Netherlands, Utrecht (NL)

European Business and Economy

when 6 July 2015 - 17 July 2015
duration 2 weeks
credits 4 EC
fee EUR 1170

This interactive course offers a two-week introduction to Europe, with a strong focus on economic, political and business developments. Several prominent guest speakers from different disciplines will give their views on the past, present and future of the European Union (EU). In interactive sessions they will discuss theories and thoughts about the financial crisis, global shift, knowledge economy & innovation, sustainable banking, political context, public affairs, decision-making processes, European business and regional cooperation.

Cooperation between the member states is characterized by far-reaching economic integration. The EU has a single market, with free movement of people, goods, services and capital. Several member states increased the economic integration by creating a single currency, the euro, and establishing the European Central Bank.

These characteristics of the European Union (EU) have created great opportunities for European businesses. With the elimination of trade barriers, the market has grown and still grows when new member states join. Also production can easily take place in different countries to reduce costs. But trees do not grow into the sky forever. Nowadays the EU faces serious challenges in its role as a major player in the global economy, such as the economic crisis and the global shift. How do European businesses cope with these changes and how can Europe maintain its strong economic position?

This course offers a two-week introduction to Europe, with a strong focus on economic, political and business developments. Moreover, in a multiday role-play you will get the opportunity to undergo the method of working of the European Parliament. The course will also take you to Brussels, the European 'capital', and to multinational businesses in the Netherlands to learn how this company deals with the benefits and challenges in the EU.

This course combines a theoretical and a practical approach. The interactive lectures give you the opportunity to gain theoretical and current knowledge, which helps you to form your opinion about the EU, participate in discussions and complete assignments.

Wondering what participants of previous years think about the course? Read the experiences below!
‘Great course with useful information that is important for everyone – European or not’ (student from Aruba).
‘I was provided with interactive studies and multiple speakers with different viewpoints’ (student from China).
‘I learned a great amount about the EU and it’s role not only within Europe but also globally’ (student from the Netherlands).

Course leader

Jelly J. Offereins

Target group

This course is open to students from all fields – European or not, as long as you have a strong interest in economic trends and business topics in Europe. A good command of English is necessary.

Course aim

After successful completion of this course, you have developed an overview of the main trends and topics in the European economy. You have gained a theoretical background to which you are challenged to shape your own perspective and share this in group discussions, presentations and a paper.

Credits info

4 EC
Certificate of Attendance

Fee info

EUR 1170: Course + course materials + housing
EUR 830: Course + course materials

The course European Business and Economy can be combined with the following courses;

European Business Challenges
20-07-2015 - 07-08-2015 | 6.0 ECTS | € 1615


Utrecht Summer School does not offer scholarships for this course

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