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Summer 2024

The programme is available for Norwegian/Nordic residents and students from partner universities. 

Although it has recently been challenged by a series of crises, such as the ongoing pandemic, the European Union (EU), which presumably is the most prominent institutional foundation of regional integration in Europe, still remains of paramount importance in several policy areas at the global stage. The EU clearly is not a superpower, but it certainly ranks as one of the most important actors on the global stage. The EU not only affects the lives of more than 500 million inhabitants living within its territory, but it also has a significant impact on millions of people living outside of its borders. How can we study the European Union as a prime organization of Europe’s contemporary political order? 

Are you aspiring for a career in international business or public administration with exposure to Europe and the European Union? Then you are most welcome at EISS, and you certainly will benefit from our summer school.

For more than 30 years, EISS has received national and international recognition as being a place that provides an exceptional learning environment for its students. EISS provides you with the opportunity to catch up with top scholars and experts. In 2020, the UiA Department of Political Science and Management was awarded a prestigious Jean Monnet Center of Excellence (JMCoE) by the European Commission as a recognition of its strength and competence in both research and teaching in the field of European Studies.

From 2024, the summer school will be offered as a Blended Intensive Program in collaboration with the FORTHEM European University Alliance.

On-campus school at UiA (Kristiansand), 9–26 July 2024 (date of arrival and departure on 8 July and 27 July) including a digital component at the beginning of the summer school. 

What will you gain?

In short, you will:

  • deepen your knowledge on a wide range of issues pertaining to European integration
  • add an international dimension to your specific field of training (e.g. in law, public administration or economics)
  • engage with top scholars and experts in a very personal way

If you aspire for a career in business or public administration and will be exposed to Europe and the European Union, then you are most certainly going to benefit from our Summer School.

Course structure




EISS faculty

Week 1



M 8/7

Student arrival


T 9/7



The History of the (differentiated European Union)


Stefan Gänzle (UiA)

Kiran Patel (LMU Munich)

W 10/7

The History of the European Union: The Case of CAP 

Kiran Patel (LMU Munich)  

T 11/7

The Political System of the EU and Foundations of EU Law 

Daniel R. Kelemen (Georgetown University) DIGITAL COMPONENT   

F 12/7

The Political System of the EU and Foundations of EU Law 

Daniel R. Kelemen (Georgetown University) DIGITAL COMPONENT   

S 13/7

Tour to Bragdøya

Tobias C. Hofelich (UiA)/ Stefan Gänzle (UiA)

Week 2



M 15/7

EMU: After Crisis? 

Michele Chang (College of Europe) 

T 16/7

EMU: After Crisis? 

Michele Chang (College of Europe) 

W 17/7

EU Foreign Policy and European Neighbourhood Policy 

Arne Niemann (University of Mainz, FORTHEM) 

T 18/7

EU Foreign Policy and European Neighbourhood Policy 

Arne Niemann (University of Mainz, FORTHEM) 

F 19/7

EU Sanctions towards Russia

Clara Portela (University of Valencia, FORTHEM) 

S 20/7

Tour to Preikestolen

Tobias C. Hofelich (UiA)/ Stefan Gänzle (UiA) 

Week 3



M 22/7

Differentiated Integration 

Stefan Gänzle (UiA)/Tobias C. Hofelich (UiA)/Uwe Wunderlich (Aston University) 

T 23/7

Differentiated Disintegration Beyond the EU: A Comparative Regionalism Perspective 

Stefan Gänzle (UiA)/Tobias C. Hofelich (UiA)/Uwe Wunderlich (Aston University) 

W 24/7


Simona Guerra (University of Surrey)  

T 25/7


Simona Guerra (University of Surrey)  

F 26/7

Final exam

Tobias C. Hofelich (UiA)/ Stefan Gänzle (UiA) 

S 27/7

Student departure 


Course description 

Upon successful completion of this course, the student should:   

  • have advanced knowledge on political processes of the European Union’s institutions and policies; 
  • be able to demonstrate familiarity of the current challenges confronting the EU and its Member States; 
  • be able to describe and thoroughly assess core aspects and future challenges of European integration and the European Union; 
  • be able to analyze conflicting interests and developments underwriting current issues of the European Union; 
  • be able to critically assess the perspectives for future development of the European Union; 

Comprehensive Course description Current Issues in the European Union ST-420  

Recommended previous courses

Knowledge of EU politics at an introductory level is recommended, e.g., ST-202 European Union Politics (UiA).

Suggested reading for preparation:

  • John McCormick, Understanding the European Union. A Concise Introduction (London and Basingstoke: Palgrave 2020)
  • Michele Cini & Nieves Peréz-Solórzano Borragán (eds), European Union Politics (Oxford: Oxford University Press 2019).

Admission requirements

The general admission requirement is a bachelor’s degree or equivalent education of a minimum of three years (180 ECTS credits) in the field of social sciences, law or business administration. Concrete examples of relevant subject areas are political science, public administration, comparative politics, economics, social geography, sociology, development studies, economics, administration or law.

Application process

The programme is available for: 

  • Norwegian and Nordic residents. Applicants with citizenship or a renewable/permanent residence permit to Norway or one of the Nordic countries can register an application before April 1. Please apply here and upload the required documentation.  
  • Students from a partner university. Your home university must nominate you. Please contact your home university’s international office to apply. Keep in mind that the process might take some time, so please contact your international office by March 1 at the latest.


Student housing is guaranteed for international students in dormitories run by the Student Welfare Association SIA. High standard single room accommodation with a shared kitchen is provided within walking distance of study locations.  

Student accommodation costs approximately 3500 NOK. More housing information will be given after admission.

The price includes cleaning, internet, electricity and caretaker services. You need to bring your own duvet, pillow and bed sheet, as well as kitchenware.  

Students must organize and pay for the trip to Kristiansand themselves.

However, Kristiansand located in the very south of Norway, is easy to reach by train/bus/plane from Oslo and by ferry from Hirtshals in Denmark. Several direct flights from Amsterdam to Kristiansand airport Kjevik are also possible.


This program is a tuition-free Erasmus+ blended intensive programme.

It may be possible for you to receive a scholarship from your home university if your university is a member of the FORTHEM Alliance or has an Erasmus+ agreement with the University of Agder. Please check with the international office of your home university for more information.

Your lecturers - EISS 2024

  • Kiran Klaus Patel holds the chair of European history at Ludwig Maximilians University Munich. Before joining LMU, he held professorships at Maastricht University (2011-2019) and the European University Institute in Florence, Italy (2007-2011), and an assistant professorship at Humboldt University in Berlin (2002-2007). He has been (inter alia) a visiting fellow/professor at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris, the Free University of Berlin, Freiburg University, Harvard University, the London School of Economics, Sciences Po in Paris and the University of Oxford. His latest publications include: Project Europe. A History (Cambridge University Press, 2020), The New Deal: A Global History (Princeton University Press, 2016).
  • R. Daniel Kelemen is McCourt Chair at the McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University. He is also Professor of Law (by courtesy) at Georgetown Law.  Kelemen’s research interests include the politics of the European Union, law and politics, comparative political economy, and comparative public policy. His 2011 book Eurolegalism: The Transformation of Law and Regulation in the European Union (Harvard University Press) won the Best Book Award from the European Union Studies Association. He is author or editor of five other books including The Oxford Handbook of Law and Politics (Oxford University Press), and author of over one hundred articles and book chapters. Prior to joining Georgetown, Kelemen was Professor of Political Science and Law at Rutgers University, where he also served as Chair of the Department of Political Science and Director of the Center for European Studies. Previously, Kelemen was Fellow in Politics, Lincoln College, University of Oxford.
  • Arne Niemann is Professor of International Politics and Jean Monnet Professor of European Integration Studies at the Department of Political Science of the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, Germany. Arne is a member of the FORTHEM Experiencing Europe Lab.  His research focuses on the European integration process, European Union politics, and particularly the external relations of the EU. His most recent work concentrates on European Culture and Science diplomacy, the role of the EU as a mediator in international peace negotiations and theorising the euro crisis. His previous work has dealt with the role of the EU in (external) policy-making fields such as climate change and international migration, where I have particularly analysed aspects of effectiveness and normative power of the EU. He recently co-edited Changing Perceptions of the EU at times of Brexit: Global Perspectives (Routledge, 2020).
  • Clara Portela teaches Political Science at the Law School of the University of Valencia, having previously served as a professor at Singapore Management University and as a research fellow with the European Union Institute for Security Studies (EUISS) in Paris. Clara is a member of the FORTHEM Experiencing Europe Lab. Her research focuses on multilateral sanctions, arms control and EU foreign policy. She holds a PhD from the European University Institute in Florence and an MA from the Free University of Berlin. She is the recipient of the THESEUS Award for Promising Research on European Integration. Clara Portela was the inaugural Konrad Adenauer Visiting Scholar at Carleton University's Centre for European Studies in Ottawa, Canada. Previously, she was a Visiting Professor at the College of Europe, the OSCE Academy in Bishkek, SciencesPo Grenoble, SciencesPo Lyon, SciencesPo Paris, Hitotsubashi University in Tokyo and the University of Innsbruck. She has consulted for the European Commission, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Spain, the Ministry of International Trade and Industry of Japan, and has advised the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) as well as civil society organisations like Transparency International, Democracy Reporting, Civil Forum for Asset Recovery and Small Arms Survey. She is a trainer in the executive programmes on international sanctions offered by the School of Transnational Governance in Florence and the Graduate Institute in Geneva.  
  • Michele Chang is Director of the Transatlantic Affairs programme and Professor in European Political and Governance Studies at the College of Europe in Bruges. Her research interests concern euro area governance, particularly fiscal policy coordination and the European Central Bank. Recent publications include "The Art of Compromise: Belgium as the Bridge between Germany and France."German Politics (2021), "Sui generis no more? The ECB’s second decade."Journal of European Integration (2020), and The Political Economy of Adjustment Throughout and Beyond the Euro Crisis: What Have We Learned? (Routledge, 2019, co-edited with Federico Steinberg and Francisco Torres). She is on the Board of the Trans European Policy Studies Association and previously served on the Executive Committee of the European Union Studies Association.
  • Tobias C. Hofelich is PhD Research Fellow and Lecturer at UiA's Department of Political Science and Management. He holds an M.A. in Euroculture from Georg-August-Universität Göttingen and Rijksuniversiteit Groningen (2016-2018). Prior to joining the University of Agder, Tobias worked as a public affairs consultant in digital and economic policy. His research is situated in the field of European integration studies. His current focus are processes of differentiation and disintegration in the European Union. In his most recent research project, Tobias studies the emergence and ramifications of informal differentiation in the EU, whereby the EU legal framework is deliberately circumvented.
  • Stefan Gänzle is Professor of Political Science, a member of the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence and Head of the Department of Political Science and Management, University of Agder. Previous affiliations include the German Development Institute in Bonn, the University of British Columbia in Vancouver and the University of Jena. He is the author of one book and has co-edited six books or special issues of academic journals. His most recent research has been published in the Journal of Common Market Studies, Journal of European Integration, Political Studies Review, Public Administration, and Regional and Federal Studies. He recently co-edited Routledge Handbook on Differentiation in the European Union (Routledge, 2022).
  • Simona Guerra is Senior Lecturer in Politics at the University of Surrey and International Chair (May-June 2022) at Cevipol. Her main research interests focus on public Euroscepticism, politics and religion, Central and Eastern European politics, and her current project examines the early women of the European Assembly. Simona was chief founding editor, with Alexandra Segerberg (Uppsala University), of Political Research Exchange (PRX), the first ECPR open access journal, promoting innovation and debate across the breadth of political science. She also holds several teaching awards, from students at the University of Nottingham, Loughborough University and the University of Leicester. She has held visiting positions at Unitelma La Sapienza in Rome (2014-15), University of Sussex (2015-16), London School of Economics (2017), University of Zagreb (2018), Carlos III, in Madrid (2019), Visiting Professor at the College of Europe (Bruges campus), and La Sapienza University (2023).
  • Uwe Wunderlich is a Lecturer in International Relations at the School of Social Sciences and Humanities at Aston University in Birmingham, UK. He holds degrees from the Otto-von-Guericke-University Madgeburg and the University of East Anglia in Norwich. His research focuses on comparative regionalism, European integration, East Asian regionalism, and the impact of crisis on regional institution-building. Previous work has dealt with post-national actorness in Europe and beyond. His scholarly contributions have been published in academic journals such as the Journal of Common Market Studies and the Journal of European Integration. He recently published European and East Asian Regionalism – Critical Junctures and Historical Turning Points (Routledge 2021).


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