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June 24–28, 2024
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Course rationale, aims & objectives

The course examines the complex challenges of translating education policies for promoting access and equity into tangible outcomes through program design and implementation. Specifically, the course will focus on the policy-implementation nexus in the complexities of resource-constrained contexts of the global south. With theoretical and experiential insights from cases of actual education policy successes and failures in the global south, this course will provide the participants with a nuanced understanding of the dynamics of policy implementation for achieving desired outcomes in low-resource contexts.   


The course builds on the knowledge foundation of the OSUN Certificate in Global Educational Development (GLOBALED), a network course bringing together students from diverse OSUN-affiliated institutions from four continents and was piloted as a summer course in 2023. The course will draw upon bodies of scholarship in education policy, public administration, and international development to offer the participants a nuanced understanding of processes and factors that shape education policy implementation in low-resource contexts in the global south and for under-served populations in the global north.


This course is targeted primarily at graduate students - and secondarily at advanced undergraduate students - who are exploring careers in the field of educational development in low-resource contexts. This includes policy and programming roles within education and youth-focused government agencies, civil society organizations, private sector initiatives, and international philanthropic and development organizations. This course will also be of value to early-career professionals working within/in collaboration with education ministries to enhance education access and equity for vulnerable populations.

Expected Learning Outcomes

Through a combination of pre-readings, in-class presentations, case analysis, discussions, and group work, the course will enable its participants to: 

  • Examine the diverse factors - socio-cultural, economic, and political - shaping the framing of education policies and their implementation in low-resource contexts 
  • Design empirical and analytical indicators to make informed implementation decisions based on data-driven evidence
  • Analyze implications and implementation alternatives through the lens of diversity, equity, and inclusion – using context-appropriate indicators and frameworks
  • Develop a systems perspective in appraising education policy through case studies of both successful and unsuccessful policy implementation


The course will be offered in a face-to-face format over five days, with one guest lecture delivered live online. Participants will also have the opportunity to visit two Budapest Schools.

Target Group

A mixed audience of students and education professionals is a strength of this course. Applications are invited from: 

  • Highly motivated OSUN students who are already involved in education programs in their communities (around 80% of the class size). Within this group, priority will be given to students who are already active in the OSUN space with demonstrable commitment to education for vulnerable populations through Civic Engagement, Social Entrepreneurship, and related network-wide initiatives. Outstanding alumni of the OSUN GLOBALED Certificate will also be considered in this category. 
  • Education professionals from diverse geographies and sectors (governmental, non-governmental, and international organizations) - whose work aligns with the OSUN focus on vulnerable and marginalized learners and population groups – are welcome to participate (around 20% of the class size). 

Language requirements

The language of instruction is English; thus, all applicants have to demonstrate a strong command of spoken and written English to be able to participate actively in discussions at seminars and workshops. 

The course focuses on the following discipline areas:

  • Education policy
  • Public policy
  • International development/Global studies

“Diverse international group, esteemed professionals directing and contributing to the course, good structure, enough opportunity to socialize.”

“The high-level lectures and discussions were one of the main strengths of this course. The lecturers and colleagues had rich experiences from different countries/backgrounds on educational policies.”

“The course was extremely useful. It provided theoretical knowledge and encouraged action with regard to reforming education and policy. I can implement what I have learnt in my research and education practices within my country and context. Due to the diverse classroom, sharing ideas and practices across different contexts was useful to extract what may work and implement this in my practice.”

Please read the following directions carefully.  
Below is the list of the documents you need to prepare or arrange for submission: 

  1. Completed Online SUN Application Form (see notes below) 
  2. Full Curriculum Vitae or Resume, including a List of Publications, if any
    Please upload your Curriculum vitae or resume, including a list of publications, if any. 
  3. Statement of Purpose (max. 1 page) 
    In the Statement of purpose, please describe how the course is relevant to your teaching, research, studies, or professional work, and in what way you expect to benefit from your participation.
    You are advised to consult the detailed course description on the course webpage so that the statement of purpose is in accordance with the main objectives of the course. 
    Please provide the name, contact email, and phone number of a person (a faculty member, job supervisor, etc.) who can be contacted by the course directors to attest to your abilities, qualifications, and academic/professional performance. 
  4. Personal Statement on Financial Aid
    Those who are eligible and wish to apply for financial aid should specify their reasons in the “Personal statement on financial aid” section (Funding page of the application form). 

Optional Attachments: 
You can upload further optional documents on the Qualifications page such as academic documents that you think may be relevant to support your application in the 'Other Supporting Documents' section. All documents should be merged into a single PDF file not exceeding the size of 2 MB. No passwords and encryption are allowed. 

Completed CEU Summer University Application Form

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  • You may apply to a maximum of two summer courses. In case of being admitted, you can only attend both if the two courses do not overlap in time.
  • If you applied to CEU before, please use your existing login and password to start a new application. If you do not remember your password from last year click on Forgotten Password. With technical problems, bugs, or errors related to the online application forms please contact the CEU IT Help Desk.
  • Right after login, please select the ”Summer University” radio button from the "Type of course" list, and leave all other fields empty.
  • All application materials must be submitted with the online application form(s). Materials sent by postal mail, electronic mail, or fax are not considered.
  • The maximum allowable file size for upload is 2MB per file and the acceptable file formats are PDF, JPG, and JPEG. Ensure all security features (e.g. passwords and encryption) are removed from the documents before uploading them.
  • Applications cannot be edited after submission. Please submit your application only when it is 100% final and complete.
  • Further user instructions for the online application are included in the form itself. Should you have questions regarding the application form, check the relevant Frequently Asked Questions.
  • Applications submitted after the deadline will be considered on a case-by-case basis.


If you need help or more information during the application process, please feel free to contact the SUN staff via email.


The SUN Office will notify applicants about the selection results in April. Please check the 'Dates and deadlines' section on the relevant course websites for notification deadlines planned earlier or later. The final decision is not open to appeal.