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 Brussels School of Governance (BSoG) 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 7-18 February 2022. The next Summer School, which is a programme fully taught face-to-face in Brussels and in Vienna, will take place from 4-15 July 2022. 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.

2022 Winter School theme: Analysing digital rights and diplomacy in today’s EU

From Monday 7 to Friday 18 February 2022, the Brussels School of Governance at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel will organise the second 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 BSoG 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.

2022 Summer School theme: Analysing civil rights in today’s EU

The intensive two-week Jean Monnet Summer School on EU Policy Making, taught on campus, is held one week in Brussels and one week in Vienna from Monday 4 to Friday 15 July 2022. It allows students to explore both the old and the new centre of diplomacy in Europe. The Brussels School of Governance 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.

As a PhD student of European studies, participating in the Jean Monnet Winter School on EU Policy Making 2021 was an outstanding experience for me. During the Winter School theory and practice were fantastically merged. Despite being held online, the programme was very intensive, fruitful and beneficial. It was a tremendous opportunity for me and my fellow students to have such direct interaction with leading experts from the EU.

Tamar Todria
2021 Winter School participant