Summer School on European Politics: Interests versus Culture, Prague



Summer School on European Politics:

Interests versus Culture?


Make the most of your Summer!

Participate in the Summer  School on

“European Politics: Interests versus Culture?” (EUIC2013)

 The processes of European integration bring about new practices as well as concepts.  The co-operation, mutual adjustment and merging of political institutions such as legal regulations or tax and fiscal policies are concomitant with the cultural processes of Europeanization – the process of cultural intertwining, if not homogenization, of European societies. The statement “Culture matters!” is very true in the context of the European policy making. This statement can be taken as an underlying idea of our summer school.

Would you like to learn more about, how cultural aspects influence the current EU policy making?

Would you enjoy discussion on the cultural clashes in EU lobbying?

Are you a goal-oriented and hard working student able to combine your holiday fun with the challenging academic environment?

Then, this educational experience is just for you!


The Summer School on “European Politics: Interests versus Culture?” (EUIC2013)

When: June 29 – July 6

Where: Prague


•    to exchange your ideas with academics and experts on anthropology in EU policymaking

•    to explore Prague – one of the most beautiful cultural and historical capitals in Central Europe

•    to enjoy having fun together with your new friends – students of the Prague Summer Schools 2013!

We invite you to share our passion for the study of culture and the complex ways in which it affects politics. We also invite you to discover, how anthropological research could be applied in the EU lobbying. You will become more aware of the workings of power through and by the means of culture. Many of the political processes in today’s Europe affect our identities and values, engage us in rituals, provide us with symbols and metaphors we live by. We will be happy to meet you in a beautiful city of Prague and discuss the ways in which these identities and symbols differ across Europe as well as find some universal features of European political culture.


Early Bird Application Deadline: 30 April 2013

Final Deadline: 15 May 2013

How to Apply

Please fill in and submit the On-line Application Form. There is no application fee.

You will be asked to paste the following documents into the spaces specified in the On-line Application:

  • Your recent resume or curriculum vitae.
  • A statement-of-purpose not to exceed 500 words stating your reasons for applying to the Institute, and what you would like to gain by attending.

The language of the Institute is English. Therefore, non-native speakers of English should provide a proof of English proficiency. It might be one of the following: the IELTS/TOEFL score, letter from an English professor or official certificate of completed English courses.

You can also e-mail, snail mail or fax your application. Here is the contact information:

Center for Public Policy
Vyjezdova 510
190 11 Prague 9
Czech Republic
Fax: +420.281.930.584
E-mail:  [email protected]

Application Procedure
  • Although there is an application deadline, students are accepted on on-going basis. In order to allow time to carefully review all student application materials, an e-mail notifying the application status to Summer School 2013 will be sent to applicants approximately 14 days after the application is received.
  • Applications received by the early bird application deadline of April 30, 2013 will receive preference in admission decisions. Note: the final application deadline is May 15, 2013. Late applications may be considered. However, late applicants run the risk of finding the program full.
    All students will be informed about admissions decisions by June 1, 2013.
  • Participants will be selected according to the following three criteria:

1. Educational Background (Year, Grade Point Average and Area of Study)

2. Statement of Purpose

3. Level of English (if applicable)

  • Approximately 30 students will be admitted to every program of the Summer School. We intend to restrict the class size to ensure interactive courses and discussions. We aim to create a truly international student body.
  • Students must be currently enrolled in a college or university. The Summer School admits both undergraduate and graduate level students.
  • Priority will be given to students with at least some academic background in Antropology, Political Science, Sociology, or Legal studies. Nevertheless, students of other academic backgrounds, but with strongly demonstrated interest in the Summer School topic, will be considered on an equal basis.
  • Students admitted to Summer School 2013 are expected to participate fully in the program by attending all classes, lectures and social events.
Program Costs

The program fee for early-bird applications: 680 EUR

The program fee for students who submit their applications after April 30, 2013: 750 EUR

This fee will cover:

Tuition including complete course reading materials, student’s handbook, maps,
accommodation and two meals per day (breakfast and dinner),
fieldtrips, and cultural and special events

Students are responsible for their own travel costs, lunches and other personal expenses. You can find more information about eating out in Prague in the Accommodation/Meals section of our web site.

The individual deadlines for the receipt of payment will be stated in the official letter of acceptance.

Payment plans can be arranged. The final deadline for receiving payments is June 10, 2013.


In order to guarantee their participation in Summer School, students can also turn to their home institutions or local funding authorities. Most universities have scholarship funds to cover short summer coursesconnected to the student’s fields of study and organized by the authorized educational institutions. It’s also worth trying to apply for a €1000 Student Grant at

We do encourage students to search for outside funding to cover their programs fees and/or travel expenses. Students are encouraged to explore funding opportunities available through their home universities, non-governmental organizations and government sources, such as the Soros Foundation. Local businesses, corporations and employers are often a good source for additional scholarship help. We will be happy to provide accepted students with a letter of support for potential sponsors.


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