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The 2018 summer courses will be held on the following dates:

  • Human Rights Law: 18 June - 29 June 2018
  • The Law of the European Union: 02 July - 13 July 2018



Information for Applicants


You must submit your application and upload your CV via the interactive online application form. 

There are two distinct phases in the application process:

1. Register as early as possible

You are encouraged to register and insert your personal details and your referee’s contact details as soon as possible. This is important to allow sufficient time for your referee to submit a reference letter before the deadline. 

When you register your referee’s contact details in the online application form, an email requesting a reference on your behalf is automatically sent to the referee you have nominated. Nevertheless, it is your responsibility to contact your referee directly to inform him/her of your request, to verify that the email request was received, and to ensure that he/she submits the reference by the deadline.

2. Complete and submit your application 

Once you have registered, you may continue to work on your application. Submit the application only when you have filled in all the information correctly and have successfully uploaded your CV.  All the applications are considered on a rolling basis - we will let you know the decision as soon as we have all the required information from you. 



These courses are for advanced students of law or related fields, lawyers, specialists, practitioners, professors, and researchers.

Applicants should have completed at least:

  • 3 years of a law degree, or
  • 4 years of university studies, including courses on international law and/or EU Law (to be listed on the application form)

Applicants of all nationalities are eligible.

All classes are in English and participants therefore need to have a strong command of English (level B2 of the Common European Framework Guidelines is recommended as a minimum requirement). No language certificate is required.

Applications open in mid-December and are examined on a rolling basis. 

Admission is based on merit. Candidates will be notified of successful admission on a first come first served basis. Places on the courses are limited and candidates are advised to apply early to avoid disappointment. 



The course fee is €700 for one course and €1,000 for both courses.

The fee covers:

  • tuition
  • reading materials
  • lunches and coffee breaks at the university
  • social activities arranged during the course

The fee does not cover:

  • accommodation
  • travel costs

If you have to cancel your enrolment before the course starts, 75% of the fee can be reimbursed.  


A limited number of fee waivers are available for excellent candidates, to be awarded at the discretion of the Academy directors. There are no full scholarships available, so all participants will have to pay for their travel and accommodation costs. 

To apply for a fee waiver:

  • fill in the online application form
  • when submitting the application form, you need to send a short email to academy@eui.eu explaining why you are requesting a fee waiver; please give details of your financial circumstances, attaching any relevant supporting documents, and indicate clearly whether you still want to be considered for selection even if you are not offered a fee waiver
  • make sure that we receive a letter of reference

Fee waiver applicants must ensure that we receive the application form and the email requesting a fee waiver at the same time. The final deadline for fee waiver requests is Friday 23 March 2018; requests received after the deadline  will not be considered. All fee waiver requests will be considered after the deadline. 

You are not eligible for a fee waiver if:

  • you apply for both courses, or
  • you have already received a fee waiver in the past

IMPORTANT NOTE: The fee waiver covers only the cost of the course. You will still have to cover your travel and accommodation expenses. 


Applications are considered on a rolling basis.  

Final deadline for applications from candidates requesting a fee waiver and from EUI researchers: Friday 23 March 2018. (All applications for fee waivers will be considered after the deadline). 

Final deadline for 2018 applications: Monday 30 April 2018.




Classes are from Monday to Friday, from 09.00 to 16.30. You are expected to attend all classes.
The optional Diploma exam takes place on the last day of each course; there are no other classes that day. 


Applications are considered on a rolling basis.

The final deadline for applications is Monday 30 April 2018 but all applications will be considered as soon as they are received. The Academy staff will let you know as soon as possible whether you have been offered a place. (However, if you have not heard anything from us within two weeks of submitting your application, please get in touch).

All applications for fee waivers will be considered after the deadline of Friday 23 March 2018 and the Academy staff will let you know as soon as possible whether you have been awarded a fee waiver. (If you have not heard anything from us by 11 May, please get in touch). 


We will send you a link to access the online reading materials before the course starts, when you have paid the course fee.
Printed materials are distributed on the first day of the course to those who have requested them during the application process. 


The summer courses are held at the EUI at its Villa Salviati campus. 

To reach Villa Salviati by bus, you can take either bus 25 or bus 1A. 

You can take bus 25 (from Piazza San Marco) for Pian di San Bartolo/Pratolino and get off at 'Il Cionfo 01'. The gate is Via Bolognese 156, about 50 meters ahead of the bus stop, on the right side. It is a 5-minute walk from the bus stop to Villa Salviati. 

You can take bus 1A (from the railway station Santa Maria Novella, or Piazza San Marco, or Piazza della Libertà, or Piazza delle Cure) and get off at the last stop ('Salviati FS'). When you hop off the bus, walk just a few steps along via Faentina towards the centre and you will find a gate on your right: the driveway takes you up to Villa Salviati. It is a 10-minute walk from the bus stop to Villa Salviati. 

For further information about timetables, you can check the bus company (ATAF) website

Buy a ticket before boarding the bus. Tickets cost € 1.20. You can buy multiple tickets at a reduced price; see the bus company website for full details.


Accommodation is not provided and course participants have to arrange accommodation themselves.

If you are offered a place on the course, the Academy staff will provide you with general information about accommodation options near the EUI and will inform you of rooms sublet by EUI researchers.

To get an idea for what is available in the area, check this list of useful links to tourist information websites, hotels, B&Bs and private rooms for rent, hostels and campsites in or near Florence.

Our advice: look for accommodation near 'Piazza della Libertà', which is halfway between the city centre and the EUI.


Course participants can use the EUI library, and there will be an introduction to the library on the first or second day of the course. The library is located at the Badia Fiesolana campus, and you can enter the library by presenting the EUI card given to you during registration.  (You must provide a photograph in order to have an EUI card.)

Books may be consulted but cannot be taken out on loan. Participants can photocopy the material or download electronic resources on a memory stick.

The library is open to summer course participants from 08.30 to 22.30 on Monday to Saturday.

If you plan to extend your stay in Florence in order to use the EUI library, please send an email to academy@eui.eu giving the exact dates of your stay. Please contact us before you arrive in Florence and we will make arrangements for you to have library access during that time.


There is a Diploma examination on the last day of the course. You can choose to take this examination but you do not have to.
More information about the Diploma here.   



A certificate of attendance is given at the end of the course to those participants who have attended all the classes.


The EUI does not operate the ECTS system. Upon request, we can issue a certificate specifying the number of hours/ workload of the course you have attended.
Some of our past participants have used this certification to obtain credits from their home universities.


Participants are strongly advised to purchase international medical insurance in their home country before leaving.
The Academy does not provide medical insurance and cannot cover medical costs.


Please read our website carefully as you will find a lot of information here. If you have any further questions about your application, you can contact the administrative staff.

Academy of European Law
European University Institute
Villa Salviati
Via Bolognese 156
50139 Firenze, Italy

Email: academy@eui.eu


Personal data will be processed in accordance with the EUI’s Data Protection Policy (President’s Decision No. 40 of 27 August 2013 regarding Data Protection at the EUI) as well as under the specific modalities outlined in the Privacy Statement for the Academy of European Law Summer School.

Page last updated on 11 May 2018