Prague, Czech Republic

The Future of Europe? From Lockdown to Recovery

online course
when 12 April 2021 - 16 April 2021
language English
duration 1 week
credits 4 EC
fee EUR 300

The Online Spring University 2021 organised by the Institute of International Studies of Charles University Prague will provide students with a broad understanding of the most significant impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on Europe and the EU. The key objective is to analyse how Europe’s prospects are currently being shaped in a time of profound global socio-political change, and the context for a future post-coronavirus restart. During the course, students will improve their research, communication, and argumentation skills and learn how to use them in the online environment.

The online course’s interdisciplinary approach combines teaching methods such as:

· live online lectures
· group discussions and projects
· individual assignments
· independent research

The Online Spring University 2021 benefits from the extensive experience that the Institute of International Studies has gained from organizing its English-language programmes and its Spring and Summer Universities every year since 2009. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic and related restrictions, the traditional Spring University Prague is temporarily going online. We are confident that the online form of the course will offer international students the same quality education as the traditional course our faculty has organised in Prague.
This study programme is internationally recognized, successful participants will be given 2 or 4 ECTS credits.

Application deadline: 31 March 2021

Course leader

Institute of International Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University Prague

Target group

University students currently enrolled in or recently graduated from a Bachelor´s or Master’s degree program, preferably one related to the topic of this year’s Spring University, e. g. Area Studies, International Relations, Political Science and Geopolitics, or another relevant field of study. Our course is open to students regardless of their age or country of residence.

Course aim

After attending the course, students should:

understand the key factors, multifaceted impacts, and political implications currently shaping Europe’s position in the turbulent times of the COVID-19 pandemic and the continent’s prospects for a future post-coronavirus restart
understand how Europe is being transformed by the difficulties related to the COVID-19 pandemic
be able to analyse the future challenges that must be overcome to rebuild Europe after the pandemic
complete a paper on a chosen topic, utilizing the multiple learning methods of the online course, such as live online lectures, group discussions and projects, individual assignments based on reading materials, and independent research
utilise the dynamics of an international group of students to improve their communication and argumentation skills
Institute of International Studies | Faculty of Social Sciences | Ch

Credits info

4 EC
This study programme is internationally recognized, successful participants will be given 2 or 4 ECTS credits.

Fee info

EUR 300: Total price includes: tuition (for all lectures, an introductory and a wrap-up session, group workshops, discussions, etc., as mentioned in the programme below); readings and other materials (on-line versions will be at your disposal after enrolling); an individualised evaluation of the participant's performance, discussions and assignments; an official certificate confirming attendance; and a transcript to gain ECTS credits.


Unfortunately, we do not provide any special financial support for attending the Online Spring University.