Jean Monnet International Summer Course

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The University of Rome Tor Vergata, together with the University of Siena is organizing the 5th edition of the JEAN MONNET INTERNATIONAL SUMMER COURSE on the EU HISTORY, INSTITUTIONS AND THE EU ROLE IN THE WORLD. The Summer course is formed by 4 different seminars taking place one after the other in two of the most beautiful Italian cities: Siena and Rome. Thus students will be able to enjoy Italy's cultural and geographical diversity while, at the same time, profiting from the intellectual stimulation of over 40 world class speakers.

The summer school will be divided into two distinct seminars which can be taken also individually: The EU institutions, EU decision making and lobbying in the EU-will last one week and will take place in Siena from the 23rd to the 28th of June, 2008 under the direction of Prof. Luca Verzichelli, Professor of Political Science, University of Siena.

It will be an exciting hands-on course focusing on the EU institutions and on the complex EU decision-making procedures under Pillar I and the way it can be influenced by both internal and external actors. The lectures will alternate academic background with roundtables with practitioners - decision-makers, MEPs, EU officials, lobbyists, etc.

Assessing EU domestic integration & The EU role in the World- will last two weeks and will take place in Rome from 30th of June to 11th of July, 2008 under the direction of Dr. Federiga Bindi, Jean Monnet Chair in European Political Integration, University of Rome Tor Vergata. Welcome to the traditional and highly-prestigious Jean Monnet Summer Seminar aiming at evaluating the level of EU domestic integration and the EU impact on the world!

The most prestigious speakers will attend this event: Giuliano Amato, Simon Hix, Andy Moravcsik, Antonio Vitorino among the others. The first week will focus on the EU domestic policies, with particular attention on the consequences of the 2004 and 2007 enlargements and the new Lisbon Treaty. The second week will be dedicated to the role of the EU in the world; particular emphasis will be put on the changing nature of the transatlantic relations; the likely impact of the forthcoming US legislative elections, the position of the EU in the Middle East peace process and the rise of Asia as an undeniably important actor in the world affairs.

Our summer school is unique in the way it is thought and organized: students will interact with over 40 world class speakers including Prof. Giuliano Amato, Italian Minister of Home Affairs and former Vice President of the European Convention; Antonio Vitorino, former European Commissioner and chief negotiation of the Lisbon Treaty; Andrew Moravcsik, Professor, Princeton University; Simon Hix, Professor, London School of Economis; Charis Xirouchakis, Head of the Public Relations of the Economic and Social Committee; Marco Del Panta, Secretary General, European University Institute; Philomena Murray, Jean Monnet Chair University of Melbourne Australia; Martin Holland, Jean Monnet Chair University of Canterbury New Zeland; Amy Verdun, Jean Monnet Chair University of Victoria Canada; Susan Senior Nello, Professor, University of Siena and California University and over 30 others, including diplomats, academicians, journalists, EU officials...

The Summer Seminars address primarily to PhD students and young professionals, but they can be particularly useful also for other graduate students, as well as for diplomats, people working in NGOs, national Ministries, interest groups, medias etc.

Exceptionally skilled senior undergraduate students can be accepted on an individual base. Our seminars are highly selective and intensive, with 30 teaching hours each week. Admission is subordinated to the proof of previous knowlegde about the EU. In the past editions of the summer seminar, approximately 35% of the applicants have been accepted. Prospective students can choose to enroll one or several seminars.

In terms of credits, the Siena seminar will award 4 ECTS/2 US credits each, whereas the Rome Seminar will award 8 ECTS/4 US credits.

The tuition fee is of 900€ per week (i.e. 1800€ for the Rome Summer Seminar). Students attending more than one seminar will be entitled to a 20% discount. Thanks to the generous support of the European Commission – Jean Monnet Action, of private sponsors and of the three organizing Universities, a few scholarships partially waiving fees are available and awarded on the basis of merit and need. Students coming from partner universities are also, if accepted, entitled a special discounted fee. Please refer to the website for details.

Room and board are not included in the tuition fee, though organizers have reserved in each town nice central places for stay at a moderate price for those requiring accomodation. Please refer to the website for details.

The deadline for applications is 15th April 2008. Acceptance will be notified within three weeks of deadline.

The Seminars are organized in collaboration with the Center for American Studies in Rome; they also come under the patronage of prestigious local and international institutions.

For further informations and inquiries, please look at or email us at or contact the summer schools coordinator Dr. Federiga Bindi, Jean Monnet Chair in European Political Integration, University of Rome Tor Vergata.

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