Europe Inside Out: a 2016 summer course unlike any other
With its exciting range of options and its setting in one of Europe’s greatest cities, KU Leuven’s EU summer course truly stands out from the crowd.
During this hypercompact eleven-day residential course jointly offered by the Faculties of Arts, Economics & Business and Social Sciences you combine a 24-hour multi-disciplinary core component with two majors, chosen from a list of four: Doing Business with Europe(ans); Policies & Politics in the EU; Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Europe; and Social & Demographic Issues. The spring course includes two site visits to Brussels, a trip to Paris, and two one-day weekend excursions (Antwerp and Bruges). Depending on your preferences, you can add a week where you do supervised personal work on a paper for one of your chosen majors and so increase the ECTS points on your transcript.
Groups are encouraged to add a trip following the residential course, and we can help with such plans. One suggestion is to cover, in six days, six international institutions at The Hague, Luxembourg and Strasbourg. But London, Cologne and Amsterdam, are just 1.5 or 2 hours away by train, so the options are many.
Taking you to the heart of Europe
Belgium, and Leuven in its center, are at the heart of Western Europe's crossroads. We were "the battlefield of Europe"; and while this is usually meant in the military sense, we can extend it to culture too. As the "Southern Low Countries" we were, at various moments, part of Rome, Germany, France, Burgundy, Spain, Austria, again France, and the Netherlands. With our three official languages, Belgium is still very much part of various cultural traditions. Most local graduates speak at least four languages, for instance.
One subtheme in this course is the EU, and a distinctive asset in this respect then is KU Leuven's closeness to EU institutions, both geographically and organisationally. Many of the star speakers (including the keynote speaker) are top professionals at EU institutions, and some sessions take place at EU institutions (e.g. the Commission, Parliament, the Council of the EU).
From Leuven to Europe and back
The three organising Faculties have all amassed a wealth of experience at English-taught international master programmes and short-term courses. Leuven’s University, chartered in 1425, ranks in the world’s top 50-100 in prestigious lists like the Times Higher Education, Quality Survey, Webometrics or or Shanghai JiaoTong. The Social Science group, to which all three organizing Faculties belong, even ranks 42th worldwide in THE, and 25th in QS. Last but not least, the city of Leuven itself is an architectural, cultural and gastronomic delight, vibrantly alive 24/7, allowing you to fully appreciate the best of European lifestyle.