The Global Governance of Migration: Emerging Responses to Irregular Migration (Athens, the island of Lesvos, and Brussels)

Major Discipline(s):
Political Science & International Relations
Summer Session II (June 26 - July 22, 2017)

The course will study the emerging responses to irregular migration and particularly maritime irregular migration to the EU from a critical and comparative perspective. It will focus on examples from the US, EU and Australia. To see first-hand how irregular migration management is designed at the external borders of the Union, the class will travel to the island of Lesvos, currently a main disembarkation point for irregular migrants transiting from Turkey, and to Brussels, the center of decision-making. The course will effectively ask the question of whether there is indeed a global governance of irregular migration, what similarities and differences are in place, and how it impacts human mobility today.

Athens, the Island of Lesvos and Brussels


This course requires a minimum enrollment of 15, with a maximum enrollment of 24.

CYA reserves the right to cancel any course that fails to achieve minimum enrollment by April 1. Students are advised not to purchase non-refundable airline tickets before early April.



60 contact hours

Fee Discounts

  • Students who submit their application for admission with full payment postmarked on or before March 1, receive a reduction of $100.
  • Students who enroll and participate in more than one CYA summer course receive a reduction of $100 per course.

Essential Information

Enrolled students will have access to detailed information prior to departure that will include directions to the Academic Center and other practical information about the course. CYA recommends the following websites for general information about Athens and Greece: and


While in Athens students are housed within walking distance of the CYA Academic Center in either CYA student apartments located in the Pangrati neighborhood of central Athens or in hotel accommodations arranged by CYA.  CYA apartments are simply furnished and equipped with a full kitchen and air-conditioned bedrooms. Towels, linens and housekeeping service will be provided. Hotel accommodations will be in simple 2- or 3-star hotels, double- or triple-occupancy, with air-conditioned rooms.

During the 3-day trip to Brussels and the 4-day trip to Lesvos students will be accommodated in simple 2- or 3-star hotels, double- or triple-occupancy, with air-conditioned rooms.


The CYA Academic Center is located next to the Athens Marble Stadium and houses classrooms, the library, the student lounge and cafeteria, computer facilities (including wireless access for those students who choose to bring laptop computers), laundry facilities, and administrative offices. The Academic Center is accessible Monday-Thursday 9:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m., Friday 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m., and Sunday 5:00-9:00 p.m.


A full mid-day meal will be served weekdays in the CYA cafeteria between the hours of 12:00-3:00 p.m. when the group is in Athens. A welcome dinner and a farewell lunch are also included in the course fee.  During the stays in Brussels and Lesvos breakfast only will be served at the hotels.

Arrival: Monday, June 26
9:00 a.m.: Check-in begins at the CYA Academic Center. Pick up information folder from Student Affairs and course materials from the Librarian.  Transport to CYA apartments or to CYA-arranged hotel accommodations.

6:00 p.m.: Orientation session at the Academic Center followed by welcome dinner offering students the opportunity to meet their Professor and fellow students.

Class begins: Tuesday, June 27 

Trip to Brussels, Belgium: Sunday, July 2 to Tuesday July 4 (2 nights, 3 days)
(airfare included in the course fee).

Trip to Lesvos island: Thursday, July 13 to Sunday, July 16 (3 nights, 4 days)
(airfare included in the course fee).

Last Day of Class: Friday, July 21
Final examination. Farewell Lunch

Departure: Saturday, July 22
Accommodations available till 12:00 noon