Belgium, Brussels

Inter-university Summer School on EU Policy Making

online course
when 6 July 2020 - 17 July 2020
language English
duration 2 weeks
credits 5 EC
fee EUR 1300

Explore both the old and the new centre of Diplomacy in Europe with this 5-ECTS summer school. The intensive two-week programme is held from Monday 6 to Friday 17 July 2020. The Institute for European Studies joins forces with the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna and the University of Vienna to bring you this ‘crash course’ in European Union Policy Making. Packed with interactive seminars, this summer programme attracts students and young professionals who wish to broaden their knowledge of the European institutions, European law and the European decision-making process in general. The first week of the summer school reviews the main EU institutions and decision-making procedures, while theoretically exploring questions of governance, participation and legitimacy. During the second week students learn more about EU foreign relations. Each year, the programme has a central theme. In 2020, this summer school will focus on ‘Analysing human security in today’s EU‘. While touching upon all EU policy fields, we will offer participants insights into several aspects of security, including security in its traditional sense (defense) but also from a societal perspective (migration, environment, development).


Considering the initial interest in the Summer School on EU Policy-Making, and in consultation with our partners in Vienna, we have decided to offer the summer school in synchronous online format during the same period 6th to 17th July 2020.

We will live-stream lectures and provide for interaction between participants and lecturers through coordinated online group work. Similar to past editions of the summer school, we will run a simulation exercise on EU decision-making and invite high-level speakers from the EU and international institutions to share their expertise and experiences.

Other than the benefit of in-person interactions and physical visits to the EU institutions in Brussels and the international organisations in Vienna, we are able to achieve our learning objectives to the same extent, albeit in a different format, online. The summer school will continue to be worth 5 ECTS and will remain a demanding summer school with dedicated and high quality lecturers.

Target group

The programme is particularly geared towards:
• students of European studies, politics, history, law, economics
• students of other social sciences
• graduates and professionals
• high-level students with at least three years of study
• PhD students
• EU practitioners who wish to broaden their knowledge of the EU

Credits info

5 EC
The Summer School corresponds to 5 ECTS. It is also part of the Postgraduate Certificate in EU Policy Making. This certificate is equivalent to 25 ECTS credits and provides an even better insight in the different EU policy areas.

Fee info

EUR 1300: Applicants who submit their application by 15 March 2020 at the latest and are subsequently admitted to the programme, are eligible for a 10% discount on the tuition fee.


We will grant one full tuition fee waiver to one student of the summer school programme. This waiver will be attributed on the basis of merit and motivation, and will in general, but not exclusively, be granted to a student