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International Summer School "European Identity?"

Wednesday, 15 July, 2015 - 08:30 to Thursday, 30 July, 2015 - 18:00
Campus: Brussels Humanities, Sciences & Engineering campus
Karel Van Miert building, Pleinlaan 5, 1050 Brussels
International Relations & Mobility Office (IRMO)
International Relations & Mobility Office (IRMO)
+32 2 614 81 01
Summer School


What is the European Identity? The answer seems simple but, in reality, is not that easy to find!

Based on the firm tradition of collaboration with China, VUB organizes a tailor-made programme “VUB Summer School - Explore Europe in Brussels”  for students from our Chinese partner universities, as a part of our grand Summer School programmes for students from all over the world. 


Discover Europe through the Summer School “European Identity?” organized by Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB).

Immerse yourself in different topics of the European Identity at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, one of the top universities in Europe from 15th of July to 30th of July 2015. Courses are taught by experts in the fields.



The EU Institutions Intercultural Workshop
Food and Identity Construction EU participatory governance and ICTs
The EU in the world The European Educational System
EU Justice and Home Affairs politics Urbanity as the European Identity
Start Ups Case Study: from Idea to Start Up The Arts in Brussels


These courses will lead you to explore Europe's Identity. Excellent teachers will guide you through this exploration.


14 July Arrival in Brussels
15 - 17 July Lessons at Vrije Universiteit Brussel followed by field visits
Check the detailed programmes of lessons and vield visits 
18 - 19 July Excursion to Amsterdam, Netherlands
20 - 23 July Lessons at Vrije Universiteit Brussel followed by field visits
Check the detailed programmes of lessons and field visits 
24-26 July Excursion to Paris, France


Complemented by field visits to, among others, a chocolate factory, a brewery, the European Parlamentarium, and many of the unknown corners of Brussels, the summer school allows for a truly fascinating experience.

Brussels and the university are vibrant hubs, but trips to Paris and Amsterdam will inspire you even more to think about the European Identity, similarities and differences.

Why apply?

By participating in this programme, students will have all necessary knowledge related to EU topics and useful information on EU matters.

Learning outcomes:

  • Basic knowledge of theory and practice of Urban Studies and Urban Spaces
  • General Knowledge of European governance structures
  • Insight in the role of Brussels in Europe
  • Insight in European culture ( a helicopter view from past to contemporary times , focusing on a number of cases - art , food , politics, governance)
  •  Developing an entrepreneurial attitude , possible involvement in entrepreneurship and personal career management
  • Creation of a sense of world citizenship , a soft skill required in many situations in study and work
  • Improvement of English Language skills and presentation skills

We offer a certificate for students at the end of the Programme.

4 ECTS are credited.

Want to know more?

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