Summer School on European Policy-Making, 3-14 July 2017, Belgium and Austria

Publish Date: Mar 17, 2017

Deadline: May 01, 2017

Event Dates: from Jul 03, 2017 12:00 to Jul 14, 2017 12:00

About the summer school

3-14 July 2017

Every year in July, the Institute for European Studies (IES), the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna (DA) and the University of Vienna team up to organise the inter-university Summer School on European Policy-making. This intensive two-week programme is held one week in Brussels and one week in Vienna and is geared towards young professionals and students who have a background in (international) politics and/or (European) law.


The first week in BRUSSELS emphasises the various decision-making actors and also looks at the implementation process at national level. Study visits to the main EU institutions are complemented by lectures from senior academics and by high-level officials from the Brussels based European institutions. The lectures include the following topics:

  • The EU treaties and their evolution
  • The functioning of the European institutions including the European Parliament, the Commission, the Council and the European Court of Justice
  • The EU decision-making process
  • Structural diplomacy
  • Governance mechanisms and soft instruments of policy-making
  • The EU and its lobby groups 

The second week takes place in VIENNA, where a team of experts offer in-depth knowledge of European policy-making in various fields such as:

  • Constitutional and legal issues
  • European Foreign and Security Policy
  • Human rights protection in Europe
  • Monetary Policy

Each week of the Summer School concludes with a simulation game. Throughout the programme, students do preparatory exercises and are coached and guided towards effectively “playing” these simulation games.

The Summer School corresponds to 5 ECTS.


Please apply via the following online application form: IES Summer School Application

The final deadline for applying is 1 May 2017. Selection is at the discretion of the organisers. A maximum of 25 students will be selected based on study background, educational merit and geographic balance.

The results of the selection committee will be announced by 15 May 2017 at the latest via email.

Early Bird application:
Students who apply before 15 March 2017 will already be informed of their acceptance to the programme by 20 March 2017.

EUR 1.775 (current students from the EU or EHEA) or
EUR 1.995 (all other applicants)

The tuition fee includes:

  • course material
  • access to online platform
  • daily breakfast in Brussels
  • daily lunch in Brussels and Vienna
  • flight from Brussels to Vienna on Sunday, 9 July 2017
  • study visits

It does not include:

  • accommodation
  • evening meals
  • arrival/return flights

Optional accommodation is available through the programme organiser at a cost of EUR 350 per week (for details please see this website: Summer School FAQs).

Students paying before 31 March 2017 receive a 10% Early Bird reduction.
If you pay the fee two weeks after you have been accepted, you are eligible for an additional EUR 100 discount.

Cancellation Policy

More than 45 days before arrival: no cancellation charges
Between 45 and 30 days before arrival: 50% cancellation charges
Between 30 and 15 days before arrival: 75% cancellation charges
Less than 15 days before arrival: 100% cancellation charges


Accommodation costs are not included in the tuition fee. However, optional accommodation is available through the programme organiser (IES) at a cost of EUR 350 per week.

For more information click "Further official information" below.

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