International opportunities for students
Migration Policies in a Changing World - MIPOCHANGE


2 weeks, from Monday 17 to Friday 28 June 2024 with students present in Trento, plus a compulsory 2-hour follow-up online workshop either on 16 July from 9.00 am to 11.00 am (CEST), or on 17 July, from 3.00 pm. to 5.00 pm (CEST). 


Department of Sociology and Social Research, Via Giuseppe Verdi, 26, Trento

On-Line Information Sessions

Two on-line information sessions were held on 18 March 2024, during which students had a chance to learn more about the Summer School as well as meet the academic coordinators and staff. Recording available upon request.


The Summer School explore the issue of the regulation of international human mobility, which in recent years has triggered heated controversies (and sometimes conflicts) in many areas of the world.
Migration has become an issue in sending, transit and receiving countries. The lack of an adequate international migration regime has exacerbated these tensions, among and beyond the nation-states. Moreover, migration has morphed into an important dimension of geopolitical conflict (the so-called ‘weaponization of migration’ thesis). 
Therefore, the migration policy framework established in the ‘90s, at the end of the Cold War, is rapidly crumbing

Understanding the structure and evolution of migration policies has become a pre-requisite for any adequate understanding of contemporary world affairs. 
The Summer School will provide a comparative view of international migration policy involving experts from Europe and North America. 

The core of the summer school will be a group of “compact” classes that will daily develop a specific topic, such as:

  • the Emerging Migration State 
  • the International  Refugee Regime
  • Integration and Labor market Participation
  • Migration, Diversity and Urban Life

Classes will be accompanied by workshops where students will practice certain activities, both individually and in groups. Students will have a chance to familiarise with the challenges of doing empirical research on international migration as well as explore some important, but still neglected, areas of migration research. Interested students will have the chance to present their research projects. 

Participating students will enhance: 

  • practical skills in acquiring and checking information on internal migration policies;
  • collaborative skills through group work
  • public speaking and academic presentation skills for those students will to present their research project

Workload and Credits

All lectures, seminars and activities are in English.
The program includes 7 hours per day of face-to-face activities, including visits and excursions. 
Regular participation will earn external participants an official UniTrento transcript certifying 6 ECTS.
2  additional credits can be awarded for optional extra work to be arranged with the academic coordinator and submitted by 30 September.
Please, refer to the Syllabus and Assessment Tasks document in the download Box.
All participants will receive a certificate of attendance.

Participants' Background

Admission will be open to a maximum of 25 senior undergraduate and graduate international students (upper-level Bachelor's and Master's students), preferably with (but not limited to) the following backgrounds: sociology, geography, anthropology, political science, social science, demography, international relations, or similar, with an interest on human mobility. 
A good level of English is required (minimum level B2).

Application Process

Students coming from partners universities must first be pre-selected and nominated by the partner universities. UniTrento will carry out a final selection of the applications.
External students from non-partner universities are selected by UniTrento only. 
All students are required to upload their CV, ToR (Transcript of Records), identity document, and a motivation letter during the online application process.
The online application tool will be accessible starting from 27 March 2024 on this web page in the section Useful Links.
The Summer School will take place with a minimum number of 10 participants, 80% of which must be international.


Nominations by partner Universities: 15 April 2024 - not needed
Applications by international students: 30 April 2024 -  EXTENDED FOR EU CITIZENS OR VISA WAIVER
Payment of the participation cost by 30 May 2024
UniTrento student applications: open for 2 students

Participation Costs

Students from UniTrento partners universities : 400 Euros 
External students (from non-partner universities): 1.000 Euros
A maximum of 2 UniTrento students: the participation cost is 100 Euros and does not include the meal vouchers at the canteen/restaurant.
Payment details will be sent to admitted participants. 
The participation cost includes: lunch at the university canteen from Monday to Friday, dinners at the restaurant selected by UniTrento, and a socio-cultural program consisting of: 

  • a guided visit of the town, 
  • a welcome drink and a farewell buffet, 
  • a one-day and a half-day outdoor activity 
  • a visit to a museum or other cultural institutions.

Excluded are: accommodation, breakfasts, insurance, visa and travel costs.
Cancellation: Participation fees will be reimbursed 100% in case of cancellation due to serious documented illness. No fees will be reimbursed if cancellation is for any other reason. 


All participants are responsible for planning and paying for their own lodging in Trento.
Details and possible housing solutions providing the Trentino Guest Card will be sent to applicants.
You are recommended to book in advance since the summer period is quite busy.

Academic Coordinator and Organizing Commettee

Prof. Giuseppe Sciortino (Director, Department of Sociology - UniTrento)
Prof. Martina Cvajner (Department of Psycholgy and Cognitive Science - UniTrento)
Prof. Nicholas Demaria Harney (Dean, Faculty of Social Science – Western University, Canada)
Prof. James F. Hollifield (Director, Tower Center for Public Policy and International Affairs – Southern Methodist University, USA)


International Relations Division 
international [at]
Tel + 39 0461 283224 - 2980 


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