Cluny, France

Solidarity: a European Challenge?

when 3 July 2022 - 8 July 2022
language English
duration 1 week
fee EUR 450

Europe has faced several crises in recent years: the financial crisis, the Euro crisis, the migration crisis, the climate crisis, the Brexit, the Covid pandemic, and now the war in Ukraine. Has European solidarity always lived up to our expectations? These different crises have shown that solidarity can operate very differently in different cases, what is the reason for this? What is the right political level for solidarity to be expressed? How can we reconcile solidarity with personal and collective initiatives? How can this solidarity be maintained when people are experiencing successive crises? Participants will question the need to strengthen solidarity within Europe and the objectives that the Union should set itself to strengthen solidarity between peoples, but also between Member States or between the Union and the rest of the world.
During 5 days in July, the summer seminar offers a unique opportunity for participants from all over Europe and beyond to share their thoughts, ideas and perceptions of Europe and its major challenges. This year we will be dealing with the challenges related to solidarity. The European College of Cluny seminar builds on more than 20 years of experience, having already welcomed more than 850 young European citizens.

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Course leader

European College of Cluny is a place for training, research and reflection on local public action viewed from an European perspective and driven by the spirit of innovation.

Target group

Apart from language skills, no academic or professional qualifications are required. We encourage applications from all backgrounds and profiles.
Candidates must have been born before 1 January 2004
• Personal motivation
• Geographical distribution
• Language level (ENGLISH AND FRENCH: Communication will be essentially bilingual, but for certain phases of the programme, French or English will be preferred. The understanding of both languages is therefore necessary, a minimum level of B2 is expected in French or English (minimum B1 for the other language). In total immersion during the 5 days, you will be able to improve your communication in each of these languages. However, please note that the seminar is not a language course!)

Course aim

• The "Cluny Method": developing collective intelligence
• Interdisciplinarity and multilingualism
• Innovative methods of co-construction - Sharing and exchanging
• Conferences, training, working groups
• To test innovative working methods
• To develop critical thinking skills
• To analyse, compare and evaluate
• To develop innovative solutions

Credits info

You will get a certificate of participation. In the past, participants succeded in getting university recognition and credits. Nevertheless, the recogniton will depend on the individual university and institution.

Fee info

EUR 450: Application BEFORE May 15th
Accommodation and meals included
The cost does not include travel
EUR 650: Application after May 15th

Accommodation and meals included
The cost does not include travel


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