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Inside the European Parliament Building in Brussels, Belgium.

European Public Affairs and Advocacy Institute

EPAAI Class Of 2016

EPAAI Class Of 2016

European Public Affairs and Advocacy Institute

The European Public Affairs and Advocacy Institute (EPAAI) is modeled on the Center's internationally recognized Public Affairs and Advocacy Institute (PAAI). The Institute is a joint venture of the Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies and the American University Brussels Center, and is directed by Profs. James A. Thurber and Jerome W. Sheridan.

This unique course will introduce students to the art and craft of lobbying in the European Union. During a week in Brussels, Belgium, students will be immersed in the strategies, tactics, methods, techniques, regulations and ethics of lobbying in Europe. Drawing on their rich body of experiences, prominent lobbyists involved in all aspects of their profession will offer lectures on such topics as EU legal systems, rulemaking, EU relations with national capitals, EU-US relations and comparisons between US and European policymaking. The course also includes a thorough introduction to the EU institutions.

Participants will hear from faculty, European academics, international professional lobbyists, European Union officials and journalists in Brussels. Speakers will bring both applied and theoretical perspectives to the business of public advocacy in Europe. Limited program travel and cultural opportunities are also included, but students are encouraged to travel before and/or after the institute.

Previous coursework on American policymaking and the EU are helpful but not required. Students are responsible for their own travel and living accommodations while in Europe (CCPS will arrange an optional group hotel option). American University students are responsible for tuition for this three-credit course and additional fees of approximately $200. Non-AU students seeking course credit will be charged the graduate tuition rate. For non-degree students there is a reduced-fee, non-credit option of $1,500 plus approximately $200 in additional fees. All participants are required to complete all elements of the course.

The Center offers several financial awards to help offset the costs of participating in the institutes. View a list of recent scholarship recipients

AU students should see their academic adviser for information on enrolling in the institutes. There are also a limited number of seats available to non-AU students to participate in the institutes. Please fill out the non-credit application if interested.

The next session is scheduled for June 17-June 22, 2018. A mandatory on-campus all day orientation will take place in April, 2018.

Lobby in the EU this Summer


Earn credit as you learn from top lobbyists, diplomats and elected officials in Brussels the capital of European Union.

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The E-PAAI Experience

E-PAAI video

Stephen Calabria, a 2009 participant in the European Public Affairs and Advocacy Institute, documented the groups experiences in Brussels and produced a video.

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We have also posted videos of E-PAAI participants discussing the program.

Prof. Jerome W. Sheridan

Akhmet Ishmukhamedov

Liz Goc

Erin Kennedy

Joshua White