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European Business Skills, Certificate

  • Application Deadline
  • 14 days
Amsterdam, Netherlands
With over 500 million citizens, 28 countries, and one single market, the European Union is the world’s largest economy. The EU has a rich history and boasts a diverse tapestry of cultures, languages, philosophy, and art. This two-week interdisciplinary summer school course offers a unique opportunity to acquire an invaluable 'toolkit' with skills that will equip you to do business in Europe. 
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You will be equipped with cultural, legal and political insight and knowledge of the EU. You will be provided with "do's and don'ts" to strengthen your position in negotiations, to communicate effectively across cultures, and to make sound business decisions. And be empowered to use the opportunities the EU affords whilst avoiding the pitfalls.

The course contributes to a pro-active and self-reflective role in your work, and will help you to develop successful professional multi-cultural relationships in the EU or with EU-contacts from home.

Learning Objectives:

  • You will gain a thorough understanding of the cultural, legal, and political context of the EU today.
  • You will familiarise yourself with the key principles of European cross-cultural communication
  • You will learn how Philosophy and Art relate to business, culture, and identity.
  • You will learn how to speak with truth and conviction to get your message across.
  • You will learn how to chart your network and make it work to reach your goals.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:
    • Deadline for application without a guarantee on housing: 1 June 2019
  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 14 days
  • Credits
    4 ECTS

    6 ECTS (extended version)

  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure


Successfully doing business in the EU
  • The EU today: history, background, impact on national sovereignty, current issues (e.g. Brexit, EU referenda, ground-breaking mergers)
  • EU institutions, legal framework, & competition law (cartels, abuse of a dominant position, merger control)
  • Cross cultural communication
  • The role of Philosophy (ethics, rhetoric), Art, & Culture
  • Networking

In this module you will develop your 'soft skills' to communicate in an international and intercultural environment. You will experience how the EU is managed and become aware of what works (and what doesn’t!).

A two-day field trip to Brussels, the 'capital of the European Union', to visit the European Parliament and the European Commission is included for learning 'in action'. You will also be introduced to Dutch culture and will visit beautiful places in Amsterdam, discovering the DNA of the city.


  • Simeona Petkova PhD
  • Bjorn Martin van den Berg MSc

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

General Requirements

  • Undergraduate level (year 2 and above) with a good command of the English language at upper intermediate level   – B2 in the Common European Framework of Reference
  • Suited for undergraduate students (year 2 and above), graduate students, and professionals

Tuition Fee

  • International

    1150 EUR/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1150 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 14 days.
  • EU/EEA

    1150 EUR/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1150 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 14 days.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.
  • €1,545.00 – for 6 ECTS (online coaching for extra assignment)
  • Early bird discount (apply before 15 April) - € 50.00

Living costs for Amsterdam

  • 1000 - 1500 EUR/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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