Teaching Curriculum

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
Deadline for applying to the Seminar is 6 May
■ Scholarships for Refugees and #refYOUgees campaign
Application for Refugees and Crownfunding
■ 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 15 May 2018

Teaching Approach

The classes have a legal focus, combining theoretical and practical elements while also leaving space for question time and class discussion. They tackle the most recent legislative, jurisprudential and political developments in the field at EU level. In light of the current crisis facing the EU, the central theme of solidarity between EU Member States will be integrated into the entire course in 2018. The Summer School will explore and analyse the most recent developments in the European Commission, the Council and Parliament, and it benefits from the participation of European officials as lecturers on the course. Class readings will be available on the Summer School’s electronic platform.


Click here to access the draft programme of 2018 Summer School!

Part I: Introductory Lectures

Opening lecture
Migration flows and statistics
Free movement of EU citizens
European institutional framework
Implications of human rights
External relations and European migration policy
European databases (SIS, VIS, Eurodac, etc.)

Part II: Specialised Lectures


External border control
European visa policy
Immigration for purposes of work or studies
Family reunification
Legal status and integration of third country nationals
Regularising irregular immigrants
Smuggling and Trafficking
Return and readmission policy


Reception Conditions for Asylum Seekers
EU concepts of refugee and of subsidiary protection
Member States responsibilities and distribution of asylum seekers (“Dublin mechanism”)
Asylum procedures
The position of UNHCR on the European asylum policy

Calendar & Schedule

The first general part of the programme includes 14 hours of lectures and the second and third specialised parts  (on immigration and asylum) are 30 hours in total. Each day is generally comprised of 4 hours of classes, presented in lectures of 2 hours with a break of 30 minutes in between. In order to enable participants in full-time employment to attend the classes, these will mainly be held each day between 2 pm and 6:30 pm.


The lecturers at the Summer School include many members of the Odysseus Network as well as other experts in European immigration and asylum law. The programme alternates between experienced professors with established reputations and younger teachers who specialise in a particular field, so as to ensure that all lessons, even the most technical, are taught by an expert on the subject. The programme is enhanced by the diversity of the speakers who come from all parts of the European Union, which allows for views from all Member States to be expressed. There are also several speakers from the European institutions (in particular the European Commission’s DG HOME) and international organisations (UNHCR), which gives a practical insight into the topics covered.

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