Summer School - Department of Political Science and International Relations 25-29 June 2018, Epoka University, Albania

Publish Date: Feb 15, 2018

Deadline: Apr 30, 2018

Event Dates: from Jun 25, 2018 12:00 to Jun 29, 2018 12:00

PIR Summer School 2018 

Department of Political Science and International Relations (PIR)

“The Western Balkans: Recovery, Cooperation and EU Accession” 

About Epoka

Epoka University is an international higher education institution located in Tirana, the capital of Albania. The University commenced academic activities during the 2007-2008 academic year, in compliance with the provisions of the Albanian higher education legislation.

In 2012, based on the Decision of the Council of Ministers of the Republic of Albania No. 553, dated 22.08.2012, the legal status of the institution has been changed from “Institution of Higher Education (“Shkollë e Lartë” in Albanian) to “University”.

All institutional strategies of Epoka University are built on the “Education, Research and Contribution to Society” triangle. To promote further R&D, as well as contribution to society, Epoka University has signed several cooperation agreements with international and national institutions. Among our distinguished partners are the Albania Investment Council, American-Albanian Business Association, Tirana Municipality, British Council Albania, Yunus Center, Dhaka, and others. 

Course description: 

This cutting-edge summer course is designed for students and professionals interested in acquiring new or complementing their existing knowledge of Western Balkan politics. While examining a range of ever-present issues, the course places a strong emphasis on the development of critical thinking about current and future challenges as well as possible solutions.


Some basic knowledge about the Western Balkan region and the European Union is required. The course is of particular interest to students interested in politics and international relations including international political economy, European studies and law.


The summer school is open to all current bachelor, master, PhD students, policy-makers, NGO activists, private sector employees, and is open to all nationalities.


1 week (24 hours teaching/seminar time).


One, 2,000-word, policy paper (to be submitted within a week after the summer school). 

Summer school fee: 

300 euro per participant. The fee covers: transport from/to Tirana centre to/from Epoka campus; lunches at Epoka campus cafeteria; participation certificate.

Travel and accommodation costs: 

The summer school organizers will not cover travel and accommodation costs of participants coming from outside Tirana and from outside Albania. Tirana is relatively cheap in terms of accommodation. On the summer school days, free transport will be provided to and from Epoka University, with pick-up and drop-off from the centre of Tirana.

How to apply: 

Please submit 250 words motivation letter with contact details to:  


5 ECTS and 3 Epoka credits. All participants will receive transcripts from Epoka University for their participation to the summer school. Participating students are advised to check credit recognition policy with their home institution. 

Venue of the Summer School:

Conference Hall E-Building, Epoka University campus, Rinas, Tirana, Albania. 

Course conveners:

  1. Dr. Islam Jusufi - Chair.
  2. Dr. Branislav Radeljic (University of East London) – Co-Chair. 
  3. Ms. Jona Koprencka - Coordinator. 
  4. Ms. Tea Hodaj - Member.  

Preliminary program:

  • Arrival of participants: Any time before 0830 hours, Monday, 25 June 2018.
  • Registration of the participants: 0830-0900 hours, Monday, 25 June 2018.
  • Opening of the Summer School: 0900 hours, Monday, 25 June 2018. 
  • Summer School courses and sessions: Monday, 25 June 2018 - Friday, 29 June 2018.
  • Departure of participants: After 1600 hours, Friday, 29 June 2018.  

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