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EU – China Summer School

“China and Europe as Partners – Law, Politics and Economics”

For information concerning the 2017 programme in Chinese please click

To read the report on the 2015 programme in English click here,  for the Chinese version click here.

Spetses Island and Athens, Greece - 15 July 2017 – 5 August 2017

In 2017, the Centre international de formation européenne (CIFE), Berlin and Nice, the Europa-Institut of the University of the Saarland (EI), Saarbrücken, Germany and the European Center of Economic and Financial Law (ECEFIL) of the Pantheion University, Athens, Greece organized for the 5th time the EU-China Summer School in Greece.

ECEFIL Spetses 2015 with CIFE        

This three week Summer School will be held for 10 days on the Greek island of Spetses and for almost two weeks in Athens, the capital of Greece. During this programme, the Chinese students will be exposed to intensive lectures on the major political, legal and economic perspectives of the EU. All the courses will be taught in English by internationally renowned faculty from CIFE and ECEFIL. Moreover, by visiting institutions dealing with EU-China trade relations and investment partnerships, the Chinese students will be brought into direct contact with decision-makers and professionals. Finally, this Summer School will be enriched by a thrilling cultural programme which will provide the Chinese students with guided visits to historic places such as the Acropolis and to many other important archaeological sites in southern Greece.

The exposure to the European Union in the classroom coupled with field trips to institutions and excursions to historical and cultural landmarks of ancient Greece will make this EU-China Summer School one of the most rewarding experiences of the participants’ university career.

CIFE China Greece Summer University 2016 Europe

Organizing Committee and Academic Responsibility

  • Dr. Michael Meimeth (CIFE, Director Overseas University Programmes) Map Athens Spetses CIFE 2015

  • Prof. Dr. Maria Meng-Papantoni (ECEFIL and Europa Institut) 


  • Island of Spetses

Anargyrios and Korgialenius School of Spetses

Spetses Island, Attica - PO Box 18050 Greece


  • Athens

Athens Cypria Hotel

5 Diomias Street, Syntagma Square - Athens 10563 Greece


For information about what to do in Athens please click here.


On the island of Spetses, the students will be lodging in double rooms on the university campus. The rooms are simple and clean. A limited number of single rooms with private bathrooms is available for an extra charge (see below "fees"). A common study room with internet access and free WiFi is also available. Moreover, there are sporting grounds for basketball and football – and beautiful beaches with crystal clear water.

In Athens, the students will be accommodated in a 3-star hotel (double rooms with private bathroom). The hotel is located in the centre of Athens, in walking distance to famous sights and plenty of shopping opportunities.

Admission criteria

Eligible to apply for the 2017 EU-China Summer School are Chinese graduate and undergraduate students as well as European students with good English language skills as well as some basic knowledge of politics, law and economics.

Applications should be submitted through the International Offices at our partner Universities in China. For the Chinese students, please find an overview of the programme in Chinese here. The European students should contact directly Dr Michael Meimeth, Director of the Overseas University Programmes at CIFE.

Topics of the lectures (selection)

  • The History of European Integration

  • The Economics of European Integration

  • European Cultural Heritage

  • The EU’s Institutional and Decision-Making System

  • The Single European Market

  • The EU as a Trading Partner in the World

  • Comparing the EU with the Asian Integration Process

  • The European Economic and Monetary Union

  • The EU in International Politics – What Kind of an Actor

Credits and Certificates

Upon successful completion of this three week programme, Chinese students may earn up to 4 transferable credits awarded by CIFE. Credits will only be granted to those students who have attended all lectures and passed the final written exam.

Certificates will be provided by CIFE for Chinese students wishing to leverage their educational experience in this Summer School with a subsequent pursuit of international internships and/or other higher learning opportunities.


The programme fee will be € 2.250,00 per student. This fee covers all necessary expenses during the three week programme:

  • Accommodation in single or twin rooms with private bathroom and full board at the college in Spetses; 

  • Accommodation, breakfast and dinner in Athens;

  • Academic programme;

  • Transport from Athens airport to Hotel in Athens;

  • Transport from Athens hotel to Spetses by bus and boat;

  • Transport from Spetses to hotel in Athens by bus and boat;

  • Transport on field trips;

  • Entrance fees to program related venues on field trips and excursions;

  • Transport from hotel in Athens to Athens Airport;

If you need any further information concerning the programme, please do not hesitate to contact us:


Sarah Bremm, Project Assistant OUP

E-Mail: sarah.bremm@cife.eu

Phone: +49 30 86 00 840-16

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