ONLINE European Summer Course 2020

The European Approach - Past · Present · Future

The ONLINE European Summer Course 2020 'The European Approach - Past · Present · Future' will take place from 10 to 21 August 2020.

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-STIFTUNGthe Europäische Akademie Otzenhausen and the Centre international de formation européenne (Cife). It is supported by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs.


2020: The EU Member States must tackle many challenges in the current age. Increasing nationalism and populism, climate change response, digitalization, an aging society and globalisation make it imperative that the EU establishes itself as a strong, forward-looking network.

“The European Approach - Past · Present · Future" deals with the current opportunities and challenges of a European Union which stands between enlargement and Brexit and discusses current issues of human rights protection and their challenges in a digital age in light of growing discrimination and hate speech.

This year's summer course will deal with:

  • European Integration: Goals and political priorities of the EU
  • Institutional set-up of the EU
  • Privacy in a Digital Age:
    A challenge for Europe and the world - Surveillance, personal data in smart cities and bias in AI
  • Environmental Politics: The European Green Deal
  • Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Rights in the EU
  • Demographic Change: Migration as an opportunity
  • 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.

Teaching Methods 

Various teaching methods will be used, including:  

  • lectures and discussions
  • professionally designed workshops
  • attractive supporting program

Participation Fee & Service

If your application is successful, participation is free of charge.

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 10th European Summer Course 2020 in an online format. A face-to-face event is unfortunately not possible due to travel restrictions and health security measures at this point.

If your application is successful, participation is free of charge!




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

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

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