UNU-CRIS Summer School 2019

The European Union and the United Nations in Global Governance

The UNU-CRIS Summer School seeks to familiarise you with the 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. With a focus on themes such as peace missions, climate change, migration, justice and stable institutions, it will explore how the two entities interact in practice, focusing on both synergies and challenges to coordination.

Taking place in Bruges, Belgium, the UNU-CRIS Summer School will take advantage of its central location and close proximity to numerous sites of historical and contemporary significance, including a visit to Flanders Fields (World War I battlefield) around Ypres and a three-day excursion to Brussels, where the group will visit institutions and organisations such as the United Nations Regional Information Centre, the European Parliament and the European Commission.

Seize this opportunity to learn from leading academics and policy makers in the heart of Europe, and to deepen your knowledge of the challenges and opportunities facing the EU and the UN as they tackle the prominent issues in our globalised world. 


The 2019 Summer School included discussions on:

  • Unlocking the Power of the UN-EU Partnership    

  • How Cohesive is the European Union in the United Nations General Assembly?

  • Climate and Energy Governance on the Regional and Global Levels

  • Challenges to EU-UN Coordination and Peace Missions

  • The Global Compact – Migration and Human Rights

  • Principled Multilateralism and the United Nations

  • Tackling Inequality

  • Alleviating Poverty

  • Challenges to Trade Governance

  • The European Economic and Monetary Union and Global Governance


Download the full programme:

Deadlines for Applications

Applications closed on 31 March 2019, however to be added to the waiting list and considered for admittance in the case of a cancellation, please follow the standard application procedure at the bottom of the page.

Applications for an ‘Excellence Scholarship’ closed on 28 February 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 applicants holding at least a master's degree (or currently enrolled in a master's program). 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

All applicants must have:

  • A demonstrable 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, have courses at your university taught in English, or currently work in an environment where English is the official language, you may be exempt from having to provide evidence towards your proficiency of the English language. Please contact events@cris.unu.edu for clarification.


Applications (in English) must include:

  • A curriculum vitae
  • A motivation letter
  • One letter of recommendation
  • University transcripts

Please note - due to the high volume of applications, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. 


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.


*Students from Ghent University, the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, any United Nations University education programme, and the College of Europe are entitled to a €200 discount on the full tuition fee. 


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 are now closed. 

Cancellation Policy

More than 45 days before arrival: no cancellation charges - deposit lost
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: events@cris.unu.edu with Andrew Dunn (adunn@cris.unu.edu) in CC. 


Applications are now closed, however to be added to the waiting list and considered in the case of a cancellation, please click here and follow the standard application procedure.