GLOBAL AFFAIRS SUMMER
SCHOLARS PROGRAMME

The Global Affairs Summer Scholars Programme (GASS) is an intensive, one-week pre-university programme in International Affairs for BAT and BI students.

GASS is a one-of-a-kind opportunity for students to gain first-hand exposure to International Affairs and its exciting sub-disciplines, while also getting a first taste of their future life as a university student.

The programme is taught in English, and jointly offered by the Barcelona International Public Policy Hub (BIPP HUB) and the Institut Barcelona d’Estudis Internacionals (IBEI)

Applications

Applications for the 4th. edition will be open on March, 2020.

Dates

June 29th to July 3rd, 2020. 

Location

Recinte Modernista de Sant Pau. 

GASS is a non-residential course.

In this 4th edition, GASS is focused on ways to tackle the climate emergency, the most important international political issue of the decade. It offers participants a unique blend of interactive classes with university-level teachers from IBEI, and seminars with experienced practitioners residing at the BIPP-HUB.

While analysing the challenges and implications of rapid climate change and environmental degradation, students will learn about a wide range of related issues that make the climate emergency so complex, such as development, democracy, human rights, security, and international economics. The week-long course offers a first taste of their future life as a university student.

 

“How to tackle the climate emergency? Knowledge and practical experience in global politics”

WHAT OUR STUDENTS SAY

The course gave me a reality shock and taught me how we can think critically about global issues.

Denisa Pavel.

I could not only learn from professors experts in their fields, but also from peers with different backgrounds.

Imre Badia.

During that intensive week I was equipped with different approaches that enables me to better analyse the international context.

Míriam Dámaso.

This experience helped me to gain awareness of current affairs, which increased my interest in the international relations field.

Jerico Agdan.

This summer school helped me to clear my mind about my future decisions in my academic career.

Lucía Sánchez

 

I acquired a new perspective to understand why things happen in the socio-economic context of the world.

Jimmy Crespo

“How to tackle the climate emergency? Knowledge and practical experience in global politics”

In this 4th edition, GASS is focused on ways to tackle the climate emergency, the most important international political issue of the decade. It offers participants a unique blend of interactive classes with university-level teachers from IBEI, and seminars with experienced practitioners residing at the BIPP-HUB.

While analysing the challenges and implications of rapid climate change and environmental degradation, students will learn about a wide range of related issues that make the climate emergency so complex, such as development, democracy, human rights, security, and international economics. The week-long course offers a first taste of their future life as a university student.

 

WHAT OUR STUDENTS SAY

The course gave me a reality shock and taught me how we can think critically about global issues.

Denisa Pavel.

I could not only learn from professors experts in their fields, but also from peers with different backgrounds.

Imre Badia.

During that intensive week I was equipped with different approaches that enables me to better analyse the international context.

Míriam Dámaso.

This experience helped me to gain awareness of current affairs, which increased my interest in the international relations field.

Jerico Agdan.

This summer school helped me to clear my mind about my future decisions in my academic career.

Lucía Sánchez

 

I acquired a new perspective to understand why things happen in the socio-economic context of the world.

Jimmy Crespo

BENEFITS OF THE GASS PROGRAMME

GASS is an opportunity for you to:

 

  • Gain first-hand exposure to International Affairs.
  • Get the first taste of your future university life.
  • Have a better knowledge on global affairs career.
  • Work collaboratively with highly motivated peers.
  • Use your English language skills in a practical context.
  • Strengthen key communication skills.
  • Join a peer network that can be an ongoing resource.
  • Add a course that will enhance your CV.
WHAT CAN YOU EXPECT AS A STUDENT?

To Be Prepared

You will get a taste of life as a university student and develop the critical thinking skills needed to succeed in future academic studies.

To Be Guided

Over the course of the week, you will be exposed to the various career and internship options in International Affairs and will receive first-hand advice and guidance from experienced practitioners, world-renowned professors and experts in fields such as human rights, international law, diplomacy, international development, conflict prevention, and the environment.

To Be Inspired

Classes will take place in the unique setting of the Sant Pau Modernista Complex, a UNESCO World Heritage site that is home to many leading international institutions. Classes will also take place on the campus of Pompeu Fabra University, one of Spain’s top-ranked universities and only a 5-minute stroll to the sea.

To Be Challenged

GASS is a demanding summer study experience that offers an in-depth exposure to International Affairs at a level that is similar to what you will experience in university.

To Be Motivated

You get to work alongside other talented and motivated peers who share your interest in International Affairs.

SEMINAR TOPICS

Students will learn about a wide range of issues that help to understand why climate emergency is so complex. They will gain a wide glance of international affairs topics such as:

 

  • The politics and economics of climate change.
  • The Study of International Relations.
  • Global Order in Transition.
  • Human Rights and democracy.
  • International Security.
  • International Development.
  • Peace, Democracy and Transitional Justice.
  • International Environmental Politics and Economics.
  • Globalisation and the Use of Technology.
PARTICIPATION CERTIFICATE AND LETTER OF RECOMMENDATION

Students who successfully complete the course will receive a Global Affairs Summer Scholars Certificate that acknowledges their participation in the GASS Programme. Students who make an exceptional contribution may also qualify for a recommendation letter that can be used in support of university and professional internship applications. The Programme does not award grades or course credit.

APPLICATION PROCESS AND DEADLINE

The application deadline is June 12, 2020. Early application is recommended, as applications are reviewed as soon as they are received and enrollment is limited to 20 participants. Applications will only be accepted when submitted online to Àngels Cortina: angels.cortina@bipphub.org.

Applicants should submit the following materials:
Letter of Interest in English (maximum 400 words) explaining their motivation for participating in the programme

TUITION

The tuition fee is 400€. BIPP HUB and IBEI are committed to making the GASS Programme affordable to all motivated students and some reductions in the tuition fee are offered, as well as flexible payment options.

We strongly encourage students coming from public centers, as well as from outside the area of Barcelona to apply for GASS Scholarship. In addition, disadvantaged students will be positively considered.

For further information, please contact to Àngels Cortina: angels.cortina@bipphub.org