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Asia-Europe Summer Academy                                        Policy Forum on Asian Affairs

                                                                                                                20-22 June 2018, Brussels

                                                                                         KU Leuven – Brussels Campus

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The Asia-Europe Summer Academy held at Belgium’s leading KU Leuven university – in its campus located in the historical center of Brussels – offers superb intensive three days of learning, sharing, cultural immersion, networking and connecting. The key aim of the Asia-Europe Summer Academy is to deepen your understanding and knowledge of the political, economic, social and security issues in the contemporary Asia.

The range of lectures, debates and workshops on offer are relevant and stimulating for students of various social sciences disciplines, namely International Relations, Political Science, Economics, Sociology, Media and Communications, but also young professionals, who are keen to expand and deepen their expertise in the strategically and economically important Asian region. Below, you’ll find detailed information about the program, dates, costs and others.

APPLY for the Asia-Europe Summer Academy: Policy Forum on Asian Affairs HERE.

Program Outline 

AsiaMarketIn early 21st Century, relations with Asia have become crucial both for the private and the public sector all across Europe. Economic, political and cultural relations between the West and the East are growing, and the need in our part of the West – the European Union – for solid knowledge about contemporary developments in Asia is also growing.

While the rise of China is clearly catching global and European attention, the importance of other parts of Asia should not be underestimated – India is obviously of growing importance, as much as Japan, South Korea and the economically dynamic ASEAN region, and notably Indonesia, all play an increasingly crucial role in regional and global security.

With Asia in the world’s spotlight as it undergoes rapid growth, the Asia-Europe Summer Academy: Policy Forum on Asian Affairs taps into our expertise of the region and offers university students and young professionals an enriching knowledge and understanding of various Asian-related issues, developments and challenges. With its three-day intensive format, Asia-Europe Summer Academy offers a series of lectures and panel debates with leading experts in the field as well as workshops, informal discussions and networking, which complement each other for a more holistic experience.

You will attend classes held in a dynamic and multi-cultural learning environment and participate in active discussions and learn from senior Asian and EU diplomats, policy makers and academic experts specializing in their area of study. Through the lectures and debates with diplomats and academic experts from different Asian countries, Asia-Europe Summer Academy provides the participants with a policy-maker’s ‘insider’ perspective into the Asian political elites’ way of thinking, their strategic perspectives and geopolitical considerations, thus shedding light on how they seek to deal with the closely interlinked key contemporary security, economic and political challenges affecting the region.

Asia-Europe Summer Academy is specifically deigned to meet your needs if wish to pursue future career in the academia in the field of the Asian area studies or in business, politics or the non-profit sector. Ultimately, this program offers important opportunities to meet experts in the field, network, exchange views and ideas.

We look forward to seeing you at the Asia-Europe Summer Academy in June 2017!

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The Venue – KU Leuven

KU Leuven - logoAs a leading university in Belgium, KU Leuven has been a center of learning for nearly six centuries. Today, it is the country’s largest university and, founded in 1425, one of the oldest and most renowned universities in Europe. As a leading European research university and co-founder of the League of European Research Universities (LERU), KU Leuven offers a wide variety of international master’s programs, all supported by high-quality, innovative, interdisciplinary research. Since its founding, KU Leuven has been based in the city that shares its name, but it also offers degree program at campuses in 11 Belgian cities, including Brussels, Ghent and Antwerp.

Detailed Program

You can download the program (as of 23 May 2017) of the Asia-Europe Summer Academy: Policy Forum on Asian Affairs HERE.

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For Whom?

Library-ForWhomAsia-Europe Summer Academy: Policy Forum on Asian Affairs is designed for high-potential Asia experts and future leaders – university students, young professionals, diplomats and experts in international relations, economics and security – who have the potential, interest and determination to pursue future career in the academia in the field of the Asian area studies or in business, politics or the non-profit sector. You can participate in the Asia-Europe Summer Academy: Policy Forum on Asian Affairs if you are

  • a student and a young researcher in various social sciences disciplines, namely International Relations, Politics, Economics, Sociology, Media and Communications;
  • working as an academic, policy-maker, government official, as well as a civil society representative or a professional in the private sector;
  • aged below 40 years and have a solid command of English.


Program Dates & Fee

Fees&DatesSummer 2018
Program dates: 20-22 June 2018
Application deadline: 10 June 2018
Program fee: 250 EUR



Costs and Payment Method

The program fee includes:

  • All tuition fees and classroom support costs
  • Free access to all lectures, workshops and other activities
  • Coffee/tea and snacks during coffee breaks
  • Program book
  • Certificate of Participation confirming active and successful completion of the Summer School

The program fee does not include:

  • Transport to and from Brussels and local transportation in Brussels
  • Accommodation during the program (a shared bedroom at a hostel in Brussels city center would cost as low as 100 euros for 3 nights)
  • Meals not listed in the detailed program
  • Visas (if applicable)
  • Insurance (students need to sort out their own overseas travel insurance before they leave their home country)

Payment method

Pay by electronic transfer – bank account details are available HERE.

Applying for a Study Abroad Program

APPLY NOW! To register, please complete the electronic APPLICATION FORM and pay the tuition fee (250 EUR). Please note that your application will not be accepted until we have received the completed online application form with all required attachments and a print screen confirming that the full tuition fee has been paid by electronic transfer – bank account details are available HERE. Within the next 24 hours, you should receive an email from us confirming that we have received and reviewed your application. Once the tuition fee is received, you will be issued and sent a formal Letter of Enrollment confirming your placement in the program. (Please note that when completing the online application form, EU citizens only need to submit a scanned copy of their ID card.)

Please register your interest in the Asia-Europe Summer Academy: Policy Forum on Asian Affairs as soon as possible as places are limited. If you wish to register after the deadline, please send an email to to check if there are still vacancies. Cancellation Policy: If the cancellation is notified before 10 May 2017, reimbursement will be granted (a handling fee of 100 euros will, however, be charged).

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