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)

Deadline
for Applications

June 7, 2019. Early application is encouraged as space is limited to 20 participants.

Dates

July 1-5, 2019. GASS is non-residential.

Locations

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 participate in seminars that examine key issues in the sub-disciplines of International Affairs. Seminar titles will include:

 

  • 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.
  • Climate Change.
  • Politics of European Union.
  • Globalisation and the Use of Technology and Social Media.
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 7, 2019. 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 400EUR. BIPP HUB and IBEI are committed to making the GASS Programme affordable to all motivated students who qualify and will offer reductions in the tuition fee where needed, as well as flexible payment options permitting the tuition to be paid over three months.

INSTRUCTORS

Seminars will be delivered by leading academics and international practitioners. Among them:

Francesc Badia Dalmasses
Editor of democraciaAbierta and political analyst

Frank Borge Wietzke
Assistant Professor, IBEI

Miriam Bradley 
Assistant Professor, IBEI.

Adriana Brassart
External Relations Manager and Head of Office, IFIT.

Luigi Carafa
Executive Director at CLIP

Yannis Karagiannis
Associate Professor, IBEI

Robert Kissack
Associate Professor and Head of Studies, IBEI

Mariana Otoya
Junior Associate, IFIT.

Kartik Raj
Western Europe Researcher, Human Rights Watch.

Elliott Varreault
CEO at AKTEK

Martijn Vlaskamp
Beatriu de Pinós Research Fellow, IBEI

 

 

INTRODUCTORY MATERIALS

Further readings

Aid in the Middle East

How the Quality of Mercy is Stained

The Economist

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New Middle Classes Reshaped the Developing World

Frank-Borge Wietzke

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The sustainability of the single currency

Different rates and different fates

The euro zone remains a long way from being an optimal currency area

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VIDEOS

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