The 2008 European Union Study TourPresentation Transcript
European Union Study Tour
Alexandre Berlin & Eduard Lavalle
2007 participating institutions:
B.C. University of Victoria, University of British Columbia, Simon Fraser University, Capilano College
Alberta: University of Calgary
Ontario: York University (including Schulich School of Business and Glendon College), University of Toronto (Joseph Rotman School of Management), Carleton University, Université d’ Ottawa
Québec: Université de Montréal
Nova Scotia: Dalhousie University,
Newfoundland: Memorial University.
Concept initiated in 2004 by
Institute for European Studies, UBC
(with Capilano College as the administrative offices)
The 2008 Study Tour will be the 5th
Development of the Study Tour
First Tour in 2004 – 2 weeks with 20 students—a partnership between the Institute for European Studies (UBC), European Studies (University of Victoria) & Political Studies (Capilano College)
Expands across the country: 12 universities in 6 provinces participated in 2007
Tour extends to 3 weeks; 40 to 45 students
Internships added as follow-up to Tour
Requirements for participation in the Study Tour
Graduate or advanced undergraduate level & an interest in European Institutions
Registration for credit at home institution for participation in the Study Tour
Recommendation from academic advisor or sponsoring faculty member
Dates and Cost of the 2008 Study Tour
Three weeks from 13 May to 4 June 2008
Internships of at least 8 weeks duration to immediately follow the Study Tour (for most internships)
Cost of Tour – excluding transportation – approximately C$2650--includes : accommodation, transportation in Europe, some meals
Briefings at the following institutions
European Union : European Commission, Council of Ministers, European Parliament, Court of Justice, European Central Bank, European Investment Bank
Council of Europe & European Court of Human Rights
International Organization for Migrations
Briefings at the following institutions (continued)
Canadian Mission to the European Union
Russian Federation Mission to the EU
Quebec Delegation in Brussels
Centre for European Policy Studies
Technical University – German Central Bank
Free University of Brussels (ULB)
PAYOKE: an NGO contra-human trafficking
Changes may be made to allow for new developments
Challenges generated by the recent enlargement of the EU with the addition of 12 new member states between May 2004 and January 2007. Issues relating to the EU's external policy as well as its internal effects.
Policy regarding the EU's external neighbourhood (especially in the West Balkans), and efforts to avoid the emergence of a new East/West divide on the EU's eastern border (particularly in relation to Russia and other post-Soviet states).
Social consequences of enlargement, including effects on labour migration, human trafficking, the securitization of the EU's external borders and measures to address regional inequality, as well as continuing efforts at institutional reform.
Prerequisite: participation in the Tour
Standard application form available January 18th
See web site for selection procedure and consult with your sponsoring faculty member
Internships Number & duration In Brussels Canadian Mission to the EU 2 at 2 months Quebec Delegation 2 at 1 month European Parliament 2 at 3 months Centre for European Policy Studies 2 at 2-4 months Research Institute European Trade Union Congress 1 at 2 months European Environmental Bureau 1 at 3-4 months European Youth Press 2 at 2 months In Antwerp Payoke: ngo contra trafficking 2 at 2 months
Internships Number & duration In Copenhagen European Environmental Agency 1 at 3 months WHO (Europe HQ) 2 at 2-3 months In Vienna International Organization for Migration 2 at 4-6 months In Strasbourg Council of Europe 1 at 3 months In Riga University of Latvia Centre for European and Transition Studies Up to 3 at 2 months In Frankfurt European Central Bank Up to 3 at 2 months
each student interested in an internship will submit (through hi s/her sponsoring faculty member) the following;
A curriculum vitae ;
A Tour standard application form providing:
A priority list of three internship host institutions;
A brief description of the contribution the applicant can make to the host institution;
A brief description of the benefit the internship will be to the applicant.
A recommendation from an academic advisor or the sponsoring faculty member .
Internship selection process for 2008
The Academic Coordinating Committee and the Tour Coordinators will make the selection process by taking into account:
the student file;
an appropriate balance among the participating Canadian universities;
the specific needs and requirements of the host institutions.
The internship candidates may be offered one or two possibilities from among the ones that they have selected or others where necessary.
A grant is available for interns provided by Foreign Affairs & International Trade Canada
An intern will receive a partial payment on commencement of the internship and the balance on submission of a student’s report and confirmation by the host institution of successful completion of the internship.
Study Tour – Follow-up possibilities
Public Diplomacy grant from the European Commission to carry on
Student Outreach work in Canada
Student Monographs on the improvement of Canada-EU relations (youth perspective)
The participants in the Tour may access the grant to assist them in defraying their costs. The projects also allow students to engage in recognized professional work.
Student Outreach work in Canada
Following their return to Canada, students have the opportunity to organize workshops, write articles, and give lectures on their EU experience to organizations across Canada reflecting civil society.
For example: business organizations (e.g. Chambers of Commerce); service organizations; organizations of teachers in the school system; trade unions and employer organizations; elected municipal officials; professional organizations; organizations with special interests (seniors, health advocates, anti-poverty advocates, environmentalists, women’s rights advocates, etc.).
Promotion of the debate and discussion on the improvement of EU-Canada relations from a “youth” perspective.
Students upon their return to Canada will have the opportunity to write papers as a contribution by young scholars to the development of the EU-Canada relationship.
Monograph will be published and provided to academics , EU and Canadian officials and opinion-leaders in civil society