A new Summer School is organised by the IEE-ULB as a collaboration with the Faculty of Philosophy and Social Sciences.

It is organised within the framework of Jean Monnet Module  “Rule of law and mutual trust in global and European governance”.

What is this Summer school about?

If you are seeking to specialise in the study of the EU, looking for a hands-on immersion, or preparing for an international career in Brussels? The Summer School “360° of EU Affairs” offers a unique opportunity to pursue your objectives and build real-world skills. Courses are taught by leading scholars in their fields and the activities offer privileged engagement with EU institutions and high-level practitioners.

In a context where EU affairs continue to expand, the Summer School is meeting the rising demand for professionals in this domain. Students will acquire sought-after knowledge and networks, which will prepare them for careers in a wide range of sectors including the European institutions, government, civil society organisations and academia.

Who is this Summer school for?

The summer school is designed for BA (final year) and MA students with a background in political science, law, history, international relations, etc. Participants should have a sufficient command of English to interact and to write assignments.


Through academic lectures, roundtables and panels with high-level officials and experts in EU affairs, the summer school provides an introduction to EU politics with a focus on EU institutions, interests representation, lobbying, decision-making and the EU in the world. The programme includes lectures and other activities every weekday and covers:

  • The challenges of the EU & Introduction to the politics of the EU
  • The deepening and widening of EU integration process
  • A more (geo)political EU Commission
  • The European Parliament
  • The power of Member States
  • Judicial politics. Rights, norms and values.
  • Interest representation in Brussels: Mapping the actors
  • The EU in the world
  • Decision-making in the EU
  • Normative power vs strategic interest?
  • Negotiating the EU budget


An innovative pedagogical approach is proposed combining in-depth knowledge in EU studies, learning of new professional skills, visits, networking and mentoring sessions and online social and cultural activities. 
Welcome pack and study material: participants will receive a reader covering all the topics listed in the program. The reader will contain key concepts, boxes, useful links and practical information to go further.
All activities will take place between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. (Brussels time).

Course leaders

Ramona Coman, Associate Professor and President of the Institute for European Studies, ULB
Frank Mattheis, Post-Doc Research Fellow, IEE-ULB

Practical information

Dates:  19 – 31 July, 2021

Location: The summer school will be given online through ULB’s learning environment. 

Fees: Registration fee: €1000 (includes lectures, course material, online social and cultural activities).

Contact: For any question, please contact us at summerschool@ulb.be.

Deadline: The application procedure has to be filled before 04 July 2021 (extended deadline).