Amsterdam, Netherlands

European Business Skills

when 6 July 2020 - 17 July 2020
language English
duration 2 weeks
credits 4 EC
fee EUR 1250

Due to the coronavirus outbreak, all our programmes for 2020 have been cancelled. We will return in July 2021 with a brand new programme. Details will be available on our website.


With over 500 million citizens, 28 countries, and one single market, the European Union is the world’s largest economy. The EU has a rich history and boasts a diverse tapestry of cultures, languages, philosophy, and art.

This two-week interdisciplinary summer school course offers a unique opportunity to acquire an invaluable 'toolkit' with skills that will equip you to do business in Europe successfully.

You will be equipped with cultural, legal and political insight and knowledge of the EU. You will be provided with "do's and don'ts" to strengthen your position in negotiations, to communicate effectively across cultures, and to make sound business decisions. And be empowered to use the opportunities the EU affords whilst avoiding the pitfalls.


Successfully doing business in the EU
•The EU today: history, background, impact on national sovereignty, current issues (e.g. Brexit, EU referenda, ground-breaking mergers)
•EU institutions, legal framework, & competition law (cartels, abuse of a dominant position, merger control)
•Cross cultural communication
•The role of Philosophy (ethics, rhetoric), Art, & Culture

In this module you will develop your 'soft skills' to communicate in an international and intercultural environment. You will experience how the EU is managed and become aware of what works (and what doesn’t!).

Join students and lecturers from Amsterdam and abroad for concise and upbeat lessons offering precise advice on how to behave professionally in the European Union.

A two-day field trip to Brussels, the 'capital of the European Union', to visit the European Parliament and the European Commission is included for learning 'in action'. You will also be introduced to Dutch culture and will visit beautiful places in Amsterdam, discovering the DNA of the city.

Course leader

Anne-Sophie Andela

Target group

You are a student in a bachelor's or master's degree programme, or are a professional already working. You are prepared to join an internationally diverse class. You have a good command of the English language at upper intermediate level – B2 in the Common European Framework of Reference.

Course aim

•You will gain a thorough understanding of the cultural, legal, and political context of the EU today.
•You will familiarise yourself with the key principles of European cross-cultural communication
•You will learn how Philosophy and Art relate to business, culture, and identity.
•You will learn how to speak with truth and conviction to get your message across.
•You will learn how to chart your network and make it work to reach your goals.

The course contributes to a pro-active and self-reflective role in your work, and will help you to develop successful professional multi-cultural relationships in the EU or with EU-contacts from home.

Credits info

4 EC
6 ECTS (extended version)

Fee info

EUR 1250: 4 ECTS
EUR 1645: 6 ECTS