The EU’s challenges in a context of crisis

21 janvier 2015

Do you feel to visit the European Institutions and study at the same time this summer? ScPo Summer School Plaq2Welcome to the Sciences Po Lille’s Summer School!!

When? 6 July 2015 – 17 July 2015 * Duration? 2 weeks * Credits? 6 ECTS * Fee? EUR 1900

Target group

Sciences Po’s Summer School is open to International students from around the world, students from Partner Universities and Sciences Po Lille students.

Eligible for the Summer School:
Student Currently enrolled in an accredited college/university
• 1. Undergraduate : mandatory “European Affairs background”
• 2. Postgraduate : GPA 2.5 or above
• 3. Selection of partner’s University
Science Po Lille partner universities’ International Offices are asked to nominate their students via email to from February 2 to April 6, 2015.

Course aim

The program will be an opportunity for students to attend courses dealing with institutional, economical as well as diplomatic issues/questions. International academics will propose modules (taught in English) covering a large range of current EU challenges. Courses consist of classroom sessions held on each weekday except on the field trip to Brussels on July 14, 2015. Local cultural visits, various social events will be offered to the students as well as conferences, a visit of Lille, a study trip to Brussels and the EU institutions. Classes are held from Monday 6 to Friday 17 July 2015 inclusive with morning (core module) and afternoon (option) sessions. Participants may choose between two courses of specialty. Mornings will be dedicated to EU affairs orientated and the afternoons will be dedicated to Diplomacy or Political Economy orientated.

The course I will teach

• What do we know about the values of the Europeans today?
The European Union is a very complex political structure unifying a large range of cultures, from the North to the South, from the West to the East. Few citizens are sharing exclusively a European identity, even though European citizens enjoy largely the benefits of the Union (common currency, freedom of movement, peace…). The diversity of such a large union justifies the various studies held on social and political values of the European citizens. What do we learn from those studies? Is it possible to synthesize this information and to draw a specific knowledge? Recent books, surveys like the European Values Study will guide us during this week in the elaboration of a diverse image of the values share by “the” Europeans beyond regional or generational cleavages.

Erasmus Intensive Programme, Vilnius (Lituanie)

7 mai 2014

Depuis la fin avril, je suis à Vilnius où j’accompagne un groupe d’étudiants de la Haute école de la province de Liège qui représentent la Belgique au programme intensif européen sur les Droits de l’Homme et la démocratie en Europe. Le programme dure deux semaines et les étudiants suivent les cours de professeurs du Portugal, d’Angleterre, des Pays-Bas, de Lituanie et de Turquie (en plus de ma présentation !), et les présentations de responsables d’organisations locales. Une belle expérience, en somme, où les étudiants de divers pays de l’Union peuvent échanger entre eux dans le cadre d’une ville splendide. C’est bien par les échanges et les collaborations que l’on construit l’Europe !

Étudiants participant au Programme intensif européen à Vilnius / Students in the Erasmus Intensive Programme in Vilnius

Étudiants participant au Programme intensif européen à Vilnius / Students in the Erasmus Intensive Programme in Vilnius

Since the end of April, I am in Vilnius with a group of students from the Haute école de la province de Liège. We are representing Belgium at the European Intensive Programme on Human rights and democracy in Europe. It is a two-week programme and students follow courses from teachers of Portugal, England, the Netherlands, Lithuania and Turkey (including mine!), and presentations from local organisation leaders. This programme shows how exchanges help to build Europe!