Packed with interactive seminars, these short programmes attract students and young professionals who wish to broaden their knowledge of the European institutions, European law and the European decision-making process in general.
These intensive two-week Winter & Summer Schools on EU Policy-making consist of 5 ECTS.
In the Summer School edition, students spend one week in Brussels and one week in Vienna. The Winter School is a separate programme organised fully online.
From 7 to 18 February 2022, the IES will organise its online Jean Monnet Winter School on EU Policy-Making, in collaboration with its partners the University of Vienna and the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna. This Winter School will build on the long-standing expertise of the similar (offline) Summer School that the IES and its partners have organised for almost 20 years. Other than being taught online, the second main difference with its 'Summer sibling', is the focus area of the Winter edition, which will be digital rights (competition, freedom of expression, data protection, disinformation resilience), whereas the Summer School focuses on civil rights.
The intensive two-week Jean Monnet Summer School on EU Policy Making, taught on campus, is held online from Monday 5 to Friday 16 July 2021.
The first week of the summer school reviews the main EU institutions and decision-making procedures, while theoretically exploring questions of governance, participation and legitimacy.
During the second week students learn more about EU foreign relations. Each year, the programme has a central theme. The focus area of the Summer edition, which will be civil rights, touching on policy discussions related to human security, migration, anti-discrimination, diversity.
Study visits include the European Commission, European Parliament, Council of the EU, OSCE and the UN! (TBC)
The Brussels School of Governance is an alliance between the Institute for European Studies (Vrije Universiteit Brussel) and Vesalius College.
All Institute for European Studies (VUB) programmes have been granted accredited status by the Dutch-Flemish Accreditation Organisation (NVAO, Nederlands-Vlaamse Accreditatie Organisatie).
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The lectures include the following topics:
- Introduction to the European Union
- Functioning of the European institutions
- EU decision-making procedures
- Governance, participation and legitimacy
- Winter School: Overview of select EU policy areas with a focus on digital rights: freedom of expression, data protection, disinformation resilience, platform responsibility.
- Summer School: Overview of select EU policy areas with a focus on civl rights: human security, migration, anti-discrimination, diversity.
- EU constitutional and legal issues
- European foreign and security policy
- Human rights protection
- The EU and international organisations
- Overview of select EU policy areas with a focus on digital rights (Winter School) or civil rights (Summer School)
We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.
We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.
It is recommended to be in the final year of a Bachelor degree. Candidates from partner countries neighbouring the EU are especially encouraged to apply. All candidates must demonstrate a high level of motivation and interest in their letter of intent. A good level of English is necessary.
International1400 EUR/fullTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 1400 EUR for the full programme during 14 days.
EU/EEA1400 EUR/fullTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 1400 EUR for the full programme during 14 days.
Winter School: 1400 EUR. Summer School: 1900 EUR, but if due to circumstances the Summer School needs to be organised online, its fee is 1400 EUR.
The Institute for European Studies will grant one full tuition fee waiver to one student of the winter programme and one student of the summer programme. This waiver will be attributed on the basis of merit and motivation, and will in general, but not exclusively, be granted to a student from a partner country neighbouring the EU.
If you think you may be eligible for the waiver, you will need to provide the following supporting documents as part of your application to the programme:
- a motivation letter
- a transcript of your academic records.
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