Enrolled students will attend lectures by high-level European academics and policy-makers from leading universities, think-tanks and international organisations. Programme lecturers not only bring their academic expertise to lectures but also a wealth of policy experience, which only adds to the programme learning experience. Lectures take place in weeks two to five, in the morning until lunchtime, Monday through Friday.

Week one begins with an orientation visit to the IES and students then spend the rest of the week working full-time at their internship hosts. Week two begins with an overall introduction to European integration and foreign policy, and students will acquire an understanding of the EU’s key foreign policy institutions, its foreign policy decision-making processes and the policies of the key EU member states. Week three focuses on the US-EU Transatlantic Partnership. Week four looks at some of the EU’s key international relations with players such as China and Russia. Students end the programme in week five with a focus on Europe and global relations, and here students analyse issues such as climate change and EU-UN cooperation. From weeks two to five, after lunch and until the end of the working day, students will continue their internship positions.


The programme counts as 4 units (credits) and is an upper division elective, which can contribute to your major. To secure programme credits, students must complete one final two-hour exam, write one essay of 3,500 words on a selected topic in the course and contribute to class discussions through an in-class presentation based on the lecture attended. Students will be awarded a certificate upon successful completion of the programme.