International Relations and Threats to Global Security

online in summer 2022


20 June – 8 July


*extra assignments possible if 8 ECTS is required

700 EUR

€100 discount for partner universities;


31 May

About summer programme

Running for its 8th year, this course focuses on the European responses to global security. Students study study various forms of security threats (energy, cyber, military, etc.) from experts in the field, and analyze both European and global responses to specific security threats around the world. Past case studies have focused on Ukraine, Belarus, Libya, and Syria.

Located in Brno, Czech Republic, one of the metropolis of Central Europe, a region that witnessed both world wars and the cold war, Masaryk University's professors share a wealth of academic and personal history on the topic. With today's current war in Ukraine, this is even more so, as the region grapples with offering support to Ukraine and its refugees.

This intensive and dynamic course involves academic classes, active group work, guest presentations and virtual field trips. It is ideal for students studying international relations, politics, security studies or policing, criminal studies, international relations, history or international law. The programme is ideally located for students to be able to gain a regional perspective on both the historical and modern aspects as well as military and non-military security threats to international security.

Why this program: This online course seeks to not only expand students understanding of the complexities of global security, but also seeks to pull on the strengths of having students from all over the world enrol. The course will encourage students to learn not just from their professors but also from their peers.

Learning outcomes: This program is designed to give students an understanding of some of the fundamental international security issues and their implications for Europe and the world, while also expanding intercultural connections.


Academic Overview

Online classes will take place at 09:00 CET Monday-Friday for two hours. Students are expected to participate in the live lectures, however they will be recorded.

Lecture topics:

  • Concept of Security and development of security arrangements
  • Extremist threats and Military Sphere
  • Energy Security
  • Cyber Security
  • Environmental Security
  • Religious Radicalism and its threat for Europe
  • Current security arrangements in Europe and its position in the world
  • Refugee and Migration Crisis in Europe

Virtual site visits will be arranged with the UN in Vienna, Radio Free Europe, and experts in the Security field.

What is included in the cost?

Tuition includes:

  • Tuition for the summer school
  • Virtual Site Visits (Radio Free Europe, United Nations Vienna Headquarters, etc.)
  • Masaryk University Transcript

Cost: The cost of this program is €700, with a €100 discount for students of partner universities.

How to apply

Please follow this link and choose the correct programme. Do not forget to include all the necessary information (and documents if requested) including writing a short statement of purpose. We will contact you afterwards to tell you if your application was successful and to discuss the further steps (including the deposit payment) with you.

Student experience

I enjoyed the broad spectrum of topics. It helped me identify key areas of interest and provide a clear direction for future study. The structure was dynamic with lectures, visits and quizzes mixed together and this helped to keep me interested. Each lecturer was both extremely knowledgeable and passionate about their specialist area and this encouraged me to engage and further research topics after the course.

Sara Robson

UK, Keel University

Learn more about Malina's experience in our interview with her last year. 


Martin Glogar

summer school manager


Erin Anna Smith

summer school manager


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