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Summer School - 360 of EU Affairs : Key controversies in the EU

Are you seeking to specialize in the study of the European Union, looking for a hands-on immersion, or preparing for an international career in Brussels ? The Summer School 360° of EU Affairs offers a unique opportunity to pursue your objectives and build real-world skills. Courses are taught by leading scholars in their fields and the activities offer privileged engagement with EU institutions and high-level practitioners.

This summer school co-organised by the Université libre de Bruxelles (Institute for European Studies & Faculty of Philosophy and Social Sciences), the University of Bucharest and the Universidad Autonóma de Madrid examines current challenges of EU integration; through academic lectures, roundtables and panels with high level officials and experts in EU affairs, it provides an introduction to EU politics with a focus on key controversies, EU institutions and decision-making. An innovative pedagogical approach is proposed which combines in depth knowledge in EU studies, learning of new professional skills, visits, networking, and mentoring sessions as well as cultural and political tours of Brussels. It is an initiation to understand the EU and an opportunity to discover Brussels, as capital of Belgium and headquarter of EU institutions and many international organisations.

In a context where EU affairs continue to expand, the Summer School is meeting the rising demand for professionals in this domain. Students will acquire sought-after knowledge and networks, which will prepare them for careers in a wide range of sectors including the European institutions, government, civil society organisations and academia


Through academic lectures, roundtables and panels with high-level officials and experts in EU affairs, the summer school provides an introduction to EU politics with a focus on key controversies, EU institutions and decision-making.

An innovative pedagogical approach is proposed combining in-depth knowledge in EU studies, learning of new professional skills, networking and mentoring sessions and social and cultural activities. 

Target audience
The summer school is designed for BA students (final year), MA students and young professionnals with a background in political science, law, history, international relations, etc. Participants should have a sufficient command of English to interact and to deliver a group presentation.

Course coordinators
Ramona Coman, Institute for European Studies, Université libre de Bruxelles
Luis Bouza, Universidad Autonóma de Madrid
Elena Garcia, Universidad Autonóma de Madrid
Ruxandra Ivan, Faculty of Political Science, University of Bucharest
Practical information

17 - 26 August 2022 

Institute for European Studies, Solbosch Campus, Université libre de Bruxelles

Participants should be able to follow lectures, interact and deliver a group presentation in English. 

Assessment & Credits
Assessment will be based on participation and a group presentation at the end of the summer school.
Participants who attend all activities scheduled in the programme will receive a certificate of attendance. 
Participants  who successfully complete the programme (attendance and assignment) will receive a certificate of completion.

Participants can book accommodation in a single room in a student hall on campus from 16 August (check-in) to 27 August (check-out). 


  • Registration fee : €950 (this fee includes course content and material, visits, local transportation related to visits included in the programme, welcome and farewell drinks. This fee does not include accommodation, meals, travel costs and any other expense). 
  • Accommodation on campus : €400 (check-in on 16 August, check-out on 27 August). Please contact summerschool@ulb.be for more information. 
  • Grants covering participation costs are available for students enrolled at ULB or at one of the CIVIS member universities. Please visit the CIVIS website for more information. 

Depending on your nationality and the length of your stay, you might need a visa to enter Belgium. Visa procedures may take several weeks. For more information, visit the website of the Foreigners Department of the FPS Home Affairs. Please note that we can only issue an invitation letter if your admission has been accepted and we have received the payment of your registration fee. 

For information about measures related to COVID in Belgium, please visit https://www.info-coronavirus.be/en
For information about measures related to COVID at ULB, please visit: https://actus.ulb.be/fr/actus/covid-19-english


CIVIS students
Mobility grants are available for students enrolled at ULB or at one of the CIVIS member universities. If this is your case, please apply before 10 June 2022 via the CIVIS website. You can contact summerschool@ulb.be for any question.

How to apply ? 
Applications are now closed. Please send an email to sumerschool@ulb.be to be updated about the next editions. 

Cancellation policy
Cancellation by the participant:
Cancellation before 1 July 2022: full refund.
Cancellation between 1 July and 31 July 2022 : 50% refund.
Cancellation after 31 July 2022: no refund.
Participants who wish to cancel their registration must send an email to summerschool@ulb.be. All refunds are made in euros. The organisation cannot refund any shortfalls due to exchange rates fluctuations or bank charges. In any case, travel costs, visa costs and any other cost will not be refunded.

Cancellation by the organisers:
The organisers reserve the right to cancel the programme or to open waiting lists. If the programme is cancelled by the organisers, the registration fee will be refunded in full. In any case, travel costs, visa costs and any other expenses will not be refunded. Please keep this in mind when making travel arrangements. 

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