European Summer Course 2020

The European Approach - Past · Present · Future

The European Summer Course 2020 'The European Approach - Past · Present · Future' will take place from 10 to 21 August 2020 at the Europäische Akademie Otzenhausen.

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. 

We invite all participants to attend an academically demanding and wide-ranging programme. Explore with us the European capitals and experience the inspiring atmosphere of an international seminar!

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
  • field trips
  • attractive supporting Programme

Participation Fee & Service

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


Bachelor-, Master- and PhD- students have the possibility to apply for a scholarship that covers half of the seminar costs and/or grants a travel subsidy. 

If you are interested in a scholarship, please state your reasons in the motivation letter (one page), fill in the complete online-application form and send it together with the required application documents to us.


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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