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Information for Applicants


Note: Instructions for 2021 summer course applications will be online in January 2021.  

Past application procedure:

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 for the 2021 courses open in January 2021 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 €1,000 for one course and €1,600 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

Cancellation: a refund of 75% of the fee can be requested for cancellations up to 4 weeks before the course starts.
After that time, refunds will be given only in exceptional circumstances, at the discretion of the Academy directors.


There are no scholarships or fee waivers available from the Academy of European Law.


Applications are considered on a rolling basis. Places on the courses are limited and you are advised to apply early to avoid disappointment. After you receive an offer of a place on a course, your place is secured only when you have paid the course fee. 




Classes are from Monday to Friday, from 09.00 to 16.30. You are expected to attend all classes, and to sign the attendance sheets each morning and afternoon.

The optional Diploma examination takes place on the last day (Friday) of each course; there are no other classes that day. 
You do not need to attend on that day if you are not sitting the examination. 


Applications are considered on a rolling basis. 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 three weeks of submitting your application, please get in touch).

When you receive the offer of a place on the course, you have 5 days to reply to the offer - indicating 'yes' or 'no'. 

To guarantee your place on the course, the fee payment must be made within 10 days of accepting a place. If you have not paid the fee within 10 days, the place may be offered to someone else. 



After you have paid the course fee, we will send you a link to access the online reading materials. 
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 the campus by bus, you can take either bus 25 towards Pian di San Bartolo/Pratolino (getting off at 'Il Cionfo 01') or take bus 1A (getting off at the last stop 'Salviati FS').
For information about timetables, you can check the bus company (ATAF) website

The Academy staff will send you further information about transport options if you are offered a place.


Accommodation is not provided and course participants have to arrange accommodation themselves. The summer courses are held at the EUI at its Villa Salviati campus. To reach the campus more easily, by bus or on foot, course participants are advised to look for accommodation in the following areas: 'Le Cure', 'Piazza della Libertà'  or 'San Marco'. 

If you are offered a place on the course, the Academy staff will provide you with general information about accommodation options near the EUI.

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.


Course participants can use the EUI library, and there will be an introduction to the library at the beginning of the summer 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 [email protected] 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. About 25% of course participants choose to take the examination. 

The Diploma is awarded to course participants who submit an excellent examination paper at the end of the course. Each year, the Diploma is usually awarded to 2 - 5 participants on each course. 

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: [email protected]



Personal data will be processed in accordance with the EUI’s Data Protection Policy (President Decision No. 10/2019 of 18 February 2019 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.


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