The Postgraduate Certificate in EU Policy Making is a blended-learning programme that combines 5 EU Modules online courses (e-learning) with the Inter-University Summer School (face-to-face). Students are offered the flexibility of taking this programme in a 1-year or a 2-year track.
The 5 EU Modules are taught entirely through online learning, using enquiry-based learning as guiding method, by placing the students at the core of the learning process while the instructors’ role is to present them with puzzles and guide them throughout the process. The programme involves self-study, written assignments, group discussions, communication with peers and tutors, support, and continuous feedback. All students get access to the online courses for a period of 12 months, the entire duration of the programme.
The 5 EU modules are the following (click for more details):
- History and Theories of European Integration (First Term, September – December, 4 ECTS)
- European Union Institutions (First Term, September-December, 4 ECTS)
- European Union Decision-making and Law (Second Term, February – April, 4 ECTS)
- European Public Policy Analysis (Second Term, February – April, 4 ECTS)
- European Union Foreign Affairs (Second Term, February – April, 4 ECTS)
The Summer School is an integral part of the 25 ECTS Postgraduate Certificate programme. It plays a complementary role, in that it offers an in-depth analysis of the institutional set-up and decision-making process in the European Union. Moreover, the summer school provides students with the opportunity to simulate the negotiation process in the European Council, which is an excellent exercise that prepares students for a career in and around the EU institutions. The first week of the summer school is organised in Brussels while the second week takes place in Vienna.
Check out the Summer School Website for more in-depth information about the programme of the Summer School
Deadlines for Application
- For Enrolment in July (starting with the summer school):
- Early Bird deadline: Candidates applying by 15 March 2020 will receive a 10% Early Bird discount provided that they are accepted and pay by 31 March 2020.
- Application deadline: 1 May 2020.
- For enrolment in September (starting with the EU online courses):
- Early Bird deadline: Candidates applying by 1 August 2019 will receive a 10% Early Bird discount provided that they are accepted and pay by 15 August 2019.
- Application deadline: 1 September 2019.
A university degree equivalent to a Undergraduate degree in Social, Economic or Political Sciences, Business, Law and/or Contemporary History consisting of a programme of at least 180 ECTS.
If your degree is not within these disciplines, relevant work experience in these or related fields may qualify.
The language of instruction for the Programme is English. Non-native English speakers need to provide proof of knowledge of English.
- Proof that you have studied or worked in English
- TOEFL-test [min. score 233 (computer-based) min. score 90 (internet-based) min.score 577 (paper-based)]
- IELTS: 7
- Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English – CPE
- Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English – CAE (grade B)
- ITACE (at the VUB) – C1
The tuition fee for the academic year 2019-2020 has been set at:
Full time (1 year track): 3500 EUR
Part time (2-year track): 2100 EUR for year 1 and 1800 EUR for year 2
- The tuition fee covers the students’ enrolment in the postgraduate certificate programme, including their participation in the 5 online EU modules and their attendance at the summer school.
- During the summer school, it also includes daily breakfast in Brussels, daily lunch in Brussels and Vienna, the flight from Brussels to Vienna on Sunday 8 July as well as the study visits.
- It does however NOT cover accommodation, breakfast in Vienna, evening meals and flights to Brussels and from Vienna.
- The summer school organisers can recommend accommodation both in Brussels and in Vienna for the summer school. The participants are however free to take care of their own accommodation arrangements.
Tuition Fee Waivers
Every academic year, the Institute for European Studies can grant a very limited amount of tuition fee waivers, amounting to reduced tuition fees. Please note that the share of the overall tuition fee that can be waived will be 700 EUR maximum. Although these waivers are in general, but not exclusively, granted to prospective students from economically less advanced countries, they will be attributed on the basis of merit and motivation. If you think you may be eligible for such a reduction, you will need to provide:
- a clear motivation letter (to be handed in together with your application)
- a copy of your academic record (transcripts of records,…)
Only candidates that have not been recipients of consistent scholarships in the past are eligible to apply for a waiver.
Further details are provided on https://www.eu-postgraduate.eu/