European Studies

  • Topics include History of European Integration, European Economic and Social Policy, and European Law
  • The program includes courses taught in English and German language courses
  • Academic courses meet in the mornings and German language courses meet in the afternoons
  • European Studies is offered as part of the Hessen:International Summer University Frankfurt
  • Introductory Course: Intercultural Communication

This course features an overview of intercultural studies and the necessity of intercultural competencies for resolving conflicts in business and politics. The following topics will be discussed: types of cultures (national, local, professional, etc.), the pervasiveness and persistence of culture, the important role of values and attitudes, and the process of acculturation. Furthermore, the Hofstede Model, as well as verbal and non-verbal communication will be discussed in detail.

  • Unit: History of European Integration

The aim of this course is to describe and analyze, both empirically and in theory, the process of the European integration. Different stages of the European integration following WW2, the institutions, and functioning process of the European Union are discussed, as well as the different approaches of governmentalism and federalism in the European integrations history. Students will understand how the European Union is designed and how it works as a result of these two theoretical approaches towards European integration.

  • Unit: Integration through Law in the European Union

This course gives an overview of the European institutional framework and gives an introduction to the most important EU-Institutions. It describes the legal structure of the European Union and the law-making instruments employed by its institutions.  The second part of the course deals with some specialties of the European Company Law and European and national economic regulation issues such as employee participation or cross border movement of companies.

  • Unit: European Economic and Social Policy

The course focusses on the economic structure of the Union and the interaction between national and European approaches in economic and social policy, as these approaches do have complementary and conflicting effects at the same time. The course gives an overview on the existing national and European approaches in economic policy and social security systems and tries to answer the question of what a common economic and social policy in Europe might look like in the future.

  • German Language Course

Participants will be placed into one of three German language levels: Beginning, Intermediate, or Advanced. A German language placement test will be issued the first day of the summer school.

European Studies is an interdisciplinary course. Students and working professionals from all academic disciplines are welcome to apply. The course has open enrollment and students will be admitted on a rolling basis. Participants do not need to have any prior German language knowledge for the German language courses. Maximum capacity for the course is 40 participants. 

Students will earn a total of 9 ECTS points for the successful completion of the course. The academic course European Studies is worth 6 ECTS point and the German language course is worth 3 ECTS points.

European Studies has a total of 74 in-class contact hours for the acacdemic courses and 40 in-class contact hours for the German courses during the on-campus summer program. A single ECTS point is defined as the equivalent of 25-30 hours of student workload, which includes class hours, readings, preparation for class activities, as well as assessment measures.

The Program Fee for European Studies is €1400. Students who register before April 15, 2020 benefit from a reduced fee of €1200. Students who are currently enrolled at partner universities of Frankfurt UAS or Goethe University are eligible for the reduced program fee of €1200 at any time before the application deadline on May 31, 2020.

What is included in the program fee?

  • 4 weeks of Academic Courses (6 ECTS points)
  • German Language Courses (3 ECTS points)
  • Insurance covering illness, accidents, and personal liability
  • Local transportation within Frankfurt for the duration of the program
  • Opening and Closing Events


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last updated on: 28.01.2020