and tools and to sow new seeds for educational innovation, cooperation and dialogue of students and teachers in Central and South Eastern Europe.

Therefore the next call for aces school projects will not be launched as usual in February 2014, but in the following year.



Get to know how ACES works! 

Participating students, teachers and coordinators explain aces in short videos.