Understanding Europe is a summer school program for Chinese university students. It is part of the China-Europe Future Talent Program, which is a joint venture by Utrecht Summer School and Globi, with the support of NUFFIC. This program provides the participants with the experience of studying in Europe, thereby enabling first-hand observation and reflection on European society, culture and daily life. Through interaction and cooperation with students from all over the world, the students will familiarize themselves with a European perspective within their respective academic careers and improve their cross-cultural competence.
This three-week program is tailored to Chinese students who are interested in gaining a better understanding of the European academic context, and who aim to invest in future careers related to European affairs. It is an immersive English program with courses and accommodations situated at the historical campus of Utrecht University. The first week program consists of intensive courses and training taught in academic English. The students will develop their skills and knowledge in the areas of presenting and writing, team projects, cross-cultural competence, assessment and development. During the second week, there is a special focus on European society and culture as well as entrepreneurship in Europe. Furthermore, the summer school includes a broad selection of cultural activities in which the students personally experience Europe’s rich history, culture, business life, and government. This includes visits to museums, an international company, the Peace Palace, and the Dutch government, situated in The Hague. Leisure activities include a night canoeing tour and social events.
The third week course offers studens an introduction to the political landscape of Europe. Central to the course is the European Union (EU). This political partnership between 28 democratic European Countries with almost 500 million citizens has become a major player in global politics. Students will be introduced to the history, institutional structures, current aims, and future challenges of the European Union. Lectures will discuss the historical background of the European Union and the various stages of integration. Other issues are the role of European leaders, the future political expansion of the EU, transatlantic relations, and the development of a shared foreign policy and development aid.
English proficiency needs to be sufficient for attending and participating in English-taught courses, as well as frequent interaction with fellow students and teachers, and participating in teamwork exercises.A minimum B2 or equivalent level is highly advised. If applicant is not certain about his or her English level, please send email to request a placement test for further advice which is free of charge.
For registrations and questions or request to tailored courses, please contact program director, Mr. Danny Nobel via email: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone number: 0031- 88 5062100.