Summer Schools


International Relations: European Security and Foreign Policy

I have to say that I could not ask for much more. It has been such a wonderful, unforgettable, joyful and helpful experience. Structured learning materials coupled with an exciting social programme have provided me with very sweet memories that will stay with me

~ Meghna Chaudhry, Politics Summer School, Canterbury 2017


This course focuses on contemporary security issues facing Europe today and on how European states are adapting to their new role in providing security both within and beyond the European territory. The aim of the course is to give students a thorough overview of contemporary security issues and how they are addressed by European and international security institutions. The course will provide a conceptual overview of the most important topics and will discuss specific case studies to illustrate concepts and explore key themes.

The course will thus examine the institutions of EU foreign and security policy bringing in BREXIT; the future of the transatlantic relationship and of NATO; inter-institutional cooperation between the EU and the UN and other international actors in pursuit of ‘effective multilateralism’; regional challenges such as integrating the Balkans and solving the ‘frozen conflicts’ as well as European engagement farther afield such as Afghanistan and sub-Saharan Africa; and European responses towards the rise of emerging powers and their effect on global governance.

Each day of the Summer School will cover a specific topic related to the EU’s role in the world. Topics will include the following:

  • The EU as a foreign and security policy actor
  • The EU and its neighbourhood
  • The CSDP: soft or hard power Europe?
  • The EU’s trade and development policies
  • The EU and Eurasia
  • The EU and the UK: challenges of Brexit
  • The EU challenges: Migration and people-smuggling
  • The future for the EU in the world
  • EU council simulation game

The European Security and Foreign Policy Summer School is part of the University of Kent Summer School programme. It will allow you to make lasting connections with students from around the world, studying a range of subjects but sharing your own enthusiasm. International study will enable you to gain a deeper understanding of another culture, make lifelong friends from a wide variety of backgrounds and benefit from globally-renowned academic excellence.

For additional reasons to join us, visit our Canterbury Summer Schools overview.


Dates: Sunday 17 June - Sunday 01 July 2018

Providing School: School of Politics and International Relations

Campus: Canterbury

Credit Transfer Option:  Equivalent to 10 Credits (ECTS 5) for transfer purposes.

Price: £1500 (Earlybird) for two weeks. Includes tuition, accommodation, teaching materials, welcome meal, organised trips and full library access


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