From 3 till 28 August 2020 the OSCE Academy conducted its Preparatory Summer School for newly enrolled MA students. Due to the COVID-19 crisis, this school was held in the online format. The participants were 52 students from Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, and the USA. Since 2018 this Summer School provides students with an opportunity to improve their knowledge and acquire the necessary skills for further studies within the MA Programmes in Politics & Security and Economic Governance & Development. In particular, this Summer School is designed to equip participants with the knowledge and skills on the Mathematics for Economists, the Theory of Probability and Statistics, Academic Writing and Honesty, and the Introduction to Research Methods in Social Sciences. The courses are organized and conducted by Academy faculty and specially invited guest lecturers.