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Summer Program in Brussels (2017)

4 Credits for Other Activities or Thesis Preparation Period - Only 3 Spots Available!

The Integrated Programme in European Policy Studies (IPEPS) is a unique advanced programme organised by CEPS (Center for European Policy Studies), a top European public policy think tank. Funded by the European Commission, the IPEPS project involves leading academic institutions such as Johns Hopkins University, University of Edinburgh, Erasmus University Rotterdam, Universitat Duisburg Essen, HTW Berlin, University of Trento, and Corvinus University of Budapest.

Within the IPEPS project, CEPS will organize lectures, case studies, role-playing, and visits to EU Institutions. Participants, therefore, will deepen their understanding of EU policy, learn from experienced professionals, and develop an inside view of EU policymaking processes in the following five areas:

i. Macro-Economic Governance;
ii. Law and Economics of Financial Markets;
iii. The EU Energy Market;
iv. The EU Single Market (four freedoms); and,
v. EU Decision-making across EU Policies.

The programme lasts 8 weeks, with a mix of frontal lectures, seminars, interactive sessions, and face-to-face meetings with leading EU professionals. CEPS commits to 170 hours of teaching, complemented by about 130 hours of individual study on the side of students. Participants will be asked to work together to solve case-studies and policy challenges, discussing their findings directly with EU policy makers and experts identified by CEPS. The professional experience will also enhance intercultural skills since participants will be asked to study and work alongside with participants from other universities.

The combined academic and networking effort will award participants 4 ECTS.

When & Where:
May 29th – July 20th 2017, Brussels

Required Qualifications and Admission:
- Enrolled in a Laurea Magistrale a.y. 2015-2016 at LUISS in International Relations;
- Advanced knowledge of English.

If applications exceed the number of available spots (three), the Director of the LUISS School of European Political Economy (SEP) and a Committee of two other SEP LUISS Professors will evaluate candidates based on various criteria: (Laurea triennale) final grade, credits remaining for Laurea magistrale, knowledge of the English language, and average grade of Laurea magistrale exams.

Accommodation and Travel Arrangements:
The LUISS School of European Political Economy (SEP) will cover the direct expenses due to the IPEPS programme. The student will be responsible for their housing and travel arrangements.

How to apply and deadline:
To apply please send your CV and a motivational letter to before April 15th.

For more information:
If you would like more information regarding the programme, please contact Mariagiulia Porcelli at

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