At Summer Schools in Europe, we are supporting anyone who wants to start or optimise a summer school.
Students were glued to their homes for two summers because of the pandemic. As more people are fully vaccinated, we expect summer schools to be able to open their physical doors to students again. That is why this summer offers your school better chances than ever to attract numerous students. If you have not already, this is the perfect moment to start your summer school. 
We are happy to announce that we are organising three different workshops in October 2021, for beginning, intermediate and advanced summer school leaders. Originally founded by Utrecht Summer School these workshops will take place in the historical centre of Utrecht at the office of Summer Schools in Europe. While the workshops are intended to increase your knowledge, we think it is important to connect and exchange knowledge with other school leaders as well. Therefore we will set up a visit to the office of Utrecht Summer School and a social programme including network drinks with all three groups. We invite you to join one of the workshops depending on your plans for your school. Find more information about each workshop below. We hope to welcome you in Utrecht this upcoming autumn!
If you are interested in one of our workshops you can register here.
If you would like to get more information, please contact Carlijn.
Team Summer Schools in Europe
Workshops 2021
The workshops will be provided by the following four experts:
Jeroen Torenbeek founded the Utrecht Summer School in 1986. In the context of the international aspirations of Utrecht University, he managed to expand the Utrecht Summer School from 400 to 4.000 participants from all over the world in a period of 15 years. The current Utrecht Summer School still organises about 200 courses on bachelor, master, PhD and professional level, also in collaboration with the University of Applied Sciences and the School of the Arts. Torenbeek's efforts made the Utrecht Summer School the biggest in the EU, if not worldwide. He has received numerous awards for his achievements in the field of internationalisation of higher education, including the Bo Gregersen Award, Utrecht Network Award and a royal distinction of the House of Orange-Nassau.
Wendy Schellens has 25 years' experience, working in various (international) Marketing & Communications management positions in different sectors and companies like BT, Cushman & Wakefield, Cargill, Signify/Philips Lighting and Trust International. As owner of WensCom, she’s active in the field of marketing, communications & PR as an independent consultant. She worked on the online marketing & communications strategy for Utrecht Summer School 2019/2020 and has conducted marketing training for international participants on how to successfully organize a summer school.
Maggy Ovaa works partly as a strategic advisor to the Executive Board of the University Medical Center Utrecht/Faculty of Medicine of Utrecht University and partly as an independent consultant developing and implementing strategies for internationalization of research and education. Before she has worked as head of the international office of Inholland University of Applied Sciences. She has been active in the development and implementation of several summer courses in collaboration with the University Medical Center Utrecht and Utrecht Summer School. Maggy holds an M.A. degree in International Affairs and in Latin-America Studies from Utrecht University.
Marc Gebuis is co-owner of Summer Schools in and is active in the field of internationalisation for 15 years, with a focus on short-term (summer) programmes. Among his accomplishments is seeing an increase in Utrecht Summer School participants from 300 to 3000 during the time he worked there. Marc Gebuis is chairman of Babel, an (academic) language centre based in Utrecht, the Netherlands, and is a language partner of Utrecht University. He has a background in online marketing and communication science, holding a Master’s degree in the latter from VU Amsterdam (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam). He is an active member of the European Association for International Education where he was the chair of the Expert Community Language and Culture.