Our unique MA program in European Union Studies holds mandatory excursions which includes: (1) a trip to Olomouc, Czech Republic where students will be able to expand their knowledge on Middle and Eastern European relations, and (2) a trip to the European Institutions (Frankfurt, Luxembourg, Brussels and Strasbourg) where students will be able to develop their knowledge of the EU institutions and their functions, including special meetings with employees working at the institutions. Additionally, students may obtain a partial reimbursement for the excursion fees.*
EU Institutions Excursion**: The EU Institutionen in der Praxis seminar offers an excursion to the European Union Institutions and offers the students an intensive contact with employees of the Institutions. Students have the chance to visit: Brussels, Luxembourg, Strasbourg and/or Frankfurt. In addition to the seminar, students will attend seminar classes, at the University of Salzburg, covering both areas of politics and law. Participation in the political area allow students to identify political topics with a connection to an EU Institution through literature reviews. Turning to the legal area, students are challenged to apply their skills and knowledge acquired through the EU Law exam and courses by participating in a Moot Court. A Moot Court offers students to experience a stimulated court proceedings, which usually involves drafting memorials and taking part in oral proceedings (arguments). Moreover, students will be able to hone their legal writing and research skills, develop and improve legal argumentation and enhance team player skills.
Olomouc Excursion**: The seminar, Transformation in Mittel- und Osteuropa, allow students to gain knowledge and a basic understanding of the historical development of Central and Eastern European Countries (CEEC). Additionally, through the seminar and excursion, students will attend lectures covering: CEEC and EU Policy, Czech politics, Czech relations with the EU and Austria, EU Enlargement Policy for CEECs, issues between Czech Constitutional Law and EU Law, current and past events with CEECs pertaining to fundamental rights, and current legal and political topics pertaining to the CEECs and EU. Following the completion of the Seminar and Excursion, students are awarded a Participation Certificate by the Law Faculty of Palacky University of Olomouc. Lastly, students do have the possibility to go back to the Palacky University of Olomouc through the Double Degree Program with the University of Salzburg. For more information, please click here.
*Students may be entitled to partial reimbursement for excursion fees; however, this is subject to changes each year!
**Please note: In order to participate in the EU Institutionen in der Praxis and Transformation in Mittel- und Osteuropa seminars, you must complete the STEOP courses/exams: Introduction to the Politics of the EU I, Introduction to the Politics of the EU II, EU Law exam, Foundations for EUS, and Economics of Monetary Union.**