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International opportunities for students


July, 1st to July, 14th 2018


To say that contemporary states are beset by major challenges to their economic, social and political foundations is a truism. Understanding the nature of those challenges, their sources and possible solutions is central to understanding the contemporary world. This is especially true in the European Union, which is having to confront questions such as migration, a rapidly changing geo-political environment, the lingering effects of economic crisis and even the future development of democracy. The EU is a perfect laboratory to understand the causes and consequences of many of the global challenges in the contemporary world. This is why the University of Trento is proud to host an international summer school on global challenges, right from the heart of Europe.

The academic part of the Summer School will tackle issues ranging from refugees to terrorism and from international commerce to climate change, with eight classes and the presence of international lecturers. Debate will be encouraged by addressing specific case studies on the issues presented in class. Participants who require will also present a paper on the issues tackled during the Summer School and will receive advice from their peers and the instructor on how to write a strong paper, both methodologically and content wise. 

Participants will be introduced to some of the successful business stories in Trentino. Meetings with the CEOs of locally-based companies that have expanded globally on the market are planned and are to be confirmed (e.g Ferrari wineryLa Sportiva sport equipment, Trentingrana) along with trips to Rovereto, close to Trento, to visit  Progetto Manifattura and PoloMeccatronica, which are examples of how to create an innovative and sustainable economy and business hub. These meetings will open discussion about how to adapt local realities to global challenges. 

Trentino-Alto Adige has become one of the richest regions in natural and geographic wonderland. The leisure part of the Summer School will bring participants to explore the amazing landscapes of this mountain region, where Italian and German language and culture live side by side. An excursion to Val di Fiemme, with its spectacular Dolomites, is part of the programme.

Participants’ background

Admissions reserved to up to 25 senior Undergraduate and Graduate students from partner institutions (mainly extra-EU) with the following background: European Studies, Political Science, Sociology, International Relations, Law, Economics, Contemporary History (or similar). A good level of English is needed (B2). Selection and nomination by partner institutions. For external students the selction will be made by UniTrento.

Workload and credits

The Summer school, in English language, foresees 8 hours/day of organized activities (debates, worshops, seminars, visits to local companies, excursion), plus preparation hours. At the end of the summer school participants will receive an official UniTrento transcript of records certifying 6 (+2 optional) ECTS.  See the document "Assessment Tasks" in the Download section.
The Teaching Methodology consists of Preparatory work; poster presentation (volunteers); traditional classes; class debates; final project (volunteers).


About 2 months before, participants will receive papers recommended by the lecturers in preparation to the class activity. The participants who are already interested in one of the topics of the Summer School will be asked to prepare a poster/presentation of the chosen topic, or of a paper they are writing and need help with, which will then be shared during the summer school for class discussion. The scientific tutor, in charge of organising the academic contents of the SS, and coordinating the methodologic workshops and debates, will be constantly present in class and will act as a mediator, also stimulating students’ participation and class confrontation. In the light of the above, the assessment will then be based on:

  • students’ posters/presentations (volunteers)
  • class participation and debates (everyone)
  • evaluation of a paper written by students on a topic discussed during the SS after its conclusion (only for those who did not prepare a presentation/poster).


Trento, UniTrento Dept. of Sociology and Social Research (historical building, located in the city centre, that has hosted the first Italian faculty of sociology). Participants will be accommodated at the San Bartolameo Campus (30 minutes by walk, 10 by bus, from the centre of the city). The cost of local transportation will be covered by participants, except for the one-day excursion. It is possible to buy either one-way bus tickets or daily bus tickets at the front office of the train station or in any News Agent's - in Italian Giornalaio - for the amount, respectively, of € 1,20 and € 3,00. Please see in the download box "How to reach San Bartolameo Campus". 


All participants will be accommodated in single rooms at the UniTrento San Bartolameo Campus.

Participation costs

Reduced fee reserved to students from UniTrento partners universities: 600 Euros
Fee for external students: 1.000 Euros.
Accommodation and meals are included in the participation fee while travel costs are to be covered individually by participants.


Nominations by extra-EU partner Universities: by mid-February 2018
Nominations by EU partner Universities: by 30th April 2018
Application by students coming from extra-EU Universities (either partner or not): by 31st March 2018
Application by students coming from EU Universities  (either partner or not): by 31st May 2018


International Relations Division 
international [at] unitn.it
Tel + 39 0461 283224