This year's ESC with the title "Visions4aNewEurope" with almost 40 participants from 21 nations finally took place again this year on site at the European Academy Otzenhausen.From 1 to 10 August 2022, participants discussed the legal, political, and economic development of the EU, listened to exciting lectures on topics such as European integration, human rights, and European data protection, and applied their acquired knowledge in simulations. In addition, excursions to Luxembourg, Strasbourg, Trier and the Europa-Institut in Saarbrücken were on the agenda.
With the Jean Monnet scholarship by the Jean Monnet chairs of Saarland University, selected students were able to attend the seminar for free. Here are the scholarship holders 2022.
1. Tara Bour:
"Thanks to the Europa-Institut Saarbrücken that gave me the Jean Monnet scholarship I was granted the opportunity to take part in the European Summer Course 2022. During days of intense learning, I met people from all over the world and I am confident to say, that strangers became friends in less than two weeks. Intercultural exchange combined with lectures on the most urgent topics concerning the future of Europe culminated in a unique experience. The ESC #Visions4aNewEurope changed me as a person and broadened my horizon. In addition to fascinating lectures by internationally recognized experts, interesting excursions were organized, which granted insights in the institutions of the EU. I recommend a participation to everyone, who likes challenging discussions, meeting new people and learning about Europe. If you want to actively shape the future of Europe, the ESC is the first step on your way."
2. Lucca Kaltenecker:
"I have been given the opportunity to participate at the European Summer Course 2022. Passed together with students and young professionals sharing enthusiasm and interest in developing #visionsforaneweurope, the 10 days at the European Academy Otzenhausen were packed with amazing group activities, several excursions to the key places of the EU and beyond as well as with interesting and entertaining lectures. For me, it was particularly insightful to be able to ask questions to the expert lecturers in a very stimulating yet familiar environment. Additionally, the very diverse community has been an enriching and excitingly multicultural experience particularly during the group events and evening activities. To sum up, it has been ten remarkable days that will forever be well remembered.
Many thanks to the Europa-Institut and to the European Academy Otzenhausen for organizing such an amazing summer course and generously giving me the opportunity to be part of it.“
3. Valentine Wolfgang:
"Each year, a few students and young professionals from all over the world come together for the European Summer Course to discuss the challenges and visions for the future of the European Union. This year, thanks to a scholarship, I was amongst the 39 young people who got the opportunity to spend ten days together in the small town of Otzenhausen at the Europäische Akademie to meet and exchange. We had guest lecturers coming in from different universities like Trier or Kyiv to present the difficulties and possible solutions. We made simulations to understand the decision-making process in the EU, by discussing new tobacco publicity guidelines or by handling the outbreak of an unknown disease. We did excursions to Strasbourg and Luxembourg to see the Union work in real life. And most of the time, we discussed current topics such as Brexit, climate change or the Russian war against the Ukraine but also long-term topics as Human Rights Protection and Data Protection. Due to the international group with people not only from all over Europe, but also from Saudi-Arabia, Australia or Nigeria, we had inside and outside perspectives that significantly enriched the discussions. As a student with a non-law background, I enjoyed getting an insight into the law-world, for example by doing a case study in human rights at the Europa-Institut.
Altogether, I came to Otzenhausen with low expectations and the openness to learn, and left with a lot of new knowledge, but most importantly with a lot of new friends and the experience of a lifetime.
I can wholeheartedly recommend the participation to everyone who is interested in the functioning and the challenges of the European Union and ready to gain new perspectives.
I would like to thank the Europa-Institut, Ms Fröhlich and especially the Jean-Monnet Chair for providing me with a scholarship and the opportunity to participate."