Frequently Asked Auestions (FAQ)

DEADLINE FOR PGLI 2017?

Final deadline for Category A applicants is ###. Category B and C entries in need of a financial aid by the Institute will be received until ###. Financial support will no longer be available past this date. The application deadline for self-financed Category B and Category C applicants (no visa required) will remain open until ###.

*Category A: applicants who hold a citizenship of a country that needs VISA to enter Macedonia, check your VISA status.

*Category B: applicants who hold a citizenship of Belarus and Georgia or any holder of a multi-entry Schengen VISA (Type C), American, British or Canadian VISA with a validity period that covers the dates August 09-19, 2017. Category B delegates are entitled to a VISA-free entry to Macedonia.

*Category C: applicants who hold a citizenship of a country that does not need VISA to enter Macedonia.

WHAT IS A LETTER OF REFERENCE DOCUMENTING THE NEED FOR FINANCIAL SUPPORT?

PGLI offers a range of financial aid schemes (of up to EUR 1200) in the event of approved participation. The allocated financial support will be subtracted from the total amount of the participation which covers all program-related costs (except international travel). To qualify for a financial aid award, applicants need to submit a letter of reference documenting their need for financial assistance. This letter could be provided by an adult familiar with their case, such as a relative, professor, employer, counselor, medical authority, member of the clergy etc. Based on the reference, eligibility will be determined for a need-based aid by the Preparing Global Leaders Foundation and local PGLI donors.

VISA REQUIREMENTS?

As stated in the application form, we place participants in two main categories: Category A participant (needs a visa to enter the Republic of Macedonia) and Category B and C participant (does not need a visa to enter the Republic of Macedonia).

If you are a Category A participant, then you should receive an email with the following information:

  1. Visa Information Sheet with all requirements for completing an Application Form for a Macedonian VISA.
  2. The Application Form for Macedonian VISA to be completed, signed, and sent by you to the closest Macedonian diplomatic mission (the Application Form is dated 2013, so please check with the Macedonian Embassy/Consulate entitled to issue a Macedonian VISA to nationals of your country whether there is an updated version or there are any additional requirements).
  3. List of Countries and the Macedonian Embassies/Consulates entitled for issuing VISA on the behalf of their citizens. Please note that not all of your countries have a Macedonian diplomatic mission which means that you might need to travel to other countries (on your way to Macedonia) in order to retrieve the issued VISA. Unfortunately, Macedonian VISAs cannot be issued at the Airport in Skopje as the airport border control does not provide these services.

VISA CENTERS FOR COUNTRIES THAT DO NOT HAVE A MACEDONIAN EMBASSY?

The most important VISA centers (for countries that do not have a local Macedonian diplomatic mission/representative) are:

a. Consulate General of the Republic of Macedonia in Istanbul/ Macedonian Embassy in Ankara, Turkey (for countries from the Middle East and Central Asia).

b. Macedonian Embassy in Cairo, Egypt (for countries from the African continent)

c. Macedonian Embassy in Beijing, China (for countries from Asia and the Pacific).

d. Participants from South America (those that need VISA only) are invited to address individual queries to Ms. Ivana Stojanoska at ivana.stojanoska@pglinstitute.org so that the most convenient Macedonian diplomatic mission/representative is determined as their location may vary according to countries.

CONTACT DETAILS OF EACH MACEDONIAN DIPLOMATIC MISSION?

Contact details of each Macedonian diplomatic mission can be retrieved from this LINK (the website of The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Macedonia).

  • If the above link is broken, copy/paste or click the following link to your browser: http://www.mfa.gov.mk/index.php/en/.
  • If the website shows up in Macedonian language, click on the English flag on the upper right part of the website to change the language to English.
  • When the website is in English language, scroll down the main page of the website to find the “Diplomatic Missions” section where you will find all contact informations of each Macedonian diplomatic mission.

BEFORE APPLYING FOR MACEDONIAN VISA PLEASE NOTE?

You must have a Visa Letter of Invitation sent by Preparing Global Leaders Institute in hard copy to your mailing address (if you have changed your home/residential address provided in the Application Form, please provide us with the new address to which the Invitation Letter should be delivered). This letter should arrive to you within 3 weeks of your notification submitted to us regarding your VISA preference. Once you receive this letter you can submit the VISA application along with all support documents by post to the address (not email) of the designated diplomatic mission. Please be aware that the Macedonian VISA may be approved to you by email, however, you must personally obtain it from the Macedonian diplomatic mission in your or the designated country (usually transit country). We recommend you do this on your way to Macedonia (ex. earlier or on August 11), particularly if you are required to transit via a particular country for Macedonian VISA purposes.

If you already hold a Schengen VISA (type C multiple entry with an expiration date not earlier than August 29, 2017) or you are allowed to an extended stay in the European Union (for study/work purposes) and you DO NOT need a Macedonian VISA to enter Macedonia. With the Schengen VISA you can stay in Macedonia up to 15 days without a Macedonian VISA permit.

SAFETY IN MACEDONIA?

Both Skopje and Struga are relatively safe cities, however, bear in mind that you will constantly be accompanied by members of the staff, faculty, and fellow delegates on every field trip and each extracurricular activity. Make sure to have your personal belongings with you at all times.

PROGRAM COST?

The full cost of the program is 1500 EUR covering tuition fees, accommodation, 36 meals (full board), special events, sports facilities, vocational trips, and transportation Struga-Skopje. Delegates are responsible for travel arrangements and associated VISA costs (if needed) to Macedonia. Upon admission, all delegates will be provided with a PGLI Recommendation Letter to support potential fund-raising activities.

HOST CITIES OF MACEDONIA ?

This August, Preparing Global Leaders Institute (PGLI) will hold its 6th edition on the premises of Hotel **** in Struga and Skopje, Macedonia.

TECHNICAL SUPPORT?

If you need any kind of technical assistance about the application or our web site in general, please contact us at: info@pglinstitute.org with a subject title: Technical Assistance.