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Education University of Groningen Summer Schools

European Policy and Governance

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Have you ever wondered how the European Union exactly works? Would you like to know which actors make and/or influence the policies and legislation in the EU? Then look no further! This summer school will introduce you to European Union policy-making. Together with you and the other participants, we will discuss and analyse the policy-making processes, the resulting European legislation and how that legislation impacts the politics, economies and societies of the EU member states.

In the beautiful Dutch city of Groningen, a mix of academics and guest speakers will present you with a crash-course overview of European politics. By means of lectures, seminars, group discussions, individual readings, practical exercises, case studies and presentations you will be able to comprehend and analyse the European Union’s policy-making process and its legislative outcomes.

Although the summer school is aimed at teaching a crash-course overview of European politics for students from other disciplines than International Relations and/or European Studies, enthusiastic students from all disciplines are welcome to apply. Additionally, the summer school is open to young professionals interested in European affairs.

The building blocks of the summer school are:

  • Lectures on EU legislation as outcomes of decision-making by the European Commission, the Council of Ministers and the European Parliament as well as on the domestic impact of EU directives and regulations in the member states.
  • Practical exercises in which participants process-trace European legislative policy outcomes (upward) and their Europeanization impact for states and their citizens (downward).
Practical information

Dates & location 21 - 26 August 2022
Course fees include the participation fee, study materials, coffee/tea breaks, lunches, welcome drinks/dinner and goodbye drinks. Other expenses, such as other meals, accommodation, visa, insurance, personal expenses, extra activities (such as trips outside town) are not included in the price.

€ 400 for students
€ 500 for practitioners


Final Year BA/MA/PhD/Postdoc/Practitioners

Academic coordinators

Dr. Anjo Harryvan
Drs. Thijs de Zee



Available scholarships: 5 scholarships for € 300

Eligible candidates must come from one of the following countries:

Afghanistan, Angola, Armenia, Bangladesh, Belize, Benin, Bhutan Bolivia, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Congo (Dem Rep.), Congo (Rep.), Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Djibouti, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Eritrea, Estonia, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Gambia, Georgia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Haiti, Honduras, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Kiribati, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Latvia, Lesotho, Liberia, Lithuania, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Malta, Mauritania, Moldova, Mongolia, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nepal, Niger, Nigeria, Poland, Romania, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Slovakia, Slovenia, Solomon Islands, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan (Rep.), Tanzania, Timor-Leste, Togo, Tuvalu, Uganda, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Venezuela, Vietnam, Yemen, Zambia

The scholarship applications will be reviewed within 5 days after the deadline of application. Additional Statement of Motivation (maximum 1 page) explaining your interest and merit in receiving the scholarship is required. This statement can be uploaded together with your CV and Letter of Application.


The summer school focuses on higher education students as well as young professionals who want to increase their knowledge of EU policy and governance. Students of all levels of higher education are invited to apply for the summer school (final year BA/MA/PhD/Postdoc). We specifically welcome those without prior knowledge on the topic. Enthusiasts from all academic and professional disciplines are welcome.

It is expected that the participants have a sufficient command of the English language that allows them to participate actively in the discussions and present their own work.

Course schedule

Sunday 21 August

The first day will focus on getting to know the city of Groningen and the other participants. There will be a meet and greet, city tour by foot followed by drinks and a welcome dinner.

Monday 22 August

The second day will revolve around European decision-making and the relevant actors involved in it. It will provide you with tools to analyze EU politics and there will be group assignments on the subject.

Tuesday 23 August

The activities on the third day will be based on the implementation of the information and skills of day two. We will analyse and discuss relevant policy cases, which will result in group presentations.

Wednesday 24 August

On day four we will look at Europeanization. Based on seminars and practical exercises, we will explore the domestic impact of EU legislation, the impact of member states on EU policy-making and how to analyse both.

Thursday 25 August

On the fifth day, we will continue working on Europeanization. The participants will prepare presentations on their case analysis. There will be an informal social programme in the evening.

Friday 26 August

On the last day we will deal with European policy-making and the wider world. We will end the summer school with a closing certificate ceremony and a final social get together.

Learning outcomes
  1. You will comprehend the European Union’s policy-making process and its legislative outcomes.
  2. You will be able to analyse the coming into existence of EU directives and regulations and their contents as products of various political actors: governments of member-states, the European Commission, the European Parliament, international and non-governmental organizations.
  3. You will be able to analyse the transposition of EU legislation in the national legal frameworks of its member-states and the resulting impact on the latters’ political, legal, economic and social life.
  4. You will be able to use a variety of internet sources to conduct research in EU policy-making as well as its Europeanization effects on the EU member-states and beyond.

Dr. Anjo Harryvan

Dr. Harryvan is Jean Monnet Chair and associate professor of International Relations at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands. He is a senior member of the ‘European Politics in a Global Perspective’ group within the successful diploma courses at the IR department. Dr. Harryvan has teaching experience of over 30 years lecturing European integration and European politics. He published a plethora of books and articles on these subjects, not just for academic discussion but also for the general public.

Application procedure

The deadline for application is 15 June 2022. We are no longer accepting applications. Application will be reviewed on a rolling basis – the outcome of the selection process will be communicated via email, within 5 working days following receipt of your application.

Payment deadline: full payment has to be finalized within 2 weeks following confirmation of acceptance.

Co-funded by the EU

Funded by the European Union. Views and opinions expressed are however those of the author(s) only and do not necessarily reflect those of the European Union or EACEA. Neither the European Union nor the granting authority can be held responsible for them.

Last modified:20 June 2022 10.06 a.m.