The UNU-CRIS summer school familiarizes you with salient challenges related to global governance. It explores how a regional integration scheme such as the European Union interacts with the United Nations in the provision of public goods, aiming to enhance the conditions for stability, sustainability, peace and justice. The summer school focuses on themes such as peace missions, climate change, migration, justice and stable institutions and explores how the two entities interact in practice, focusing on both synergies and challenges to coordination.

The summer school is offered in Bruges, Belgium. It includes a visit to Flanders Fields around Ypres and a two-day excursion to Brussels, where the group will visit institutions and organizations such as the UN House, the European External Action Service and the European Commission. The fee for the school includes accommodation, some lunches and a welcome and farewell dinner.

Deadlines for Applications

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until the final deadline: 31 March 2019

Applications for an ‘Excellence Scholarship’ close on 31 January 2019 (see below for further information).

UNU-CRIS strongly suggests students applying from countries requiring a visa to travel to the EU apply before 28 February 2019, to allow sufficient time for the visa application procedure. UNU-CRIS can provide a letter of acceptance to assist in the visa application, but this process is the responsibility of the applicant. 

Applications operate on a first-come, first-served basis. When the limited number of participant positions are filled, no more applications will be accepted. 


Selection Criteria and Process

The UNU-CRIS Summer School is open to both Master's and PhD students. In exceptional cases, advanced Bachelor-level students with a strong academic record and a demonstrated interest in the subject of the summer school may be accepted.

To be eligible for the UNU-CRIS Summer School, Master's students must have:

  • A strong academic record:
    • 3.3+ GPA 
    • Upper Second Class Honours or higher
    • B+ or higher

Both Master's and PhD students must have:

  • An excellent command of the English language
    • Non-native English speakers may be required to provide English language qualifications.
      • TOEFL - 100 or above
      • IELTS - 6.5 or above
    • If you have studied at an English-speaking institution, or have courses at your university taught in English, you may be exempt from having to provide evidence towards your proficiency of the English language.


Applications (in English) must include:

  • A curriculum vitae
  • A motivation letter
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation (from two different institutions)
  • University transcripts



The tuition fee for the UNU-CRIS Summer School 2019 is:

  • €1600

A non-refundable deposit of €250 is required within 2 weeks of acceptance.

Full payment must be made by 1 May 2019.


The tuition fee includes: accommodation, course material, daily breakfast and lunches, welcome and farewell dinners, tours of Bruges and Flanders Fields (World War I battlefields), and visits to EU and UN institutions in Brussels (including the UN House, the European Commission and Parliament, and the European External Action Service). 

The tuition fee does not include: Transportation to and from Bruges, nightly dinners.


Participants are required to bring their own laptops, wifi will be provided. 

Excellence Scholarship

UNU-CRIS wishes to reward students of outstanding excellence and academic merit through the awarding of a limited number of Excellence Scholarships.

Students applying for an Excellence Scholarship are expected to have at least a 3.5 GPA (or regional equivalent) and a demonstrable academic excellence. Extra-curricular activities may also be considered in the decision-making process. 

Students wishing to apply for an excellence scholarship must submit a separate letter (3-page maximum) outlining:

  • The main challenges faced by the EU and the UN in global governance.

Applications for Excellence Scholarships close on 31 January, 2019.


Cancellation Policy

More than 45 days before arrival: no cancellation charges
Between 45 and 30 days before arrival: 50% cancellation charges
Between 30 and 15 days before arrival: 75% cancellation charges
Less than 15 days before arrival: 100% cancellation charges


*Please note, no EC points are available through the UNU-CRIS Summer School. Participants will, however, receive a certificate upon completion of the full program.


All questions regarding the summer school should be directed to:


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