Economic Integration in Europe

Economic Integration in Europe

Course dates:
30 June, 2018 to 14 July, 2018
2,590 €
Economics, Multidisciplinary, Social Sciences
Application deadline:
Sunday, 15 April, 2018
Freie Universität Berlin International Summer and Winter University (FUBiS)
Berlin, Germany

General information

This course is part of the integrated program Tübingen-Berlin International Summer School. The Tübingen-Berlin International Summer School is a joint endeavor of the Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen and its “International & European Studies” program (IES) and “Freie Universität Berlin International Summer and Winter University” (FUBiS).The integrated program gives you the opportunity to take short-term yet in-depth courses on European politics and economics. After completing the first two weeks at Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen you will travel to Berlin for the second half.

Course Content

The process of European Integration has arguably been most successful in the economic domain. Already in 1958, the European Union’s (EU) six founding member states created a custom union that abolished tariffs between them and established a common external tariff that ever since governs exchanges with the rest of the world. Through subsequent integration steps, the EU moved ever closer to its goal of building a fully integrated internal market offering free movement of goods, service, labour and capital. Gradually, the appeal of an economically integrated Europe widened the EU to 28 member states. Today, 19 member states even form a monetary union since they adopted a common currency, the Euro. As a result, the EU is unquestionably the world’s most advanced project of regional economic integration.

This course will introduce students to the political and historical background of the economic integration process in the European Union, as well as to basic theoretical concepts that help to understand the economic rationales behind this development. In addition to the class sessions, the course program foresees two field trips to relevant political and economic institutions in Berlin.

Upon completion of this course, students are familiar with the historical and institutional developments regarding the economic integration in the European Union as well as with the main features of the EU’s internal market. Furthermore, students are enabled to understand and critically discuss the economic issues and current problems in the EU’s main economic policy areas such as competition policy and state aid, the European Monetary Union (EMU), the EU’s Budget, EU external trade policy, the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) as well as EU Cohesion and Social Policy. The course will also take up current debates on the causes of the euro crisis and Brexit and their consequences for the present and future of the European integration project.


Participants of the second half of Tübingen-Berlin International Summer School will be accommodated in a single room in a student dorm.

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Students register for Tübingen-Berlin International Summer Schoolis by using the online registration form. You can find detailed information on how to register here.

Registration deadline is April 15, 2018.

A comprehensive overview on fees and the program can be found here.

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