Online European Summer Course 2021

#EUChallengeAccepted: Tackle the Challenges for the European Union!

The Online European Summer Course 2021 #EUChallengeAccepted: Tackle the Challenges for the European Union! will take place from 20 to 26 June 2021.

We invite all participants to attend an academically demanding
and wide-ranging programme.

Experience the inspiring atmosphere of an international seminar!

It is organized by the Europa-Institut in cooperation with the ASKO Europa-Stiftung and the Europäische Akademie Otzenhausen. It is supported by the Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung and the "German federal Kinder und Jugendplan"


2021: The EU member states are currently facing a multitude of new challenges and have to prove their strength as a future-oriented network, especially in times of a global pandemic.

#EUChallengeAccepted: Tackle the Challenges for the European Union! deals with the current goals and political priorities of the European Union in terms of the EU’s single market and the world trade system in times of crisis, and discusses current human rights protection issues and their challenges in light of the freedom of expression vs. public interest and its impact on health protection in the context of data protection.

This year's summer course will deal with:

  • European Integration: Goals and political priorities of the EU
  • Institutional set-up and legislation of the EU
  • EU’s Single Market and the Four Freedoms
  • Foreign Policy: External action of the EU
  • International Trade: EU trade policy and the World Trading System
  • Protection of Human Rights: Freedom of expression vs. public interest
  • Digitalization: Data Protection vs. Health Protection
  • EU as a global actor


Young, active and open-minded people (esp. Bachelor-, Master- and PhD- students / young professionals) with a strong interest in the European Union and its current challenges are invited from all fields of study and from all over the world.


You will meet renowned international experts in European law, politics and economics. The lecturers are academics or practitioners and will give you an inside view of the EU.

Course Structure& Teaching Methods 

The European Summer Course is designed as an online course, a combination of daily live Zoom sessions (2 p.m. to 6 p.m., CET) and an e-learning tool (Moodle) where a wide range of reading material and videos will be provided for individual preparation and follow-up.

Various teaching methods will be used, including: lectures and discussions as well as professionally designed workshops and simulations.

Participation Fee & Scholarship

Due to the generous support of the "German federal Kinder und Jugendplan" as well as the "Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung", we are able to offera highly reduced participation fee!
Participation fee: 100 EUR
There is also the possibility to apply for a SCHOLARSHIP to cover the costs for the ESC 2021. If you are interested in a scholarship, please state your reasons in the motivation letter.

23 May 2021
on a rolling basis



Europa-Institut, Saarland University
Campus B2.1
66123 Saarbrücken|Germany

Tel: +49 (0)681 302 3653
Fax: +49 (0)681 302 4369

Important information for applicants

As it is currently not yet foreseeable how the situation regarding the worldwide pandemic will develop, we made the decision to offer the 11th European Summer Course 2021 in an online format. A face-to-face event is unfortunately not possible due to travel restrictions and health security measures at this point.

Take this opportunity
and apply for the
European Summer Course 2021 !