Brussels - March 2022
Winter Schools

WIP Study Mission Brussels – March 2022

Onsite learning-by-doing exercise where you can experience the work of the Council of the EU in Brussels.

Start date: 14.03.2022
End date: 17.03.2022

Duration: 4 days


Brussels is the capital of Europe, not only because of the presence of European Institutions, but also because of other international organizations such as NATO Headquarters, the Cornerstone of a strategic alliance between the EU and the United States, and the reference point of the Euro-Mediterranean security, or the WHO Brussels office.

During this Study Mission, we will give voice to the key players of this reality, offering participants opportunities to meet high-level personalities: politicians, diplomats, representatives of institutions, and private companies.


The project will help students to understand the importance of the Institutions present in Brussels and will orient participants to elaborate analysis and perspectives on different topics.

The main goal of the project is:

  • through meetings with EU bureaucrats, International Organisations, and NATO officials diplomats, as well as actors representing private interests, to allow participants to open their minds and get a first-hand experience
  • through the simulation game of the Council of the EU, to widen their knowledge of the functioning of the main European Institutions thanks to a direct experience of the EU decision-making process.

University students and recent graduates will gather to exchange their ideas and to build a network of young professionals with a strong awareness of European values.




Topic “Geopolitical Union in Times of a Pandemic”

The structure of the  Study Mission to Brussels is divided into 3 parts:

  •  6 webinar February 28 – March 11, 2022
  •  Brussels: 1 day of simulation of the European Parliament in plenary session;
  •  Brussels: 3 days of meetings with European Institutions and International Organizations representatives, Diplomats, Managers, Professors and Opinion Makers.

EWEI will make available its online training platform for the participants, with access to training materials to support their preparation.

Remote activities are guaranteed by the use of Zoom.

Participation fee

Participation fees is 850€ and provides for:

  •  Preparatory webinars
  •  Hotel stay in shared rooms
  •  Breakfast
  •  Simulation
  •  Meetings and activities
  •  Certification of participation

What is not included in the participation fee?

  •  Round-trip airfare to/from Brussels
  •  Lunches and dinners
  •  Museum fees
  •  Airport-hotel transfers and short city transfer

In order to access pedagogical materials, participants subscribe to the Eastwest online geopolitical magazine for a reduced fee of 5€ (instead of 12€).


For further information download the Brochure of the EWEI Intensive Training Course in EU Affairs Fall-Winter 2021/2022.



English level B2 to partecipate in discussion. Certificate by home university is accepted.

The Model EU is open to university-level students as well as young professionals of any field of study.


Technical requirements 

To take part in the webinars, it is necessary to check that you have an internet connection and one (or more) devices capable of supporting the functioning of the tools you will need to interact with us.
Minimum connection requirements & signal strength between 800kbps and 1.0Mbps
Recommended connection requirements & signal strength greater than or equal to 3.0 Mbps
Essential hardware: Desktop or notebook computer (Win or Mac) with webcam and microphone.
Additional hardware: 2018 Smartphone or tablet onwards (Android or IOs)


Henry Robinson, awarded Best Delegate of the Online Model EU (1st edition)

Participating in the EWEI virtual model EU was a thrilling experience. The EWEI created a unique platform where I could put my academic knowledge in political science into practice, as well as meet over 100 like minded participants. The simulation has equipped me with an in depth understanding of The EU’s institutions, as well as the ability to analyse several negotiating positions and arrive at a final agreed resolution. The EWEI also gave me the opportunity to engage with high profile figures in the field of European politics such as president of the European parliament David Sassoli. I’d highly recommend this course to anyone looking to build a career in politics and public policy. A brilliant experience with amazing people!

Ada Gavrila, Honorable mention of the Online Model EU (1st edition)

From my point of view, the Model European Union Online 2020 has been definitively an amazing experience. Even though it has been the first time that such an event has been organized by the EWEI, I have noticed since the beginning that the whole staff is very well-organized and I admire their hard work and dedication to this project.

Héctor Peña Pedrero, Honorable mention of the Online Model EU (1st edition)

Joining the Model EU organised by Eastwest European Institute gave me the opportunity to become familiar with the internal and political affairs of the European Parliament, in a simulation that provides you an accurate immersion into the elected chamber for the representatives of the Member States. Definitely, an experience that is worth and recommended.

Monica Richards, Honorable mention of the Online Model EU (1st edition)

I walk away from this course with a much deeper insight into the integral functionings of the European Parliament. You gain a multifaceted perspective: your assigned country’s values, as well as your party’s. I felt supported throughout both on a logistical and theoretical front, and it was brilliant working and connecting with so many like-minded individuals. I look forward to participating in future events!

T.J. Toomey, Honorable mention of the Online Model EU (1st edition)

The Model Online EU was a fantastic experience. It was a great way to learn the about the European parliament. It gave me an opportunity to work alongside knowledgeable, supportive and ambitious people. I was honoured to be chairman of the Identity and Democracy Group (I.D.G), and have the best delegate on our team. My approach to the work of chairman was to ensure that everyone could contribute as I believe it leads to greater enjoyment for all. The main reason I decided to participate in this project was because it appealed to my sense of adventure. In fact, it even went beyond my expectations. My political stance is more centre left, so it was quite a leap for me to position myself to the right wing politics of I .D.G. The experience has opened my eyes to the world beyond my island of Ireland.

Nolan Roffelsen, Honorable mention of the Online Model EU (1st edition)

The Model European Union Online 2020 was a very rewarding experience for me. I had the opportunity to have a foretaste of a field that interests me and to get in contact with likeminded people. I appreciated that the Eastwest European Institute was able to provide us with a very well organised experience even though it was the first online edition. Overall it gave me a lot of understanding about the working of the European Union and an opportunity to improve various skills. I decided to also partake in the upcoming live edition in Brussels.

Sara Maniar, Honorable mention of the Online Model EU (1st edition)

It was a great pleasure to have taken part in the first Online Model EU conference. Students came together in order to address socio-economic and environmental issues faced by Europe in the light of the COVID-19 pandemic. EWEI has given me knowledge of the workings of the EU, confidence in taking part in group discussions and debates and it has provided me with the opportunity to form new friendships and connections with like-minded individuals.

Xavier Atkins, Honorable mention of the Online Model EU (1st edition)

The EWEI Model EU was an incredible experience. I must admit, I was originally concerned that discussions would be stilted and that it would be difficult to really engage with people I had never met before over Zoom, but this fear was soon laid to rest. I was more than able to communicate with the rest of my team, I felt that I was always able to contribute to discussions, the structure and layout of the proceedings were always abundantly clear, and I was able to do all this without a commute and from the comfort of my own home. Don’t think for a moment that this is a mere online replication, the model is very much its own thing and if you’re willing to put in the work it truly is very rewarding

Johanna Kuhn, Honorable mention of the Online Model EU (1st edition)

The Model EU online has dramatically improved my communication skills: I have gained an invaluable experience in public speaking and I have also had the opportunity to draft parts of a highly technical legal document, a European Parliament Resolution. On top of that I have extraordinarily expanded my network, meeting incredibly qualified young people from all corners of Europe. I would recommend this experience to anyone interested in learning how the European Union’s Institutions work.

Chiara Bordon

The Study Mission to Bruxelles has been an amazing opportunity to have a deep insight into the core of European Institutions.
Plus, it has been a great way to know different people from so many places, and to exchange thoughts and hopes for a better future, all united.
Being there and feeling part of something: that is what the study mission did for me, giving me some motivation to keep on engaging in international politics.

Eleanor Ferguson

I thoroughly enjoyed my time taking part in the Brussels study mission. I was able to listen to, and debate with fellow colleagues who had differing opinions and perspectives on the challenges we are facing today. Migration, global health & the changing international powers will no doubt continue to shape our world and our future. We met during a time of change for the EU and the rest of the world, but this experience reminded us we are stronger together and we can celebrate the things that make us different. Thank you to all of my fellow colleagues and coordinators for the chance to take part in the mission.

Idil Iğdir

The experience I had during the Study Mission organized by EWEI in Brussels was absolutely wonderful. I had the honour of visiting european institutions and exchange with distinguished people at several high-level meetings. My best memory from this training was when I asked questions directly to those decision-makers both on international and European scene. Therefore, these meetings allowed me to deepen my knowledge and opinions on international politics and balances

Victoria Kislyakova

The trip was a fantastic learning opportunity, with significantly important guest speakers who provided unique opportunities to answer the many questions from the group, particularly in the context of the Ukraine crisis. Moreover, the opportunity was a fantastic way to meet and network with new people from all over Europe and the world. I decided to do this trip because I saw it as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, considering I would not have time to do this in my final year of university – and I do not regret it at all! The experience was really worth it, in terms of the social aspect and learning aspect.

Tanya Singh

While going through the brochure I knew the Study Mission in Brussels would be beneficial but I’ve to admit the whole experience surpassed my expectations.
Not only did we got to see the ‘behind the scenes’ of the European Union but also had face to face interactions with some of the renowned figures working for the European Commission as well as the European Parliament. Thanks to the special guest lectures organised by EWEI team.
I highly recommend making the most of these study missions especially if you are someone who has a keen interest in EU politics.

Andrea Tsoneva

The Study mission to Brussels was an amazing experience filled solely with positive emotions. I got to meet so many diverse and amazing people and I had the opportunity to share this magnificent experience with them. Apart from the fun, we had a great simulation and many interesting presentations and visits organized by the EWEI. Thank you for everything and I would gladly participate again!

Maka Berulava

The training mission in Brussels will be on my list of special events that will remain as unforgettable experience. As part of the project, I visited the EU institutions and had the opportunity to directly contact their representatives. Brussels is impressive – the city, the atmosphere – everything indicates that it is the epicenter of very important events.
The connections I made while in Brussels are invaluable. People from different parts of the world have been united by our interest in EU activities, first-hand experiences, discussions- all these together, brought us closer. I look forward to the next projects of the EastWest Insitute, because participating in them has shown myself and my professional perspectives from a different angle.

Julius Praetorius

When I came across the Study Mission Brussels, I was deeply interested from the first moment.
Though I was not really able to tell what to expect, I assumed the experience to be great.
What the program has offered me, exceeded my expectations. Students from all around Europe were able to gain valuable insights into the European institutions by visiting them in person, asking questions to members and politicians and hearing speeches about the work inside those organizations and the current topics that concern the EU.

All in all, the trip to Brussels turned out to be a very insightful experience that provided me with a lot of valuable information about the EU and strengthened my interests in it

Webinar Speaker


Giuseppe Scognamiglio is Diplomat, Manager, Journalist, Professor. Since September 2018, he teaches “Geopolitical scenarios and political risk” at the LUISS University of Rome and at the University Federico II of Naples. He is the Founder and President of the “Eastwest European Institute”. In the political elections of March 2018, he was a Candidate in the Chamber of Deputies with the list “+ Europe with Emma Bonino”, Campania District. He was a member of the Management Board of UniCredit and Executive Vice President for Group Institutional and Regulatory Affairs. He has dealt with the United Nations (human rights and equal opportunities to then represent our country in Turkey, as Consul in Izmir, and in Argentina as Political Counsellor for External Relations at the Embassy of Italy in Buenos Aires.




Thomas Christiansen Thomas Christiansen is Professor of Political Science and European Integration atLuiss University, Rome. He previously held positions at Maastricht University, at the European Institute of Public Administration, at Aberystwyth University of Wales and at Essex University. He is Executive Editor of the Journal of European Integration and co-editor (with Sophie Vanhoonacker) of the ‘European Administration Governance’ book series at Palgrave Macmillan. He has published widely on different aspects of European Union politics.




Giulia Gallinella Giulia Gallinella is a Ph.D. Candidate and Teaching Assistant at the Department of Political Science of Luiss University. Since 2019, she is the Editorial Manager of the Journal of European Integration. She has previously worked as Research Assistant at the Department of Political Science of Luiss University and at the Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI). Giulia graduated in Politics and International Relations from the University of Aberdeen, and later earned a master’s degree in European Law and Governance from Luiss University.




Charles de Marcilly Charles de Marcilly is Administrator, General Secretariat, Analysis and Research at the Council of the European Union . He previously held the position of Adviser/Institutional Team at the European Commission: European Political Strategy Center (EPSC), for two years. From 2014 to 2018 he has been Media Contributor/Analyst/ Chronicles at BFM Business/ Radio RCF comments & debates every week about European policy for BFM, more than 200 media appeareances/quotesradio/Tv/newspapers.




Clara Portela Clara Portela teaches Political Science at the Law School of the University of Valencia, having previously served as a professor at Singapore Management University and as a research fellow with the Institute for Security Studies of the European Union (EUISS) in Paris. Her research focuses on multilateral sanctions, arms control and EU foreign policy. She holds a PhD from the European University Institute in Florence and an MA from the Free University of Berlin. She is the recipient of the THESEUS Award for Promising Research on European Integration.




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