• Application Deadline
  • 5 days
The EU and its neighbours - challenges and opportunities of cooperation course at University of Pisa examines the rationale of the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP), the techniques and instruments used by the EU to influence its neighbours and the mixed successes of this policy, considering its original objectives (i.e. inspiring domestic reforms, bringing greater stability and prosperity).


The EU and its neighbours - challenges and opportunities of cooperation course at University of Pisa provides an opportunity to assess the evolution of the ENP, which is the result of the transformation of the EU into a more pragmatic international player and to reflect on the future of this policy which has been defined as “obsolete.”

In addressing the EU relations with Eastern European countries, the summer school will focus on the way Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova are implementing the association agreements, including the chapter concerning the setting up of a deep and comprehensive free trade area. The quality of the provisions of these agreements reveal that these three third countries are something more than “mere neighbours” for the EU. 

The relations with Armenia and Azerbaijan will also be scrutinised placing special emphasis on the new relations with Armenia that took shape in the EU-Armenia Comprehensive and Enhanced Partnership Agreement (CEPA). The EU-Russia relations and the way Russian domestic policies influence its foreign affairs will be the subject of a specific lecture. 

The summer school also touches upon the Energy Community and energy security; in addition, it focuses on the Eurasian Economic Union and analyses how the development of its energy component, namely, a common energy market of oil, gas and electricity, would impact on the EU and Russia.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 5 days
  • Credits
    3 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • The European neighbourhood policy: sense and nonsense
  • The new generation of association agreements and deep and comprehensive free trade areas with the ENP countries
  • The EU’s relations with Armenia and Azerbaijan: the history and prospects of bilateral and regional cooperation
  • The EU-Russia relations
  • Interconnection between domestic and foreign policies in Russia


    English Language Requirements

    This programme requires students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

    Academic Requirements

    • A copy of ID card (for European citizens) or passport
    • A short CV  (2 pages)
    • It is preferable to have a certificate bearing the proof of your knowledge of the English language: the minimum recommended level is B2 (i.e. TOEFL, IELTS, Cambridge). If you have it, please supply it.

    Tuition Fee

    • International Applies to you

      250 EUR/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 250 EUR per year and a duration of 5 days.
    • National Applies to you

      250 EUR/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 250 EUR per year and a duration of 5 days.
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    Living costs for L’Aquila

    • 600 - 900 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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