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European Public Affairs & Advocacy Institute

EPAAI at the American University Brussels Center

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 Professors David Barker 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.

EPAAI members gathering

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.

EPAAI For Course Credit

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. Non-AU students seeking course credit will be charged the tuition rate. All participants are required to complete all elements of the course. AU students should see their academic adviser for information on enrolling in EPAAI. If you are a non-degree seeking student, or non-AU student seeking credit for the course, please send a cover letter and resume to ccps@american.edu to begin the process.

EPAAI For Non-Degree Participants

Non-Degree participants are those who are currently not enrolled at American University or seeking for course credit, typically young professionals. For non-degree participants there is a reduced-fee, non-credit option of $1,500 plus fees. Non-degree participants are responsible for their own travel and living accommodations while in Europe (CCPS will arrange an optional group hotel option). All participants are required to complete all elements of the course. If you are interested in participating in the institute, please complete this form.

The Center offers several financial awards for all participants to help offset the costs of participating in the institutes.

Learn more about the EPAAI session for the upcoming academic year.

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