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Summer Universities


Introduction
A Summer University is usually a two-week event organised by an AEGEE local where between 20 and 60 students come together from all over Europe. Summer Universities are organized by students for students. The activities carried out during a Summer University range from academic activities such as classes to learn a foreign language, different courses on technical themes to multicultural activities: get familiar with Finnish culture, Spanish history, Greek mythology; learn how to sail or tracking or etc. Each year around 90 Summer Universities take place all over Europe, with around 2500 students from more than a 30 European countries; from Spain to Moldova, and from Finland to Malta.

Aims

The Summer University Project aims at opening a new perspective to the participants over the multicultural dimension of the European continent. It also promotes understanding among European students, removing national borders and creating a European feeling.

History

The Summer University Project was born in 1988 with the intention to promote the European Integration. This project is the main tool developed by AEGEE to attain this difficult but fascinating target. Since that time, it has been continuing every year with the participation of more than 90 antennae. It reflects AEGEE’s traditional formula: Acquaint Europeans with Europe. This year, it will be the 19th anniversary of the project, which makes it the longest lasting project in AEGEE history.

Programme

The programme’s key to success is the effort to involve as many people as possible. It includes workshops in different areas auch as history, literature, culture, art, cinema etc. It also offers the opportunity to experience traditional food, enjoy a European Night party and a compulsory AEGEE lesson :-), learn about other cultures and even discover yourself. Active debates, music and youth spirit are traditionally part of the programme of a Summer University.

Tools

The Summer University Booklet is the main information tool of the project. It contains a detailed description of every Summer University taking place in the framework of the project. Based on the information provided in the booklet, AEGEE members can apply for a place. The website contains an on-line version of the SU Booklet, as well as all the necessary information for both participants and organizers along with latest news about the project.

The project
's website is also another tool of the project. It contains all necessary information for both organizers and participants varying form the fundraising basics to invitation letter examples. Both organizers and participants submit their applications through the website.
Moreover, mailing lists are also contributing a lot to communication among the SU organizers and between locals and the SUCT.

Promotion

The SU promotional material (SU Booklet and poster) is distributed to locals at the European Boards Meeting in spring, respectively they are sent to locals, which do not attend the EBM. After that, the locals run their own local SU & AEGEE promotion campaign to attract new members inside and outside the network.Application for Participants
Applying is only possible after becoming a member of AEGEE and receiving the required membership number, which is necessary to fill out the application form on the website. It is expected from the applicants to write a motivation letter for each of their three choices.

Selection Procedure
The selection is carried out in two stages:
  1. Pre-selection: The SUCT makes a first general selection of the received applications, which means that only one choice from each application will be considered. The pre-selection aims at ensuring that each SU receives a heterogeneous group of nationalities, sex, ages and cultures, and making sure that all organizing locals receive as many applications they need.
  2. Selection: The local organizers make the last and definite selection of participants among the applications given by the SUCT.