Two BSoG Summer programmes kick off on 30 May

30 May marked the first day for students in two of the BSoG’s Summer programmes.

Brussels Programme on European Foreign Policy 

The 2022 Brussels Programme on European Foreign Policy kicked off with an orientation day for the participating students of the University of Southern California (USC). The programme includes a rich combination of lectures on the foreign and external policies of the European Union, part-time internships and visits to European institutions and NATO in Brussels. It is lead by Prof. Caterina Carta and classes are taught by a group of CSDS and BSoG professors and external lecturers. The programme runs for five weeks during which time students get well acquainted with Brussels.

This educational programme provides an understanding of the EU as an actor in the foreign, security and defence policy fields. It offers an overview on the history of European integration in foreign and security matters, the role of EU institutions in the external and foreign policy cycles, as well as the evolution of domestic policies with an external spinoff, external and foreign and security policies. It further addresses the future of the transatlantic relationship; relationships with key partners and regional challenges such as the Russia war in Ukraine. It tackles the contemporary security challenges that Europe is currently facing and looks at how the EU and its member states are adapting to such challenges. The aim of the programme is to give students a thorough overview of contemporary security issues and the ability of European states and security institutions to address them.

(picture of this programme: see above)

Undergraduate Summer Programme 

The Undergraduate Summer Programme is a second programme that started on 30 May. It runs until 15 July 2022. In this programme, we welcomed this year 30 students from 10 different US universities.

This Summer Programme provides students with a choice of maximum 2 courses (6 ECTS per course) among about a dozen English-taught courses, relating to topics as broad as art & culture, business, communication & media, management, politics and international affairs. Moreover, participants get the opportunity to experience and explore the best of European culture and travel. Students have the choice to take this Summer Programme either with or without credits. Another great thing about this Summer Programme is that you can also choose an internship as one of your two selected courses, to acquire actual work experience in Brussels.