Brussels & Vienna Summer School on
EU Policy Making

Thank you for your interest in our Summer School. Please note that the application deadline for the 2020 edition of this Summer School has passed and that we are no longer accepting applications for this year’s edition. Students interested in the 2021 edition can submit their application as of August 2020. Please note, however, that these applications will only be reviewed by the selection committee as of January 2021.


Considering the initial interest in the Summer School on EU Policy Making, and in consultation with our partners in Vienna, we have decided to offer the summer school in synchronous online format during the same period 6th to 17th July 2020.

We will live-stream lectures and provide for interaction between participants and lecturers through coordinated online group work. Similar to past editions of the summer school, we will run a simulation exercise on EU decision-making and invite high-level speakers from the EU and international institutions to share their expertise and experiences.

Other than the benefit of in-person interactions and physical visits to the EU institutions in Brussels and the international organisations in Vienna, we are able to achieve our learning objectives to the same extent, albeit in a different format, online. The summer school will continue to be worth 5 ECTS and will remain a demanding summer school with dedicated and high quality lecturers.

As a result of saved costs due to not meeting in person, and saving on travel and subsistence costs that are normally included in the price, we are able to charge a lower tuition fee (€1,300).

2020 Summer School theme: Analysing human security in today’s EU

Explore both the old and the new centre of Diplomacy in Europe with this summer school. The intensive two-week programme is held one week in Brussels and one week in Vienna from Monday 6 to Friday 17 July 2020The Institute for European Studies joins forces with the Diplomatische Akademie Wien — Vienna School of International Studies and the University of Vienna to bring you this ‘crash course’ in European Union Policy Making.

Packed with interactive seminars and study visits, this summer programme attracts students and young professionals who wish to broaden their knowledge of the European institutions, European law and the European decision-making process in general. The first week of the summer school takes place in Brussels and reviews the main EU institutions and decision-making procedures. During the second week students learn more about EU foreign relations, while enjoying the beautiful city of Vienna.

Each year, the programme has a central theme. In 2020, this summer school will focus on ‘Analysing human security in today’s EU‘. While touching upon a wide variety of EU policy fields, we will offer participants insights into several aspects of human security through a digital and civil rights-based lens (e.g. freedom of expression, data protection, migration, anti-discrimination).

The Summer School corresponds to 5 ECTS. It is also part of the Postgraduate Certificate in EU Policy Making. This certificate is equivalent to 25 ECTS credits and provides an even better insight in the different EU policy areas.

The summer school was the perfect combination of studying, travelling, having the opportunity to learn from the best. It was not simply about being a student, it was about the people you meet, the atmosphere that you create together and the opportunity to be part of that beautiful team. We came from different cultures, backgrounds, we had different ideas, beliefs, but we had a common desire: to make those 2 weeks the best time of our lives.

Christiana Iucu
2018 participant