European Summer School “Challenged Union: Making Sense of the Troublemakers”, 15-25 July 2017, Czech Republic

Publish Date: Apr 19, 2017

Deadline: May 31, 2017

Challenged Union

Making sense of the troublemakers

The European Summer School in Prague is an intensive 10 day learning programme focused on European integration. It is organized by one of the leading think-tanks in Prague, EUROPEUM Institute for European Policy, in co-operation with Prague College and the Charles University Faculty of Social Sciences.


The program is comprised of short lectures that introduce the main topics of the course, debates with experts, moderated debates between students, meetings with relevant stakeholders and visits to state institutions dealing with European topics.

Over the 10 days, students will participate in 10 interactive lectures, 3 excursions, 2 meetings with stakeholders, 1 introductory lesson on debating and 1 Oxford-style debate.

We want to get the students involved as much as possible and to give them the opportunity to discuss current EU issues with experts and equally motivated students. Therefore, the program will highlight the importance of Q&A sessions and will be complemented by an Oxford-style debate, where students will be divided into smaller groups and assigned a position to argue for a more supranational or intergovernmental design of a selected policy (security and defence policy, external relations, economic governance - one topic will be selected based on the preferences of the accepted participants).


European Summer School 2017 will focus on the elements that are in one way or another challenging the status quo of the European Union or require looser cooperation of the member states in the future. We will cover 3 main areas:

  • Driving ideas – Euroscepticism, populism, solidarity, supranationalism versus intergovernmentalism, extremism
  • Actors – Visegrad group (esp. Hungary and Poland), United Kingdom, national populists in various Member States (French Front National, Dutch Party for Freedom, German Alternative für Deutschland etc.)
  • Policies – security and defence policy, external relations, energy and climate policy, internal market


During your stay in Prague, we will visit places fascinating to anyone interested in international relations.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic

Let’s discover its beautiful headquarters in the Černín Palace, near Prague Castle! 

Czech Parliament

You will get a chance to talk to an MP and ask about anything you ever wanted to know about Czech and Central European politics. 

Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty 

Taking advantage of your stay in the Czech capital, we will also take you to the headquarters of the very famous Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty - a crucial source of independent information for people within the Soviet bloc. After the end of the Cold War, it turned its focus to providing information in the countries where freedom of the press is limited.


Accommodation is provided at Holiday Home hotel (Americká 37), beautiful historical building suitably located in a wider Prague center and in a walking distance from program venue and our classrooms at Prague College. Located in a residential area of Vinohrady, the hotel is situated on a metro line A (Náměstí Míru) that is directly connected to the airport buses. Hotel offers perfect connection to the city center, by metro or trams (day and night).

Accommodation is provided in 4 -beds rooms, triple rooms and double rooms. Single room is also available on request and for an additional fee of 50 EUR. All rooms have private bathroom and WC, hairdryer and safe box. Towels are provided. Free WiFi is available in the whole facility.


Two meals per day are included in the fee – breakfast is served at the hotel and lunch is organized in between lectures. During the weekend, we might meet for the dinner. As for other meal, we are always happy to give you recommendations!

Public transport

Prague city transport is among the best in Europe – effective, cheap and reliable. There are three metro lines, complemented by a dense network of tram and bus lines. Ticket price for the whole program is included in the course fee. 


In order to apply for the ESS, you should be currently enrolled in a university or have recently graduated. Other applications will be assessed separately. The field of your study is not a determining factor – we are interested in motivated people!

All participants must be at over 18 at the time of the program (born before July 14 1999)!

The programme is held in English. All participants are asked to self-evaluate their language skills in order to be able to actively participate in both the lectures and free time activities. The application documents (CV, motivation letter) are accepted in English only.


950 EUR / 1 010 USD

  • Current students from the EU member states + Norway, Switzerland, Iceland, USA, Canada

855 EUR / 910 USD

  • Current students from the non-EU countries that are not specifically listed in the section above
  • Special cases (see the Scholarship section bellow)

Fee covers:

  • Tuition and reading materials
  • Housing and two meals a day (breakfast and lunch/dinner)
  • Travel pass for public transport in Prague
  • Fieldtrips, cultural activities and other special events

Fee does NOT cover travel costs to Prague and other personal expenses (e.g. pocket money).

Scholarships and financial aid

To reflect the growing numbers of application from the non-European states, we have decided to introduce a reduced tariff. This rule applies for applicants from the countries outside of the EU (except for Norway, Iceland, Switzerland, USA and Canada, where the standard fee applies). Reduced fee is also offered to those who apply before January 31, 2017.

In special cases, also students falling to the “standard fee” category can apply for the lower fee – in this case, we will ask you to submit a transcript of grades from the last two years of university (if applicable) and a letter of recommendation. The fee reduction will be awarded to three best candidates, based on the evaluation of the submitted documents.

Please note that unfortunately the EUROPEUM Institute for European Policy is not able to provide students with any additional scholarships. To help cover the fee and travel expenses, students are encouraged to explore funding opportunities available through non-governmental organisations and governmental sources, such as the Soros Foundation, German Political Foundations (Stiftung), U.S. Embassies or their country’s embassy in the Czech Republic. Local businesses, corporations and employers are often a source for additional scholarship help. We are happy to provide a letter of support for you.

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