Comparative politics, International political economy, International relations, Political science, Public policy, Sociology


In cooperation with TRANSCEND: Global Challenges Network, at the American University in Washington D.C. and UNESCO

Course date

23 June - 3 July, 2014
Application for this course is closed.

Experiences of past course participants


2013 course participants said:

“I believe presentations of participants were very useful for us, given that we received many valuable comments which will help us in further research. I have consulted the faculty concerning my research and receive useful suggestions and tips for future.”

“I have appreciated the SCO simulation, as it provided a challenging task for participants to employ newly acquired knowledge, facilitating a deeper comprehension of the region's political and security dynamic.” 

2012 course participants said:

"It was very instructive for me to have insights about regional processes in different parts of the world with some young researchers who are from these regions or do research on a concrete region and can share with some first-hand information and reflections."

 "The course was extremely useful for establishing professional, academic and personal networks."

 "It gave me ideas as to how I could change my theoretical frame. Also, it showed that I grapple with similar problems in my research, the lack of parsimony in the theoretical frame, tendency towards descriptiveness, etc. as others who work in the field of 'new regionalism(s)' and comparative regionalism."

"Coming from a European background I found that most of the things I assumed to know about regionalism are severely biased by the EU. I feel I gained valuable insights to other geographical areas due to the course and now that I'm aware of this, I can develop a more complex mental picture about the world of regions."

 "…great and thorough presentations were greatly appreciated. Time for group conversation allowed new ideas to occur. Individual perspectives greatly enhanced my vision of the world. I am hopeful that new business and research possibilities may come out of this course. I wish to continue follow-up and hope that CEU Summer University can continue to help me in the future with this, perhaps."

"The course has opened my vision to the possibilities and strengths of regional cooperation. We truly live in a globalized world."

The summer course allowed me to see regionalism as a process going across the world and underlined the importance of values and interests within specific regions."

 What were the strengths of the summer course?

-  "presentations of participants' research"

-  "good combination of theoretical approach and discussion of case studies; focus on comparative, non-European experience"

-  "the wide variety of topics and academics we could hear, as well as the variety of backgrounds my peers came from. It all led to an atmosphere conducive of learning not only from the lectures but from each other as well. I also liked the simulation game at the end. I’m partial to this type of learning having participated in several EU negotiation simulations, and I think it is an excellent way to develop in-depth insights into issue areas and learn about the dynamics of the given context more efficiently. As the Chinese proverb says: 'Tell me and I'll forget; show me and I may remember; involve me and I'll understand'.