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 Winter School (online) or Summer School (face-to-face). The next Winter School takes place online from 7 to 18 February 2022. The Summer School is held one week in Brussels and one week in Vienna, from Monday 4 to Friday 15 July 2022. Students are offered the flexibility of taking this EU studies postgrad certificate in a 1-year or a 2-year track.
Even though this programme is largely taught online, we aim to offer a personalised approach to each student enrolled in it. In order to ensure the quality of the programme, we therefore limit the number of enrolled students in this programme to a maximum of 30 per academic year.
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 Postgraduate Certificate 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.
Current students can access the courses by logging in to the Canvas portal here.
Students must follow each of the three compulsory EU Modules below. In addition, they must choose two elective EU Modules from the list of four below:
- 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)
ELECTIVES (CHOOSE TWO)
Students can choose to take either the Winter School or Summer School as an integral part of the 25 ECTS Postgraduate Certificate programme. These Schools have a similar curriculum and play a complementary role to the 5 EU Modules, in that they offer an in-depth analysis of the institutional set-up and decision-making process in the European Union. Moreover, they provide 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 Winter and Summer Schools are organised in a synchronous format, meaning that students must attend them 'live' at the moment when they are taking place (virtually in case of Winter School, face-to-face in case of Summer School).
The Summer School's focus is on civil rights, touching on policy discussions related to human security, migration, anti-discrimination, and diversity. The intensive two-week programme is held face-to-face, one week in Brussels and one week in Vienna.
As regards the Winter School, which Postgraduate Certificate students can take as an alternative to the Summer School, other than being taught fully online, the second main difference with its ‘Summer sibling’ is the focus area of the Winter edition, which is digital rights and diplomacy, touching on policy discussions related to freedom of expression, data protection, disinformation resilience, and platform responsibility.