Join us for the third edition of the Circle U. European university alliance summer school “Rethinking Global Health” from July 1st to July 6th at Louvain-La-Neuve, Belgium. The programme is co-organised by UCLouvain and Université Paris Cité. Applications are extended until March 15. Apply now! 

Circle U. European University Alliance: Université Paris Cité, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, King’s College, London, UCLouvain, University of Oslo, Aarhus University, University of Belgrade, Université of Pisa and Université of Vienna

Rethinking Global Health at UCLouvain

Dates : From 1 to 6 July 2024 + online sessions in Fall 2024

The Summer School will offer a unique environment of exchange between academics and students on a variety of topics reflecting the diversity of the challenges and opportunities of Global Health. Health inequalities from an individual to a global perspective, vulnerable populations, gender issues, NGO’s perspectives, transition from colonial medicine to planetary health are just a few examples of the topics that will be addressed. New this year, artificial intelligence and other novel technologies in Global Health will also be covered. The summer school will be organised around lectures given by academics and non-academics, short talks given by past summer schools’ attendees, active learning, group work and dilemma-based approaches, creating time and space for participants to reflect on Global Health challenges while developing a critical mind-set.

Target audience & Eligibility

  • PhD students including Postgraduate medical doctorate students (MD)
  • Open to all disciplines
  • Applicants must be registered as students at one of the Circle U. European Alliance universities


The programme is built as a blended experience centred on an in-person Summer school at UCLouvain during the first week of July 2024 for the entire week. A detailed programme will be sent to successful applicants.

The programme will:

  • Contain an eclectic set of modules focusing on the different perspectives and topics of Global Health.
  • Be taught by Professors and Lecturers from Circle U. member universities.
  • Feature guest lecturers from around the world, either face-to-face or online.
  • Include some mandatory complementary online sessions, held mainly during the fall semester of the academic year 2024 – 2025. These sessions will help students to put in practice what they learned during the Summer school.

Students will be expected to actively engage in group discussions and share their approach to Global Health in the critical discussions planned over the week. This year there will be a half extra day on Saturday morning, dedicated to problem-based tasks. Students will debrief with their counterparts on their Summer school experience.

Why apply ?

During the Summer School, you will have the opportunity to

  • Increase your understanding of how your research interacts with global health issues
  • Develop critical thinking in global health
  • Understand the critical importance of contextualizing global health
  • Enhance team working and interpersonal skills
  • Connect with leading professors, clinicians and build networks with European peers.
  • Engage with a team of cross-disciplinary scholars from around the world

Participants are expected to actively contribute in the discussions, present their research work and lead, together with other participants some of the controversy sessions.  


The Summer school will issue 5 ECTS points, delivered by UCLouvain. PhD students will have to ask their home institution to accept these ECTS points for their respective PhD programme.


The tuition fee is free of charge.

Universities can offer travel grants to students to help cover the expenses for the travel, accommodation and food during the Summer school, depending on local funding available. Please refer to your home institution in this matter.

Please note: UCLouvain provides accommodation in a youth hostel at an affordable rate (less than €30 per night for shared bedrooms of 2 people) that participants will have to confirm after selection. There are other accommodation options available that participants will have to book themselves. Successful applicants will be asked to book their train/flight and accommodation by themselves. Please contact us by email if you have any questions regarding the application procedure.

How to apply ?

All eligible applicants please fill out the application form here.

Application Guidelines

  • All documents must be uploaded in a single file in PDF format
  • Ensure the scanned documents are easy to read 
  • Include all text on both front and back sides
  • Along with the application form, please submit your CV, a cover letter, diplomas and a certificate of education as well as proof of registration in one of the Circle U. universities

Note : Please have all the required documents available when you start the application process. Once you submit your application, it is not possible to go back and make changes. 

Language of Instruction


Lecturers & Speakers*

*A full list including the international guest speakers will be shared with the programme.

Application Timeline

  • Call opens: February 1st, 2024
  • Applications are closed

A committee of Circle U. Universities will select participants based on their cover letter and the required documents. The committee recommends that applicants to pay particular attention to the drafting of their cover letter.



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