Summer School on EU Policy Making 2024

Brussels School of Governance at Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Diplomatische Akademie Wien – Vienna School of International Studies, University of Vienna

1-12 July 2024

2024 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, 1 July to Friday, 12 July 2024. 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 School 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.

The Brussels School of Governance is an alliance between the Institute for European Studies (Vrije Universiteit Brussel) and Vesalius College. The Summer School is organised by the Institute for European Studies (VUB), a Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence.

Target group Students and young professionals who wish to broaden their knowledge of the European institutions, European law and the European decision-making process in general
Duration 2 weeks
(Monday, 1 July - Friday, 12 July 2024)
Language of instruction English
Tuition fee EUR 1,900
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The Summer School’s main theme in 2024 is Analysing civil rights in today’s EU.

The first week in Brussels (1 to 5 July) provides an introduction to the various decision-making actors and key policy areas. The second week in Vienna (8 to 12 July) offers in-depth knowledge on EU policy making and human rights, with a focus on external affairs. Lectures, discussions and exercises facilitated by academics and practitioners are complemented with study visits to EU institutions. 

Throughout the two weeks, the summer school participants engage in a policy simulation exercise where they work in small groups to negotiate a policy solution to a civil rights-related problem in the EU. They are assigned a role and asked to broker political and legislative agreements among EU member states. Upon attendance and active participation in the two-week programme, the participants receive a 5 ECTS certificate for taking part in the Summer School.

Tuition fee

The tuition fee for the Summer School is EUR 1,900, to be paid before 1 May. However, if the applicant is offered an early bird discount, the tuition fee is to be paid before 1 April.

This fee includes: course material, access to online platform, daily lunch in Brussels and Vienna, public transport, group flight from Brussels to Vienna on the Sunday at the end of the first week of the summer school, and study visits.

The tuition fee does not include: accommodation, breakfasts and evening meals, flights to Brussels and from Vienna back home.

Tuition Fee Waiver

The Brussels School of Governance will grant one full tuition fee waiver to one student of the Summer School programme. This waiver will be attributed on the basis of merit and motivation, and will in general, but not exclusively, be granted to a student from a partner country neighbouring the EU. If you think you may be eligible for the waiver, you will need to provide the following supporting documents as part of your application to the programme:

  • a motivation letter
  • a transcript of your academic records.

The deadline for applying for the tuition fee waiver is 15 March (same as the early bird deadline).

Cancellation Policy

In case of cancellation before the start of the programme:

  • Before 1 May: any tuition fees will be reimbursed, except the pre-registration fee of EUR 400
  • After 1 May: no reimbursement
The pre-registration fee is non-refundable, unless cancellation of a programme is due to events beyond the control of the applicant, otherwise known as force majeure (for example for medical reasons). In those cases, the full pre-registration fee will be refunded.


Please apply via the following online application form:

Admission requirements

  • It is recommended to be (at least) in the final year of a Bachelor degree.
  • Candidates from partner countries neighbouring the EU are especially encouraged to apply.
  • All candidates must demonstrate a high level of motivation and interest in their letter of intent.
  • A good level of English is necessary.


  • Please note that applications will be reviewed as of February – you may of course already apply before that date.
  • Assessments are on a rolling basis, namely every 2 weeks in the period February – 28 April
  • Early bird deadline: 15 March
  • Applicants who submit their application by 15 March at the latest and are subsequently admitted to the programme, are eligible for a 10% discount on the tuition fee.
  • Tuition fee waiver deadline: 15 March (see "Tuition fee" tab)
  • Application deadline: 28 April (© Free-Photos auf Pixabay)


Brussels School of Governance (BSoG)
Vrije Universiteit Brussel


Brussels School of Governance (BSoG)

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