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European Business Skills

Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences

Due to the global coronavirus outbreak, the AUAS summer school 2020 has been cancelled. We hope to offer this course in 2021. Check or subscribe to our newsletter to stay up to date.


You will be equipped with cultural, legal and political insight and knowledge of the EU. You will be provided with "do's and don'ts" to strengthen your position in negotiations, to communicate effectively across cultures, and to make sound business decisions. And be empowered to use the opportunities the EU affords whilst avoiding the pitfalls.


Successfully doing business in the EU

The EU today: history, background, impact on national sovereignty, current issues (e.g. Brexit, EU referenda, ground-breaking mergers)

EU institutions, legal framework, & competition law (cartels, abuse of a dominant position, merger control)

Cross cultural communication

The role of Philosophy (ethics, rhetoric), Art, & Culture


In this module you will develop your 'soft skills' to communicate in an international and intercultural environment. You will experience how the EU is managed and become aware of what works (and what doesn’t!).

Join students and lecturers from Amsterdam and abroad for concise and upbeat lessons offering precise advice on how to behave professionally in the European Union.

A two-day field trip to Brussels, the 'capital of the European Union', to visit the European Parliament and the European Commission is included for learning 'in action'. You will also be introduced to Dutch culture and will visit beautiful places in Amsterdam, discovering the DNA of the city.

Previous courses received a hallmarked evaluation score of 9.4 (out of 10). 

Location Amsterdam, Netherlands
6 Jul 2020 - 17 Jul 2020
level Bachelor / Undergraduate
Credits 4.0 ECTS
Program fee 1,250 EUR
Accommodation fee 420 EUR
Extra information about the fee:
There is a discount of €50 for early bird (apply before 1 April) and for students coming from a partner university or students of the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences. Housing costs are €420 for a double room and €465 for a single room. Apply before 1 May 2020 to be guaranteed of housing.
Application deadline 1 May 2020
Entry requirements:
You are a student in a bachelor's or master's degree programme, or are a professional already working. You are prepared to join an internationally diverse class. You have a good command of the English language at upper intermediate level – B2 in the Common European Framework of Reference
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