Theory. Practice. Networking.

The Citizen Participation University (CPU) is a multi-day, intensive residential training and strategic planning gathering that is equal parts theory, practice, and networking for people trying to make the world a more democratic and just place.

Learning while having fun.

The CPU is a fun event held in an informal setting at the Civil College in Kunbábony, Hungary during the first week of July.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who comes to the CPU?

The CPU is designed to provide a space to nurture the “grassroots” and the “grasstops” of our movement. We bring together community organizers and activists, emerging movement leaders, adult educational professionals, community development workers and trainers, social service providers, local authorities, and others. Every year 50 – 70 people attend from anywhere between 8 – 20 countries.

What is the goal of the CPU?

We have a clear goal: engage in deep critical reflection and catalyze on-the-ground action. Apart from providing space for sharing and learning, the CPU acts as a laboratory for European-level networking and effective cross-border organizing and innovation. While we present important theoretical and practical knowledge, a large focus of the week is put towards hands-on participatory education and group discussions.

Read more about our philosophy here.

What do you do at the CPU?

We are actively planning CPU 2018 right now! Keep an eye out here to see updates about what to expect.

Who organizes the CPU?

Planning of the CPU it is led by the Central and Eastern European Citizens Network and the Civil College Foundation. We are joined by our partners: The European Community Development Network (EuCDN) and the European Community Organizing Network (ECON).

How much does it cost to participate?

Our price list is located here. We try to make the CPU accessible to everyone. Limited scholarships may be available. If you are interested, please contact us. We also offer full-week and early registration discounts. All prices include program, food, and accommodations. Please note that on-site accommodations include shared rooms and space for tents. Some off-site accommodations may be available on a limited basis. However, participants are strongly encouraged to stay on-site whenever possible.

Where is it? How do I get there?

The CPU is held each year at the Civil College, located in the rural community of Kunbábony, Hungary. It is about 70 km south of Budapest.

Detailed information on how to get to the CPU can be found here.

CPU Testimonials

Read what CPU participants have to say in their own words!

CPU 2018:
Building the World
We Want to Live In