Tübingen, Germany

The EU in Permanent Crises? Perspectives, Challenges, Solutions

when 1 August 2023 - 25 August 2023
language English
duration 4 weeks
credits 8 EC
fee EUR 2400

This program deals with the political and societal dynamics of European Integration and with the EU as a unique
multi-level political system. The past years have seen the EU facing a lot of criticism from various sides and a
plethora of challenges threaten the community - internally and externally - and what held its societies together
for a long time. Hence, courses cover the current challenges Europe and the EU face today: Brexit, political
fragmentation and radicalization, and war.

In addition to these courses, the program offers students German language classes, an intercultural workshop
that prepares participants for the very diverse setting in which all classes take place, a buddy program which
matches each participant with local students who offer support throughout the summer school (and before),
and a rich and varied social program that offers many opportunities to experience local and student life in one
of Germany’s most historical university towns.

The Summer School includes two parallel German language courses on proficiency levels A1 (no German
knowledge) and A1-A2 (beginners). Participation in the German language course is compulsory. The courses
will be taught by qualified instructors of the Department of German as a Foreign Language and Intercultural
Programs. Through an intercultural and communicative approach students will be actively involved in class to
encourage language learning. The focus will be on speaking and listening to improve students' language
competence in everyday situations.

For participants with a higher German language level (B1-C1), we will offer
the possibility of independently carrying out project work (or similar) in German in consultation with the T-IES

Target group

The T-IES Summer School III (on-site) is designed for advanced undergraduate students from all academic disciplines with basic EU knowledge and a strong general interest in Europe and the EU. Participants must be at least 18 years old and and must have a very good command of English to be able to follow the academic courses and participate in discussions.

Course aim

By familiarizing themselves with how the EU works today and the recent challenges it faces, at the end of the course students will have solid knowledge about the process, potential benefits and pitfalls of regional integration which they can not only apply to Europe alone, but to other world regions as well. They will be able to identify and understand the dynamics of transnational policy-making and how the coordination of political activities among nation states generally impacts the lives of citizens in many countries at the same time.

Fee info

EUR 2400: Early Bird application by February 24, 2023: €2,000

The price includes course fees, accommodation, and accompanying programme.


Partial financial support is available.