European GSI Summer School 2018

The European GSI School is an annual event, organised by the Gustav-Stresemann-Institute in Bonn. Partner-institutions such as the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) are involved and have been supporting the Summer School for many years.



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Member of European GSI Summer School 2017

The 29th European GSI Summer School is an international meeting point for students and young professionals, deeply interested in politics and foreign affairs. The participants will get to know the practical work of institutions of the European Union. They will reflect on the objectives and the general conception of European integration and will discuss these with experts from all disciplines.

The program covers workshops in Bonn as well as excursions to Luxemburg and Brussels to visit important European institutions.

At the same time the Summer School is a place to exchange ideas about a better future. Regardless of their nationalities, cultural roots or professions, young people discuss new ways to a peaceful and democratic society. The threat of various crises requires a new understanding between political actors and raises the issue, how to establish a successful international cooperation.


for conference organisation:
Ms. Jennifer Hoppenstock
Tel.: +49 228 8107-171

for the program:
Anne Schulz
Research Manager
Tel.: +49 228 8107-190

Participants and Requirements

Regular contribution fees: 690 Euro. The participation fee covers
all expenses of the program. The accommodation and catering in
the conference hotel at the GSI and in the hotels in Luxembourg
and Brussels are included. The travel expenses to Luxembourg
and Brussels are included as well.

Special conditions are offered for students or sponsored participation.
You are invited to contact the team of the summer school:

Closing date for applications: 25.5.2018



  Arrival of the participants Organization, get together
  Opening of the European Summer Academy 2018 Introduction of the team, brief presentation of the program, facts and figures, intention and methods, The European Summer Academy Blog
  Interactive Workshop: Shaping Europe Introduction of the participants, ideas, demands and ideals of the generations to come
  The Philosophy of the Treaties (lecture) The pillars of European integration
  Workshop: The political system of the EU Institutions and policy fields (The Parliament, The Council, The Commission, The Court, The European Council and other Institutions)
  The European Union as a Supranational Organization (lecture and debate)

Explaining the basics of European Union, discussion of contemporary issues


Europe´s role in the World: Ecological Issues (lecture and debate)

Climate Change as an international task.


Europe´s role in the World: Foreign Policy (lecture and debate)

Peace and Crisis Mediation.
  Best friends or successful competitors? (lecture and debate)

Transatlantic Relations: Europe and United States of America.


Bonn yesterday, today and tomorrow (guided tour)

Exploring the city of Bonn on historical paths with a contemporary focus.


United in diversity – Instawalk (workshop to go)

The European history experience.

Lectures by former Summer Graduates

from EU Member states and beyond.


Giving Europe a home – A simulation game (Workshop)

Taking roles of representatives of different institutions in the EU, the participants initiate a common legal act in the field of culture.


The European Union – an area of freedom, security and justice (lecture and debate)

The rules are exemplified by distinctive law cases.


Giving Europe a home – A simulation game (Workshop)

Taking roles of representatives of different institutions in the EU, the participants initiate a common legal act in the field of culture.


The Europaean Union and the Arabic States (lecture and discussion)

The role of the EU concerning refugee politics, in Cooperation with the German Jordanian University.


Creative Europe Desk KULTUR (lecture and discussion)

Financial support of projects, programs in the fields of culture.


"Wir gemeinsam in Europa – ein Blick aus der Slowakei" in Kooperation mit dem Auswärtigen Amt und der Botschaft der Bundesrepublik Deutschland in Bratislava (public debate)

Discussion with the german ambassador in Solvakia, Botschaft der Bundesrepublik Deutschland in der Slowakei and former Commissioner for Relations with EU Member States at the Federal Foreign Office. Botschafter Joachim Bleicker


Schengen and the freedom to travel (visit)

Schengen as a historical place of European Cooperation.


The European Court of Justice (visit, lecture)

Presentation of the Courts Work.

The Luxemburg Story (exhibition)

History and development of the European capital town, located in the smallest EU founding member.


The European Court of Auditors (visit, lecture)

The guardian of the financial interests of the citizens of the Union. The ECA’s role as the EU’s independent external auditor.


Exploring Brussels (guided tour)

Visiting the heart of EU, the Belgium way of life, gentrification and the historical sites of culture and commerce.


The European Commission (visit, lecture)

Traineeships at the European Commission, The European Commissions’ Internal Relations


Council of the European Union (visit, lecture)

The European Council’s role in Foreign Affairs, the negotiations about Brexit

  Talking about influence (lecture and debate)

The position of NGO’s /Non Government Organisations in EU politics


The representation of national interests in Brussels (visit, lecture and debate)

Insight the work of the Permanent Representation of an member state


OLAF – Office de Lutte Anti-Fraud (visit, lecture)

Investigation on fraud against the EU budget, corruption and serious misconduct


The House of European History (exhibition)

Guided introduction and subsequent self-exploration


Lectures by former Summer Graduates

For instance: Migration and Integration and Challenges of the EU


Shaping Europe (Workshop)

How to establish a successful international cooperation, draft of a position paper on political demands of European citizens, in particular the young generation.

  Current challenges for the European Union (debate) Tolerance & Pluralism / Panel discussion with representatives of EU member states and beyond
  The European Summer Academy Blog / Evaluation of the Summer School (debate) Discussion, how the view of the EU & its politics changed during the last 10 days.
  Afterwards: End of the Summer School  

Workshops, lectures, visits and debates, interactive co-working the program of the summer school covers a broad variety of methods and content.