Summer time is holiday time – but not for everybody! All four ESSCA campuses were implied in the organisation of the different international summer programmes organised by the International Office. These programmes are an essential element of our programme portfolio in English, contribute to our school’s international dimension and bring an added value to our policy of exchange with our partner institutions around the world.
From the Loire to the Seine – the Angers Summer Programme 2009
Already the 10th edition of the Angers Summer Programme! Once again, this 5-week programme with a focus on European Union studies and intercultural communication, which is organised each year in June and July welcomed a very multi-cultural group of participants, mainly from China, Mexico and the United States.
After three weeks of lectures on the Angers campus – including some cultural field visits on weekends – the programme moved on to Brussels for an intensive EU seminar composed of visits to the European institutions and meetings with other actors from the European scene. Following the tradition the final week of the programme took the participants to ESSCA’s Paris campus, but also to the streets of Paris on the 14th July and to the house of Jean Monnet in Houjarray (Yvelines).
As Corinne Boyton, a student from University (USA), nicely summed up, the programme enabled students to develop a critical awareness of the process of European integration: “Since the beginning of the program, my vision of Europe and the European Union has definitely changed and expanded. I initially did not realize the magnitude of the European Union or its potential to keep growing and expanding. Now I have a greater understanding of how different nations work together and affect each other.”
Reported by Marie-Noëlle Cocton