Summer University Prague 2018: Project Europe at a Crossroads - Building up open structures or breaking down into local identities?

Charles University Prague, Faculty of Social Sciences
Institute of International Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University Prague
08.09.2018 - 22.09.2018
Petra Baštová

The objective of the Summer University Prague 2018, “Project Europe at a Crossroads”, is to provide students with a broad understanding of the most significant political and social issues in contemporary Europe.

Instead of relaxing at the “End of History” after the collapse of the Eastern Bloc in 1989, Europe is facing new challenges at the beginning of the 21st century. These new challenges – including the economic and financial crisis, ageing population, growing separatist/devolutionist tendencies in Scotland, Catalonia and other European regions, complicated relations with Russia and Turkey, terrorist attacks connected with the activities of the Islamic State, and the strong immigration flow – are raising concerns and leading to significant political radicalization and social unrest.

This challenging period raises feelings of uncertainty: How should Europe tackle these challenges? Europe stands at a crossroads. Should it build open structures and intensify the project of European integration? Or is it more likely to break down into local identities and follow regional and national interests?

What will “Europe” mean in the future? How many people from outside can Europe welcome and still be Europe? What are the prospects for future cooperation and negotiations between Europe and its neighbours, and between Europe and other global actors like the USA and China? Are the current populist and separatist sentiments more threatening than those which arose in past decades? Whence come Europe's problems: are they self-inflicted, external, or bubbling up from the member states?

This “Age of Uncertainty” is an ideal time to revise common approaches and look for new perspectives. We will, together, analyse and discuss the current development of Europe in an inspiring environment made up of students coming from countries all over the world.

The course provides an interdisciplinary approach and combines multiple learning methods, such as lectures, workshops, round-table discussions, field work, group-work and student presentations. Students will not only have the opportunity to explore a range of interesting topics and gain valuable insights into the current challenges and risks to the development of Europe, but will also have occasion to improve their research and presentation skills.

Moreover, there will be numerous free-time activities that will provide participants with a chance to enjoy the wide range of attractions that Prague has to offer.

Price: 990 EUR
Includes: tuition, social and cultural events, on-line reading materials,
accommodation in the dormitory, breakfasts and lunches

This study programme is internationally acknowledged, successful participants will be given 4 or 8 ECTS credits, depending on their efforts.

The Institute of International Studies (Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University) has been organizing similar spring and summer programmes every year since 2009. More than 450 students from 56 different countries have already participated in these courses.

How to apply
The application process is starting in these days. We look forward to receiving your application!

The programme is intended for students who are currently enrolled in a college or university or recently graduated.
To be considered for admission, you have to submit the Online Application Form.
The preliminary application deadline is June 30, 2018.
Approximately 25–30 students will be admitted to the Summer University.
As has been the case in past years, it is expected that the student body will be truly international.
Students admitted to the program are expected to participate fully, which means attending all classes and lectures.
A very good level of English is essential for successful participation in the Summer University.

After receiving your Application Form, the programme coordinator will inform you about the current state of the application process and ask you to send the following documents:
- Your CV (in English language)
- A motivation letter
- A document proving your enrollment in a college or university or your recent graduation (for example a confirmation letter/form issued by your university, copies of relevant diplomas and transcripts, etc. A scan or a photo of such a document is sufficient. It may be submitted in the language in which it was originally issued. If we need a translation, we will ask for it.)
-Proof of your knowledge of English (if you are not a native speaker). We require at least the B2 level of The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. You will be asked to send us either: a copy of a language exam certificate or an official confirmation that you have passed an university course in English or another course in English at the required level. In the case you study/studied an academic programme which is being taught entirely in English, the document proving your enrollment or graduation will be considered as a proof of your knowledge of English.


Charles University, Faculty of Social Sciences

Kontaktperson: Ms. Anezka Fojtikova

Address: Smetanovo nabrezi 6, CZ-110 00 Praha 1, Czech Republic

Tel: (+420) 251 080 250

Fax: (+420) 251 620 294



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Summer University Prague 2018: Project Europe at a Crossroads - Building up open structures or breaking down into local identities?, 08.09.2018 – 22.09.2018 Prague, in: Connections. A Journal for Historians and Area Specialists, 10.03.2018, <>.
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