Understanding Europe is a summer school program for Chinese university students. It is part of the China-Europe Future Talent Program, which is a joint venture by Utrecht University Summer School and Globi, with the support of NUFFIC. This program provides the participants with the experience of studying in Europe, thereby enabling first-hand observation and reflection on European society, culture and daily life. Through interaction and cooperation with students from all over the world, the students will familiarize themselves with a European perspective within their respective academic careers and improve their cross-cultural competence.
This two-week program is tailored to Chinese students who are interested in gaining a better understanding of the European academic context, and who aim to invest in future careers related to European affairs. It is an immersive English program with courses and accommodations situated at the historical campus of Utrecht University. The program consists of intensive courses and training taught in academic English. The students will develop their skills and knowledge in the areas of presenting and writing, team projects, cross-cultural competence, assessment and development. During courses, there is a special focus on European society and culture, Leadership and Innovation, as well as entrepreneurship in Europe. Furthermore, the summer school includes a broad selection of cultural activities in which the students personally experience Europe’s rich history, culture, business life, and government. This includes visits to museums, an international company, the Peace Palace, and the Dutch government, situated in The Hague. Leisure activities include a night canoeing tour and social events.
English proficiency needs to be sufficient for attending and participating in English-taught courses, as well as frequent interaction with fellow students and teachers, and participating in teamwork exercises.
Participants of the summer school program Understanding Europe can extend their stay with one week in which they will attend one academic-level course. Group registration is encouraged. In case of individual registration, courses might be cancelled in case there are insufficient participants. Advance notice will be sent in case of cancellations.
There are 2 courses available in the third week. Extensive descriptions can be found on the bottom of this page.
Registration fee: These courses are provided only in combination with the two-week summer school program Understanding Europe. Registration fee for the three week program comes to a total of €3150, including tuition, accommodation, cultural visits and local transportation. International flights, passport and visa application, insurance, domestic flights in China and personal expenses during the trip are excluded. These and other costs are borne by participants or Chinese universities, depending on the specific situation.
You can register for the extended course using the registration form. For questions or further alterations to the program according to your specific needs and requirements, please contact Danny Nobel from Globi via email: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone number: 0031- 88 5062100.
This course offers students an introduction to the political landscape of Europe. Central to the course is the European Union (EU). This political partnership between 28 democratic European countries with almost 500 million citizens has become a major player in global politics. Students will be introduced to the history, institutional structures, current aims, and future challenges of the European Union. Lectures will discuss the historical background of the European Union and the various stages of integration. Other issues are the role of European leaders, the future political expansion of the EU, transatlantic relations, and the development of a shared foreign policy and development aid.
In this course we will first discuss all the freedoms of the Treaty on the Funcitoning of the European Union (TEEU). The free movement of goods, the free movement of capital, the freedom to establish and provide services and the free movement of persons. Next, we will deal with the consequences of Brexit in both terms of threats as well as opportunities. For this, we will discuss several Brexit scenarios and the influence these can have on other countries as well as how countries can profit from Brexit. Last, we will focus on how to develop trade, different strategies of countries to deal with trade; and how the trade connections with China can be improved upon in the context of Brexit.