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Our international teaching faculty and staff accompany participants during their two study years and ensure their learning success trough a combination of e-learning and face-to-face study:

I. Online courses 

All participants have to take compulsory courses which provide them with the necessary introductory and multidisciplinary background with regard to the development of the EU system. 

Optional courses give the participants the opportunity to study specific areas of interest in more depth. In order to meet the requirements for the completion of the programme, each participant must follow at least two optional courses in each term.  

Participants are requested to contribute in the forum discussions offered by the experts. 

Participants also have the opportunity to take part in extra-curricular offers which provide them with additional practical knowledge and skills necessary for their participation in the course as well as for their professional development in general. There are no  exams for these extracurricular lectures.

II. Workshops

The weekend workshops are an indispensable part of the study programme. In the first year, participants come together in Berlin, Rome, Budapest and Brussels. In the second year, Vienna, Berlin and Nice are complemented by a 4th workshop which is yet to be determined. During the workshops, participants meet the faculty members in person, they sit  the written examinations for the preceding term's courses, and a series  of lectures introduce the courses of the next term.

Visits to national and European institutions as well as meetings with local academics and decision-makers also take place during the workshops.

A European Council simulation on a controversial issue taken from topical political affairs is scheduled for the fourth and last workshop in Brussels - participation is compulsory.

In the first year, the participation in at least three out of four workshops is required to obtain the first year certificate and be eligible to continue into the second year of the programme.

III. Completion of courses

The courses are composed of online and face-to-face elements.

Courses are completed with written assignments, written participation in the online guided fora and written examinations conducted during the presence workshops.