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Economics of European Integration

21 days
998 EUR/full
998 EUR/full
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The Economics of European Integration course at the Maastricht Summer School discusses the key economic policy areas of the European Union (EU) and offers an analysis of the different approaches to regional economic integration throughout the history of the EU. The theory of the economic integration process will also be applied to a business setting. A field trip is included in the course.


The European Union started in 1951 as an attempt to prevent a new World-war in Europe. No other region has displayed similar willingness to give up important parts of national sovereignty in pursuit of a stronger global competitive positioning. The European Union keeps pressuring the integration-process at a pace which is too fast for some and too slow for others. This integration has a direct impact on the daily lives of all citizens in Europe.

Key facts:

  • The Economics of European Integration course at the 
  • Maastricht Summer School
  •  analyses the economic bases for the rise of the European Union from its origins in the post-World war II recovery to its historic enlargements in 2004 and 2007. The accession of the new Central and Eastern European Member-States (most recently Croatia in 2013) and Brexit, pose new challenges for the EU. Since Europe accounts for one-quarter of the global economy, half of the global trade and a substantial part of worlds capital markets, this course also looks at the impact of the European Union on other trading blocks like NAFTA. 
  • Competitiveness is the key word for globalisation and the course will focus on different forms of market–integration used inside the EU and will discuss consequences for both competition policy and industrial policy.
  • The theory of the economic integration process will be applied to a business setting, with a series of business cases illustrating how a variety of firms are responding strategically to the establishment of the Economic and Monetary Union, Brexit and the accession of new Member-States. Students are given advice and guidance on using case studies and how to evaluate the strategies choices made by firms. Special attention will be given to the present problems of the Euro crisis and corresponding consequences for national tax policies within the EU.
  • This course consists of 32 class hours divided over 3 weeks. Students earn 6 ECTS credits when they obtain a passing grade. The course will include a field trip

Programme Structure

By the end of the course students will demonstrate the ability to:

  • Understand the economic and political logic behind the EU integration
  • Review the EU’s legal system and main legal principles guiding the economic integration, and describe the legislative processes
  • Understand the economic framework of the decision-making inside the EU
  • Understand the various forms of market- integration in-depth
  • Understand the choice and benefits of the Economic and Monetary Union-concept


  • Matt Heckman

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 21 days

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Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Understanding of basic micro- and macro economic principles. Preferably understanding of international economic relations.
  • A minimum of 8 students is required for the class to take place.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    998 EUR/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 998 EUR for the full programme during 21 days.
  • National

    998 EUR/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 998 EUR for the full programme during 21 days.

Living costs for Maastricht

700 - 1170 EUR /month
Living costs

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