European Summer Course 2023

The European Summer Course 2023 #NewVisions4theWorld will take place from 24 July to 2 August 2023 at the Europäische Akademie Otzenhausen.

2023: The EU member states are facing a multitude of challenges and have to prove their strength as a future-oriented network. #NewVisions4theWorld deals with a broad range of important political, legal and economic developments of today’s European Union.

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

Experience the inspiring atmosphere of an international seminar!

It is organized by the Europa-Institut in cooperation with European Academy OtzenhausenASKO Europa-Stiftung and the trans-European higher education alliance 'Transform4Europe'. 


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
  • Data protection in the 21st century: New Technologies, New Challenges?
  • The EU and the fight against the Corona pandemic: Trade Restrictions, Patent Protection and Solidarity
  • Equality and Diversity as Human Rights
  • The War in Ukraine
  • EU Energy Security and Resilience
  • The Future of the EU: Brexit, Regionalization and Euroscepticism
  • European and international climate protection initiatives for a sustainable future

The program includes visits to Luxembourg, Strasbourg, Trier and Saarbrücken!


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 

Different teaching methods will be used such as:

  • lectures and discussions
  • professionally designed workshops and simulations
  • field trips to Strasbourg, Luxembourg, Trier and Saarbrücken

Participants will receive a certificate of participation.

Participation Fee

The participation fee is 990 Euro. This includes program fee, field trips (to Strasbourg, Luxembourg, Trier and Saarbrücken), full board (all meals) and lodging during the duration of the Summer Course. It does not cover travel expenses to/from Otzenhausen.


It is possible to apply for scholarships, which consist of a travel subsidy and partial or full scholarships (incl. participation fees+accommodation costs)! Preference will be given to participants applying from partner universities of the Transform4Europe Alliance (, but we also strongly welcome applications for scholarships from other universities who will also get the chance.

Scholarship recipients are selected based on the professional quality and interest of the applicants (letter of motivation).

Note: There are special conditions available for students at Saarland University. Please contact for further information!

Applications closed! Deadline for applications was 1 May 2023. 


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

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