Summer School on EU Policy Making

Institute for European Studies (IES), Vrije Universiteit Brussel

Program Description

Summer School on EU Policy Making

Institute for European Studies (IES), Vrije Universiteit Brussel

Summer School on European Policy-Making

Two weeks of intensive study on the European decision-making process, geared towards students that have a background in (international) politics and/or (European) law. As of 2012, the Summer School corresponds to 5 ECTS-credits.

Inter-University programme: Study one week in the heart of Europe, i.e. at the Institute for European Studies of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, where the theory of the decision-making process can be translated into practice: students will get a theoretical framework linked to study visits to the European Commission, the Parliament, and the Council. The one week study in Brussels is complemented with a one week study/workshop at the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna, in collaboration with the University of Vienna. The Summer School will be concluded with simulation exercises involving all participants.

Application forms must arrive no later than 1 May 2017.

Structure & Topics

The first week in Brussels emphasises the various decision-making actors and also looks at the implementation process at national level. Study visits are complemented by lectures from senior academics and by high-level officials from the Brussels based European institutions. The lectures include the following topics:

  • The EU treaties and their evolution
  • The functioning of the European institutions including the European Parliament, the Commission, the Council and the European Court of Justice
  • The European decision-making process
  • Structural diplomacy
  • Governance mechanisms and soft instruments of policy making
  • The EU and its lobby groups

The second week takes place in Vienna, where a team of experts offer in-depth knowledge of European policy-making in various fields such as:

  • Constitutional and legal issues
  • European Foreign and Security Policy
  • Monetary Policy

The Summer School concludes with two simulation games. Typically, we conduct one in the field of health and safety policy and one in the field of foreign and security policy. Throughout the programme, students do preparatory exercises and are coached and guided towards effectively “playing” these simulation games.

This school offers programs in:
  • English
  • French

Last updated August 19, 2016
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
July 3, 2017
2 weeks
Full time
1,395 EUR
May 1, 2017
Start date July 3, 2017
Belgium Brussels
Application deadline May 1, 2017
End date July 14, 2017
Duration 2 weeks
Price 1,395 EUR
for the program