Summer, fall, and winter schools

Our international schools are intensive one-week courses that examine crucial issues of our globalized world from a multidisciplinary perspective.


Characteristics of ESEI's international schools

  • Target audience: 
    • Graduate students
    • Professionals (continuing education)
    • General public
  • The international schools are 3 credit courses that can be credited toward students’ programs. 
  • Student’s can earn a graduate diploma by attending the three international schools that make up the Short Graduate Program in Diplomatic and Strategic Affairs
  • The teaching staff, about twenty per school, are a mix of practitioners and academics recognized as experts in their field.  
  • A variety of educational methods are used: lectures, seminars, workshops, field trips, simulations, and public networking events. 
  • The approach combines political science, law, and economics. 

A variety of themes

Our schools are divided by season: 

10 good reasons to attend our international schools

  1. To start the Short Graduate Program in Diplomatic and Strategic Affairs
  2. To acquire or update your knowledge of a topical issue rarely dealt with in depth
  3. To better understand the debates, and even the contradictions, underpinning important issues
  4. To earn three university credits if you are a student
  5. To interact with a group of experts who are passionate about their subject
  6. To expand your network of professional contacts
  7. To visit organizations and institutions rarely open to the public
  8. To enjoy social and cultural activities in a lively, informal, setting
  9. To take advantage of our all-inclusive package (including lunches, breaks, teaching materials, local transportation, cultural activities, and local excursions), with all arrangements made by our team
  10. To discover or rediscover breathtaking Québec City or other cities where our international schools are held: Calgary, Alberta, and Bordeaux, France

Past international schools

Our international schools have existed since 2004. They initially focused on the Americas because they were organized by  Centre d'études interaméricaines (CEI). Then in 2009, the summer school on terrorism was added, paving the way for other topics.  

École d'été sur les terrorismes

École d'été sur la sécurité alimentaire

École d'été sur les conflits et les interventions internationales

Summer School on the Geopolitics of Natural Resources

École d'été sur la consolidation de la Paix

Causes et conséquences des pandémies

This summer school, held in virtual mode in the spring of 2020, explored the multiple international causes and consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic using a multidisciplinary (medicine, law, political science, management, economics, geography, pharmacy and criminology) and multi-sectoral (academics, diplomats, civil servants, business leaders, NGOs) approach. 


This summer school, organized by   Centre d'études interaméricaines (CEI), ran for 9 years, from 2004 to 2012, at Université Laval. 

Diplomatie québécoise en perspective comparée: France, Europe

Organized in cooperation with Institut d'études politiques de Bordeaux in July 2009, this summer school highlighted the diversity of actors in contemporary international relations with, at the heart of the analysis, the example of Québec diplomacy in relation to other sub-state entities.  

Francophonie des Amériques 

This summer school in partnership with Centre de la francophonie des Amériques was held three times between 2010 and 2013.