Summer European Academy Main Presentation - Political Science ...

Summer European Academy Main Presentation - Political Science ...

Summer European Academy

Understanding the Program

Its Mission

• To expand students understanding and appreciation of the logic, design and

purpose of the European Union, and compare it to your American experience

• To familiarize students in a proximate manner (directly from Europeans as

much as possible) with the contemporary issues of politics and economics that

are shaping the priorities and policies of the European union, and its major

nation-state actors

• To bring Europe permanently to students of Texas A&M by providing the

possibility of life-long learning, professional and social relationships with

European colleagues and associates

• To challenge students to think critically about political issues central to US-

European and US foreign policy

• To inspire students to embrace international learning to complement their life

long education

• To help students imagine the possibilities, and respect the obligations of

global leadership that comes through shared dialogue with our those who are

both our key global partners, and competitors.

• To facilitate students having a great time and to offer students what we hope

will be one of the most important and memorable experiences during their

undergraduate years

What it is

• Introduction to the European Union (going beyond

the nation-state to the heart of power and

consequence in one of the world’s three primary

regions of global influence)

• A transmission vehicle for global and international


• Cross-cultural learning experience, across regions

and nation-states, not merely one nation-state

– German University partnership

– Focus on European viewpoints conveyed by European


– Guest lectures, field appointments

The Program Stakeholders


– Students

– Department of Political Science (scholarship support; FSAB)

– College of Liberal Arts

– Study Abroad Program Office

• ASKO EUROPA Stiftung (Saarland)

– Joint seminar

– Scholarship support

European Academy Otzenhausen (EAO)

– Joint seminar

– Field trips during joint-seminar

– Meals and accommodations first two weeks

• HTW: The University of Science and Technology – Saarland (faculty and students)


– Logistics, field trips, contacts and appointments

– Planning and coordination (September – August)

– Joint –Seminar EAO

• The Robert Schuman Foundation (Paris)

– Appointments and contacts Paris

The Program’s Academic Objectives

• This is a program designed to introduce students to how a major

political-economic power central to global and American interests, is

designed and functions, and why it works, or why it falls short, with

what consequence

– The program is designed to provide student more than a typical academic

cultural tour, but rather a program of intense cross-cultural learning about

a governance system that is one of the three great political-economic

regions of the globe today

• To define, understand, and use concepts and terms relevant to the

study of modern global politics, policy and security

• To apply a body of factual knowledge directly relevant to

understanding the role of the major policy institutions of the European

Union, and the primary treaty obligations of member states within the


• To understand and critically evaluate how and why different recent

(post-WWII) historical, social, political, economic, cultural, and global

forces have shaped political institutions and policy formation of the

European Union and its member nation-states

The Program’s Academic Objectives

Pertinent to Cultural Diversity

• to analyze alternative explanations for differences among

governmental institutions in major democratic political systems

within the European Union

• to apply alternative explanations for different types and levels

of political participation and policy formation in the European

Union and the major member states of the EU

• to compare and contrast alternative political cultures found

within the major member nation-states of the European Union

• to compare and contrast the different historical, cultural and

political experiences and the shared political and economic

priorities among major member nation-states of the European


How Does It Work for Graduation

• Six hours of political science

– May be petitioned as elective

• Certificate in EU Studies

• Cultural Diversity and Awareness class

– LBAR332 optional

Components of the Program

• Introduction


– Trier

– Rhineland Tour

• Joint Seminar



– Guest Lectures

– Luxembourg & ECJ

European/EU Institutions

– Frankfurt, Luxembourg

– Brussels, Belgium

• The Perspectives of the Major Nation-States

– France

• Paris

– Germany

• Berlin

The First Weekend

• The EAO

– Meals

– Rooms

– Facilities

• Wi-fi & computers

• The environment

• Field Trips: The Past and the Present

• Trier

• Burg Eltz

• Rhine

• Program materials provided for you:

– Cultural Events EAO

– Background Readings

The Joint Seminar: The Program

The Program

– Cultural Identity and Nationalism

– EU Institutions

– Courts and Law

– Economy

– Cross-Border Analysis

– International Relations

– Trade Law


– Joint Seminar

– General and Cultural – Luxembourg (ECJ)

– Frankfurt (European Central Bank)

The Joint Seminar – The Venue

• HTW (University of Science and Technology-


• Groups and group projects

• Interaction

• Guest Lectures

• Social activities

• Field trips

– Luxembourg (ECJ)

– Frankfurt (European Central Bank)

– Saarbruecken (HTW)

Field Trips: Purpose

• Experiencing major centers of European

power, culture and commerce

• Experience diversity of life across parts of


• Experience the sometime subtle narrative

differences between Europe, France and


Field Trips: Where

• Brussels (Key institutions, including NATO)

– Free weekend

• Paris (Institutions and Robert Schuman


– Free weekend

• Berlin (Institutions)

– Friday and Saturday Free


• Study abroad handles insurance

provisions (which are excellent)

included in your program price, and

they explain its use for you

• Students have been advised to

consider travel insurance purchase

Meals and Accommodations

• Accommodations are EAO for first two

weeks, then hotels on field trips

• Meals: there are approximately 27 open

meals – these are meals that are not covered

in the price of the program and which you

are free to arrange on your own.

– All breakfasts during program are


– A number of group meals are included on

the field trips


• All inter-city travel is by chartered bus

– Exception: overnight train from Paris to

Berlin (be prepared for a challenge with

your luggage)

– Brussels and Paris is challenging with bus

drop-off for hotels – be prepared to walk

about 2-3 blocks with luggage through

pedestrian congestion and busy traffic.


• ATMs work (be sure to check with you bank to make sure you

know the cost of each transaction and what withdrawal limits

are in effect; they will often extend the limits)

• Travelers checks can be difficult to use – always prepare and

think ahead before field trips

• Visa/MC are most widely used; AMEX les so

• Avoid exchanges in US, and avoid exchanging money other

than banks or money exchange shops. Always check the

exchange rate they offer and know the fee before the exchange

Be Prepared For

• Entertaining your self with music or reading

material on long rides

• Walking around a lot (don’t wear high-heels)

– You must move your own luggage

– Small elevators, lots of steps

• Crowds (keep your valuables in sight or

leave at hotel in safe or safely hidden in

room) You do not need your passport unless

we are visiting an official office – will be


Navigating in a Foreign Locality

• Basic phrase book useful; use phrases

when you can

• Always know your hotel or residence

location and name, address and phone

number. Have it written down.

• Carry small maps from hotels if



• Internet cafes are common

• Do not call home from your hotel room

unless you have a calling card

– Always check rates with desk, first

• International calling cards are available


• Be sure to make sure that you have

proper adaptors and converters for

electronic devices you bring. Wall

plugs are 220 volts, not 110,and are

three prong, not two.

• Get passport

Key Tips

• Bring crucial prescription drugs and physician information

• Pack light – if you cannot manage your luggage it can be a

hassle – you are responsible for managing your own luggage

• Bring bank card to draw money from ATM with a backup if

possible always in your hotel room

• Do NOT bring valuables that you cannot live without (Aggie

rings, jewelry, private possessions of major value)

• Bring a European guide book

• Bring a simple phrase book for German and French

• Laptop not necessary, but can be used (wireless NOT free as

rule in hotels)

• Bring over counter drugs of common use: aspirin, stomach

and digestive, etc.)

• Expect about 600 Euros for meals, more for beverages and

personal expenses

Some Basic Working Rules

• Respect the rights of others

• Respect your roommate

• Respect your hosts

• Respect private property

• Respect the laws of the country (no drugs)

• Respect the hotels and management system

• Respect Texas A&M authority and its partners on program

• DO NOT LOOK BORED in appointments and guest lectures

• Don’t miss appointments, but if you do, get there yourself at

your expense

• Show utmost cooperation to your European counterparts

• Keep an open mind, with a robust inquisitiveness, and positive


• BE FLEXIBLE – things can and do go wrong

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