About the Summer School

■ About the Summer School
Video for the Summer School, Introduction, Languages
■ Teaching Curriculum
Teaching Approach, Subjects, Lecturers, Calendar & Schedule
■ Doctoral Seminar with 4 PhD Grants
The deadline to apply for PhD grants is 15 July
■ Scholarships for Refugees and #refYOUgees campaign
Application for Refugees and Crowdfunding
■ Extracurricular Activities
Visits to the European Institutions, Evening Debates & Other Events, Networking Events
■ Practical Information
Facilities, Certificate, Admission Requirements, Registration Fees, Coordination, Contact
■ Application Form
Please apply before July 31st 2020


While we celebrate its 20th anniversary by launching a new online version, the summer school has trained more than 2000 persons and is well known among employers considering it as an asset for job seekers. The objective is to give the participants a global understanding of the European immigration and asylum policies from a legal perspective, including the latest developments in 2020. The summer school is organised by the Odysseus Network for Legal Studies on Immigration and Asylum in Europe, founded by Prof. Philippe De Bruycker in 1999 with the support of the European Commission. In addition to classes, the summer school provides an excellent opportunity to spend an intellectually stimulating time in a group of around one hundred participants specialised in the area of asylum and immigration. The location of the summer school in Brussels creates a unique European environment with participants from different Member States who typically includes PhD and graduate students, researchers, EU and Member State officials, representatives from NGOs and International Organisations, lawyers, judges, social workers, etc. The classes are taught by academics originating from all EU Member States collaborating in the framework of the Odysseus Network, and by high-ranking officials from the European Institutions, particularly the European Commission.


Courses are in principle taught separately in English AND in French in order to allow participants to choose between those two languages, with the exception of those given by guest speakers which will be exclusively in English. Due to the Covid virus crisis, the organisers may ask Francophones having chosen the English group to move to the French-speaking group in order to balance the number of participants between both groups for sanitary reasons.

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