Winter & Summer School on
EU Policy Making

This website is dedicated to the Jean Monnet Winter School and Summer School on EU Policy Making, two separate but similar programmes organised by the Institute for European Studies (VUB) in collaboration with its partners the University of Vienna and the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna. The next edition of the Winter School, which is a programme taught fully online, is scheduled for 1-12 February 2021. The next Summer School, which is a programme fully taught face-to-face in Brussels and in Vienna, will take place from 5-16 July 2021. These Winter and Summer Schools have a similar target audience, so when enquiring about or applying for one of the two editions, please indicate clearly if you are interested in the Winter or Summer edition.

2021 Winter School theme: Analysing digital rights in today’s EU

From Monday 1 to Friday 12 February 2021, the Institute for European Studies (VUB) will organise the very first edition of its online Jean Monnet Winter School on EU Policy-Making, in collaboration with its partners the University of Vienna and the Diplomatische Akademie Wien — Vienna School of International Studies and the University of Vienna. This Winter School, which provides participants a ‘crash course’ in European Union Policy Making, 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 fully online, the second main difference with its ‘Summer sibling’, is the focus area of the Winter edition, which will be digital rights, touching on policy discussions related to freedom of expression, data protection, disinformation resilience, platform responsibility.

This winter programme is a challenging and truly interactive online study experience (workshops, simulation game, etc.) with special attention to the social side. It 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 reviews the main EU institutions and decision-making procedures. During the second week students learn more about EU foreign relations.

The Winter 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.

2021 Summer School theme: Analysing civil rights in today’s EU

The intensive two-week Jean Monnet Summer Schoolon EU Policy Making, taught on campus, is held one week in Brussels and one week in Vienna from Monday 5 to Friday 16 July 2021. It allows students to explore both the old and the new centre of diplomacy in Europe. The Brussels based Institute for European Studies (VUB) 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. The focus area of the Summer edition, which will be civil rights, touching on policy discussions related to human security, migration, anti-discrimination, diversity.

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.

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.

Unlike the 2020 edition of this Summer School that we had to organise online because of the Covid-19 situation at the time, we aim to have a face-to-face summer school again in Brussels and Vienna in 2021.

The 2020 summer school organized by the Institute of European Studies was an outstanding learning experience. It helped me to better understand the decision making process within the EU and the future challenges the EU has to tackle. Despite being an online experience this year, due to the staff’s dedication, professionalism and the way the lectures were organized, the summer school felt like an on site event. I am more than grateful for this opportunity to learn about the EU in a multicultural environment.

Bogdan Popescu
2020 Summer School participant