Frequently Asked Questions

For Enrolment in July (starting with the summer school):

  • Early bird deadline: 15 March
    Candidates applying before 15 March 2018 will receive a 10% Early Bird discount provided that they are accepted and pay before 31 March 2018.
  • Ultimate deadline: 1 May

For enrolment in September (starting with the EU online courses):

  • Early Bird deadline: 1 August
    Candidates applying before 1 August 2018 will receive a 10% Early Bird reduction provided that they are accepted and pay before 15 August 2018.
  • Ultimate deadline: 1 September.
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 work 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 2018-2019 has been set at:

Full time:
3500 EUR: current students from the EU or EHEA
3800 EUR: students outside the EU or EHEA;

Part time:
2100 EUR: Postgraduate Part-time Y1
1800 EUR: Postgraduate Part-time Y2

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 9 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.

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 stipends 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.

Optional accommodation for the Summer School part of the Postgraduate Certificate is available through the programme organisers.

In Brussels, accommodation consists of a shared room (2 persons per room) at Apartment Hotel Adagio in the centre of Brussels. A week in a shared studio costs €250 pp (check-in on Sunday 1st July, check-out on Sunday 8th July).
Click here for more information about accommodation in Brussels.

In Vienna, accommodation consists of a single room at the Diplomatic Academy. As the programme does not finish until the evening of 13th July, it is advisable to return on 14th July. A week in a single room costs €300 pp (check-in on Sunday 8th July, check-out on Saturday 14th July).
Click here for more information about accommodation in Vienna.

Please note that you are responsible for booking your return flight from Vienna.

More than 45 days before arrival: no cancellation charges
Between 45 and 30 days before arrival: 50% cancellation charges
Between 30 and 15 days before arrival: 75% cancellation charges
Less than 15 days before arrival: 100% cancellation charges