MEEG students will have the opportunity to apply for the Integrated Program in European Policy Studies (IPEPS), a unique advanced program funded by the European Commission and organized by CEPS (Center for European Policy Studies), a top European public policy think tank located in Brussels. The IPEPS involves leading academic institutions such as Johns Hopkins University, University of Edinburgh, Erasmus University Rotterdam, Universität Duisburg Essen, HTW Berlin, University of Trento, and Corvinus University of Budapest

Within the IPEPS project, CEPS will organize lectures, case studies, role-playing, and visits to EU Institutions. Participants, therefore, will deepen their understanding of EU policy, learn from experienced professionals, and develop an inside view of EU policymaking processes in the following five areas:

  1. Macro-Economic Governance;
  2. Law and Economics of Financial Markets;
  3. The EU Energy Market;
  4. The EU Single Market (four freedoms);
  5. EU Decision-making across EU Policies.

The program lasts 8 weeks, with a mix of frontal lectures, seminars, interactive sessions, and face-to-face meetings with leading EU professionals. CEPS commits to 170 hours of teaching, complemented by about 130 hours of individual study on the side of students. Participants will be asked to work together to solve case-studies and policy challenges, discussing their findings directly with EU policy makers and experts identified by CEPS. The professional experience will also enhance intercultural skills since participants will be asked to study and work alongside with participants from other universities.

The combined academic and networking effort will award participants 4 ECTS. Students will be selected by the School of European Political Economy according to merit criteria in agreement with CEPS. Near the end of the first term, students interested in the IPEPS program will be asked to submit a written statement of around 300 words, explaining how an educational experience at CEPS might be beneficial for their professional and/or academic endeavors. If applications exceed the number of available spots (three), the Director of the LUISS School of European Political Economy and a Committee of two other SEP LUISS Professors will evaluate candidates; selection criteria include the motivational statement and the student’s academic performance in the first term.

Selected students will receive a 3.000€ scholarship to subsidize their travel and accommodation expenses. The school will also cover their tuition fee for the IPEPS module. Recipients of this scholarship will be informed at the beginning of the second term. Scholarship funds will be disbursed by the end of the school year, close to the student’s departure date to Brussels, contingent upon participation in the IPEPS module.