Six Good Reasons to Apply

  • 2-week summer university with a campus atmosphere at Seggau Castle
  • Open to all students in the Master's programme English and American Studies (regular and Joint Programme)
  • Credits can be recognised for participation and a seminar paper
  • Lectures, panel discussions and 7 parallel seminar modules (small groups)
  • Discussions and networking opportunities with international lecturers and guests
  • All-inclusive-package (tuition, meals, accommodation, extra-curricular program and field trips)
  • Develop skills in Public Speaking, Academic Writing, and Critical Thinking


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"GUSEGG - Graz International Summer School Seggau" is designed for internationally oriented, highly motivated students from all disciplines, who wish to deepen their understanding of current European and international affairs by studying and discussing global developments and challenges within the context of transformation processes and demographic change reflecting aspects of individual, social, political, religious, cultural, literary, regional, economic, cohort and national identities.

With a complete European integration in mind, the summer school contributes to a better understanding on a European as well as international level. Thematic seminars in the respective fields allow students to strengthen their understanding of complex issues in their study areas. Cross-cultural teaming and transferable skills workshops add an important aspect to the summer school and give students the opportunity to acquire additional skills that will allow them to succeed on the international labour market and become cross-culturally competent experts.

The target groups for the summer school are highly motivated students following their studies at master level within the Joint Degree programmes or any other programme allowing for the recognition of the summer school courses within their study programme.The summer school is affiliated with the Joint Programme, thus Joint Programme students can have 6 ECTS recognised towarsd their mobility semester. Students of the regular track also have the opportunity to have credits recognised.

    Summer School 2021: Stability, Security, and Happiness: State – Society – Religion

    GUSEGG 2021 will offer a broad discussion of our understan-ding of security, stability, and happiness. Considered quality assurance mechanisms and product and service safety mea-sures are often defined as a guarantee for achieving individual happiness. Taking the place of political action and structural social change, the „imperative of happiness“ (Illouz) has led to institutions and multinational corporations determining which individual decisions will lead to successful, meaningful, and healthy lives. When happiness is seen as independent of the material and political contexts we live in, then individual per-sonal action is seen as a replacement and not as a demand for collective political agency. Climate change activists‘ calls for action are relegated to media coverage as social events inspiring individual measures, but not as an urgent call for in-stitutional and governmental consequences. As happiness has become a consumer good, the promise of an individual state of bliss has led to a decline of institutional ownership in terms of social, cultural, political, and economic measures, and shifts responsibilities from the collective to the individual.

    In order to develop strategies and methods to meet the im-mense challenges of our time, this summer school suggests engaging in academic contemplation and interdisciplinary ex-change. Such investigations offer us the opportunity of deve-loping disruptive intellectual approaches and ideas, as we can gain insights into the many forces that make us believe that the challenges we face are essential, natural, and inevitable. Therefore, analysis offers us not only an understanding of our own alliances on an individual, a regional, national, and global level, but also the possibility of moving from a passive position to active involvement in transformation processes in order to become agents of change by an authentic reformulation of our identities.

    For further information on the summer school 2021, please have a look at the flyer(1.0 MB, 8 pages).