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Online, 5-9 July 2021

Application deadline: 20 June 2021


1. Entry Requirements

The Summer School is designed for final year in the undergraduate studies, masters students, PhD students as well as professionals who are interested in learning more about illicit trade.

The course is designed for university graduates in Law, Political Science, International Relations, Economics, Social Science and other relevant disciplines. It is also addressed to young professionals working in governmental institutions, local authorities, international and non-governmental organizations seeking to deepen their understanding of current food security issues. A very good working knowledge of English is required.

Applications from students who expect to graduate from their Bachelor’s studies at the end of the 2021/22 academic year will also be considered.

2. Course Methodology

This course is delivered online. It combines live webinars in our virtual classroom, led by subject matter experts, with self-paced activities and interactive group discussions.

The live webinars are from 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm CET time (9:00 am – 1:00 pm EST), from Monday to Friday. This is to create a 12-hours cycle during which participants and practitioners can attend the classes, plan their workload to a time that is most suitable, and interact with other participants to complete the assignments.

The live webinars are conducted on a dedicated online platform. Participants need a computer (recommended) or a mobile device with microphone, audio and video capabilities, as well as a reliable internet connection. We recommend accessing audio through the computer. No special software is required. Upon acceptance to the course, participants will be provided with the information to access the platform.

3. How to Apply
  • Application deadline: please complete the application form by 20 June 2021. To apply visit the University of Groningen website.
  • Confirmation of acceptance: the results of the selection process will be communicated via email, within 5 working days following receipt of the application, and no later than the 25 June 2021.
  • Payment deadline: full payment has to be finalized within 1 week following confirmation of acceptance, and no later than 27 June 2021. Contact for the payment will go via the Office of the University of Groningen. For any questions on payments and for proof of payment, please email
4. Registration Fees

600 EUR

5. Cancellation and Refunds

As per our general policy, in the case of cancellation of your participation, registration fees will not be refunded for any reason.

Given the current exceptional circumstances, however, full refund of the registration fees will be guaranteed should the cancellation be linked to the COVID-19 crisis (i.e. health problems of the participant or spouse/registered partner/children or parents). Evidence of such ground should be provided when requesting the refund.

6. Certificate of Attendance

Upon attendance of all live webinars and completion of the course activities and assignments, participants will receive a United Nations and University of Groningen certificate of participation.

7. ECTS Equivalence

Upon successful completion of the programme, participants can apply for recognition of 5 ECTS to the relevant authorities in their home institutions, therefore the final decision on awarding credits is at the discretion of their home institutions. Participants who wish to fulfil the equivalent work of 5 ECTS will need to deliver a written assignment to the University of Groningen within one month after the end of the Summer School. More detailed information can be requested at


8. Contacts

Email: and (please indicate “Illicit Trade Summer School” in the subject of the email)

Tel: +31 50 363 2901 / +31 628216256

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